Diego Valdez is truly a multi-talented artist. If you know his drawings, you know there is something haunting about them. In every piece, the eyes are drawn in such a way that you feel the subject could actually come to life right in front of you. I have been truly honored to be on the receiving end of many tweets with new work from Diego and extremely privileged to have had the chance to interview him for this article.
During the process of our interview, I learned so much about a man that I mostly saw as an graphic artist. The creative talent runs so deeply that one outlet is not enough for Diego to express himself. He has as many facets as his palet has colors, and has been honored in every field he has blessed with his participation.
If you are not familiar with his work, you will be pleasantly surprised at what you find. If you are familiar with his work, you know how lucky we are to be a part of his sharing circle.
Diego’s work has been chosen to appear in Times Square in NYC this summer as part of the Artists Wanted exhibit and that is no small achievement. If you are in the area, I suggest you stop by and be amazed.
Q: Is there anything you can’t do? Model, Actor, Author, Painter, Graphic Artist, Designer, Poet… Did I miss any? Which is your favorite?
A: I am screenwriter too, its actually one of the things I can do better. I got a degree in creating scenario grammatical, character description and storyline for TV and film.
Yes, there are lots of things I can’t do. My mind, it’s always in other world. For example I can’t find the focus when I am driving a car. By far I am the worst driver ever
Q: I have been very lucky to see so much of your artwork. Where does your inspiration come from? How do make your work so unique? Each piece has a haunting quality, like it could come to life.
A: I am very lucky to find people like you. Really I am so thankful about it .
My art, it’s a message – an inviting message with the goal to inspire others. To get everything, and believe In the power of the passion, the dedication and the hard work – never give up. My first inspiration to draw is the goal to make a drawing able to talk or tell an story just with the glance. I work hard on the eyes of my drawings. It’s the point of connection with the soul *The Eyes*. I have created my own technique.
I do not work over pictures I develop Original drawings. My drawings come from my imagination. I am colorblind, in fact I don’t know all the colors. I have problems finding the difference between yellow and green and maybe that’s where the cool colors in the background and in my
artwork come from.
I am an animal lover, and for example, I have finished more than 17 eagle drawings this year just with the intention to inspire everybody to believe and fly – the message, it’s more powerful than the drawing
Q: Tell me a little about Bella B n’ the 17 nights. How did you get involved in telling stories for kids?
A: Bella B, well, it’s in fact a tale dedicated to my daughter Isabella and that is why I am writing for kids now – because of My 2 year old baby girl, Isabella Valdez.
And to find connection with the human being its necessary to touch the little inner kid inside all of us. We are all still kids and that’s why I really love to write, to draw and to create for kids !!! Because of the kids we are.
Q: What advice would you give to someone who was trying to break into any of the fields you have been successful in? Are there any secrets?
A: The secret is to believe, Respect everybody as a human being, follow your feelings, and an artist can’t stop to develop and create things every single day – don’t think about money. Don’t think about fame. These things are the consequence of passion and love for what you do in life.
Q: You are obviously very accomplished in the arts. Were you always interested in the artistic side of life?
A: Yes because my father was a general of the army but at the same time a writer, painter, and sculptor. I have been around the arts all my life
Q: What is a typical day at home with you like?
A: It’s pretty normal. Every day I develop part of a drawing and I write some idea – or part of a project. I spend 3 hours per day in my art, every single day. I go to the gym 2 hours and 30 minutes per day, every day. I manage my networking and promote my art and projects 1 hour and 30 minutes per day.
I have discipline – that is the secret !!!
Q: What are you currently working on?
A: I am working on a very interesting, huge project but I can’t disclose anything yet. And in my art studio I am working on an interactive book of fashion. Poetry beside pictures of models, araw concept of art – a project where I am writer and model one more time.
Q: Tell me about Artists Wanted. THAT must be such an honor for you.
A: It’s a huge honor to have the chance to see my art showcased in Times Square I am really thankful with all the support of my friends and lots of people I am really touched about it .
Q: Do you have a personal favorite piece among your own work?
A: Always the drawing I am going to do tomorrow will be better than the last drawing I did – my favorite drawing
It’s going to be my next drawing
Q: Who are some of your inspirations? Artists/actors/models you look up to?
Artists: I love Rembrandt
actors: Heath Ledger
Directors: Woody Allen
Actress: Kate Blanchett
Designers: Stefano Gabanna and Tom Ford
Models: Kate Moss
Photographers: Mario Testino, Sante D’ Orazio, David Lachapelle, and I love what Raphael is doing right now
Makeup artists: Mario Dedivanovic
Music: its true I love AURADRONE’s music and it’s not because it’s my friend – its because of Jon Mack – AURADRONE is a powerful artist, I love the electronic sounds of AURADRONE’s music and the message of freedom of her work.
Finally I have to mention a person I really Admire, Jack Dorsey, founder of Twitter. He created a huge change in the communication of this world.
Twitter is the most powerful social media ever, I love Twitter !!!!
Q: Who are some people you would like to work with?
A: I think Christopher Nolan is by far a visionary in the film industry. Would be great work with him.
Q: What’s up next for Diego Valdez?
A: I have lot of surprises and projects
So close, the book I mentioned before and beside it a powerful project where I have the chance to be a writer but I can’t disclose yet !!!
I had the pleasure of interviewing poet Aiden Howarth for Technorati.com recently and I hope you will head over and read that article. I can honestly tell you that since I got his book of poetry, ‘Without You,’ it has been next to my bed and I read it often before I go to sleep. The poems are rich, a bit dark, and yet uplifting at the same time. Its as if, because they make you feel so much, you know it will all be okay. Aiden is a great example of this sentiment. He is very honest about his battles with alcohol, drugs, and his recovery.
My idea was to pick a few of his poems and ask him what he was thinking, find out what he was feeling, and what reaction he was hoping for. I chose four of his poems, ’A New Page of Old Emptiness,’ ’The Fairytale You Had Wished For,’ ’Be Still My Heart,’ and ’A Life, When All Life Has Gone.’
A New Page Of Old Emptiness.
Oh how we never realise the pain until it hurts
We’re all part of this lost and found
of how your heart converts
Although we gain forgiveness in
the thoughts of those we shun
How memories now seem nothing,
from the love you have become
Hopeless, never after, finally I hear you speak
Instinctively so familiar, within your soul I stay weak
A new page of old emptiness
that may have read of whom we were
Back to front I read from you to take back all I’ve learnt
All this talk of universe has made this place so small
What was once just gazed upon is now not far at all
Beautiful you have changed me, in ways you’ll never see
You touch within the loneliest parts of all you gave to me
The Fairytale That You Had Wished For.
The key to staying open lies behind the doors we’ve closed
The things we took for granted
are the things we have no more
Lord you will replace us into lives you do create
The soul that you have given me
will for her, always await
Take from me emotion but please leave with me this will
Confusion has now overturned this hope you kept so still
You touched my hand and fallen,
were the walls we built so high
Without even spoken word it’s like we never said goodbye
Trust how you enslave me with a heart so full of pain
Trust how you have broken from this hope I did regain
Songs that place me with you have now fallen on deaf ears
If life be all but music why were we silent all these years?
Why do we class ‘too late’ as moments been and gone?
Retract, you take your hand
I feel that your heart has withdrawn
This story could have endings far too numerous to read
Yet fate does seem to narrate us in ones we don’t succeed
Taken by the hand and misled into the arms of hurt.
The fairytale that you had wished for?
I wish I could give you this feeling
There is only so much fate can now do
Absorbed into this eternal want
Of losing myself into you
Found within the vastness of never,
Do I just prey this ache furthermore?
A universe to gaze upon,
Within your heart, I explore
Soul gone laid with forgiveness
May I lay by her side for all time?
With hope that one day she feels me,
When her heart I feel beat with mine
Now, sleep you may take me,
If she would follow me to into these dreams
There could I only give to her
The soul that she made for me
Please, be still my heart.
Burning up and unopened, one mind
Taken away from a heart
Please do not look inside
Fore it did tear this young life apart
Lying face down and lifeless
Where inside, the torment went on
So hard to tell,
Fore he tortured himself for so long
Heaven would you hold us closely
If for you, our souls were instead?
Could you take these fears
As you take away our breath?
A world surrounded by stars now drifting
Further and further away
We close our eyes for the final time
As We finally let go of this pain
Hurting like nothing else could hurt
This life submerged for too long
A life left to be,
A life, when all life has gone.
To experience more of Aiden’s poetry for yourself, you can go to http://aidenhowarth.com and you can purchase ‘Without You’ in paperback or digital copy here. You can also follow Aiden and his daily antics on Twitter at @Aiden_Howarth.
I thank Aiden for his time and especially his honesty. I am looking forward to his next project and hopefully another chance to chat with him.