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Antonio Uve / Creative capsule

Here's our sixth CREATIVE CAPSULE. This month, we invite you to meet Antonio Uve, spanish illustrator living in Madrid, with his very own playful and graphic world. It's a real pleasure to work with Antonio. Enjoy meeting him!

Describe your creative lab (the place you do illustration) in a few words?
My workspace is a little corner of my small loft. It has plenty of light and I love it! Although in the Spanish summer, it gets a bit too warm! I like to be surrounded by posters, plants and postcards to inspire me.

In two sentences, how would you describe your work technique?
My technique is focused on finding simples shapes to depict what I have on mind, then I play with color. The final part is adding textures to give a warm touch to the final result.

What is the project of which you are most proud of?
Last year, I made some illustrations for a Spanish magazine called Icon, about the best culinary schools in Spain. That assignment brought me some amazing clients outside of Spain, which made me appreciate the unexpected power of the internet.

What are your favourite colors to create?
Recently, I realized I tend to use a lot of blue, but in general I tend to use bright colors. I love playing with color and testing different palettes. When I have enough time, I could spend hours and hours testing colors… it’s one of my favourite part of the process.

Why did you become an artist?
I was working at different agencies as an art director and graphic designer, but I was never completely happy.  At one point I realized that all I wanted to do was draw so I kept following that feeling. Now I feels like the most lucky guy in the world to get paid for illustrating.

In four words, how would you describe your style of illustration?
Colourful, simple, dynamic and fun

What is the project of your dreams?
I would like to illustrate a book for children. In my free time this year, I hope to put together some ideas for my portfolio to help this dream happen in the future.

What does a typical day in the life of Antonio look like?
My day starts about 7:00 am, I go to the gym very early to start my day full of energy. After, I head home to have breakfast and then work until lunch time-- which in Spain is usually 2pm! In the afternoon, I feel more creative and I save this time to work on sketching, or new ideas and new projects. I try to have a schedule similiar to an office but often deadlines demand something very different.

What inspires you?
Charley Harper, Blexbolex, Alexander Girard, Manolo Prieto, interior design, travels, Radiohead, The Smiths, The xx, Moderat, The Amazing World of Gumball...

What is your favourite blog or website?
I have to admit that I love to check websites in which you can see the homes and workspaces of people like http://theselby.com/ or http://www.designsponge.com/

 

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Antonio Uve / New creations

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Antonio Uve / L'Express

Séries of illustrations by Antonio Uve created for an article on spirits in the l’Express magazine.