Jesús Sotés’ dark, folk-like images can be eerie and unsettling. He is adept at finding ways to create uncomfortable forms and characters and over the past 15 years has been successful in finding commissions for his unconventional style across editorial and commercial projects. “I really think that it is my darker side that captures the potential client’s attention. But for different reasons I often end up with a kind of work that, sometimes, is far from the work that I really would like to do,” says self-taught Jesús. “Frequently, commissions are very defined and limited by commercial aspects and art directors. These parameters sometimes act as a brake to my creativity but I’m going to reconcile these two sides. I go looking for bold work with commissions, without detracting from requirements of clients. I think the best illustrators are those who are able to transfer the most authentic parts of themselves to commercial commissions. That is where I want to go.”
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