1) Please tell us a little about yourself first.
My name is Mario Sánchez Nevado and I'm a freelancer illustrator from Spain, working mostly for CD packagings stuff, ads, etc.. I started with "arts" in general when I was a child and started as freelancer about two years ago. I joined dA back in 2005 but started to be active last year.
2) How did you start out with art? Which was the first (digital) medium you used and why this one?
I started out with traditional mixed media, I used to mix a lot of stuff such as newspapers, different kinds of building masses, photography and of course painting in my old traditional works. I started with digital 5 years ago as webdesigner and started to make illustrations in 2005, my first experiments were with photomanipulations, mainly using photos of my friends and the like, I guess because it was easier for me at that time and I didn't know much about other media, but soon I started to investigate other media such as vectors, paintings and 3D for example.
3) What prompted you to venture beyond this medium?
I always worked in mixed media in traditional media for so many years so when I started in digital I guess it was a matter of time. I think that an image can be done mixing different mediums and not only with just one, because every medium has its own pros and contras and it's always nice to discover how they'll mix together.
4) What does Mixed Media mean to you?
Experimentation. The will to play with different tools and applications just to construct a single image denotes that in my opinion. It's more expressive as well, it brings the artists the possibility to create new worlds and to represent concepts in a more personal way.
5) Which media did you use for your deviation Flying? Why did you choose these specifically and which part of the deviation is what?
In this one in particular I just wanted to play with new things as my images started to be only photomanipulations and I needed an "experimentation break" as I call it. This piece contains photographs, vectors, fractals, 3D and digital painting, more or less a little bit of every field I'm able to work with. The center figure is a mixture of some photos, two 3D renders and some digital painting for mixing it and other stuff. The illumination was created using fractals (behind the figure) and the vectors can be seen all over the piece in form of outlines and flowerly patterns. Also the background was created beforehand using acrylics on 300gr. watercolour paper with some pasted newspapers to add some relief to it.
6) Do you have any tips regarding the use of several media in ones art is there something one should keep in mind when combining the art forms?
Well, it really depends on how you want your image to look like. Mixed media, in my opinion, is ideal for chaotic, collage-like stuff, specially when your will is to create a very expressive piece. I say this because I cannot avoid the feeling of comparing mixed media to abstract paintings. For hyper-realistic stuff works very nice but you have to be very skilled in all media you're using if you want your work to look flawless. A tip? To try everything and don't be afraid of the result, because the world of the mixed media is very wide and hides a lot of tiny secrets...Just keep in mind to always make sure that the different elements from your painting, photo or 3d program always match in light, colour and perspective, and then you're good to go!
Thank you very much for taking the time to answer these questions.