Cinta Arribas is an illustrator that lives and works in Madrid (Spain) with a BA in Fine Arts from the University of Salamanca (Spain). Cinta Arribas enjoys telling stories through her art. Her work is fresh and optmistc, yet perceptive and contemporary. Her ability to simplify shapes and the energy of her characters’ poses and gestures are magnetic.
What stands out for you as one of your favourite career highlights so far?
The work I did for Curtocircuito, an international short film festival in Galicia (Spain) , was one of my first big contracts and opened the door to many new exciting opportunities. After that, working with the agency Pencil Ilustradores where I have had exciting opportunities to produce illustrations for magazines and newspapers including ‘Tentaciones’, ‘Flow’, ‘Cambio16 magazine’ and ‘El Español’ has been a major milestone.
Coincidentally, this is not my first artistic venture connected with craft beer. Back in 2012 I won a contest by ‘Cervezas La Loca Juana’ with my illustration of the family of queen Joanna of Castile which has been used in the interior design of their landmark castle based brewery.
What are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on some illustrations for an online animated ad. It´s fascinating to see my creatures get moving!
How’d you get started as an artist?
I have been drawing for as long as I can remember. When I finished my fine arts degree I realized that art could also earn me some money and I followed the dream.
Who or what influences your art?
The books and comics I used to read when I was child are a constant reference in my work and the masterpieces of Cy Twombly and Louise Bourgeois are a great inspiration.
What is your creative process like?
Observe and sketch, sketch, sketch! I manically draw on any scrap of paper I can find. Afterwards, I go into the more technical (but still creative) job of digitally improving my illustrations.
Music is my other passion! I have live-painted at a concert at Madrid’s museum Reina Sofia for Spanish radio Radio3 , have made an illustration inspired by Life on Mars by David Bowie for the collective commemorative exhibition ‘The Last Dance’ and I am about to finish the design for the latest in my series of t-shirts for the fab Spanish pop band ‘Novedades Carminha’ which will be on sale soon.
How do you feel our Art + Brewing initiative can benefit emerging artists?
I find the collective’s work very inspiring in that it shows the perfect marriage between very different creative processes in a cool innovative manner that reflects very well my understanding of the nature of craft beer. The initiative is a wonderful platform for artists to gain visibility, to learn from other creative processes and to get an insight into the vibrant world of product design.