Jesús: When you were in school, did you had a group of friends who also loved drawing in your class or were you the only one?
Jordi: Back then, there was a girl in class who also drew quite well, but I didn't have much contact with her. None of my close friends drew, so for me it was not simply a hobby, but an obsession. To help you make an idea, when I wasn't drawing, I was thinking about it all day long, that's how I improved my skills, drawing until exhaustion. Everything I saw on TV and games was something I wanted to re-create or create my own versions of.
I feel great now I'm working on games, it's the most interesting industry for me at the moment, but ultimately what I want to do is drawing, whether it will be for games, comics, books, or cartoon animations. The idea of working in the comic industry is something that stands out to me quite a bit, but here in Spain that's almost impossible. Most of the comic authors are working for big foreign companies.
And how was your education? Did you had the chance to train your drawing skills?
All my education until secondary has been particularly troublesome, and that was because I couldn't concentrate during class on the subjects I didn't like. Albeit I've always been good at memorizing stuff, was simply impossible to pay attention to things I didn't enjoy, so all my life I've had troubles with teachers, who lowered my qualifications due to my lack of attention in class. That made me focus more and more in what I truly liked, drawing, as it was like my emotional shelter. I relaxed the drawing rhythm a bit at fifteen (didn't take it too seriously) and started to go out with my friends more often. But not so long after that, I had to decide what I was going to do after high school, so inevitably went back (and very seriously) to drawing, because there was nothing else that motivated me nearly as much. I wanted to learn anatomy, perspective, and the other fundamentals of drawing.
And which resources did you use to start your education in drawing?
I began reading a series of books I found in kiosks called "How to draw Manga". Sorry, but cannot recommend those books to anyone, they explain the first steps but not much more, their quality was quite poor. Also talked to some people who was doing bachelor of fine arts, most of things they told me were about history and styles of painting, but sadly I found quite few stuff relative to drawing in the program. Then, what I finally did was applying to Escola Joso, a private drawing school here in Barcelona where I studied a four year degree in drawing. My parents payed me the studies, but in change I worked for him since age sixteen in his restaurant during weekends and holidays, for many years.
What can you tell me about Escola Joso?
Joso is a school very focused in teaching how to draw for comic, illustration and graphic design. To my joy there was few theoretical subjects like History of comic. All the teachers I found there have been or are working for important companies like Marvel or DC, for example, my first screenplay teacher was Pasqual Ferry, who drew Superman. That was the best learning environment for a sixteen year-old me, like a dream come true. My motivation jumped sky-high, even after I arrived there and received a lot of critics about my work. That was normal because before I always compared myself with people who didn't draw. So I took every feedback as a serious challenge and tried my best to refine my style. Then is when my great "not sleeping" era started. Every night I slept around 3-4 hours, but in change that resulted in a very significative improvement in my grades.