Loose lines, clashing colours, borderline goofy, poetic - this is none other than Santiago Taberna!

Santiago Tarberna's work has been descibed as warm, retro and organic. He also tries to use art as a way to help out people as much as he can.  Which is why it is a pleasure for us to introduce him as the newest artist to join Illo Agency. Here's a Q&A below for you to enjoy.....

When did you start illustrating?

I decided to pursue illustration as a career right after finishing my university studies in 2018. Throughout my time in university studying graphic design, drawing and communicating ideas through images was always the part I was most interested in projects. That made a lot of sense.

Who has been the most supportive in your illustration career, perhaps your teacher, family, friends?

Everyone has had a share on supporting my career. My parents helped me very much by being very supportive of my career choice and also that they encouraged me to do art (drawing, painting, music, writing) from a very early ages, of which I’m profoundly grateful for.

I have made some of my best friends here in the illustration scene in the UK. They are part of a very supportive community. We help each other not only by sharing each other’s work in social media but also by sharing experiences, and even sharing rooms if we’re away on a residency or illustration fairs.

Lastly, my social media followers are very very sweet with their comments and messages. They always give me that much-needed boost in confidence.

Did you always think art was something that was going to be a major part of your life?

As I said earlier, art was a big part of my life and education. Even as I was certain I wanted to make a life out of it, it took some courage to take the leap and go on it full time. It’s had it’s stressful moments but it’s a thing that brings enormous joy to my life.

What is your favourite subject matter to illustrate?

At the moment I would say emotional connection between people, the relationship between light, shadows and reflections and the musicality of everything. On a more superficial level, I’m really into birds, cats and flowers.

How would you describe your style?

Loose lines, clashing colours, borderline goofy, poetic.

What is your favourite collaboration to date?

I loved curating a playlist for Illustrated Tapes, who explore the relationship between illustration and music. The brief was to come up with a concept, choose some songs that have to flow in a specific order and then illustrate the playlist. The intersection between music and visual arts is my absolute favourite.

What interested you about being represented by Illo Agency?

They seemed like a very friendly group of people working with a diverse range of illustrators, which I think is important. They’ve also been very transparent and open about the way they work and that gave me a good feeling about going for it.

Do you have a favourite author, film director, or designer?

Designer: I really like Paul Rand, he’s had a big influence in the way I approach space and colour. His design principles still resonate with me.
Author: Virginia Woolf’s The Waves has transformed the way I think of art in general. The way the book written and subject matter challenged my conceptions of what art can be, especially how all voices flow into a single stream. And of course, her very poetical approach to writing.
Film director: David Lynch had a similar impact on what art can be. I especially admire his love for slow pacing and effective use of uncanniness. The Twin Peaks return was one of those strange moments where I didn’t feel like picking up my phone at any point.


Are you working on any personal projects you can share with us?

I’m drawing cat comics for my other project Kitten Rain! Hopefully, I’ll have another little collection book to release soon.

Do you listen to podcasts? If so, do you have a favourite?

I don’t listen to podcasts regularly but when I do, I really like Song Exploder which gives insight into the creative process of musicians I love. The Panpsycast Philosophy Podcast is excellent too, if you want an engaging introduction to philosophy with a lot of good discussion within.

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