Paper as a tool
Jotaká chose to study for a Fine Arts degree, followed by a Master’s Degree in illustrations, at the Polytechnic University of Valencia and ended up as an illustrator. Now, he works with many different projects, even if the covid-19 situation has cancelled a couple of jobs. He feels privileged because he can work with his passion and that, when he’s not in a commission, he can work with smaller projects of his own. For example, last year, he made a project about Alice in Wonderland that started without any expectations – and ended up in an exhibition where almost all the original works were sold. For Jotaká, choosing paper is one of the most important things of the process and something he does very carefully. When he is working with watercolor he always chooses a glossy paper of 300 gsm, because it’s easier to scan compared to grained paper. On the other hand, while making illustrations for exhibitions he prefers paper with fine or medium grain since it gives the final piece the feeling of high quality.
– When I do paper art, I especially like to enhance different textures. Paper is a varied material, lightweight, and very manageable. I love when the light falls upon the surface of cut paper, creating shapes. It feels like something poetic, and I try to reflect that feeling with photography, says Jotaká.