(//) █ - Here’s The FULL Interview Rey Did For Anormal Mag. You Can See It Online But It’s In Spanish So If You Guys Want To Read All Of It And In English There We Go„,
Rey is 22 and lives in Paris, France, where he studied contemporary art, While creating with Mutt his partner. The MMav are interested in skateboarding, urban culture and tattoos, they join forces to create multiple projects related to the world of illustration, design and artistic intervention. The result is a work that stands out for its aesthetic strength of black and white as well as the compositional balance of several volumes that make up each piece, giving the impression of real objects or characters drawn to the smallest detail, reason to talk to one of its architects.
1|. Rey, when did you first get interested in art and what’s the best part of being an artist?
♣. I guess it was when my big brother introduce me to some cartoon when I was in middle school, then he started to draw..so when I was younger I remember that I was doing everything he did, he was and still is a big influence for me.
I dont know if there is a best part of it or maybe I have not seen it yet. But the most important thing I would say is that I love what I do and I would not stop doing it for anything else. Indeed it’s always interesting to meet different people, share with them and to be able to travel whenever you can of course, even so I have not travel so much for the moment.2|. Today, how do you see the practice of illustration?
♣. In my opinion Doing Illustration is more like a Lifestyle type of thing, than just a practice. I saw a lot of people who come in College for study art because they think it’s cool somehow they think that they are some kind of ” artist ” ..I don’t know it’s very weird because a lot of them don’t really know the time We spent alone, sitting in front of our desk, drawing all day. They don’t take it seriously. So I can’t say much about it from now I just know that it’s a very hard job. You always have to stay focus, you can’t be bother by other thoughts, You should be passionate about it and very dedicate.
3|.Who or what inspires you in your personal life and work and what message do you want to communicate in your proposals?
♣. Everything than can stimulate my brain inspire me. The “Ukiyo-e” scene with great artists like Kubo Shumman, Utagawa Hiroshige and of course the genius Hokusai and his outstanding “36 Views Of Mount Fuji“ had a big impact on my visual world. And like I said before, My brother of course but not specially in my work, just his state of mind inspire me..
4|. How would you describe your style? Your characters. Where they come from?
♣.I don’t want to send a specific message, I just wish that people really take their time to stare at the entire piece so that everything else around doesn’t matter anymore. And if they said after watching my work. ” There is so much things in it, I haven’t seen that ! ” Well It’s a tiny success for me.
It’s hard to define your own style because for me It’s always evolving. I want to be the best drawer I can. To be able to draw faster and better.. But like you can see I mainly use the black and white aesthetic..
When I was in middle school I’ve always enjoy creating comics books, I wanted to be a comic artist, tell story and stuff like that. I created a lot of different characters and I guess that thing is always there. I barely use the same character more than two times in my illustration..and that’s what I like about Illustration, you don’t have to stick with one thing.
5|. Can you describe your design process and technique?
♣. It’s really what comes first in my mind, I grab a piece of blank paper and put what I got in it. Like when you found a nice melody in Music and you have to record it asap, well, it’s the same process.. When I started a new illustration I usually begin by drawing something bigger or I start on the right / left bottom of the paper then I focus on the details. I need everything to be drawn before putting the ink. In my opinion, style don’t necessarly need colors. Inspired by the Japanese print, by the forms and their perspective, my work is a combination of lines and black and white tone combined on the same space.
It’s by the strenght of the black and white aesthetic that I balance the various plans giving the impression of actual volumes. Once drawn the drawing can not be corrected. The least stroke of a pen on which we go back a second time becomes a task. Like life has left him. Drawing is an act of a moment.
6|.Which of your projects has given you more satisfaction?
♣. For the moment, doing the storefront of a street wear shop in Paris with my friend and co-worker Mutt was an huge opportunity since We wanted to work together on a big piece. It was very exciting ! We didn’t sketch anything just pure freestyle and 2 days of hard work.
7|. What are your future plans? Are you working on any particular projects right now?
♣. Drawing everyday, learning everyday..Travel in Europe with my friend Mutt and then visiting some places in the United States too. And Yeah, We’re actually working on our first self publication so you have to stay tuned to see it !