Cinta studied Fine Arts at Salamanca and completed her education in Kassel (Germany). Now she lives in Madrid, where she works as a freelance illustrator. Among her publishing projects is Bababum, a series of activity books for kids, or Hijos de Fruta, a colorable fanzine "for kids who enjoy farts and burps championships".
Cofounder of the Crispis studio in Madrid, she publishes fanzines and works on projects such as Bababum. For several years she illustrated articles in the Economy and Society section of the Eco magazine, in Galicia and she also coordinates the illustration workshop for children, Taller de dinosaurios.
Cinta’s work focuses on people, she likes to imagine stories inspired by different characters. Her work is intense, colorful and expressive; it plays with a subtle sense of humor that highlights the fact that life should always be a little fun.
Interview with cinta Arribas
Where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in Valladolid, Spain.
When did you start drawing? When did you realize you wanted to be an artist?
I remember I was always drawing, since I was a little girl. My parents always encouraged any creative endeavors.
Is there any other artists in your family?
My mother used to paint and draw, I loved to go to her studio to see her work.
What/who inspires you?
Traveling, David Linch’s movies, urban tribes, tacky things…
Is there any special subject you like to draw?
I always draw characters, specially women. I also love drawing dogs, as soon as I find an excuse, I add a dog in my illustrations.
Where do you work and how is your work routine?
I work at home, is the place where I feel more confortable and I can concentrate better. I start early in the morning, with my studio very neat, and slowly I start making a mess, until ends up being a total mess.
Your illustrations mix sense of humor with everyday situations, tell us about that.
My work is inspired by my own experiences or by things that I observe around me. Sometimes it has a darker side, sometimes a funnier or nicer one.
Do you listen to music while you are working? What kind do you prefer?
Of course, I listen to music a lot. Sometimes is classical music, other times is pop or rap, it depends on what my body asks for.
Do you want to transmit a particular message in your work?
It depends on the project I’m working on. When I’m working on a commission I have to adjust to what the client wants to communicate. In my personal projects I simply try to express my feelings and thoughts.
How do you see women’s role in the illustration world now?
I think there are as much great women illustrators as men now days. I don’t think there is discrimination or unfair trait to women, at least it never happened to me. I don’t think it is more difficult to publish or to get good projects for women than for men.
What are you projects for the future?
I am working on a book I would like to publish. I also love my illustration workshops, I want to continue working on that.
If you could paint on any wall of any building, which one would you choose?
Any old, dirty, ugly building, those are the best to work on.