interviewed by Calum Donoghue, 19 January 2016
On our hunt to find and question the world's most inspirational men, QH spoke to Spanish artist Salem.ES to chat the male form and inspirations...
How do you make your artwork?
First I start to prepare, I check some photos for inspiration, the concept comes to my mind during this phase, I start to put it on paper as a sketch and sometimes I work directly on my computer and save the first draft from my composition. I contact the model, and explain to him about my concept art, and we take it from there.
What materials/ programmes do you use for your art?
If it's digital, I use Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. I work also with watercolour, pencil, sanguine and acrylics.
How long do you spend on your individual pieces of work?
Depends on the piece, theme, details, media. Normally between 6 hours to 3 days, the maximum time was for my new collection Alma y Masculinidad and Gods of Morphosis collection.
How do you describe your personal style of art?
Modern, mysterious, colourful, powerful, sexy but not provocative, expressive and sometimes sophisticated.
Is there a piece that you are particularly proud of?
I'm proud of all my work, nothing in particular, I do have some favourites. 'Hermes', 'Hades', Joshua Michael Brickman's portrait and 'The moment of Eli', and 'Beñat' are some of my favourite individuals and 'Beards of Eden' and 'Alma y Masculinidad' from the collections. As for the favourite one, I would like to keep that as a little secret.
Is there an artist you look up to?
One artist in particularly no, I have a list of artists whose work I follow, and I learn from them, each one of them has a different school of art and style. I'm always the little kid who's fascinated about what he sees, feeding my memory with rich content that makes my personal art creative and evolving.
What inspires you?
I like to start at faces, I get attracted to the expression in the eyes. A certain charm, a message in the face, the body silhouette, beards in general and the male hairy type.
What are you working on at the minute?
I'm working on the fifth portrait from my collection Alma y Masculinidad, it's a digital collection, the concept is about the relation between the male and nature. It presents the male model in a static calm pose or a dynamic articulation showing half of his body and his face, with one element taken from nature; a flower, animal, bird or an insect. The style is a mixed media between watercolour and gouache. Each artwork got its name according to the model's name and the second element attached to him.