Freelance illustrator from Barcelona, Vorja Sánchez, has just begun working as a full-time artist in the last few months. And he is currently wrapping up work on an illustrated book. How fascinating, right? Whimsical Illustrations he creates portray humorous looking critters and surreal animal portraits. On the other hand, his bird illustrations seem to depict vide spectrum of colorful emotions we feel when we bird watch. Proficiency in variety of mediums gives Vorja a great opportunity to express his viewpoint on all sorts of interesting subjects. With daily life as his source of inspiration no one knows where will he take us next. When it comes to Vorja, I believe we can expect many great things to come.
My trajectory in the world of art, professionally speaking, has just recently begun. Like most of us, I’ve been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember, but I’ve only started on a full time dedication for the last months. Before this, I worked for many years for an amusement park company, where I was on charge of thematization & design. Earlier, after studying illustration in Barcelona, I lived for a while in Nicaragua (Central America). During my stay there, I organized painting classes for children and adults, and I made different interventions around the country.
When it comes to my role models, there are some names that have undoubtedly marked me. Such examples are El Bosch and Pieter Brueghel. I find fascinating their incredible ability to create all kinds of unrelated forms that coexist in perfect harmony. I also love the strength of Lucian Freud, the colors of David Hockney or most of the painters, sculptors and photographers of surrealism. Of course, I also gave great referrals of the current time of all kinds of artistic disciplines. The list is quite extensive.
About what inspires me, I find it difficult to specify. I suppose it’s something that happens to a lot of people. Maybe the things that inspire me come from other aspects in my life. Often it tends to be just a daily scene that I see on the street. Simple image that comes to me while walking through the forest. I am specially attracted to the connections that are established between inert objects and animals, people, etc. This kind of harmony that puts order into the chaos is what I try to retain and then transform into whimsical illustrations. When I paint or draw, I’m amused by the will of telling a story, but also by hiding little stories into the big one.
The technique I use varies depending on the needs of the project. I often use techniques that allow me to do a lot of detail in the illustrations. It is very difficult for me to simplify the forms, which is why I normally work with reduced measures.
I am immersed in the preparation of a very personal project. This project tries to take a different approach to the subject of phobias. Something present in the daily life of many people but yet so unknown. I feel a deep empathy with people who suffer from some kind of phobia. Their physical consequences are comparable to disorders. Feelings that many of us experienced at some point, such as anxiety, paralysis, sense of disability or blockage.
My approach, however, doesn’t try to be academic, since I’m not a psychologist. My goal is actually simple. I try to tell small stories that provoke the viewer’s desire to delve a little more into the subject. And hopefully, to make it as interesting as it is for me. Soon, I’d like to work also on another project but in this case referring to the subject of social anthropomorphism.
More whimsical illustrations please?!
Have these interesting, head spinning pieces made you go deeper into your own subconsciousness? Did you manage to unravel secret messages hidden behind every illustration? Is it better to focus on the details, or try looking at the bigger picture? To see more of Vorja’s art and keep up with his illustrated book you can follow him on Facebook & Instagram. Finally, if you would like to share your thoughts on these whimsical illustrations you can do that in the comment section bellow.
Visual content courtesy of Vorja Sánchez.