We're constantly looking for interesting artists on Instagram. We will be introducing them every tuesday in a series called Introtuesday. Please meet Berlin, Germany based illustrator Leandro Alzate.
What are you working on at the moment?
I'm working on a magazine cover about social housing for refugees in Berlin. It's my first cover and also a nice opportunity to advocate for accommodation policies for refugees as illustrator.
What is your work process like?
Commissions normally come attached to a topic, which is the cornerstone of the briefing. When I do personal work I can suspend this topic-centered approach and let the imagination run free. My work for magazines typically begins with a time of “incubation” until I face the first hand-drawn sketches. When I think I've found something interesting there, I work these rough doodles out into first computer sketches, play with the composition, and from there on I work digitally.
Favorite work snack?
Coffee and sandwich cookies. Also salted mini pretzels when I'm in the mood for the salty version. So basically I'm a rodent.
Any personal projects on the side that you're excited about?
I'm working at present on a new portfolio, strongly based on personal output. It will be completely finished in two months, and then I'll certainly find some time for side projects.
Follow Leandro on Instagram and check out his portfolio at www.leandroalzate.com