Ana Galvañ Creates Illustrated Stories

Illustrator and a comic creator Ana Galvañ describes her aesthetic as a bit cold, sometimes geometric, and almost always mutates from pastel colors to vivid colors. Based in Murcia (a town in the south of Spain), her editorial work includes publications like The New Yorker and The New York Times. Most recently, though, she has published Pulse enter para continuar, a compilation of five stories that travel between science fiction and fantasy.

“What I like the most is creating the stories, that’s why I always start by creating a script,” Galvañ says, explaining her artistic process in an interview with Ballpitmag. “Normally I have in my head some graphic ideas that I begin to capture with drawings. I love this first phase, but what comes next is hard work, start building all the architecture, which is the most important thing, because that is where story and rhythms are defined.”

Her favorite medium is digital, explaining that digital platforms allow her to work quickly, extensively and very much intuitively. “This is something key if I do not want to take five years to finish each work,” she says.

Inspired by the Bauhaus, Russian constructivism, and the avant-garde movements of the early twentieth century, as well as anime, her illustrations are both artistic and playful. “I’m not sure if art changes my way of seeing the world, or the world changes my way of making art,” she ponders.