Interview with David M. Buisan

by Sunday, June 19, 2011

Hello David, first of all, tell us something about your upcoming work. What are you into at the moment?

I’m into a couple of unusual projects: a collaboration with Woouf (a printed bean bag & pillow design studio) and I’m beginning to work on a personal animation shortfilm (with a friend).

Tell us a little bit about yourself: where is home, and how long have you been a designer/illustrator?

I really enjoy working on my flat/studio in Barcelona. It’s a sunny and quiet place. And I’ve been illustrator (professional) for about 5 years.

Could you tell us some more about your illustration? How would you describe your style?

I try not to be so serious. Mixing trendy topics with geeky ones. So the comicbook style helps me to do that.


Looking at your portfolio, it’s quite an eclectic range of styles, subject matters and approaches. What’s the underlying unifying factor that makes them your works?

In fact, I always try to draw the things that I love.

If you could change one thing about being an illustrator, what would it be?

The tight deadlines!


Do you remember the very first piece of art that you worked up?

I’ve been drawing since I was a child… but the first work I published was an illustration about the music band Glasvegas.

Which book or work has given you the most satisfaction in producing?

A collaboration with fashion brand Bess NYC, I used four of my best friends as models for that.

What artists have influenced you, and how? Who or what inspires you in your personal life and work?

Jack Kirby is God.

What was your favorite book as child?

The Hobbit. And X-Men comicbooks.

How has your work evolved over the years from when you where beginning?

At the beginning, my work was more manga-influenced, it looked like Jamie Hewlett’s work. Then I started to find my own way… till now, whatever it is.

What inspires you and how do you keep motivated when things get tough in the studio?

Everything inspires me… my friends, some tv series, some books… When things get tough, I use to stop drawing and do something else to clear my mind.

How could you describe that precise moment….The one it makes you say: “Yes! This is great! I did it! I got it!”

It happens when the idea in my mind matches up the finished work.

How have you handled the business side of your work?

With some difficulties! Luckily, my father gives me a hand with that.

What is your family background? Were there any artists or creative types in the family?

Not exactly. Unless you consider my father being an amateur photographer and my mother’s hairdresser job as “creative types”.

What upcoming shows, exhibitions, do you have coming up?

Nothing for sure yet.

What’s the best part of being an illustrator?

Giving life to what’s in my mind.

The hardest and the easiest part of your passion?

As I said before, the hardest part is deadlines, the easiest… maybe the freedom some clients give me to work.

How do you keep yourself motivated and your illustration fresh?

In any new work, I try to make something different, or to challenge myself.

Do you conduct workshops for aspiring illustrators?

I don’t. I guess I’m not the “teaching type”. I’m quite shy speaking in public.

What good advice do you have for people who want to be illustrators?

To be patient, and to find a unique style of their own.

Before you put your work “out there”. Do you have it critiqued by someone else, or do you just go with what your heart tells you is right?

I used to show it to a couple of friends. But now because of tight schedules I use to skip that step and keep my fingers crossed.

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