José Cabr­era

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In­spired by comics

Per­haps sur­pris­ingly, given the qual­ity of his art, José re­ceived no for­mal art train­ing: he’s self-taught. “I was al­ways draw­ing things in the cor­ner of my school books,” he says, be­fore re­veal­ing how he be­came fas­ci­nated with il­lus­tra­tion. “Later on I saw Rich Cor­ben and Vi­cente Se­grelles comics that my brother used to buy. Th­ese artists were more painterly than the stan­dard comic artists.”

Yet José did noth­ing to quench his thirst for the arts as he grew up. “I went to univer­sity to be­come an ar­chi­tect,” he says. “But after many years there, I de­cided to give il­lus­tra­tion a try: I would look for a job and if I failed to find some­thing within a year, I would go back to ar­chi­tec­ture. I couldn’t let my life go by with­out hav­ing given my­self a chance.”

José sub­se­quently found work in books and mag­a­zines as an il­lus­tra­tor. “I learnt most of the things I know from ex­pe­ri­ence and self-crit­i­cism,” he says. “Keep­ing an ac­tive and crit­i­cal at­ti­tude to­wards past and fu­ture works is the key.” And what

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