In conversation with Itziar Barrios, a Spain-based illustrator whose images speak of existentialism whilst advocating for recognising the loss of natural splendour, the artist dives into the variants of her work discussing its foundations, relevance and its place in the current context.
Indeed, the largest part of my work is made analogically with ballpoint pen, using digital tools only for commissions that require some specific details or formats. I consider this quite relevant since the majority of ballpoint pen artists make fine art more than illustration. In my case, I rescue this detailed technique in illustration for commercial purposes: faster and more conceptual.
Regarding my personal project, it normally mirrors myself in different ways. I’m a dynamic person and I don't like to stick into a specific subject for a long time. That's the reason why I like to “talk” about different subjects along the way every so often.
Not only illustrators but creatives in general are living unprecedented times.
We could talk about the fear of the unknown but I prefer to stick to a positive outlook and believe this is a great moment—full of opportunities to grow our business and build a global, determined audience.
In addition, this new era is showing us that creatives are indispensable for companies as we add value and distinction. I believe we need to recycle and adapt our capabilities as creatives and take advantage of this moment.
When I work on environmental projects I strive to reach people with a critical impact, but always from my own personal experiences.
I’m not sure about my work being political at all. I don’t like to position myself politically but it is true I love to put into question some situations and manners that are socially accepted, and try to see them from a different perspective.
The result is very interesting since, when we face such common situations taken out of context, we can find many ridiculous and irrational situations. Within this framework we can find some political content as turns into criticism.
The truth is I can’t wait for starting this new year. I close this year with good energy and great balance. Likewise, I have already in mind some exciting commissioned works which makes me feel safe and confident.
But I’m a dreamer and this year I’d like to take my personal project one step further, with my first graphic novel. Hopefully, and if everything goes as planned, the novel will be published by the end of the year.
+ Words: Alejandra Espinosa, Luxiders Magazine Editor
Liberal Arts graduate | Berlin-based writer
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