Occupy Sketchbook: European Edition
McMillan Interview

Behind-the-Scenes: Elchicotriste


In this installment we give you a insight into the working method of Spanish cartoonist Miguel Villalba Sánchez, who is perhaps better known by his artist name Elchicotriste. When we contacted him, he said he was happy to participate, but warned us we would be surprised, and that maybe  some professionals wouldn't like to see the way he works.

Well, it's not like any work environment we've encountered before, but that's what makes looking behind the scenes so interesting.

Miguel about the way he works: 'Of course there’s a variation of techniques depending on the job. When I’m travelling around I may use the available material I get and improvise procedures. I can be drawing on restaurant tissues or even toilet paper if the emergency requires to. If I’m moving (train/car/plain) the digital camera will substitute the scanner to digitalise the image. If I am safe at home, for private commissions in which I have to deliver the original drawing, I enjoy to use watercolour. This video is the performance of a comic character I monthly publish for a comic magazine released in several newspapers in Catalonia.'

Although Miguel is a traditionalist, preferring pencil and paper over pen and tablet, he must be one of the most eco-friendly cartoonists working today; where most artists use ample amount of paper to do their sketching and drawing, Miguel recycles paper, using every inch of available white space to draw.

Take a look at the slideshow to see how Miguel works:


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Your behind the scenes may be a surprise. For me is a good surprise, thanks! I always like, and is interesting, to see the work process of cartoonists, illustrators, visual artists in general.

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