We have been fascinated with Diego’s work since we first set eyes on it. I find his art demonstrates a real attention to detail, creative use of shading and depth, and i also love how he is able to convey an underlying sense of beauty and emotion in an artistic universe full of details synonymous with death. Often we find, buried deep in his line-work, a message of love and pain. This is why I find his art so interesting and each time I look at one of his pieces, i am instantly drawn to examine the details he has placed. We caught up with Diego to interview him about his style of work and his views on artistic practices. Take a look at how he responded.
How would you describe your creative style?
Detailed, dynamic and cryptic. That’s the idea at least, the goal in every piece of work i do. Focusing on details, while keeping an eye on the overall look, allows me to explore, study and better understand what I am drawing. And hopefully, when this is visible in the illustration, this will add some depth and meaning to it. For the same reason I often try to give a sense of movement in my work, a three-dimensional feel and a hidden meaning, in something which is after all completely still and defined.
What is art to you?
Two of the most important traits of art, for me are: creation, which I think needs to be deep-seated in everyone, a necessity that transcends our historical, cultural or social context, but just rooted in our nature.
And secondly, knowledge. Since to fully and effectively represent anything you need to understand, feel and internalize it, not just with your rational thinking, but with your whole “heart” and sensibility.
Therefore anything that allows you to express these needs, in my opinion, can be considered a form of art.
What does your average day look like?
Much of my day revolves around visual arts. I’m currently studying illustration, and in my spare time I’m running some freelance works like commissions or collaborations. Of course, I’m always saving some space for my personal illustrations (which I believe to be something really important in order to grow and learn).
For me drawing or illustrating is not just a job, it’s at the same time a passion, a hobby and sometimes a game. Therefore whenever possible, I grab a pencil and a piece of paper.
How long does it typically take for you to finish a piece?
My average artwork, typically takes me around 20 hours to complete. When dealing with clients and commission I usually track quite precisely the time spent, but when it comes to my personal works, it’s often much more and it doesn’t really matter since it’s something I really enjoy.
How have others reacted to your work?
I like when the first reaction to my works is surprise, and a sort of “wow” effect. But after all, every comment is important, it’s a chance to learn something new and to view my works in a different way. And to be honest, the most useful comments are those which point out some weak parts of a piece that you didn’t see before, so you can work on that in order to progress.
What do you want others to take away from your work?
In my illustrations there are often symbols and metaphors, or some meaning behind the mere image that suggests, hopefully, a different point of view. I like to show something in a totally different perspective. Not necessarily pretending to create something absolutely unique and new, but just reverse the ordinary.
Sometimes that’s clear and easily visible, sometimes more hidden. Anyhow, it’s great when people recognise this, and maybe think about it, even just for a moment.
What, if anything, would you tell your younger self?
Don’t be afraid of failure. Whether it is a huge project, or just a single draw, don’t over think it or fear anything about it: dare!
What are your thoughts on art school?
If I look back, most of the things i have learnt, both technical and artistic, i learnt on my own. Sure, not all of them, but most. That being said, art schools can be really helpful, especially for the chance to meet other creatives. working with someone more experienced, and share each other experiences. I also think that going to an art school hoping it will make a great artist out of you, is one of the worst and most common mistake. Like any other “tools”, if used in the proper way it could be a great help.
Have any future aspirations that you’d like to share?
There are many bands I listen to, books I read, movies, shows and events I like. I would love to give my contribution as an artist, to participate somehow in those things which are or have been significant to me in one way or another.
Where can people find your works?
The main place where I upload and share things is Behance: here, there are some of my artworks I enjoyed the most. I’ve got a Facebook page too, where often I upload works in progress, sketches and other interesting stuff.
Edited by R.A Allman