Nekro is an illustrator and digital artist based in Madrid, Spain. He works primarily on creating book covers for some of the world’s best publishers. While Nekro has been working in the industry for a while, he only recently began posting his work on ArtStation and creating a ArtStation Pro website. The response to his artwork in just a few short months has been impressive and he’s been getting all kinds of new opportunities.
In his interview with us, Nekro shares which artists inspire him, how to get your work noticed and his advice for other aspiring artists.
How do you emphasize what your strengths are in your portfolio?
Simple and direct. No more is needed. The work is the protagonist, well organized and very visual. Very comfortable for any art director to view.
What do you do to get noticed?
In my case, I have agent for my work as a cover artist. He talks with the publishers and does the more boring work. I am also part of Norma Editorial. I have two books with them and they also find me good works too.
I’ve been in ArtStation since it opened, but did not publish anything until five months ago. In these five months, the response to my work has been excellent. My work is exposed in the best possible showcase and it has been opening possibilities for me to work on different things and it’s very cool. Facebook and Instagram are also a good showcase, but more informal.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I’m inspired by anything. Nature, cinema, video games, everything can come out inspiration. You just have to know how to look at it. I spend many hours watching the work of other artists, admiring it and trying to improve myself in my work. The artist who marked me in childhood was H.R. Giger. A unique artist, unlike anything else. I have other big influences like Allem Williams, Andrew Jones, Zdzisław Beksiński or Simon Lee and many others.
Advice for aspiring artists
Art is a long distance race where we are all partners and not competitors. Learn and respect all artists equally and grow as an artist and as a person. Have sacrifice, passion, respect and hard work and you will have results.