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Simon Prades is an illustrator known for his etching technique. His works, especially those that represent nature, can be distinguished by the intricate details and vibrant watercolors. Most of his projects represent social awareness and are endearing to the audience. He is currently studying Graphic Design in Trier, Germany.
Can you tell us about your background as an illustrator? How did you get started?
School felt like a pretty bad place for me, so I spent most of the time drawing and doing sketches there, which kept me from doing even more useless things. I always loved to make pictures that explained something I wasn't able to write down.
After school I spent my earnings travelling through South America, doing sketches of the places I visited. People showed a lot of interest in these sketches, mostly done with ink and watercolor, and seemed to like them, so I decided to learn how to draw.
I am studying graphic design now in Trier, Germany with a main focus on Illustration and book design. Etching and the art of printmaking became also very important to me, in the last two years. So basically, I am still getting started.
Do you consider anyone as your mentor or inspiration as an illustrator?
There are a lot of contemporary illustrators like Lars Henkel, David Hughes, David Foldvari or Sterling Hundley, who I really adore. But if it comes to inspiration or mentors of mine I would rather name Rembrandt, Albrecht Dürer, Francisco de Goya or Horst Janssen. The distance between me and them (which comes from the fact that they are all dead and lived in quite different times) makes it easier for me to study them. I love to analyze the way they composed their drawings and etchings and also how they adapted their mentors and developed their own style.
Literature is a big source of inspiration for me too. I love to read Heinrich Böll, Lion Feuchtwanger, John Steinbeck or Henry Miller and also biographies of artists and writers.
Can you tell us more about the technique of etching? What is it and why do you use this technique?
Basically it is a form of printmaking, using an engraved metal plate to reproduce a drawing. Chemicals, mainly the acid, help you to engrave the drawing into the metal, which later prints the ink into paper. As handcrafting was always a passion for me and this one combined with drawing, it felt right from the beginning.
Hello, my name is Chris and i am currently doing a college project on you for graphic design and was wondering if i could ask you a few questions or get a little more information about you. I absoloutely love your artwork and is very strong and touching. You have a very creative imagination and your artwork stuck out at me most then anyone else.
Thank you and if you have time please feel free to email me back.
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