Almost a week ago I did a little experiment on my Instagram account where I decided to dedicate a full day responding any questions you guys made to me and sharing all the answers as a Story. I really enjoyed doing it, the questions were very interesting and answer to them even more. Here in this post, you can find the results of the "Ask Me Anything Day!"
What software do you use? Procreate on Ipad?
All my designs are done in Photoshop and I drew using a Wacom Cintiq 13HD
Do you sketch in a paper before? Or do you draw on computer or Ipad directly?
I use to work directly on pc, this way I can work faster and try more ideas. It also helps me to keep track of all my sketches. In the previous blog, you can read a little more about that.
How old are you and how long have you been drawing?
I'm 30 years old. I've loved to draw since I was a little kid, but for work, I've been doing it for 9 years.
How did you get those ideas for your drawings? I always want to draw something interesting like what you have done but it is too difficult (Hong Kong Fan).
In order to have ideas, I sketch everything! Good and bad ideas, it helps you not only to decide whether if certain ideas are worth it but also while you draw differents more ideas will come to your mind.
- What brushes do you use in Photoshop?
I only use regular round brushes.
- How can I improve my sketches?
There's no quick solution. The only thing you can do is to practice more and never be afraid to show your work. I always recommend the book "Learn to draw with the right side of your brain", it changed my work.
- Carrot or broccoli?
I've never eaten broccoli, so carrot :)
- What size (pixel-wise) do you open in photoshop?
I use a big canvas to sketch as many ideas as possible in there, like 5000x5000, each sketch like 600x600, low resolution so I work quick. For final artworks, usually 3600x3600 px.
- Could you make a video to explain your process in Photoshop? It will be so helpful.
I have a YouTube channel. Not many videos yet but I think it's worth a watch.
- Wacom Cintiq or Ipad+Pencil?
I've only used Ipad for drawing for a couple hours and I found it really nice, but after so many years using Wacom products I'm not sure if I'd be able to change. I can't give an objective opinion on this.
- What is your favorite sketch you never made?
Great question! Probably this one, so silly yet I love it.
(After this question now this sketch is available, I couldn't wait anymore :)
- Did you start drawing professionally with pencil and paper or directly with devices?
- When I was ... 12 years old, I think I bought my first Wacom tablet, so by the point I started working on this I was as comfortable working on it as with paper, so I went all digital.
- What has been your biggest achievement since now in your career?
Probably opening my own store in Barcelona if you need something specific.
Having so many people to follow and support my work is something I never thought it would happen, just to receive so many questions is mind-blowing for me.
- For your art define work or passion?
Right now, it's 100% passion, I'm at the point where I can work just on ideas I enjoy, so I always have fun while drawing. Living from my art is not always fun though, in order to be able to do that, I need to do plenty of boring stuff business related, deal with manufacturers, coding for the website, etc.
- Do you also have a main job? So yes, what is it If I can ask? Do you also want to "stop" with it and go further with your drawings?
Drawing is my main and only job! I studied to be a nurse though.
- May I know some of your ideas to start illustration as a business.
- Recommended Wacom tablet for a beginner?
I started with a Wacom Bamboo, it was the cheapest model at the moment, but I'd recommend starting with a Wacom Intuos small.
- Where do you get inspiration?
- Did you start your professional drawing with sketching around or you studied anatomy, color, perspective and etc? Because I'm in love with cartoon and comics, but there're always saying me you should learn how to "really draw" first. I just can't understand them.
It depends on the kind of art you want to do, but technical training can be really useful even to draw cute stuff. I love to go for realist drawings in my free time and I'm sure it helps me to make my simple stuff more interesting.
- Can you introduce us some books, or give us some tips about drawing cartoons?
Not for cartoons, but for anything. "Learn to draw with the right side of your brain", changed me, it will improve your skills whether you draw cartoons o portraits.
- Are you planning on selling T-shirts with your drawings anytime soon? I'd be the first one to buy one.
I'm rebuilding that part of the site! I'll make an announcement here when they're ready.
- Can you please share your face photo?
Here a picture of me very very focused in drawing!
- How fast is your time turn around time? (From sketch to finished piece).
I mostly work on sketches, I make many different versions and once I have one I like I work to improve it. Once I have a sketch I like, I start over and it only takes like 1-3 hours t diminish depending on the design.
What's the first thing you think about when you wake up in the morning?
Work, that's the problem when you love your work, you don't mind working all time.
- How can I, as a beginner, start drawing If I don't have money to buy drawing stuff as a Wacom or Ipad? Do you think the transition of drawing in a paper and a digital table is too tough?
Money help! But it's not really necessary. When I was starting my tablet died so for almost a year I made all my designs with a touchpad, not even a mouse, and sketched everything in the paper. Start working now and use the first money you get from your drawings on a tablet, always invest in yourself!
- What's your favorite design categories- badges, posters, etc?
I'm in love with pins, it's becoming an obsession.
- What initially inspired you to do the iceberg series?
I had a great time drawing the first one (free hugs) and I love to combine dark humor and cuteness, so I kept thinking on ideas! Series are a great way to get more people as they're shared more often than individual designs.
- What initially inspired you to do the broccoli/feeling alone series?
It's a bit of constant in my work, I focus on things that need more love, like villains. I thought not many people really like broccoli because I only eat junk food. The thing is, with the broccoli design I learned that a lot of people love broccoli.
- If I am a beginner but I wanna learn how to drawing like yours, what are your tips?
I started designing for Threadless and sites like that. These are great places to learn, not only you can make some money while you learn, but you'll meet a great number of artists, you'll receive a lot of feedback, etc. It's all you need to start improving apart from hard work.
- What made you come up with your name?
I get asked this, a lot! I'd like to tell a really interesting story here but the thing is...I don't even know! I've been using this name online since I was 7-8 years old, so I don't even remember. My name is Nacho, so it probably has something to do with Nachito (little nacho), but who knows!
THANKS EVERYONE FOR THE QUESTIONS, IT HAS BEEN GREAT FUN! I PROMISE TO REPEAT IT IN THE FUTURE. I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE EXPERIENCE AS MUCH AS I DID!
AND A SPECIAL THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!