Micro-interview with Sonia Pulido

/ federico

Hi, I am Sonia Pulido. I am an illustrator. I draw because that’s what I like to do, and because that’s what I do best.

Tell us what you like in two lines (colour, song, film, food…)

I like all colours, except for purple. Of course I have my favourite ones, but that changes all the time. Cyan, beige, some pink, reds, And the greys and the greens.

I am very much lost when it comes to music. Though I can tell you I listen a lot to Chocolate by Tindersticks from the album The something Rain.

Film… I recently saw “The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner” (1962) and I loved it. It’s one of those movies you can watch a million times and still feel like you need to watch it again. But I can’t say if I have a favourite movie… There are so many… And so many directors I like…

And yes, I love eating! It’s a pleasure. And if I had to choose I think my mum’s cannelloni (because they are so tasty and because there is of course emotional involvement) would win the prize for the best plate!

Tell us something about the beginning of your career.

I have always drawn, since I was very young. Mine was a vocation… My first job was for a children’s magazine. And I remember I felt quite lost. I think I still feel a bit like that.

Where does your passion for art come from?

I am interested in everything. I have always focused on everything artistic. I remember seeing a film or TV series where the father of the main character was an illustrator. Well, that was kind of a revelation for me. A father who could draw and could make a living of it! That’s what I wanted to do!

When you go back to your birth town, where is it you really go?

I left Barcelona some years ago, and though I still live quite close I like going back as a tourist. I love the ancient streets of the gothic quarter and I especially love a café inside the Marés Museum. I also love going visit my friends in Oslo.

Where do you find inspiration?

Anywhere. But I really believe in hard work.

Who’s your favourite artist? Famous or not.

Mmm… That’s hard to say… I have always admired Patinir and Bruegel. I am now in love with El Aduanero. But I am also following Riikka Sormunen, Carson Ellis, Pierre Mornet. And from Spain Luci Gutiérrez and Carmen Segovia, with whom I share lots of things. Also Violeta Lópiz, Riki Blanko. They’re a lot! I like choosing.

How do you create? Where?

I work best in my atelier. I don’t have any special notebook. That’s not my thing. I like my table, my papers, my pencils. My magazines and books… and music… and radio.

How would you describe your work?

It’s like an unstoppable mix.

What do you think about wall stickers?

I think it’s a genius idea that values the space.

¿Twitter or Facebook?

I don’t have Twitter, because I don’t have time for it. Then Facebook.

What would you tell your clients to help them create artworks?

None! They should have fun and use the space around them!

One last comment?

Groooar.

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