Who is Maria Herreros?
Maria Herreros is a freelance illustrator based in Barcelona, Spain; also developing personal artwork and comic books.
What was the first thing/person you drew professionally?
Santa Claus for two years straight.
What’s your perspective towards art?
To express my thoughts about human beings as collectives and as individuals. Trying to capture through empathy the details of each personality.
How was your first approach towards illustration?
After I quit my job drawing hundreds of Santa Claus´s for a company, I started doing and spreading personal artwork just for the sake of it, and projects started coming.
What is your purpose as an illustrator?
To make a living doing what I love the most is an amazing life. Also putting out there stuff that people can enjoy. It’s very fulfilling.
Tells us about your technique.
My comfort technique is very simple: watercolour and graphite. But I also try to use ink, pens and the computer.
What does the concept of bizarre mean to you and how it influences your work?
Being able to see the beauty in the difference is very important to understand human nature. Also, for me it’s all about respect. To be open to all kinds of lifestyles and personalities.
Do you think collaborations are important?
Sure, when it’s with the right people it can be very rewarding.
Who would you like to collaborate with?
What are you working on right now?
An illustrated book about Hollywood myths, also I’m between several shorter projects.
What do you intend to communicate through your art?
It depends on the project. For example in my last exhibition I was trying to talk about the global idea of women being controlled through beauty and fertility.
How does illustration make you feel?
Great. It keeps you fresh, updated, informed and inspired.
Can you name two artists whose influence has inspired you?
Alex Katz and Stephen Shore.
Do you think music influences you in some way? ¿How?
Sure. You can totally change your mood and feel inspired almost instantly through music.
Where does the need to create come from?
When I was a kid I had to draw all the things I didn’t have. I guess it’s something instinctive. You draw the things you like as a way to own them. Later in life you start to use it also to get the demons out and point out things you don’t like.
How do you prepare yourself before you start working on something new?
If I’ve finished a long-term project, like a book, I have to do some little flash series of drawings about things that I like with no conceptual background whatsoever. Just stuff I’m into at the moment. Only to feel free to draw anything, and then get back with something long or coherent.
Where do you find inspiration?
Film, photography, and colour combinations I find in nature (rocks or gems for example).
Tell us about your illustrated books, ¿What are the stories about?
It varies greatly, but I think there’s always a trend in my subjects. I like to present typical disturbing themes without the veil of mystery. Also human nature I would say is a constant.
What is the most significant exhibition you have visited this year? Why?
I would say, the permanent exhibition at the Tate Gallery, especially portraits of the Tudors Dynasty. I love the stillness of these portraits. It’s all about the eyes and the symbols.
Book The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.
Song I thought I was an alien, Soko.
Painter Richard Prince
Illustrator Mac Conner
Colour I used to hate purple but now I’m very into the pink/purple combo