Nicolás Castell

Born in Buenos Aires, 1988
[email protected]

Illustrator based in Granada, he finished his master degree in Drawing in 2012, has been working as an artist with more than twenty exhibitions in the last years, and as a freelance illustrator for children books, comics, in the cinema industry, embossing industry, and for music bands as well. In his illustrations he usually likes to draw narrative scenes with historic elements and also a bit of fantasy.

“I like to explore the limits of the imagination; there is a nice sense of travel and freedom in this way of creating. I would like to offer a little journey to the spectator with my work. Where he can relax, imagine and feel free.”

STUDIES:

Date: 2007- 2012
University: Facultad de Bellas Artes Alonso Cano, Universidad de Granada, España (Faculty of Fine Arts
Alonso Cano, University of Granada, Spain).
Degree: Licenciado y Máster de Dibujo, Creación, Producción y Difusión (Graduate and Master Degree
in Drawing, Creation, Producion, and Diffusion).

Course of: “El Cómic actual: proyección profesional y conceptos contemporáneos”, UGR, Granada
Seminar: “Vadè l’acrobat” with Pablo Auladell, about the illustration in the illustrated album. Bilbao
Seminar: “La sabiduría del almanaque” with Gustavo Puerta Leisse, about the illustrated almanac, Bilbao
Workshop of illustration with Katsumi Komagata in Illustratour, Valladolid
Workshop of illustration with David Peña “Puño” in Estación Diseño, Granada
Workshop of Stop Motion animation with Quero, Stefano Bessoni and Tim Allen in Estación Diseño, Granada
Workshop of illustration with Victo Ngai in La Galería Roja, Seville

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

  • Date: July y August of 2007
    Illustrator in the art department of the movie “Relapse” directed by
    Guillermo F. Navarro y and shooted in Kona, Hawaii.
    https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3289157/
  • Date: January-April of 2014
    Illustrator in Boegli Gravures S.A. Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
  • Date: September 2015- January 2016
    Teacher at the private school of design “Estacion Diseño” in Granada
  • Date: September 2016- March 2017
    Teacher at the private school of design “Estacion Diseño” in Granada
  • Date: September 2017-2018
    Teacher of illustration, comic and drawing at the private school of design “Estación Diseño” in Granada

Selection of clients as a freelancer:

Adobe: https://www.adobe.com/
Grupo Planeta: https://www.planeta.es/
SM: http://www.grupo-sm.com/
Boegli Gravures: https://www.boegli.ch/
Narval: http://www.narvaleditores.com/
DADA Company: https://www.dadacompany.com/
Rey Naranjo: http://www.reynaranjo.net/
Times: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/
Mercedes-Benz: https://www.mercedes-benz.com/en/

PUBLICATIONS:

  • Author, illustrations of: CASTELL, N. and PANTOJA, O. (2017). Borges, el laberinto infinito. Madrid: Rey Naranjo
  • Illustrations of: FRABETTI, C. (2017). La vuelta al mundo en 80 enigmas. Madrid: Narval
  • Illustrations of: GARCÍA-ROMÉU, C. (2014). Vuela, Iván. Madrid: Narval
  • Illustrations of: MAELL, E. (2015), Mona Lisa Reimagined. San Francisco: Goff Books

EXHIBITIONS:

  • 2018:
    Individual in the gallery Lavagne y Asociados, Madrid, “Borges, el laberinto infinito”
  • 2017:
    Collective in ErranT, Granada, “Ilustrando al periodista”
  • 2016:
    Collective in Society of Illustrators, New York, “Illustrators 58”.
    Collective in Verdi_Verd Espai D’art, Barcelona, “Biobarna Ilustrada”
    Collective in Athens School of Fine Arts, Athens, “Visual Activism for Mental Health”
  • 2015:
    Collective in Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival, Sharjah.
    Collective in Espacio California, Sevilla “Marabunta”.
  • 2014:
    Collective in Mad is Mad, Madrid, “‘80”
    Collective in Tetera y Kiwi, Granada, “¿Qué es un ilustrador?”
    Collective in the children’s book fair of Bologna. “Lettori di carta”
  • 2013:
    Collective in W3 Gallery of London. “Gioconda Project”
    Collective in El Castell of Cornellá, “Ciutat de Cornellá”
    Collective in Tetera y Kiwi, Granada. “Han vuelto”.
    Collective in the Casa de la Juventud of La Carolina, Jaén. “Arte Aparte 6”.
    Collective in the Palacio de los Congresos of Málaga, “Animacomic”.
    Collective in the Caja Blanca of Málaga, second prize in comic, Málaga Crea 2013.
    Collective in the Corrala de Santiago of Granada. “Seven artists”.
    Collective in the Museo de Artes Plásticas “Antonio González Orea” of Andújar.
  • 2012:
    Collective in the Casa de la juventud of La Carolina, Jaén. “Arte aparte”.
    Collective in the Parque de las Ciencias of Granada. “Miradas que habitan”.
    Collective in the Salón del Cómic of Granada. Stand de Bellas Artes.
  • 2011:
    Collective in the Salón del Manga of Granada. Stand de Bellas Artes.
    Collective in of artist’s books in the Faculty of Fine Arts of Granada.
    Collective in the Hospital Real of Granada, mentioned in the Alonso Cano competition.
    Collective in the Salón del Cómic of Granada. Stand de Bellas Artes.
  • 2010:
    Collective in the Salón del Manga of Granada. Stand de Bellas Artes.
    Collective in the Salón del Cómic of Granada. Stand de Bellas Artes.
  • 2009:
    Collective in the Salón del Manga of Granada. Stand de Bellas Artes.
  • 2008:
    Collective in the Palacio de los congresos of Málaga mentioned in the Málaga Crea 2008
    competition, Special Mention.

WORK IN COLLECTIONS:

Fundación Antonio Pérez. Cuenca

COMPETITIONS:

  • 2015: Selected, Society of Illustrators Annual 58
  • 2015: Winner, Creative Quarterly Annual 40
  • 2015: Selected, American Illustration Annual 34
  • 2015: Selected, Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival
  • 2013: Second prize in comic, Málaga Crea.
  • 2008: Special mention, Málaga Crea.

LANGUAGES AND SOFTWARE:

Languages: spanish, advanced english, basic french, basic italian.
Software knowledge: Adobe Photoshop, CTP Pro, Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw, Dragon Frame, After Effects, Toon Boom Studio, inDesign, Word, Premiere Pro, Microsoft PowerPoint