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1. What’s your story? Where are you from?

Hi! I am Agurtzane Abajo. I was born in 1982 in Vitoria-Gasteiz, a small city plenty of green areas from the north of Spain, and it is the place currently I live with my family. I have been always the most creative of my family, and I loved going to drawing classes when I was a child. Years later I studied Graphic Design, and I worked for several publicity agencies, but in 2011 I was not very happy with my current job and I decided quit it and become a freelance graphic designer. I began to create my portfolio developing my own illustration style, and, it is in 2015, when I become mother, when I decided to focus in illustration with the project “Saludos al pollo”.

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2. Tell us about your aesthetic.

It took time to develop my own style, but I can tell it is colorful, soft, and it gives good vibes, it is happy, and most of the times take a smile from people.

3. What is your favourite medium and why?

Pencil. It is the medium with I feel more free. I also love the watercolors, because the texture and the imperfections that creates have character, but quite a bit of time ago I do not use them.

4. What is your artistic process like?

Firstly I look for the idea, once I get it, I sketch with pencil. I do not have scanner, so I use the camera of my mac, it is enough to draw the lines, and later to color it with my wacom tablet on Illustrator.

5. Who and/or what inspires your work?

People, and the daily scenes stories inspire me the most. The tiny things, definitely.I follow many artists on social media. I admire a large list of illustrators, but to mention some, I can name Marisa Morea, Helend Dardik, Amandine Piu, Marta AltΓ©s, Gomez Illustration and Amelie Faliere.

6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?

I do not consider myself as an artist, but I think the art has the power of emerge feelings in people in other way would be very difficult these feelings would born.

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7. Where did you study?

I studied Graphic Design in Bilbao, a city next to mine. I remember getting on the bus always with big folders and the watercolors.

8. Where do you see yourself in five years? Working in an agency?

I see myself illustrating for children publications and books.

9. What about in ten?

I hope to be published a lot of books, and also see my illustrations on some surface products. Hope to have a workflow very interesting of proyects.

10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?

I want to use illustration for inspire other people, to explain something, for better comunication, to give power to an idea, to take a smile out.

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11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?

I love pasta, salads, and the potato omelette, of course.

12. Favourite book?

Not one in particular. The last with I have enjoyed has been the comic book of Agustina Guerrero.

13. Favourite genre of music?

I usually listening folk, soul, indie classic rock and unplugged themes.

14. What are your hobbies?

I love discover new places, riding a bike, and spend all time I can with my friends, my partner and my two daughters.

15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?

If I wasn’t an illustrator, maybe I would have been a patisserie owner. When I was a child, I remember pretending I ran a bakery, but it is also true that I most liked to design the paper wrappings for the cakes.

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