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?
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.