Quim Sosa

 

Cartoonist: jokes, comic strips and comic books. This was Quim at the beginning of his career. An avid reader of comic books and satirical magazines, his first jokes and comic strips were influenced by Ibáñez (Mortadelo y Filemón) and half of the contributors of El Jueves, the Barcelona-based satirical magazine. In his first comics he wanted to be like Moebius, Manara and Hugo Pratt. All at once. After a year at the Pau Gargallo School of Art in Badalona and a further year at the private academy run by Pepe González, the author of the comic book Vampirella, he produced his first non-humorous illustrations, without relinquishing his, almost innate, humorous side.

At the end of the 80’s he collaborated with a number of fanzines in Badalona and at the beginning of the 90’s he contributed comic strips to Revista de Badalona and illustrated articles for the Observador newspaper. 

His work aims to make his readers smile and think.

Following a long period in which he only drew for his own pleasure, he focused on drawing caricatures receiving sporadic commissions, predominantly from individuals, occasionally from businesses. His vector art stage began with his caricatures.

In September 2015 he decided to enrol at Vic Art School, specialising in painting. This fact, together with a phone call from a design studio with a commission, meant a 180 degree change in his style. The studio wanted vector drawings which were completely different to what he was used to creating and the resulting drawings surprised both the studio and the artist himself. After the first commission, more would follow and Quim would continue developing and experimenting with this new style. Furthermore, his studies at Vic Art School introduced him to a new outlook and new references, especially in the application of colour and the representation of the human form, like Egon Schiele, Lucien Freud and Jenny Saville.

In short, it made him change his way of working. His drawings are now based on photographs, providing richer, finer details and making them more “realistic”, while colour is still applied in a more traditional style as opposed to using digital methods.

Even though he still relies heavily on humour, his current works are conceptually kinder to the creation process and he has replaced the “pursuit of the grotesque” for the “pursuit of beauty”.

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Contact

Email Address: quimsosa@gmail.com

Website: quimsosa.com

Twitter: @quimsosa

Instagram: @quimsosa

Facebook: /QuimsosaCaricatures