Posted by: Kathy Temean | April 13, 2019

Illustrator Saturday – David Lorenzo

David was born in Ourense (Spain) in 1984. From the moment he was able to hold a pencil, he knew that his passion was drawing. When he was seven, his schoolteachers punished him for doing his classmates’ drawings in addition to his own!

Most of the time, David is doodling and sketching ideas for new projects, and he gets excited for them as if each were the first. He studied Fine Art and Illustration and is currently both a professional illustrator and an instructor at an art academy, where he teaches and is inspired by both children and adults. On most evenings, he will be curled up on the couch with a blanket next to his two greatest treasures, his wife and his Frenchie dog, Saxy.

HERE IS DAVID DISCUSSING HIS PROCESS:

In the first phase I focus on the composition, I do not care too much about the cleanliness of the drawing or pretend that the sketch can look nice.

In this step, I try to be cleaner with the line, that the characters are already more defined and recognizable. I use a light box to trace the previous drawing done with graphite and with a brush pen, I do the drawing again.

In this last step, I check that everything is correct, both at the compositional level and the drawing, and I usually add details, folds in the clothes, props … now yes the drawing is ready and I transfer it to the Basik paper of 370 gr. I apply the color with acrylic, with very diluted layers, a first layer to tone each of the areas of the drawing, a second layer to mark the shadows and light, and a third layer to fan the luminosity of the color, with three layers It is usually enough, although it depends a little on the complexity of the illustration. After this acrylic process I add a layer of colored pencils, in which I define the contour lines as if it were an inking and I add some texture (I love it). Finally I digitize the image and adjust the colors so that they are faithful to the original illustration.

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Interview Questions for David Lorenzo

How long have you been illustrating?

As professional illustrator around five years ago. Drawing since I was a child.

What and when was the first painting or illustration that you did where someone paid you for your artwork?

When I was at university,and I was about 20 years old, I was offered small orders by some friends and acquaintances.

Have you always lived in Ourense, Spain?

Except for my university stage, yes,I lived in Pontevedra for 6 years (Spain)

Did you attend a university to study illustration? If so where?

I studied Fine Arts first, and later, Illustration in Ourense at Antonio Faílde art school.

Did art school help you get illustration work?

Technically, no, it helped me to improve the techniques but not to know how to approach the labor world.

What type of illustrating did you do first starting out?

I was more focused on comics and the graphic novel.

Was ‘La extraña mudanza del señor Poots’ your first illustrated book?

yes, it was the first.

How did get that contract?

After strongly insisting on sending e-mails.

Is THE RED CART your most latest illustrated book?

yes, it is the most recent posted book, but I have some new projects underway, among which I would like to mention Moldilocks and The Three Scares: a tale of zombies with the writer Lynne Marie by the way it is an honor for me to work with her, that will be released in August of this year.


Was that the first illustrated book with a US publisher?

No, the first was Colors with Flowerpot Press.

How did you get that job?

I got it through the agency that represents me in the USA Astound.

I see that you Astound represents you. How long have you been with them and how did they find you?

Around three years ago. I saw the need to show my work to a wider audience and what better way to do it than in English, so I looked for an agency that could represent me and, therefore, help me with this facet, since, as an illustrator, time is something very important. I contacted them, they liked my work and I started working with them.

I just did a cover reveal for MOLILOCKS AND THE THREE SCARES coming out in August. Did Sterling discovered you on their own or did Astound show them your work?

It went through Astound.

You illustrated four books that were published in 2018 – Lobitos, A Dragon for Noel, Colors, and We’re Hungry, Too. Did that stress you out?

And there is also Roger Ratón y el misterio de las manchas published by Triquetaverde. There was some stress, but when you have the books in your hand, you see that all the effort is worth it.

You mention that you teach art to children and adults. Where do you do this and do you do it full time or just a few times a week?

Yes, I have my own art academy with my wife. I work part-time in the academy and the other half-day although sometimes more, as an illustrator.

How many books have you illustrated?

There are 6 books published, but as I said before I have several advanced projects, so if luck is good, the family of books will soon grow.

Would you like to write and illustrate a book?

Yes, I have already written two, La extraña mudanza del Sr.Poots and Un dragon pour Noël are totally mine, but to tell the truth/to be honest it´s very difficult. And now I have a little help since my wife has begun to write and has materialized an idea that we had for a long time ago The boy fish of the Spanish publisher Triquetaverde, that if everything to good is good will be published this year.

Have you done any book covers for novels?

Not yet, but I do not rule it out.

What do you feel influenced your illustrating style?

I think that the classic animation films like Disney, Tex Avery … or the school of the Ghibli studio, is part of my childhood and is one of my most notable influences, too, and although I admire the work of many colleagues I think Peter de Seve has also played a key role in my development as an illustrator.

Would you illustrate a book for an author who wants to self-publish?

It’s difficult, because my experience tells me that few publishers bet on closed projects, but I do not rule it out.

Have you worked with educational publishers? Which ones?

Yes, with Cambridge university press and Oxford university Press.

Have you done any illustrating for children’s magazines? Which ones?

Not yet, but I hope I can have the opportunity.

Have you ever thought about illustrating a wordless picture book?

Yes, I have considered that possibility, but there are not many publishers that take risks with this type of books.

What do you think is your biggest success?

So far, I think it was the book of Lobitos with José Carlos Román published by the Spanish publisher Narval, it was published in the four languages spoken in Spain: Spanish, Galician, Catalan and Euskera. And that only in a week of being on sale he released his second edition.

What is your favorite medium to use?

My favorite is acrylic, although I like to experiment with different techniques.

Has that changed over time?

I think so, although I think my work still retains its essence.

Do you try to spend a specific amount of time working on your craft?

I try to organize as much as possible and try to calculate the time I need to do a job, although you always have to have extra time for unexpected events.

Do you take pictures or research a project before you start?

I try to document myself, although I always try to make a first approach without taking references so as not to be too influenced. After this first contact, I try to enrich the projects.

Do you think the Internet has opened doors for you?

Absolutely, Yes indeed I have been able to contact publishers that otherwise I would otherwise be much more difficult to access and of course to the agency that represents me.

Do you use Photoshop or Painter with your illustrations?

Most of my work is done in a traditional way with acrylic and colored pencils, I use Photoshop in this case to digitize the illustrations. Anyway I also work digitally and use Photoshop for color, but I still prefer to draw in a traditional way.

Do you own or have you used a Graphic Drawing Tablet when illustrating?

Yes, it is very useful, it speeds up the work, it is also very fun.

Do you have any career dreams that you want to fulfill?

Yes I do, in fact, I would love to make a cover for the New Yorker some day.

What are you working on now?

Right now, as I mentioned before, I’m finishing “El niño Pez” with my wife with the Spanish publisher Triquetaverde, and the second part of Capstone’s red cart, I have some other projects in Spain but for now I can´t reveal more.

Do you have any material type tips you can share with us? Example: Paint or paper that you love – the best place to buy – a new product that you’ve tried – A how to tip, etc.

Yes, I’m fascinated by the watercolors of Schmincke’s professional range. As for the paper that I use, it may not be the most suitable, but I love it because it’s super versatile, it’s Canson’s 370gr Basik paper.

Any words of wisdom on how to become a successful writer or illustrator?

think the most important thing is to work hard every day, and if we really know what we want, we must go for it, without fear, with humility, and with a lot of work.

Thank you David for sharing your talent and expertise with us. Make sure you share you future successes with us. To see more of David’s work, you can visit him at: Website: https://davidlorenzoillustration.com/

If you have a minute, please leave a comment for David. I am sure he’d love to hear from you and I enjoy reading them, too.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. I am so excited to see my talented illustrator of Moldilocks and the Three Scares featured here! YAY, David! YOU rock! Wishing you the best of success, always! And wishing on a star for a Moldilocks sequel with you! XO

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  2. Terrific work throughout. I particularly love the cover of Moldilocks and the Three Scares. Thanks for an interesting and beautiful post.

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  3. Great work!! Thank you for sharing!

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  4. David, I love EVERYthing about your work—the color, the characters, the liveliness ❤ I'm so glad you got work here in the U.S. too, and I had no idea there were four different languages spoken in Spain lol Thanks for sharing this 😀

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  5. Love the colors and variety! Thanks for sharing with us!

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