Behind the print: CARS and FILMS by Jesús Prudencio

 

Remember when I told you about Behind the Print? Today is the day and I am thrilled to kick-off this brand-new Spunkyrella series with the mastermind behind one of my favorite prints ever.

Jesús Prudencio is the artist behind Cars and Films, a popular website and Etsy shop, who designs clean prints of iconic cars from legendary movies. Today we get a glimpse behind the scenes of his artwork and additionally he generously offered a free print to one of our lucky readers, but more on that later.

 

WELCOME TO SPUNKYRELLA, JESÚS! Would you tell us a bit about your personal/artistic background. What led you to design unique artwork?

Thanks for having me! Of course. I am from a small town in Spain, called Badajoz and came to Sevilla to study Fine Arts. After my Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts in Graphic Design and Printmaking, I stayed to live here.
For several years, I worked in different design studios as well as for the well-known Spanish artist Pilar Albarracin. Currently I’m a freelance graphic designer and illustrator. I wanted to return to illustration after neglecting that part of my profession for several years due to other commitments.

What was your initial inspiration to design movie posters?

I have always loved movie posters especially those clean designed ones and would call myself quite a movie aficionado. I was looking for something those two interests of mine had in common and then the idea came to me, just like that.

How do you choose a certain car from a certain movie? For example my favorite, Little Miss Sunshine. What made you come up with this one? Do you have to like the movie, do you choose successful movies or do your friends inspire you?

Mainly, I choose movies that I like. I love Pulp Fiction, The Shining, Taxi Driver, Psycho, Little Miss Sunshine. Other than that I thought about movies or TV shows I religiously watched as a teenager like The A-Team or Mr. Bean. Something along those lines, I guess.

 

Please take us through the average process from the first draft to the finished drawing!

I usually document myself on the first car that I’ll draw, sometimes I am scribbling away on a previous sketch and then immediately start working in Adobe Illustrator with my graphics tablet. As soon as I am done, the finished poster is going to press.

Your prints are wildly popular online. Was it a long process to spread the word? Has anything changed for you as a designer since you started out or do you feel like it will soon?

Honestly, it took some time but thanks to fans like you and Pinterest and social networks in general my audience grew and my Etsy shop took off. Also I was lucky enough to snag additional jobs from my Cars and Films business. I strongly believe that the internet is the most powerful tool you can have as illustrator or graphic designer.

Have you ever experienced negative reactions/comments concerning your work? And if so, does it bother you; do you react to it?

Not that I know of. Thinking back, it was quite the other way round, people started to pitch their ideas to me and asked me to draw cars of their favorite movies.

Do you have any plans to expand your brand? Designing music prints or cover art maybe?

Interesting idea, actually. I am totally committed to Cars And Films though and have no plans to start any other project right now.

 

Do you have a favorite print by another artist you purchased or you wished that was your idea?

Oh, there are many I love and admire such as Saul Bass, Drew Struzan, Tchock and Stanley Donwood, Olly Moss, Alex Trochut, Albert Exergian, Shepard Fairey… I could go on and on. 
As for my favorite, I´d say Saul Bass’ poster Anatomy of a Murder. I love that one.

You live in Sevilla right now. How would you describe the art scene there? Do you feel like the local artists support each other, inspire each other?
Honestly I´ve have moved here for education and to get more into the field of graphic design, not so much to be part of a special group. It´s interesting to witness some sort of movement in the art scene though. We´ll see what happens over the next few years.

Thank you so much Jesús for taking us on a tour Behind the Print! 


Follow Jesús Prudencio on Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest / Tumblr / Behance if you like.

 

 

>> GIVEAWAY: One lucky reader can win one movie poster from the current Cars and Films collection. Just make sure to follow Spunkyrella and Jesús Prudencio on Twitter and leave a comment below and tell us which is your favorite poster and why. Please do so until next Friday, March 7th midnight (GMT). The winner will be announced the Monday after. Good luck! <<

 

 
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8 Comments

  1. This is an amazing interview!! I’ve seen those posters around the internet, so I was really excited when the interview turned out to be the artist who creates them! As someone who loves being inspired by movies (or anything really), I’m in love with this idea! It’s just so cool! My favorite is the Roman Holiday poster! I love that movie!

    1. I agree Sara! I was thrilled when Jesús agreed to do this feature with me! My fave of his collection is Little Miss Sunshine. I just love the movie, the iconic broken car and that poster. It´s just everything! The Roman Holiday one comes in close second, I also like that it´s actually not a car – as the only one in the collection ;) Good luck!

  2. I’ve got to stick with my hometown – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is my favorite!!! One of the greatest movies ever and filmed in the best city ever! :)

  3. I love his posters and the whole interview. We actually have his Taxi Driver print hanging in our living room. Balazs got it as a gift for his birthday:) Good luck to everyone and have a beautiful Friday, sweetie. xo

  4. I’ve been a fan of Jesus’ work for some time now after discovering him on Etsy. Great interview, thanks for the insight into this illustrator. I’ve already bought my favourite (‘Little Miss Sunshine’) but I want more to adorn the wall alongside this poster. My other favourite would have to be ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’, great memories of watching this iconic film as a teenager and wishing that was my life!