CRISTINA ALONSO is a Spanish illustrator. She has won the cover voting for our SUPERIOR DIGITAL October issue. An interview and some impressions of her work show Cristina Alonso’s excellence.
Since when do you work as an illustrator? How did you get to your job and where did you learn?
After being graduated by the University of Valencia in Hispanic Philology in 2012, I decided to redirect my formation towards the artistic world, so that I could make illustration my profession. That same year I attended a postgraduate course on Professional Illustration at the School of Art and Technology of Valencia (ESAT), which radically changed and widened the former vision I had of this profession. Since that moment I began exposing my artwork in many exhibition halls and galleries of emerging art from all over Spain. Thanks to the diffusion of my illustrations via internet several brands, publications and editorial projects have been interested in my artwork.
That is the reason why I am currently combining a new master’s degree in Design and Illustration Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain), with my job as a freelance illustrator.
Where do you get your inspirations from and what is your style of illustration like?
I’ve always believed that inspiration is the result of the combination of two factors: living wide open to the world around you, receptive as a sponge that absorbs all information that surrounds you, and hard and constant effort. This is the reason why I find inspiration from everywhere: from a conversation on the subway, in a good novel, in the echo of a song that resounds in my head, at the theatre’s stage… and of course, at my desk.
Just like every graphic artist also does, I have grown up admiring the great classical art masters, apart from nourishing myself of all the current arstitical movements I am able to, drenching myself constantly in their innovation and novelty. The idea is not coming to a standstill.
Regarding to my style, which could be defined as figurative and oniric, I truly believe I own so much to Victorian Painting, to the Gothic, to Pop Surrealism, to pin-up illustration and to the fashion world.
What do you want to express with your illustrations?
The nature of my illustrations is poetical, with a very strong bond between the graphic side of them and the story they long to narrate. Illustration is to me a more or less symbolic medium, more or less direct, to express both personal and collective feelings, critics, dreams, restlessness… and granting them the taking of a form. It is the best way I know to get myself expressed, and at the same time the only one I know to chase my ghosts away.
What are your future goals?
Although my head is a constant swarm of future ideas, I am currently focusing myself on the upcoming projets. Among them it lies the preparation for my first solo exhibition in Spain, ‘Visual Metaphors’. Also, I am developing a fashion illustration book, with which I long to cross frontiers and let my artwork reach new horizons abroad. In addition, in January 2014, my artwork will be included in the illustration book called ‘Fashion Figurines. Techinques and Styles’ published by the renown Anaya Multimedia publishing house, with international distribution.
How would you describe your interpretation of SUPERIOR Magazine cover?
October is autumn, changes, endless contrasts… I just crave to evoke it in the attitude of my cover: a clear clash between colours, black and white, yet united by the autumnal shade that colour purple is representing here; a clear confrontation between the romantic sensitivity that the female figure embodies and the potency with which her stare caughts the eye of the magazine readers, which is an open invitation to delve deeper into the magazine.
Also, three keys of Superior do appear in the attempt of cover I propose: fashion, reflected in the clothing and in the small boot; beauty, highlighted by the purple shades; and the photograph, conveyed in a slightly off-set frame in which the character is placed. An interpretation that invites the reader to dive into this season full of contrasts.