Who are you? Where are you based?
My name is Manuel, I am from Barcelona (Spain), as a child I was passionate about dragon ball, it was my favorite series and I played Nintendo games, Zelda, Metroid, Kirby ... which have marked my childhood and my life.
When and why did you first start making your art?
I started in 2018, I wanted to have something that would remind me of my childhood, those characters that I liked when I was a child, one day while on Instagram I saw a pixel image and I started with something small, a 5x5 centimeter Zelda shield and from There I was leveling up almost without realizing it.
What inspires your artwork?
Especially heroes of my childhood
Do you remember the first piece you made?
Yes, the first piece is always unforgettable, a shield and a sword from Zelda
What's the biggest piece you've ever made?
I don't make excessively large pieces, I don't have a lot of work space, they are usually small about 11 x 19 inches
What is your art workspace like?
A very small table and a very basic organizer, I don't have a fixed place to work and I move everything from one place to another
What are the tools of your trade?
An iron, a wooden board, some tweezers, tape, greaseproof paper and a lot of patience
What's the most time you've spent on a project?
In real photos is where it takes the longest, because each pixel is different, about 6-8 hours
Can you talk us through your creative process? How do you go about planning and creating a piece?
I do not have a predetermined creative process, I use inspiration along with memories and an idea is born, and Google also helps a little ?
What are the most common questions you get asked about your art?
How is it pixelated, what brand of pixel do I use, if I sell it ...
Have you had any art-related disasters?
Yes, I think that everyone has had bad experiences, it is best to learn, so as not to make the same mistake again
Do you have a dream project you'd love to make, but just can't justify yet?
Yes, I would like to do some spectacular Resident Evil, but I still don't know what.
What was your most recent project?
Now I take real photos for my family and friends
What are your favourite experiences you've had as a result of your art?
The best without a doubt are the people you meet on Instagram and the good friends you make, many share your tastes and hobbies
Do you have any projects in progress or in the pipeline right now
There are always new projects, I'll tell you a secret I'm doing one of Kirk Van Houten from the Simpsons
Do you sell your art? If so, how can people find it?
No, I don't sell, I do it as a hobby
How can people find you online? Drop your social media handles, websites etc...
En Instagram: manujito88
Anything else to share? Shoutouts, words of wisdom etc?
Have the courage to seek the saduria that will give you power
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