Arnau Sanz Martinez was born in Barcelona in 1984. He studied Graphic Art at Escola Joso and began self-publishing fanzines which he sold at comic festivals in his city.
He’s worked doing illustrations and storyboards, handing out flyers, helping those with mobility impairment and selling ice-cream.
His first comic, Albert contra Albert, was published by Edicions de Ponent in 2013. It was followed by Nacatamal (Apa-Apa, 2014), Llavaneres (DePonent, 2015), Tito Integral (AIA, 2016), Tibirís (Trilita, 2017) and Línea Editorial (AIA, 2018). Un Fantasma is his last work.
I always start drawing pencil to paper and after that, I trace onto 200 gram mixed paper that’s matte with a bit of grain. From there, it all varies depending on the project. Sometimes, I add a direct colour pencil, others I ink with drawing nibs and Indian Ink, sometimes watercolor… Finally I scan and tweak the levels. Sometimes as in my last comic, I colour digitally.
I always glance at the work of Gipi. I love how he narrates, draws, writes and develops the stories. Besides, sometimes I watch a movie or read a magazine, and I note down some details or shots, or conversations that I like and then re-read them before undertaking the next project.
When I write I don’t listen to anything because I get distracted, when I ink in or paint I do. I generally listen to ambient stuff or mystery podcasts, something that doesn’t stress me out or have many tempo changes. I recommend Grouper to everyone.
Arnau Sanz (Barcelona, 1984) is mainly a comic book artist. I got hooked on his peculiar style and stories a while back, and luckily I’ve been able to keep track of him since he moved from my hometown (Málaga) up to now, thanks to our mutual friends and music – At the moment Arnau plays in Mujeres, but has been in bands such as Heads and Heads and Reaction-Reaction-. When I started with the La Colectiva project, he was one of the first people that came to my mind.