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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. “It is a book for adults,” he begins about his current undertaking. “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,” 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. “This is my photography. I don’t sketch every day, but I sketch the things that I see in the street,” says the 38-year-old, who has done 40 sketches in the 60 days he been in the city. “Every illustration is a learning experience. You have to read up extensively, only then can you come up with an interesting concept,” he concludes.

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

    One of the books I’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 country’s flag if it’s about a particular country

    My project with Tara Books started with some text that Karl Marx wrote when he was young. It’s about money and so I’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


     Ryan Peppin


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