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    Illustrator Marcos Guardiola, on his use of colour, type and travelling with a sketch book instead of a DSLR

    Every illustrator must develop an individual style, says Spaniard Marcos Guardiola, who is two months old in Chennai. Here to work on a project for Tara Books, this self taught illustrator has been in the profession since 2011 and illustrates books and newspapers in Madrid, his hometown. a�?It is a book for adults,a�? he begins about his current undertaking. a�?Till now, I have illustrated three books and all of them were for children. But I try to keep my illustrations relevant for all ages. For me the illustration is the same, but the audience will discover different things from it,a�? he insists. To Guardiola, it is about having an identity that people can relate to and he carries a sketch book no matter where he goes. a�?This is my photography. I dona��t sketch every day, but I sketch the things that I see in the street,a�? says the 38-year-old, who has done 40 sketches in the 60 days he been in the city. a�?Every illustration is a learning experience. You have to read up extensively, only then can you come up with an interesting concept,a�? he concludes.

    My favourite combinations are red with blue and orange with green. Both are very aesthetic

    One of the books Ia��ve illustrated is Cada Pulpo Con Su Pulpa. In each fold, pairs of animals emerge linked in a reading spiral, forming a dizzy exquisite corpse

    When I have to use letters, I use freehand. In some books, the designer decides the typography, but I recommend freehand

    For political illustrations, it all depends. Sometimes you can use the colours of the countrya��s flag if ita��s about a particular country

    My project with Tara Books started with some text that Karl Marx wrote when he was young. Ita��s about money and so Ia��ve tried to stay away from communism as much as possible

    I have sketched a temple and some people whom I have found interesting around the city

    I admire the works of Spanish illustrator Pablo Amargo and Portuguese illustrator Andre Taloba. The former works with concepts and comes out with brilliant ideas. The latter does a lot of work in the US and publishes even in the New York Times. He uses colours and textures very differently


    A�Ryan Peppin


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