Rafael Alvarez is an illustrator, animator, and creative director from Madrid Spain. He was raised by an economist and painter, neither of which were very excited about the idea of him pursuing a career in art. Alvarez studied economics and spent a number of years working for an American multinational corporation, while keeping a passion fueled night job as a comic artist.
One day, he started feeling detached from his successful business life, and more excited about his artwork than ever. So, he quit his job and moved to the only place where people wouldn’t think he’d lost his mind: New York.
Alvarez spent some years in Brooklyn and just recently moved to Berlin. Bomb Snow caught up with him there and so it goes:
Are you just making art now, or does a second job help pay the bills?
I made a radical career change so in a way I have to honor that decision and be fully devoted to illustration. The life of an illustrator has a lot of variety, though. On top of editorial and commercial illustrations, I make animations, perform lectures and teach a class at University [Berlin Technische Kunsthoch-schule-BTK].
Have you read any inspiring books lately?
I really enjoyed Economix, a smart and critical story of the economy written and illustrated in graphic novel format by Michael Goodwin and Dan E. Burr.
Now that I’m teaching a course in Berlin, all of my recent readings are Art related classics: Burne Hogarth´s books on dynamic anatomy, essays on composition by the Famous Artists School (Norman Rockwell, Albert Dorne, etc.)
Do you subscribe to any magazines?
Only online. I love paper, but I change locations often
so it´s more practical for me to read online.