We had the good fortune of connecting with Ricard Jorge and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ricard, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
When I started I didn’t have too much real work to show. I didn’t want to stand around waiting for work so I decided to start doing personal projects in different fields. Posters, covers collections, illustrated products, also for different fields such as editorial, automotive, motion, sport, etc. This way showed how I could solve real commissions and eventually I got them reinforcing the portfolio base.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?

As a freelance illustrator I had to reinvent myself after working as a graphic designer. Develope an ownable illustration style that works on a professional level.

To do this I wanted to widen the spectrum in terms of drawing, and be able to solve any kind of illustration commission. From detail to the more general issues. Sometimes it happens that an illustrator is specialized in a particular field. In my case I wanted to be versatile to have more opportunities.

It’s important to know what motivates you, but also keeping in mind what is demanded in the professional market and try to accommodate both. Eventually they will come to you requesting for your personal and most outstanding work.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?

I live in barcelona and that means a lot of possible sites. The interests of someone who already lives in the city are always different from those of someone who is coming for the first time. Outside of the tourist route, I recommend walking around the back hill of Parc Guell where there is no entrance fee and there are incredible views of the city.

In the opposite area of the city, there’s the hill of Montjuic and a hidden on a tope side there’s La caseta del Mitgdia.
A chill out/picnic with live music and sunset views.

I recomend La Martina, La Pubilla, Gresca for local food, and Flash Flash for drinks.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
To Mireia, my partner. For helping andsupporting me during all this time. She is also a creative and I have always found on her the complicity to talk about professional matters.

To Tilman Sole, partner at Wearemucho. A friend but also a person who has been a professional reference and who has always helped me since my initial stage.

Website: ricardjorge.com

Instagram: ricardjorge_studio

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