Speed Interviewing: Isabel Cano
At the moment, all my work is in Domestika website: http://www.domestika.org/es/isicano/portfolio
2. An artist that you admire.
Since I was a child, I’ve admired Van Gogh a lot, I’d read some of his biographies, painted pictures with his style… I liked his bohemian style of life, his character and of course, his personal style. I made a version of his “Starry Night” with warm colour palette just to see if I were able to replicate that picture. Nowadays, as I’m so focused on videogames, my influences are Olly Moss, because of his so unique composition on flat design; and Benoît Sokal, because he is still using traditional art techniques such as charcoal or pastel, and he masters the perspective technique when designing scenes.
3. What do you prefer to use for your works? (oil painting, charcoal, coloured pencils, photoshop, etc).
It doesn’t matter how much time since my jump to digital, watercolours and Indian ink are the materials which I feel more comfortable working with on videogames as well as a break between commissions. Painting with watercolours is the only thing that relax me, together with pixel art. It’s funny how I used to hate watercolors when I was a child, but my painting teacher in the school and my parents kept on saying how good I was on it. At that time, I won a painting contest with a watercolor. It was the only competition that I’ve won in my life. Maybe it’s because of that love/hate relationship that I have a thing about this material.
4. And last but not least, tell us a dream (or a secret).
When I finished High School, I decided that I wanted to become lecturer in College, finish a BA in Fine Arts and stay there as a lecturer. When I shared this idea with one of he lecturer, she ruined my dreams. She said that was almost imposible, that you needed to have some connections or even, as another lecturer was walking by, she asked him to confirm how naive my plan was. After that, my ideas vanished. I finished my BA in Fine Arts but just for my own sake because I wasn’t sure what I should do after. It was there where I found out that I could focus my career in videogames (something that it started as a hobby long time ago) and I fell for programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and 3D animation Blender. Little by little, I decided to work as a graphic designer, and although I’m enjoying it and it’s my passion, as a designer I still feel empty. At the moment, I’m doing a MA in Research and Art Creation. I’ve found out that among so much painting and so many videogames, I also love writing and researching about some artistic topics. I love to find interesting and educational similarities, I love teaching, sharing, and helping people. I’ve got back my idea of become a lecturer and in September, I’ll start my Ph degree and I’ve already started applying to researcher and teacher’s scholarships. I don’t let the grass grows under my feet and if I talk the talk, I walk the walk. I think education needs to be innovated. During this time, I’ve met several lecturers that tried to make me forget about my dreams and I do believe that motivation is key in teaching, specially in Fine Arts and if I can pass my motivation on any student before giving up on it, I think I should give it a go.