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Gfx Leks is a artist and director based in Spain.
YJ: What’s your current hustle?
GL: First of all thank you guys for the interview, it means a lot to me to be interviewed overseas. I'm currently studying, working and creating new art everyday to keep my name up.
YJ: Has what you’re doing now been a life-long interest?
GL: I hope it is, I would like to dedicate myself to this professionally in the future, whether designing covers for music, for movies, or illustrating.
YJ:What’s the most memorable career advice you’ve received?
GL: Focus on myself and my work regardless of the opinion of others, and not trust some of these famous artists.
YJ: When first starting, how did you practice your designs?
GL: I do not even practice my designs, I do everything at once without a previous idea. There are times when, I have an idea and I have to write it in my notes app and put it into practice when I get home.
YJ: What’s been your biggest obstacle?
GL: My biggest obstacle I think it has been the city where I live, or my country specifically. Here the work of artists is not valued and I work with many artists from the United States, France, Italy, etc.
YJ: How do you see design industry changing within the next 5-10 years?
GL: I would not know how to answer that honestly, I hope everything goes better, and the work of the designers is valued more, at least in Spain it is undervalued. Everyone expects you to do your work for free.
YJ: If you could tell your younger self one thing about life, what would it be?
GL: That's a hard question, but I think it would be "believe in yourself" that's the most important thing when you're independent.
YJ: Where do you find inspiration, when needing it?
GL: I find inspiration in many profiles of hypebeast clothes when I'm going to illustrate. When it comes to making covers, I don't usually get inspired by anything special, everything comes to the moment. Sometimes I've felt inspired by metal covers, old music covers, and or retro style.
YJ: What has been the most fulfilling moment in your career so far?
GL: It could be that the people of the street recognize you from time to time, to have surpassed the 20k followers in this sector I think it is something difficult and getting recognition being a designer is quite complicated. Working with artists that I have always heard, that they know and value your work I think it is an achievement, and the love of people when I upload a new design.
YJ: What are you still looking to achieve?
GL: Being able to devote my whole life to design and work for myself without having to worry about bosses or companies.
YJ: What would you say to someone who may think that their talent/idea is not an ideal or possible career path?
GL: I would tell them that everything is possible in this life, if you think your idea is good and you want it to work, you just need time, dedication and love for your own work. Everything will come with time.
YJ: What do you see the future holding?
GL: I don't know honestly, I hope to be able to work for myself, or to join some great project or create it myself. To be able to work myself and give work to people, that would be the best thing.
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