MC: What is your relationship to Tokyo?
G: I travel more or less once a year to Tokyo for work. I always try to stay a couple of days to enjoy the city. I love Tokyo. I think it’s one of my favorite places in the world. I hope I can one day live in Japan for a few years.
MC: When and why did you start drawing the city?
G: I always have a sketchbook with me and Tokyo has a lot of things to draw. Since the first time I came, I naturally started to draw the city.
MC: Do you draw professionally?
G: I work as a fashion/graphic designer, so I don’t draw a lot at work. Most of the time, I draw on the bus, at a coffee table, or late night at home. The fact that I use a computer eight hours per day makes me flee away the screens, so most of my drawings are 100% made on paper.
MC: Are there any recurring subjects in your Tokyo drawings?
G: I like the small streets, the details of the walls. Drawing the cable lines is a cliché, but it’s really relaxing to draw them. I also like to draw the vending machines. They are full of secrets.
MC: Tell us about the place that you have selected.
G: I moved to another hotel placed in a more residential area near Shibuya. I lost myself in the small streets and started to draw what I was seeing every day.
MC: Do you have any other special places in Tokyo?
G: I like to go to eat fish in the restaurant Kaikaya. And I like to cross the Yoyogi Park. But I still have a lot of places to discover.
MC: Do you have any references for your work or anyone whose work you particularly admire?
G: I’m really a drawing enthusiast so I like a lot of artists. I will say the first three names that pop in my head: Matthew Houston, Helge Reumann, and Blutch.
MC: Why is drawing important for you?
G: Drawing is the best way to kill the time I have.