I live in Patagonia. I was born and grew up here. During the 80s I went to Buenos Aires to study Fine Arts, but after 10 years I needed to return to this land of deserts, wind and freedom. Like the whole Argentina, this region has many different landscapes and climates, I lives in the coast, in front of the sea, and supposes that this influences somehow in my way to see and make things. But everything has its pro and their cons, to live here also imply to be far from the great large cities (Buenos Aires is 1600 km from here!), to generate commercial relationships from here is a little complicated, although Internet is somewhat aid.
I had a precious childhood here, at that time this town was a small one, all we knew each other, but not today. And it's obvious that things one sees and lives and learns in the childhood soon have effect in your adult life. I've read so much, all kind of things, saw classic cartoons of the TV: Speed Racer, Astroboy, The pink panther, The three stooges,
the Tex Avery Cartoons (a genius!) and many films of terror and SciFi. And I drew! of course!
I'm not used to play games, perhaps some small Flash Games, something that doesn't demand too much time. But my work is a great nice game. It amuses me to do what I do, that's the reason to be never bored!
The Beatles already said it: all you need is love! You must to love what you do. You must to love life. You must to love your dear beings. Unfortunately there are a few stupid ones governing the earth that has some deficiencies to love the life of other human beings.
Benim babam bir DJ'di ve müzik marketi vardı. Ben de çok çeşitli müzikler dinleyerek büyüdüm. Gençlik dönemine gelince gerçek bir müziksever oldum ve inanılmaz derecede farklı şeyler dinleyerek kendi yolumu çizmeye başladım. Kiss'ten Kraftwerk'e ve Gary Numan'a, Black Sabbath'tan Miles Davis'e kadar. Bugün ne dinlediğimi soracak olursanız yanıt vermem güç olacak çünkü sürekli değişiyor. Tam şu anda Johnny Cash'in San Quentin'deki canlı kaydını dinliyorum ama her an karşıma Sonic Youth, The Pixies, Luis Spinetta, Prince, Beatles veya bir başkası çıkabilir.
It takes me some time to realise that illustration is the artistic form that fit my expression necessities. During many years I navigate between comics and illustration, but it's in illustration where I feel more comfortable. Now I'm rediscovering the illustration for childrens and album books. I'm astonished. It's not easy for an illustrator to work in Argentina, my money doesn't come from there, it comes from web design! and I would like to modify this, to be able to leave the web design and to be a full time illustrator.
Actually I'm finishing two books for children that I don't know when they will find an editorial that publishes them with respect (and there's another book in creation stage!). This year I takes part of "El Foro de Ilustradores" (http://forodeilustradores.com), an important group of illustrators from Argentina, also I'm participating in pretty projects like "Illustration Mundo" (http://www.illustrationmundo.com), "Coso de Ilustradores" (http://cosodeilustradores.blogspot.com) and "The Little Chimp Society" (http://thelittlechimpsociety.com/). And when this issue of BAK is published I will have a new version of my website with a new domain at http://www.alexdukal.com, in addition to the Blog (http://pelicanosypescados.blogspot.com) and my account in Flickr (http://flickr.com/photos/ravenpix/). Everything helps when you're promoting what you do, comunicating with other colleagues, fans and potential clients.
There's no doubt: comics are one of the great influences in my work, mainly comix underground. During the 80's I was able to publish in "Fierro", the most important comics mag from Argentina. In the 90's I participated in another important magazine called "Lápiz Japonés" and at the same time I began to give lessons of drawing related directly to comic strips, it was a wonderful experience that taked a few years. I love the work of artists like Robert Crumb, Art Spiegelman, Loustal, Mattotti, Moebius, Harriman, Serge Clerc, Hergé, Joost Swarte, Hayao Miyazaki, and the works of many Argentine colleagues. In general I like comics from individuals, not the ones originated into the American industry that produces works in series, as if they were shoes, I love those personal and crafted works, like the exquisite "RAW" of Art Spiegelman, that was printed in its own factory!
I work too many hours with the computer, but also I draw with pencil, ink and paper. Now that I'm into children's illustration I am discovering that many colleagues still have certain apprehension towards works produced digitally, a structured mentality in respect to the way to approach an artistic work. Technology has opened many possibilities of expression to me, before having my first computer I used to work a lot with photocopies!
It's true that artworks digitally generated lost that "unique" sense, like paintings have, but even so you can maintaining the personal touch, the distinguishing mark of each artist, and that concerns much more than the mediums used to obtain it!
I love Internet! I had my first site online in 1998, something precarious, soon I redesigned several times. I traveled to the United Kingdom to make a digital painting exhibition and that was possible thanks to Internet, since the arrangements with the gallery were done through email. Also I've published in books like "Freewave" thanks to Internet! I started to use a CMS (Content Management System) when everything was precarious than today, I've some interest in web standards, and into the possibilities of communication and organization through a web interface. Actually I'm handling almost everything from Mozilla Firefox. In addition to my portfolio, I maintain a Blog (http://pelicanosypescados.blogspot.com) where I have the freedom to publish anything, from sketches to tutorials, and also an account in Flickr where I upload some pics. This allows me not to depend exclusively on my site, and extends the possibilities of promotion and contact.
The Future (Joker Word)
I am an optimistic person so I always see good things forwards. I have many projects and enough patience to working with calm until everything is done! The immediate thing will be to find a publisher for the children's books that I am doing and to find more illustration jobs out there! Perhaps in some years I can move it to Barcelona, that's a dream.