Deih: “There are times that the expression of a feeling is what makes me draw a scene”
Deih, Valencia 1978. Since 2003 Bachelor of Fine Arts – San Carlos, UPV – Valencia and since then with an unstoppable professional and artistic career. This renowned Valencian artist has focused and developed in mural painting, animation, illustration and comics, participating in many international exhibitions and festivals and holding workshops and conferences in both independent and institutional organizations.
Sympathy Collaboration: Tell us how you describe yourself?
Deih: I guess I’m a creative in general, apart from being human and all that, a creative person … I’m always thinking things to do and I do them. Especially I prefer to draw and mural painting but I think of things for all kinds of projects.
SC: What made you dedicate yourself to this?
Deih: I think it was not being able to stop drawing. At first I drew but not so much, my brother is a cartoonist and older than me and I tried to learn to draw better, but then it’s as if a door opened and I could not stop inventing stories, drawings … in fact I started Hispanic philology and I got very good grades but I said, I want to draw and I signed up for fine arts.
SC: What do you usually do to recharge ideas?
Deih: There are several types of recharge, when I go on a trip to paint around, I recharge my batteries a lot because besides being painting I have a lot of experiences and it is very intense, because you are meeting a lot of people and it is all new. When I finish a project what recharges my batteries the most is to be with my daughter and my girl and a bit of nature too, not to be in the city and that’s where I come up with new ideas and paradoxically they are very technological and about cities and things like that. You have to separate a little, stop obsessing and think about how to follow your ideas and develop them and maybe when you disconnect the door opens again.
SC: Tell us a little about your creative process?
Deih: I think that my creative process always starts from stories I want to tell and that mixes with things I want to draw, and then in that fusion between the things I want to tell and the things I want to paint I find the best way to tell a story. There are times that it comes more from the side of the things I want to draw and from there I give meaning to the story and sometimes it is more the expression of a feeling or a reflection on the world and that is what makes me draw a certain scene.
SC: For this helmet, tell us how the procedure has been? Have you had to change much of your way of working?
Deih: The first thing that came to mind is to make a scene with characters, which is what I usually do, but then I thought, fuck, my characters always wear helmets, I’m going to make a helmet that they wear, I’ll make the helmet , and that solved me a lot, because I was thinking what was the best point of view to put the characters and that took away all the doubts I had and I dedicated myself to make a helmet like the ones that my characters would wear, a bit technological and actually It’s like a tribute to one of my favorite writers: William Gibson, that’s why it’s called Neuromancer, and in which there is a cyberpunk universe that I love, and that’s how I see it in my head when I read those novels, the helmets are broken, full of engine grease, and have that point of technological chips that is like another virtual reality that is as real as ours. The truth is that I enjoyed doing it a lot, but a lot, in fact the following pieces that I have made in the street wear helmets more similar to this one than the ones I used to make, which were more fabric. I am actually enjoying with the change.
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