Jimena Sánchez Sarquiz

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Your Full Name
Jimena Sánchez Sarquiz

Tell us about you.
I love to draw, I’ve been doing it ever since I can remember.

retratoWhen I was around ten, my grandmother would let me tag along to her saturday painting class. It was my favorite part of the week. I had my little wooden box filled with paint and solvents and I would try to look very serious while I drew a sill life with the other old ladies.

I think I’m still that little girl, trying to look al serious and professional while I’m playing my favorite game.

How did you first started grow interest in becoming an illustrator? What’s the story?
Even though I would spend most of my time drawing, it took me a while to realize that it was what I wanted to do for a living. I had been accepted in the literature program at the National University when they went on strike. I spent a year working and traveling. By the time the strike ended I had decided that I wanted to go to art school and try to make a career out of my love of drawing.

Where are you located?
Mexico City

What do you think about social networking?
I love it! It’s a great way to get your work out there in the eye of the public and potential clients.

Where do you get inspirations from?
Most of my inspiration comes from life. The people I know or the people I sometimes see in the street. I’ll see funny looking people or I’ll hear someone tell a story and I can´t help turning that into a little story in my head.

Do you see yourself still be as passionate as today about being an illustrator in the next five to ten years?
I honestly don’t know. I’ve been doing this for 5 years, and I every time I meet someone who is doing toy art or animation I cant help thinking it would be super fun to try and do that. I’ll probably will still be looking for ways to express myself in ten years, what will that look like exactly is a bit of a mystery.

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What do you do when you have creative block?

Clean my studio, cook, read; but mostly I work. I love that Picasso quote: “Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working.”

Whom do you consider to be your professional role model? Why do you consider this person to be so special?
There are lots of people that I admire. Some for their creativity, their skills, their work ethics o maybe just for their positive outlook on life. I try to incorporate bits and pieces of all this people into my life. I couldn’t name one with out having to name all.

Tell us about your most embarrassing moment and what lesson did you learn from it?
The first time I got a job they made me do a test, I didn’t have a real solid portfolio and they wanted to see if I could actually do the work. I got my self so worked up, tying to get it just right. I didn’t sleep and I spent the following day complaining on how I had blown it. Two days later they sent me a work order and an illustration from my portfolio with the note that I should try to make it look like that. I was so quick to judge my work as not good enough and I spent days suffering for one image, instead of enjoying myself. Now I try to remember that getting payed to draw is supposed to be FUN.

What do you think about the Internet and how it is affecting our lifestyle?
I think that the internet has made it easy for illustrators to turn in work with out ever having to meet a client. This has opened door for artist who want to sell their art in larger markets. The only problem is that know that the clients don’t get to see the human behind the art it makes it easier to forget that we are people too. We have schedules and families and bills to pay and we are expecting to pay them with the work that they have commissioned from us.

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Where do you see the industry going?
I see a lot of people worrying about what the new technologies mean for the future of the illustration industry. I see artist trying out all kinds of new things trying to be the first to jump on the train headed to “the future”.

I also believe that lots of clients trying to take advantage of this uncertainty. They will try to tell you that the old ways are dead so they can’t pay as much as in the past, or that this new technologies haven’t been tested but if you are willing to do it on spec they will eventually make it up to you. It’s our responsibility to keep a cool head and try not to get to hung up in wether we are making the wrong or right desitions.

What are you doing to stay on top of these changes and how do you keep your work fresh?
I’m keeping my eyes open to the trends and I’m willing to keep learning and adapting to whatever the future brings.

Name 3 of your favorite (art) books/ magazines.
I don’t get a chance to read that many art magazines, but I do read a lot of blogs.
Ilustration Mundo (To keep up with the current illustration trends)
Escape from Ilustration Island (I love the articles and the podcasts)
Revista Babar (It has information on the world of storybook illustration in spanish speaking countries)

Do you have anyone/company you would like to collaborate/work together?
No, so far I’m a one woman show, but I like collaborating with friends small projects every now and then.

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Do you procrastinate? What is your opinion about it?
I procrastinate all the time. Lately I have so much work that I can disguise my procrastinating by doing other things that I have on my to do list. I don’t think procrastinating is necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes I will give my self tasks because I see other artist doing something in order to advance their careers. It’s only after I keep putting it off that I realize that the I don’t want to do it because it has nothing to do with the path I want to be on.

Name 3 softwares (or tools) that you use the most, and tell us the function of each them.
A pen. I always have one with me to sketch and write down ideas.
Watercolors: I don’t get to use them that often but I always have some watercolor pencils and brushes with me, I case I feel like putting some color to one of my sketches.
Photoshop: Lately I use photoshop for all my digital work. I’m used to the program and can make it do the things I want.

If you have online portfolio, what is the URL?
http://www.jimenasanchez.com

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