Irene Rinaldi

mayo 15, 2018

© Irene Rinaldi

© Irene Rinaldi, 2018

-Hi Irene! What is the advantange of being transformed into a worm?
You can be very long and very soft. You can slide and slip (which I think would feel incredibly nice), and you can regenerate part of your body if damaged.

-What do you like about Laura´s dream?
I love how Laura depicts fairies as mischievous unpredictable creatures. I also wanted to draw a worm, that’s why I chose this dream.

Diario de sueños de Laura, 9 años.

-What about the election of the yellow color? Any special reason?
Not really, I just wanted a vibrant energetic background  as the image of a girl transformed into a worm gave me a vital, positive sensation, not tragic or sad… maybe because even if Laura is not that happy to be transformed into a worm, when I think about worms I think about the living energy of the ground.

-The body of the worm-girl looks like a labyrinth, which is a common scenery in children´s dreams. Do you use symbols in your illustrations?
I usually do. Symbols are very useful when you try to create metaphors through images, which is basically the main intent of an illustration. But in this specific case I didn’t, I just remembered that as a kid what fascinated me the most about worms was the strange shapes their bodies can reach and I wanted to represent that.

-What relation do you have with your dreams?
I have a very full dream life, I do a lot of things while dreaming. It´s like a parallel life where I meet people, have adventures and discover things. Sometimes is so demanding that I wake up tired from all the things I was doing while sleeping. Unfortunately most of the time I don’t remember anything but feeble confusing images.

-Please tell a recent dream of your own.
I was about to start a car trip with my mom, but she put helium in the carburetor instead of gasoline, so we couldn’t go anywhere.


Leander Aßmann

noviembre 21, 2017

© Leander Aßmann

© Leander Aßmann, 2017


-Hi Leander! You chose this dream randomly…
I couldn’t decide which dream I’d like to illustrate, because they all seemed kind of interesting to translate visually. So I decided to ask a Random Number Generator to choose between my 3 favorite dreams.

-What attracted you about Ainara’s dream?

The fear of being left alone or thrown away by someone you really rely on, in her case her father. I tried to focus on this fact when creating the illustration.

-There’s a beautiful simplicity in your illustration, and at the same time it is suggestive and narrative. Is simplicity some kind of premise when you illustrate?
Thank you! If successful communication is the goal, one should always try to articulate as clear as possible. At the same time, if you reduce things to the very core, it opens up room for suggestion to the readers, who can project their personal memories and feelings into it, which makes the work more accessible.

-Do your dreams influence your real life in any sense?

I really try to separate my dreams and my real life as much as possible. I think dreams are something like a mash-up of your whole experiences, thoughts and worries, and mostly exist to keep your brain busy while your body tries to catch some regeneration. Though, if you are a visual person, some dreams (both, good and bad ones) really manage to get stuck in your active thinking process throughout the day.

-What places do you visit during your daydreams?
If I manage to have something like a daydream, I try to visit my subconscious and ask for solutions.

-Please tell a recent dream of your own.
I dreamed that I was walking my dog, when suddenly many other dog owners surrounded us and didn’t want to let us go.

Nadia Hafid

noviembre 14, 2017

© Nadia Hafid
© Nadia Hafid, 2017

-¡Hola Nadia! ¿Qué zona de la luna soñada por Karol te gustaría visitar?
Me imagino un lugar muy bello, así que supongo que todas las zonas están llenas de magia. Me gustaría ver el espacio, con sus estrellas y planetas, reflejado en el agua de los lagos y ríos…

-¿Por qué elegiste ilustrar este sueño?
Creo que el sueño me eligió a mí. Vi claramente la imagen en mi cabeza: el negro del espacio y esa luna azul. Me gusta porque es alegre pero al mismo tiempo un poco melancólico. Me imagino a Karol sintiendo cierta nostalgia al despertar.

-¿Cómo has llegado a este estilo de dibujo donde prima la delicadeza y precisión de la línea?
He dibujado toda mi vida y cada vez me siento más atraída por la sencillez de un solo trazo, por la geometría y la línea clara. Aún así, mis influencias son muy eclécticas y admiro a artistas con estilos muy variados y distintos.

-¿Cómo influyen tus sueños en tu vida diaria?
Soñar forma parte de la vida, pasamos muchas horas soñando, así que de algún modo los sueños también forman parte de nuestras vivencias, unas veces son realmente inspiradores, otras un quebradero de cabeza. Me encanta soñar, me maravilla pensar que puedo vivir grandes aventuras sin moverme de la cama. De algún modo, los sueños nos motivan a atrevernos a vivir.

-Relata un sueño reciente.
Tengo que hacer un esfuerzo enorme para recordar alguno. Sí es cierto que hay un lugar recurrente en mis sueños, un lugar en el que nunca he estado realmente pero en mis sueños evoco este escenario una y otra vez. No es un lugar demasiado especial pero me asombra el grado de detalle que recuerdo de este espacio imaginario: las escaleras, las puertas de madera, un patio un poco dejado…

Moritz Wienert

noviembre 9, 2017

© Moritz Wienert

© Moritz Wienert, 2017


-Hi Moritz! Lucía´s house got burned on her birthday. What attracts you about this dream?
I like that it combines the sweetness of having a birthday and the horror of experiencing that your house got burned down.

-How do you conceive your illustrations? Maybe planning the space/scenary first?
Actually I´m more interested in ideas and concepts. So I start drawing everything that I have in mind after reading the text. During that progress I also read a bit, for example about dreams. As soon as the idea feels right, I start drawing the final illustration.

-There´s a feeling of warmth and balance in your drawings. What utensils do you use regularly to illustrate?
A lot of people think that I draw digitally, but I don´t. I mostly use pencil and a ruler for drawing. I think that brings a sense of warmth and imperfectness into my drawing. Later I add color with Photoshop. Recently I also started using ink again, which is a lot fun!

-What influence have your dreams in your artwork or in your daily life?
I must confess that I seldomly can remember my dreams, but I´m pretty interested in dreams and what their meaning is. My roommate is doing fine art and most of her projects are about dreaming and sleeping. So even if I can´t remember my own dreams most of the time, we talk a lot about dreaming.

-Please share a recent dream.
I´m sitting in a circle with friends. We are playing a game where we have to break an egg on the head of the person, who is sitting next to me. I have to do this as precise as possible. At the same time we tell each other jokes.


Yann Bastard

octubre 11, 2017

© Yann Bastard
© Yann Bastard, 2017

-¡Hola Yann! Has elegido ilustrar el sueño de Marta, ¿qué te gusta de su relato?
Elegí el sueño de Marta porque me recordaba al videojuego Worms, al que estaba bastante enganchado de pequeño. Y también porque tenía una

imagen bien clara de lo que iba a dibujar.

-En tus ilustraciones juegas con la geometría, generando composiciones limpias y ordenadas. ¿Cómo has llegado a ese estilo?
Creo que, de nuevo, por amor a los videojuegos en dos dimensiones a
los que jugaba de pequeño, como Pokémon o Zelda. Me encantaban esas
vistas desde arriba y me pasaba horas dibujando casas y mundos así,
con muchos detalles. ¡Supongo que mi estilo no ha evolucionado mucho
desde entonces!

-Cuéntame un sueño o pesadilla reciente.
Esta noche soñé que hacía deporte todos los días. No sé muy bien si
era un sueño o una pesadilla…

Kati Szilágyi

septiembre 21, 2017

© Kati Szilagyi
© Kati Szilágyi

-Hi Kati! What do you like about Patxi´s dream?
Patxi´s dream instantly created images in my head. The mentioned toys gave the plot a very personal touch. I still remember very well some of my dearest toys from my childhood. Of course I don’t know what kind of toys he has, but I don’t see that as important for the visualization.
The turning point when the toys become humans is just great! I felt as if they then don’t belong to the boy anymore, they are free, lost or just no longer his possession. In my illustration I also wanted to keep the image open to interpretation, just as the dream. It’s maybe more dark and moody but also a bit funny here and there.

-What is your process when doing a papercut illustration?
When creating a conceptual illustration in papercut I first sketch my ideas and composition.
© Kati Szilagyi's sketch
The final sketch then gets drawn properly on thick paper. Cutting allows me to find other visual answers than drawing as it only consists of two forms in the beginning, the positive and the negative. Later on, the cutout gets digitalized and I add colours via photoshop. Some little alteration are also made on the computer, some that might not be allowed in a real papercut. But in the end I still want to preserve the feeling of the cutout for the final illustration.

-Please share a recent dream.
I rarely remember my dreams. But the last one I recall was about a nice vacation with friends in a sort of all-inclusive resort somewhere. I came late to the breakfast buffet and the chef had removed all but few dried out leftovers so I had to continue the days hungry. I woke up after this in a very bad mood but quite amused by my hungry grumpiness as soon as I realized the whole thing.