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Quim Sosa

Illustrator and cartoonist

 

 

Humour illustrator: jokes, strip cartoonist and comic book artist. This was the Quim of the beginnings. Compulsive reader of comics and humorous magazines, my firsts humour illustrations and strip cartoons were influenced by Ibáñez (Mortadelo y Filemón) and many of the authors of the satirical magazine ‘El Jueves’. In my firsts comic books, I wanted to be like Moebius, Manara and Hugo Pratt. All at once.

After spending a year at Pau Gargallo School of Arts and Crafts in Badalona, and another year at Pepe Gonzalez Private School, author of Vampirella comic book, I made my first non-humorous illustrations, without leaving the other aspect, my almost innate humour.

At the end of the 80s, I worked in several Badalona fanzines. In the early 90s I became a Badalona Magazine professional contributor, drawing cartoon strips, and also for the ‘Observador’ Newspaper, where I illustrated articles. Him and his work aims to make you smile, reflect and think.

After a long period in which I only drew for pleasure, I focused my work towards the realization of caricatures, making sporadic small orders, mainly from individuals, but in some cases also for professional media. With cartoons I also began my vectorial stage.

In September 2015 I decided to enrol in the Vic School of Arts, specializing in painting. This fact and the call of a study for an order meant an 180º turn in my style. The study asked for vector drawings, very different from those I was used to do, and the result surprised both, the study and me. After that, some more orders would come and I continued developing this new style, where I find myself more comfortable day by day. Moreover, the Vic School of Arts has brought me another point of view and other references, especially in colour application of and human figure treatment. References such as Egon Schiele, Lucien Freud and Jenny Saville.

All of this has changed my working methods. Now, my illustrations are based on photographs, providing detail richness and making them more faithful to ‘reality’, while the colour is applied in a manner more similar to traditional painting techniques rather than digital resources.

Conceptually, and even though I keep going back to humour from time to time, my most recent work tries to be kinder to production and have replaced the ‘pursuit of grotesque’ for the ‘pursuit of beauty’.

 

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