Artist interview: Andi Soto

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m a self-taught illustrator, currently based in Panama, Central America. I’m a bit obsessed with linearts, peonies and birds.
What is your biggest aspiration?

That someday I’ll be a full time illustrator. 

How are would you describe your art style?

I feel like it’s knitting with ink. I find it very zen to draw linearts the way I do, it helps me relax. Sometimes I push myself way too much, but it’s all about the final result.

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 How would you describe the women you draw?

All the women I draw are kind of part of my own personality. They all look like they are waiting for something, longing, almost in a permanent state of dreaming.

What keeps you creative?

This will sound a bit cliché but.. Life. Even though I can be late for work I just stop, look at my surroundings, pay attention to details, the scenery, the behavior of animals, people, even the air I breathe. It’s all there. Everything inspires me.

What advice would you give to an aspiring artist?

There’s nothing more toxic than one self. Never EVER compare your work with other people’s. Never compare your inside with the outside of people, and this is about social media. The exact day I stopped comparing my work with the success of other artists, that day I became free.

 Can you tell us a bit about the tools you use to create your art?

Indian ink and brushes, Staedtler pens, koh-i-noor rapidographs, posca markers, prismacolor colour pencils, ShinHanart markers and Grumbacher watercolors. My paper of choice is watercolor paper, the heavy the better.

Just for a bit of fun if you were trapped on a desert island and could only bring 3 items what would you bring?

Sunblock, water and a hammock (this girl loves to sleep)

lastly do you have anything special/new projects coming up in 2016?
I have a collaboration with Londy Atelier ,a Panamanian fashion designer, coming up in March called “Hermandad Universal” (Universal Brotherhood).
I’m also preparing pieces for La Lune, Haven Gallery (NY); a couple of collective exhibitions’ pieces for G1988 (LA), and an exclusive collection for Galleri Tinnert (Sweden).
And last but not least, an ongoing personal project, ‘The Smell of Thunder’, that’ll be my very first art book with illustrations from 2015-2016, probably ready for end of year.

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  1. admin91 February 25, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    What a great interview. Very inspiring> Lovely work x

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