Sergio Membrillas 

Hello, Sergio!
How would you sum up Sergio Membrillas? How did you get into illustration?
A guy who likes beautiful things and tries to create beautiful/meaningful stuff to look at. It was my favorite hobby since i am a kid. You could be anything or see everything just by drawing it with pencil and a piece of paper. Magic 100%.

How would you describe your style? How long have you been drawing in your current style?
Graphic and modern, but modern conceived as the modernity in the 60s. I dunno for sure, style is a constant evolution as life is, I guess.

What do you wish you’d know when you first started out?
To be patient. 

What does your desk look like, what’s on it to inspire you?
It is quite organized. The computer, the drawing tablet, the drawing block, the pencils, the sharpeners… everything in its right place.
Really well-chosen objects, the prints on the wall and the books on my shelves.

What does Valencia mean to you and the work you produce?
It is where I come from. And I came back some time ago. I like the sun, the art deco everywhere, the quality of life and how things are evolving right now.

You sometimes teach at University of Fine Arts at the Polytechnic University of Valencia. So, what was the last big thing you learned from a student?
That what we do is actual magic.

Who and what are some of your strongest influences?
Eckersley, Games, Shapur and Eksell among so many others, my friends included.

Can the creativity be learned later, or is it a feeling that is always within the human being?
I think it is 50%-50%. You have to get something inside of you, and then you have to develop it. It is difficult to know exactly. The bauhaus movement was defending that this creative talent was only developed even if you didn’t have a special talent since you were a kid.

So maybe those guys that were awesome and wise were right.

What’s the best thing you’ve ever done?
The best thing is still to come, I hope. 🙂

If you were taking a road trip tomorrow what five tracks would you lead off with?
Yeah! Those five would be;

What was the last thing that made you laugh?
Baskets, the Tv series. I am quite hooked on it.

What are your favourite cafes/ bars – stores – museums in your town?
There are a lot of them, lots of them they just opened recently, really nice, but i hope it doesn’t get gentrified. 🙂
Museums: Ivam, Bombas gens, and Muvim. Also the botanical garden! does it count as a living plant museum right? 🙂
Stores: Simple, Carmencita film lab, Melk, Futurama comics, and the bookshop dadá.
Cafés: Bluebell café, La fábrica de Hielo, Dulce de Leche, and Federal café.

When you’re not working, whats your favourite way to spend the day? Where do you like to hang out/ escape and get some thinking time?
Beach/girlfiend/picnic/music/grapes, cheese, and wine 

Finally, Is there something you wish interviewers would ask you — but never do?
I love Chia Pudding for Breakfast.

Thank you!

Photo by Raúl Pérez