EFR exclusive interview with Spanish Artist & Illustrator Fernando Ferreiro

By: Farrah Estrella

Fernando Ferreiro
Illustrator Fernando Ferreiro
I
have been a fan of Artist and Illustrator Fernando Ferreiro’s work for a very
long time and I am truly honored to have been given the opportunity to interview
him for my blog. 

Based in Spain, Fernando’s following is growing more and more
every day. He is known for his incredible portraits especially those of curvy
and plus size women.

Check
out our Q& A with Artist and Illustrator Fernando Ferreiro below.
 1-How did you get started as an
illustrator?
I love drawing since I can remember. I started making money
with my drawings when I was 16. Now I am 47 and I keep on loving what I do.

2-You often draw a lot of curvy
women and plus size models, why is that subject of such interest to you?
Curvy women are the most beautiful inspiration to me,
because they represent the best of female beauty, health, positive way of life,
etc. If you see the classical arts, the woman is always represented with curvy
and healthy bodies. Only the fashion designers from the second half of 20th
Century break this canon and impose the skinny woman as sign of beauty and
success. Now this way of thinking is changing again and I see that this belief
that the only beauty canon is the skinny woman is not valid.

3-Tell us about some of the
techniques that you use to make your drawings and how long does it take you to
make one?
I love graphite pencils. I use different pencils for the
different shades and tones. I like to work very clean and slowly. Graphite is a
very dirty tool and it´s important to keep the paper clean. Sometimes I work
with digital tools too, but for some editorial works. The portraits of models
uses to be drawn with pencils. And sorry, but I hate to talk about how long
does it takes. I think this is the less important issue. I only see the
results.   

4- Of all the drawings that you
done, do you have a favorite? Why?
I love lots of them. It´s hard to choose one or two. Maybe
the first portrait of a plus size model I did, Nicole Le Bris in 2013, because
with it all started. I love Mayra De Wilde´s portrait too, because the curly
hair was a true challenge. Recently, one of my favorites is “Ana and the sea”,
a full body portrait of Ana Garcia, my personal tribute to all the curvy women
that inspire my work.

5- You have accomplished so much in
your career, what are your future plans?
 I would like to do something with all this portraits of
beautiful women; a book, an exhibition, I still don´t know. I´m also working on
some projects about wildlife, my other passion. I love drawing animals and I´m
doing some illustrations about the wildlife of the five continents.

6-We always end our interviews by asking our guest for a favorite quote or some words of wisdom, tell us about yours?I love one quote by one of my favorite Masters, Ingres: “Drawing is the honesty of art”. Anyway, I think that pursuing a dream is the sanest way to live. The wisdom that we need is the one that make us happy. If you live happy with what you have, you are wise.

Check
out some of Fernando’s work below.

For
more information on his work visit his website at www.fferreiro.es.
Instagram:
@FFerreiro_Draw

Twitter: @Ferilustrador

By Farrah Estrella

Farrah Estrella is an award winning Latina, plus size, fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger. A native of the Dominican Republic, she was a previous writer for Examiner.com and has been the editor of the Estrella Fashion Report since 2012. Follow her on twitter at @FarrahEstrella and @EstrellaFReport

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