1. Your name and title/business name?
My name is Victor Fernandez, but I am known as Victor Kams or Mr.Kams
2. Do you have a specialty or special style that makes you relatively unique? If so, what?
I actually try to work with many different tools and practice quite a few styles of calligraphy and also lettering, I draw letters too. Probably I can identify myself with Italic and gothic hands the most but I love all kind of letters.
3. What’s your educational background, i.e., college, professional school, high school, apprenticeship, etc.?
I studied graphic design in the UK and I also did 3d and motion graphics in Madrid, Spain. But I was never fulfilled with any of those fields. I started painting graffiti in 1992 and when I got myself into calligraphy around 2008 I instantly felt the connection to the graffiti handmade discipline and I knew right away that was what I wanted to do. With the time I have been quite lucky to learn from masters such as Claude Mediavilla, Ricardo Rousselot or Luca Barcellona among others.
4. Preferred tool(s) and medium?
As I mentioned before I work with almost anything I can get my hands on, I enjoy brushes, nibs, markers, ruling pens, you name it. I can’t really say I have a favorite tool. As for medium , I like to work with watercolors, gouache and fine paper. And outside I use spray paint and acrylics on a nice wall preferably.
5. Where or how do you “recharge your creative battery,” i.e., books, blogs, music, art, exercise, meditation, prayer, hobbies, interests, etc.?
I read a lot of books and also I have some good calligraphy manuals which I go back to from time to time to refresh my technique. I also get a good deal of inspiration from music, and of course graffiti. I am a big fan of good calligraphers and I follow the work of some of them online. Someone said when one stops being a fan of his own craft is when the artist inside starts to die (or something like that) hahaha.
6. Tell us something about you that might surprise or delight us.
When I started to practice calligraphy sometimes I would be 20 or more hours writing without taking a rest or even stop to eat my meals. I don’t do it anymore of course and I wouldn’t recommend that to anyone. To be productive and learn properly one needs to rest well and often.