My favorite techniques for illustrating or making comics in analog are:
- Graphite and colored pencil
- Watercolour graphite
- Black and coloured Chinese ink
- Watercolours and gouache
- Acrylic painting
As for digital I use different graphic applications, depending on the project:
- Clip Studio Pro and ArtRage (iMac + iPad)
- Affinity Design, Photo (iMac + iPad) and Publisher
- Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Animate
- Motion 5 and Final Cut Pro
- Krita and DaVinci Resolve (freeware)
- Artstudio Pro, Procreate (iPad)
Puppet and object theatre is one of the most technical artistic expressions, thus opening up an enormous range of possibilities for expressive experimentation through different materials. It combines character design, three-dimensionality and direct animation.
In 2012, I started a project of education through art and puppets called ARTEFACTUM, together with the dancer and choreographer Bettina Inés Truffat. We started with children's workshops and in 2017 we decided to make them for young people and adults, especially TEACHERS, interested in reconnecting with their "INNER CREATIVE CHILD".
I work on the development of creativity with puppets in the educational field proposing a new methodology of EDUCATION THROUGH ART:
There are many positive contributions that develop from working with puppets and marionettes at any age.
They stand out among others:
of artistic styles, from realism to "cartoon" through technical drawing. The analog and digital art techniques are always at the service of the narration.
as much in the creation of characters as in the scenic planning, the sets and the narrative, always looking for action with a cinematographic touch.
Expressiveness of emotions in the forms and in the background, in the creation of the characters, in their poses, in the narrative, in the graphic technique. To tell stories is to share the EMOTIONAL EXPRESSION of what happens to us.
in my continuous quest to always give the best of myself in each project. Continuous learning, innovation and drive with each new challenge. That's how I grow and how my clients and collaborators grow.
Teamwork is essential to achieve the highest goals, always with respect and value for the effort of each one. No project is successfully completed by a single individual.
„I’ve been lucky enough to work with several outstanding illustrators in recent years, but among these Saeta is exceptional. He has such a broad range of impacting styles and voices that it’s sometimes hard to believe you’re looking at the same artist. But more importantly, his high standards of excellence, his ability to interpret the most challenging artwork briefs with elegance and his good natured spirit of dedication make him someone I would return to again and again.”
"The artist SaetaHernando has been a regular collaborator with Richmond for the ten years I have worked in-house in Richmond, a branch of Santillana Educación. This in itself, is a wonderful reflection of the esteem we hold him in. He has often been specifically sought by various of our authors. I would think that Saeta's best recommendation is in fact in his portfolio, where the colours and life he gives his characters are so visible. They are truly beautiful, a pleasure to receive. Communication with Saeta has always been fluid. He will invariably explain different issues that come up as he develops a story and offer workable solutions. He is always open to feedback and suggestions and contributes ideas as he goes."
„A few years ago, we considered realizing a project of Spanish teaching for non-native children between the age of four and eight years. We were extremely lucky to have Saeta illustrating the four volumes. His work has given our final product a very personal flavor and a huge visual appeal. It manages to communicate and reinforce perfectly the pedagogical contents that are substantial in our works. Saeta brings rigor, professionalism and quality, as well as a lot of imagination, creativity and technical mastery. It is always a luxury and a pleasure to be able to have in our teams people with the qualities of Saeta Hernando.”
„We have been collaborating with Saeta in various situations. He’s an author gifted with a huge versatility that allows him to perfectly adapt to any working proposal while always delivering a satisfying result. I would like to underline the great dynamism he is able to give to his illustrations, as a result of his previous experience in film animation. Furthermore, his dedication allows him to be a responsible author, always willing to collaborate in order to achieve the highest outcome in his works.
It is always a pleasure to count on him for any project that might arise.”