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『原创译文』西班牙插画师Blanca Gomez专访

(2011-07-14 17:08:48)






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Blanca Gomez Interview


Blanca Gomez 专访


『原创译文』西班牙插画师Blanca <wbr>Gomez专访

Today Grain Edit is proud to present Blanca Gómez of Cosas Minimas. Blanca is a Graphic

Designer and Illustrator based in Madrid, Spain. You may remember her work as featured

on Grain Edit’s on-going poster pick series. We like her clean and simple style and

took some time to talk to Blanca about her work and creative process. We hope you’ll

enjoy it.


今天很荣幸向大家介绍来自Cosas Minimas工作室的Blanca Gomez。BLanca 是一位来自西班牙马德




『原创译文』西班牙插画师Blanca <wbr>Gomez专访

Where are you from originally?



I am originally from Madrid and that is where I currently reside. I am always saying

that I’d like to move somewhere else for at least a while, but here I am. I suppose

underneath it all Madrid isn’t so bad.





Tells us a bit about your art/design background. Where did you study?




When I was little I would draw all day long like many kids do and my parents enrolled

me in a painting academy. I would always say that I wanted to be a painter, but as I

grew older I didn’t see it as a feasible option and the idea faded.






When it was time to head to college I wasn’t clear what I wanted to do with my life. I

had always considered drawing a hobby, but never imagined it as one that could earn me

a living. Instead I chose to study Publicity because I thought it would lend itself to

creativity and aide in my professional development, but I soon realized that Publicity

was not for me.






I continued my studies, but explored other alternatives like photography and film

through my fourth year, which I spent in Milan. It was in Milan that I became

interested in graphic design. I remember attending an eye-opening exhibition of Milton

Glaser’s work and somehow finally figuring out what I should do. When I returned to

Madrid I enrolled in evening classes at a design school while I wrapped up my publicity

studies. I was in classes all day until 11 P.M. and it was very exhausting but well

worth it in the end.




打开眼睛”的展览,这个展览主要是展出Milton Glaser的作品(译者注:Milton Glaser是图钉工






One month after finishing college and my design coursework I began working for a small

graphic design studio that was mainly dedicated to the production of business

literature. That is where I learned to work in a very rigorous and precise manner. I’

ve been working for graphic design studios for seven years now.






When did Cosas Minimas begin and how has it grown?

 Cosas Minimas是何时成立的?还有目前发展的如何?


Cosas Minimas got its start several years ago in a very curious way. I was working for

another graphic design studio at the time and was in the habit of constantly drawing on

post-its. Most of the drawings ended up in my wastebasket and my boss would tell me

that I should do something with those drawings, but I never paid much attention. One

day he simply told me that he had chosen a name for my website and purchased it for me.

So it just naturally morphed out of what was once merely a hobby at work.


Cosas Minimas是以一个很奇怪的方式在几年前开始的。我当时在为另外一家平面设计工作室工作,



诉我,说他已经帮我的网站想好了名字,并为我买下了网址。Cosas Minimas就是这样,从一个工作



What was initially meant to be a personal project gradually and naturally turned into a

professional project. Having a site dedicated to my personal projects forced me to

learn more and more. As time went on I began dedicating more time and effort into Cosas

Minimas. That is how my first commissions and collaborations came about, always via the

web, until finally my hobby became my primary job. It’s not like I had a plan or

predetermined objective, it just happened. These days Cosas Minimas continues on its

undefined path; dividing my time between personal projects, the store, and commercial




学习更多知识。随着时间的推移,我慢慢的把更多的时间用在了Cosas Minimas。通过网站我


定好的方向,它只是顺其自然的发生了。Cosas Minimas会一直沿着不确定的路线前行,目前我的精



『原创译文』西班牙插画师Blanca <wbr>Gomez专访

What inspires you most?



To be sincere, I’m not too certain what inspires me. I suppose that everything that

surrounds me and everything that I like inspires me inevitably. I’m a huge collector

of objects and books. Picasso said something along the lines of it being best for

inspiration to find you working, I happen to think that’s good way to put it.







Which artists/designers do you admire and/or are inspired by?



Given the easy access we have to thousands of good artworks today, it
is impossible for me to recall all of the artists that interest me. Moreover, the

Internet has produced an interesting phenomenon thanks to sites like ffffound, and I

believe that many works have come toeclipse the very artists that produce them. It seems these days we are more likely to recognize an image or style long before we know the artist. I find this interesting because in the end it is the work itself that matters most.






Let’s try anyway: The French illustrator Sempé has stuck with me since I was little

and read Nicholas. I love the tenderness and humor in his illustrations. Other

illustrators that are among my favorites include Dupuy and Barberian who also

illustrate comics. I’ve always been very interested in Comics. I also like many

Japanese illustrators. I recently discovered Tatsuro Kiuchi and the simplicity in his

drawings, especially those in black and white, I found to be very impressive.




我认识了Tatsuro Kiuchi,他的画作很简洁,特别是那些只有黑白色调的,让我印象非常深刻。


As far as designers go, I am clearly a fan of mid-century design, above all else people

like Alexander Girad(especially), Olle Eksell, And Bruno Munari. Presently, I am

smitten with Vostok, a Catalonian studio that employs unimaginable printing techniques.

Another illustration favorite is illustrator and designer Cristobal Schmal who also

happens to be a colleague.


说到设计师,我本人就是中世纪设计风格的粉丝了。我喜欢的设计师包括Alexander Girad(这个特别

喜欢)、Olle Eksell、And Bruno Munari。最近,我迷上了Vostok。这是个加泰罗尼亚的工作室,

他们拥有你难以想象的印刷技术。另外一个喜欢的插画师和设计师是Cristobal Schmal,很巧的他



『原创译文』西班牙插画师Blanca <wbr>Gomez专访

『原创译文』西班牙插画师Blanca <wbr>Gomez专访

『原创译文』西班牙插画师Blanca <wbr>Gomez专访

You mention your love of mid-century design and that’s clearly an affinity you share

with Grain Edit. Would you agree that during that era of design it was much easier to

identify where work was coming from than it is today or can you identify any regions

around the world that have made their work unmistakable?




Although it is evident that it is becoming more difficult to identify where work is

coming out of I think there are certain countries that continue to hold personal

characteristics that are very identifiable. Clearly this is my own subjective opinion

and without any solid backing. For example, I think that the design from the Nordic

countries of Europe maintain a style that is recognizable and all their own. Their

illustrations maintain certain characteristics that are common to their work. There is

a common simplicity in style with great expression underneath it all. There are also

many Japanese illustrators, especially for children, that when you see their work you

know that it can’t be from any where else in the world.








『原创译文』西班牙插画师Blanca <wbr>Gomez专访

『原创译文』西班牙插画师Blanca <wbr>Gomez专访

You say the Internet has brought about interesting phenomena and that your first

commissions and collaborations found you via the web. How has the Internet influenced

your work and how do you think it will continue to evolve?




Not just at the beginning, today my clients continue to find me via my website as the

Internet helped mark a significant point of flexion in my career. If it weren’t for

the Internet I would probably still be working on more corporate type projects because

at the time I lacked the confidence needed to contact potential clients to present my

personal work. Moreover, if I had to promote my work in other ways it never would have

occurred to me to do so outside of Spain. Today, the majority of my work is done for

foreign clients and that truly widens my professional horizons.







I also have an online store and I communicate with clients via email. And thanks to the

Internet I have met colleagues that I speak to on a daily basis who keep me from going

crazy as a result of working alone. My blog is another way that I get feedback about my






In any case, what I am saying is rather obvious. I suppose that in the future things

will continue to evolve and I don’t see myself working any other way. Sometimes I

think that in the future I would like to interact more directly with my clients, but

then I remember the closeness of clients when I worked at an agency and realize that it

’s possible to be much closer to a client thousands of miles away than face to face.






『原创译文』西班牙插画师Blanca <wbr>Gomez专访

Can you tells us about any projects you’ve been involved in that you’re particularly

proud of?



It’s not a project in the strictest sense, but I was very flattered that Janine

Vangool chose an illustration of mine for the cover of the first issue of Uppercase

Magazine. I had never before seen my work featured on the cover of a magazine much less

the first issue and now I fear I won’t see it again. The best part is that my work was

on the cover of a fantastic magazine, but I feel honored more than proud.


这不是个严格意义上的项目,但是却让我感到非常意外和惊喜。因为Janine Vangool选择了我的其





On another note, I’ve just finished a series of greeting cards for Carrie and Hal of

Red Cap (they’re lovely people). They asked to use existing works, but when I proposed

new illustrations for them they accepted and gave me free reign when it came time to

work. I think this will be obvious when you see the final results. I am very happy with

the final product and recently had a chance to view some samples. They left a great

impression and I can’t wait to see the real thing. Generally I feel most proud of my

personal projects over my commercial projects.







It sounds like you’re involved in a lot of fun and interesting projects. Is there

anyone you’re interested in working with or for?



I am lucky to have a collaborative project pending with some friends that aside from

being my friends also happen to be really great at what they do. The less positive side

is that the project is currently stalled because of me. In reality, the paradox is that

I am rather individualistic in my work and I’ve been used to working alone for a long

time. On the other hand, I would like to collaborate with so many people that I am

incapable of naming just one.






I would like to see my work in other arenas and in mediums that at first glance appear

distant from my own work, a line of skateboards, wooden toys, or textiles for example.

So if anyone out there would like to reach me you know where I am!





『原创译文』西班牙插画师Blanca <wbr>Gomez专访

Blanca’s studio



Can you walks us through your work flow?



While my process for commissioned work is very disciplined (whenever possible), I don’

t have a predetermined process for personal projects because I work chaotically. The

following work was commissioned, but has a very personal touch. The client gave me free

reign in the production of limited edition prints for his store. The store specializes

in music posters so my first idea was to make a fake poster billing for a fake concert.

The turning point came about while listening to the song Autumn in New York, I decided

then I would do something Jazz inspired with New York as the backdrop.





但当我听到“Autumn in New York”这首歌时,我改变了想法,我决定以纽约为背景的爵士乐进行



『原创译文』西班牙插画师Blanca <wbr>Gomez专访

Sometimes I sketch on paper and others I start sketching in Illustrator. In this case I

decided to start drawing (in Illustrator) the character playing the trumpet in basic

shapes. The first character was too silly or caricature like for the idea I had in

mind. I eliminated the trumpet and began to style him. Once I have a clear idea of form

I begin experimenting with various brushes. I also experiment with fonts for the text.







『原创译文』西班牙插画师Blanca <wbr>Gomez专访

Once the character is defined I begin to work on the background and play with color.

The title of the song inspires a melancholic image (blue) and I decide to experiment

with a palette of cool colors. This process can be somewhat chaotic and I can have as

many as 20 different versions in one document, but here I’m sharing fewer samples.






As I work on the background I incorporate the character into the composition and move him along the landscape. I lose the fake poster idea because at this point I’m aware that the illustration has overshadowed the design.





『原创译文』西班牙插画师Blanca <wbr>Gomez专访

After several hours of trial and error there is nothing I like. I decide to leave the

computer and sketch on paper. These sketches are quick and rough in order to get some

idea of the composition of the elements. When I do this I recognize what is wrong, the

character and the background are too similar and this is confusing and the character is

lost in the background. I decide to reduce and contrast the color palette and also

change the size of the elements. I reduce the cityscape and make the character more

prominent on a first plane. Now it is night in the drawing and there is a protagonist

in sight. I think this will work much better.







『原创译文』西班牙插画师Blanca <wbr>Gomez专访

『原创译文』西班牙插画师Blanca <wbr>Gomez专访

I normally finish my illustration in Illustrator before I begin working in Photoshop,

where I complete things with brushes and textures. But that wasn’t the case here. Once

I had a clear vision I began working with various elements that I already had, collage

style, directly in Photoshop.






Now we have the background of the illustration.



『原创译文』西班牙插画师Blanca <wbr>Gomez专访

Once the background is defined I copy and paste the character from Illustrator.

Evidently, the contrast of the vector character with the background is very ugly. It is

time to find textures and to apply brushes to the character.





I choose the appropriate texture and silhouette the character. Then I duplicate and

adjust the layers until I find a result that I like. I also color certain parts so that

the result is not too plain.





『原创译文』西班牙插画师Blanca <wbr>Gomez专访

Finally we have the illustration, but it could use some life because it appears dark

and sad. I add the stars that I started with in Illustrator and that is that last touch

that it needs to come to life.





The client chose another option that I presented. 






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