Confident, spirited and down-to-earth is the best way to describe our next artist hailing from Barcelona, Spain. Maria Herreros is a freelance illustrator churning out uncanny portraits of pop-icons and creating art fuelled purely by passion. Maria set foot into the creative industry in 2009 and since then she has managed to showcase her art around the world and build up a grand portfolio working with the likes of Coca Cola, Reebok, El Pais and many others.
We had a quick chat with Maria Herreros to talk about her origin, persistence and the power of art. Enjoy!
Can you go ahead and introduce yourself to the Teardusk community?
Hi, I’m Maria Herreros, an artist, illustrator and comic author currently living in Barcelona and working towards the world.
Can you sum up your creative journey so far?
I studied art and always knew I wanted to work with images and create my own artwork. I didn’t have much help or connections, so I worked hard, and gave my best.
As an emerging artist, what are the three most important qualities to have?
Self confidence, endurance and an original approach to universal themes.
When you are not working on art, how do you spend your time?
Right now there’s not much spare time, because I’m on the final stages of what will be my next book, a compilation of my favourite Hollywood myths over the decades.
You seem to make a lot of references to pop culture and feminism in your work. Would you say that these are two important elements of your art?
Yes, it wasn’t intentional at first. I just can’t separate what I care about from my artwork. So, yes, very important. Inevitable.
Could you name some illustrators or artist who have caught your attention?
Sure, I love Jorge Condo, Alex Katz and Natalia Goncharova.
Were there any moments where you felt like giving up. If so, can you explain how you managed to remain persistent?
Just once. I was returning home from a “day job” – folding t-shirts for ten hours – and I realised I wouldn’t be able to take part in an exhibition because I just didn’t have the time. I cried for a few minutes, got a glass of wine, or something less glamorous, and talked to a buddy about giving up. I went to bed and before I closed my eyes I knew I wouldn’t give up.
If you could change the world through your art, what would you decide to change?
End abuse of power. Especially the derivatives of capitalism and sexual discrimination.
Lastly, what is the most important piece of advice you would give to creatives who are just starting out on their journey?
Do the best job you can, honestly. Do not show your work until you are confident. Do not imitate what you believe will be successful. Always do a little more stuff, and log off. Live life, because if you only watch fiction and work, you are watching someone’s vision. Third is hard work. Go to your favourite artist’s sources.
And lastly, if not even more important, live, live and live. Allow yourself feelings, even sad ones. Feed your art with them. I think that’s all.