Check out our latest installment of The Daily Illustrator featuring Spanish creative, Agnès Ricart. I came across Agnès' work on Instagram and was drawn to the minimalist, whimsical nature of her aesthetic. It was actually the black 6 panel cap that caught my eye as her wolves embroidered on the piece made for a clean design. Agnès then dropped the page a message funnily enough and so, here is her profile. Click through here to check out her full portfolio and enjoy. Cheers!
WHEN DID YOU FIRST START ILLUSTRATING AND KNOW WAS IT SOMETHING YOU WANTED TO DO AS A PROFESSION?
As I child, I use to spend most of my time inventing stories and illustrating them with wooden pencils on paper. I did not write them previously but draw them straight from my head. They used to include only a few words as clues or short dialogues that the characters exchanged between themselves. By that time I already knew that I wanted to be a drawer or a painter. Creativity has always been my purest need.
WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR INSPIRATION?
I believe that creativity is omnipresent, so therefore everything can be inspiring, without censorship or limits. For me it normally works as seasons. I can get completely inspired by a color, say, black, and use it compulsively during few months until I feel my thirst satisfied. Then I move on to another subject, that can be a concept, a feeling, an animal, a sound, a person, a place, an object. It is very similar to curiosity, or maybe fetishism, something that suddenly turns me on and needs to be felt and explored through illustration. Right now I'm interested in illustrating animals in a minimalist, bright and naive way.
HOW DO YOU GET THE IDEAS FOR YOUR ILLUSTRATIONS?
It depends. Sometimes I have to do a process of introspection to find out what I am really craving at the moment. Other times I find it out by just isolating myself at the studio and working during hours til I get something interesting. And from time to time I get some kind of sudden inspiration flashes with which I mentally see what I want to create.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MEDIUM TO WORK WITH?
I'd say oil. I know that nowadays it's pretty rare to illustrate with oil on paper, but it's been my recurrent medium during the last years since I use to be a painter and I feel quite comfortable using it. For my illustrations I use the water based one, so I don't get the oily stains on the paper. I love its velvet texture and its crafty results.
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU ARE CURRENTLY WORKING ON?
I am currently creating a series of animal patterns for clothing. I'm working on a collection of printed fashion items with two main lines: the bright, colorful and childish like one, and the dark and slightly disturbing one, regarding themes like gender and sex.
CURRENT PLAYLIST AS YOU WORK?
I move in between Najwajean, Ölof Dreijer and The Knife most of the time, and also a bit of Planningtorock. I love their luminous darkness and sharp humour, and you can see that in my work. I like to play the tracks that I consider the best on loop during the creation of a certain illustration, so the image ends up having a very similar flavour to the track.
ARE THERE ANY ILLUSTRATORS THAT YOU ARE A FAN OF THAT DESERVE SOME EXPOSURE?