Name: María Díaz Perera
Where do you live: Gijón (Asturias, Spain).
Known for: Illustrator.
Currently working as: Freelance illustrator.
When did you realize that you were going to work with this/in this area?
As I finished my Arts School studies.
If you could choose one place only to live, where would that be and why?
I love the city where I live, Gijón, which is a beautiful town in northern Spain. Because I was born here and because I love living by the sea.
How would you describe your creativity?
I feel very inspired by music, by the people around and many fine colleagues. I love turning all those images and colors into drawings and could not possibly imagine something better to do with what I know.
How and when did you start to work with this in a serious manner?
About ten years ago I embarked on a very exciting project with another artist. After that I realized illustration was my sole and true vocation. I have every sense been dedicated to my current activity.
What do you do at the moment?
I have just taken part in a exhibition on Shakespeare. I am currently working on some editorial projects.
A recommendation for those who think about starting and running a creative business?
Fight for your dreams and invest loads of passion in whatever you do.
Tell us how it all started.
I have always been drawing, since i was a child. When I ended studying I decided I would turn my hobby into my job. It has always been there.
What is the most important thing in a workplace/studio for you?
Music, room and a lot of light.
What is your favorite film?
Who would you like to invite for a dinner and why?
Patti Smith. Because I love her work, I deeply admire her and because I would love hear all the things she still has to tell.
How do you like to spoil yourself?
A nice glass of wine and a good chat will do.
What is luxury for you?
To make a living out of what I love.
What is the nicest compliment you’ve received for your creative work, and from whom?
Someone, no matter who, who takes the time to drop you a line praising your work is a big reward, truly.
What do you fear most?
What is a happy life to you?
A one with my friends and family around.
What does a regular day look like for you?
I use to wake up early, play some records and just draw. In the evening I usually have a walk and meet some friends.
Tell us about your dream project.
A project I have with a good friend on some of her beautiful texts.
Who is your professional role model/inspiration?
How would you describe your work style (academic field or fashion style, or both, or something entirely different)?
I think I am very versatile, though some say I drift between naif and pop.
Which is the one thing you can’t live without?
What inspires you?
My parents and my friends.
A book that has changed/made the most impression in your life?
I love poetry and good fiction but… Impossible question!