Q&A with Victor Mosquera

Digital illustrator from Toronto, whose surrealistic drawings look like sketches from a parallel universе.

1. Where are you based?

I’m based in Toronto, Canada.

2. What images keep you company in the space where you work?

Oh! nice question!! I don’t think ‘ve ever been asked that before! I have stuff that I purchased from my favourite artist all around my place.
I got stuff from Smithe ( have to get a frame for it ), Jake Wyatt, Tycho, Kellan Jett, Nicolas Uribe and many others!

3. What was the first piece of art that really mattered to you?

I’m not sure about the FIRST piece of art. it’s probably some painting I did as a kid that really got me hyped about painting. I think all my painting are special in a way…some more than others but I dont think I have a favourite one. Specially early on.

4. What’s your favorite material?

I have to say digital! I just love the digital medium because it allows me to be quick when I create stuff. I’m pretty impatient and digital art is the best way to get my ideas down as fast as possible. Having said that. I love oil painting and gouache too.

5. Who are your biggest influencers?

Roger Dean, James Jean, Killian Eng, Dan McPharlin and Moebius are some of my favourites! Absolute legends! . Nicolas Uribe was my teacher in university and he definitely was an amazing mentor and inspiration. I also discovered a lot of awesome people on instagram over the last couple of years that you should definitely check out. Crom, Robbie Trevino, Smithe,

6. How do you choose the subjects
for your works?

I feel like it comes natural to me! My work is inspired by the way I see life. I’m pretty obsesed with life on earth and how crazy it is that we’re all alive here, floating on a spinning rock in space! My work comes naturally as a result of channeling those thoughts! ( I know its sounds super hippie but it is what it is )

7. Your favorite cartoon character

Hmmm! I’m not into cartoons that much. But scooby doo is the best! The 1969 one!

8. Who are your biggest influencers?

see question #5 )

9. 5 things you can’t live without

My family, Making art, Music, and dogs! I don’t need much )

10. Currently working on …

Lots of personal projects and I cant talk too much about client work. I will be releasing a bunch of stuff soon.

12. How long does it take to move from an idea to an artwork?

For me is usually pretty fast. I like to think that Im good at knowing when an idea works right away of if I should start over. I try not to fix things as I go.