La prima volta che ho visto un’illustrazione di Gemma Capdevila è stato su Pinterest, ho postato un suo lavoro nella mia board di illustrazione e lei lo ha commentato. Così è iniziato l’articolo che stai per leggere: un pò di ricerca e qualche scambio di mail ed ecco finalmente l’intervista in esclusiva ad una giovane illustratrice che merita di essere letta e osservata con molta attenzione.
Queste fantastiche illustrazioni all’acquarello e matite colorate hanno catturato subito la mia attenzione.
Un pò perchè sono sempre stata un’amante del blu e un pò perchè l’acquarello ha sempre un posto riservato nelle mie preferenze. Riesci ad immaginare cosa vuol dire scoprire un’artista che unisce le mie passioni e che è anche disponibile a “chiaccherare”?
Gemma Capdevila è una giovane illustratrice (1988) freelance che vive e lavora in Spagna, per la precisione in Catalogna e per essere ancora più precisi nella meravigliosa e soleggiata Barcellona, e crea illustrazioni per tutte le età assolutamente magiche e sognanti, romantiche e fortemente ispirate al mondo marino con una vera e propria passione per le sirene.
Intervista a Gemma Capdevila
Q: Ciao Gemma, thanks for accepting the interview and being kind enough to answer my questions. Tell us something about yourself.
A: I’m an children, young and adult illustrator. I have some published books and made several exhibitions. I love to go to concerts and draw what music makes me feel.
Q: Which media you use to create your illustrations?
A: I normally work with watercolor, pencil, ink and collage.
Q: You are a true lover of blue! Why you often use this color? It comes to an artistic choice or this color has a special meaning for you?
A: I’m not sure. Actually, I didn’t realize I used it since somebody told me that he did recognise an illustration as mine because of the blue. I cannot remember the day I decided to use blue more than other colors. I bought a watercolor case, many years ago, and the first color to get finished was blue. Then, other colors were gone too, and some of them just stayed there. So I decided to replace these colors with blue. Now, I have 9 different blues in my case!
Q: Your site is really full of fantastic illustrations, I personally can not choose my favorite. But what is the illustration that you’re more connected?
A: I’m specially connect with the illustrations where a mermaid appears. She is like a mother that protects the ocean. But she can also be a furious best when somebody destroys what she loves. She guides sailors to the right port but can sink a transatlantic if she wants to.
Q: If you could choose between an infinite number of books to illustrate which would you choose and why?
A: Some story about the sea, sailors, islands, monsters, lighthouses, mountains and clouds. Is there a book about it? I don’t know, lot of good books have precious illustrations. I’m not sure if I would make better a book that already have its images.
Q: What are your points of reference? What artists or illustrators are a source of inspiration?
A: There are so many of them! I’m really in love with the art of a lot of illustrators. But probably, some of my favorites would be Shaun Tan, Zuzana Celej, Geninne, Guim Tió, Patricia Metola, Elena Odriozola, Jorge González… It’s an infinite list of artists I love.
Q: I saw on your website that you have written a book for children, where did you find the inspiration to tell a children’s story?
A: In children. I work with children and for children. I give art classes in a school and kids are my best inspiration. Things they think and draw, what they say or the believe in are amazing and beautiful.
Q: Do you prefer illustrate or write?
A: I’d like to do both things in my next projects. I have some ideas for new books. I wish I can see them published!
Q: What is your favorite bedtime story?
A: One of my favorites books is Where the Wild Things Are, a classic one, by Maurice Sendak.
Q: What are you working on now?
A: I just finished a school book and now I’m working on my art degree final project. It’s a theatre book. And when I’m done with it, I’d like to write and illustrate my own stories.
Q: I would like to close this interview with you some helpful advice: if you had to talk to a girl who wants to be an illustrator, what advice would you give to?
A: Just believe you can get it and work hard for it. Sometimes we get amazing things because we didn’t know they were impossible.