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Interview with Sergi Brosa

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 10:07 AM
In celebration of Digital Art Month, here is the first of a series of interviews done to the authors of some of the site's most popular digital deviations of all time. In this occasion I bring you Brosa, creator of The Retro of Tomorrow

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I'm Sergi Brosa, a spanish artist located in Barcelona. I'm 25 years old, and I am an illustrator, comic artist and concept artist trying to survive in this wild world. I usually work as a comissioned artist, and I have tried two times to enter the french comic industry, with no success.

So, I keep just taking comissions, sometimes from companies and sometimes from usual people. I have to say that it is a fun job because it's never the same thing. But it's also a little bit crazy. Sometimes I wish that I had a super loooong job, but when I have a long job I wish to have shorter jobs and I'm always looking for change.  So, here I am, just trying to survive,  spending a good time drawing and painting. I have to say that I am happy.

What got you interested in the graphic arts in the first place, and what motivated you to become a professional graphic artist?

Well, of course I started drawing when I was a little kid. I wanted to do Dragon Ball characters all day, so that’s what I was doing all the time. Then, I finished high school and tried to do a Graphic Designer Career, but I found it quite boring, so I decided to leave it and started drawing and painting as a career. I did a 3 year course in a comic school in Barcelona called "Escola Joso" (I had coursed more years there, but they where only 9 hours a week). Then, I just finished the course and started working here and there. I must say that internet is my religion. Without internet I wouldn't have a job.

But I think I have lost some motivations. My most motivational source was anime movies, manga and comics from France. Then, I got new motivations from concept art for videogames and that kind of stuff. Also several illustrators and concept artists found on the internet.


What would you say are the main differences between doing art professionally and doing it just for fun (besides the obvious of receiving some profit for it)?

The best thing about doing something as a professional is that you have a deadline. I know this will sound like "what the hell are you saying?". But, sometimes, when I don't have a deadline, I can spend several days just trying things. I don't focus on working fast, and this is dangerous.

Then of course, the worst thing about doing professional things is when a comissioned job has not artistic interest for the artist. I mean, everyone has a favourite genre (in the cinema, in music, etc) so doing something out of that genre can be boring. Just sometimes you have to put on the autopilot, and relax. This can be easy, but boring.

The other thing, that is totally connected to the last thing, is that, I like to keep an idea, a feeling in my Works, in my gallery; So sometimes I spend some months without posting because I don't have works done with this feeling or with this style.

Do you believe formal training is necessary to develop your own artistic style or that everything could be achieved just by personal experience?

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I'm not sure what you are asking. But what I think is that having a formal training is important. At least in my case, having a formal training in drawing, having a good base, has helped me to develop my drawing style. Then, as I haven't got a good coloring base, my colors are never looking how I want them to, and sometimes I realize what I have done when I finish the piece. I mean, I'm going to take new courses of digital color to improve my skills there, because I think I can do it, but I haven't got the skills right now.

But, I would say that everyone, every single person, has a lot of different options in this world, and you never know if you are going to learn more in a usual school, or just looking and learning from nature. I hope you know what I mean. There is not a straight path. Everyone must take the path he likes and works better for him.

How did you discover deviantArt and what made you stay? Is there something you like the most about it? What about something you would change from it?

I'm not sure how I discovered DA. But, I think it's one of the biggest thing I have ever discovered. DA was the first time that other people began to comment on my works, and this was a kind of new world with new people that you don't meet usually in the street. For me it has always been very important to submit new art, look for others art, and see how yours and other peoples skills are growing. DA is also the place where I have discovered my favourite artists, and sometimes, my art has reached that same level and this is a super comfortable sensation.

I have also met people in my country through DA, and now they are good friends.

If I had to choose something I like the most in DA, it's the system, like a spider web, that links everyone. The fact of adding something to your favourites and watching someone, creates a new thread on the spider web, and this is infinite. I love receiving everyday 30 or 40 new art pieces. I think if DA ceased existing, I would have a heart attack.

Changing from DA? I'm not sure, I think everything I have explored is very well done. For me it is one of the best art communities ever created on the internet. I have nothing against it.

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Interview with ~Brosa in celebration of #ArtHistoryProject's Digital Art Month
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crisvivas76 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
Brilliant interview! not only your draws are interestings and creatives, also your mind. Congratulations. Your proud sister
crisvivas76 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
Brilliant interview. Congratulations Brosa. Not only your draws are creative and interesting, also your mind....lots of kisses for you. Your proud sister
Brosa Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks everyone! I like to be honest. I like to be realist, if there is something I'm not very good doing, I just asume it and try to work harder on that part.

I'm very happy to have been interviewed in DA. And, I'm sorry becouse my english is not super good. hahaah
niett Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Excelente entrevista, si antes me encantaba tu obra, puedo decir que ahora también admiro tu persona, por la honestidad y la humildad de tus respuestas, el querer siempre seguir aprendiendo y también el ser fiel a ti mismo.

Sigue asi Sergi que vas a llegar muy lejos!!!
tremor50 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I have commissioned him a couple times and he is a great guy :) my avatar is made by him as well.
Brosa Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
And I love to work with you! very clean and polite client, and your project rocks! you are also a very nice guy!
tremor50 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad you think that :) thank you very much
theartofTK Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you rule brosa! nice to get into your head a little
JamminJo Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Sensational interview :la:


I really appreciate ~Brosa being so down to earth and honest :#1:
TouchedVenus Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, such a unique style! Thanks for sharing him with us. :D
TopHatBigPencil Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This a fantastic way to find new artists. And this artist looks so interesting. (^,^)
llandshark Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I loveyour interviews, its a great way to find new artests ^^ (New for me)
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