Pablo Bustos Moran is a talented artist who also happens to teach science. His love of science overflows into his art as you will see. And while he has made a science out of turning everyday items into funny designs (see what I did there?) luckily for us he also creates pop culture designs. He might science a few of those too. Science, science, science. Just saying the word makes you seem more intelligent. Science.
There is a huge talent pool of t-shirt artists coming from Spain at the moment and Pablo is one of them. He works, has hobbies and is going to get married this year and will probably have 2.4 kids sometime down the line. He’s pretty laid-back, but he takes breaks from his procrastination routine to serenade his fiancée and make fun of the science he teaches at school. He’s also a board game aficionado. He comes across as a pretty regular guy, but he just might be a bit of a Wirdou. Read on.
Where does the name Wirdou come from?
When I was trying to find a pseudonym, I knew I had to come up with something easy to remember and that didn’t exist yet. I liked the expression “weirdo” and I transformed it a little bit. Now everybody must think I’m a weirdo!
Are you Madrid, born and raised?
I was born in Salamanca, Spain, but I’ve spent my whole life in Madrid.
Are you really a high school science teacher?
I am! I’ve been working as a natural sciences teacher for 9 months now. I always wanted to be a teacher. I also teach arts this year. It’s a lot of fun 🙂
Tell us about your typical day.
I spend the morning at school. I get home, have lunch and prepare the lessons for the next day. Then I spend the rest of the afternoon drawing, playing guitar, going for a walk with my girlfriend, or just procrastinating.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I have many hobbies. Apart from drawing I love listening and playing music and going to concerts. I really like team sports and I play basketball once a week. I’ve tried running, but it’s too boring. I like to hang out at home, play some board games (I have like 40 board games at home!) or go to the movies. I’m not a fan of noisy party places where you cannot talk to anyone.
About the Artist
Have you had any formal art training?
Not really. I took some drawing lessons when I was 10…but then I spent many years without drawing…just doodling from time to time. I did a one-month illustration course 6 years ago (I was 22)…basically to encourage myself into drawing again. I started with the t-shirt designing thing and I self-taught myself most of the things (like how to use PhotoShop and Illustrator and many other things). A couple of years ago I took a 4-month digital illustration course, to improve my PhotoShop skills.
Apart from t-shirts, are you involved in other art/design projects?
I would love to…but I don’t have time, with teaching, designing, and my other hobbies. I would love to make a short film some day, drawing the whole animation, composing the soundtrack…But not for now.
Apart from science, where do you usually get your inspiration?
Well…I especially enjoy making drawings or designs about common objects in fun situations. The first designs I did were about those things. Then everything moved towards pop culture and I had to adapt and make pop culture designs. Don’t get me wrong. I love Star Wars, LOTR, and Doctor Who, but doing the same topics over and over again is a bit boring. Science is my shelter where I have a lot of fun thinking and drawing funny stuff.
Could you describe your typical design process from concept to completion?
I usually write the idea on my mobile phone. Nowadays I do the whole process with PhotoShop, from the sketch to the final design. My designs are usually simple, so they don’t involve many steps.
Do you have any WIP I can include in the post?
This year I’m not designing too much because apart from starting working as a teacher I have to prepare a big exam to continue working as a teacher (sounds weird I know, but it’s how it works here in Spain) and I’m getting married this summer, so these last months I haven’t designed much!
About the Tees
How did you first hear about t-shirt design contests like Shirt.Woot! and Threadless?
I started at a Spanish website, Pampling and a French website, LaFraise. There I got to meet many designers there that told me about other contests.
Do you remember your first t-shirt contest win? If so, what was it and how did you feel?
Sure. I had made like 20 designs or so until my first win, and I was a little bit discouraged, but during Christmas, in a couple of days I got two designs selected!! “Intergalactic Phone Call” at Pampling and “Marilyn’s Ghost” at LaFraise. It was the perfect Christmas present.
You are killing it on Shirt.Woot! Do you think this is because Wooters are science nerds?
I think so. My cute fun style works really well there and even though Science is popular in some other places, clearly at shirt.woot is where it’s most popular.
Of the t-shirts that you designed which is your favorite?
That’s a difficult one! I would say, Freddie Mercury. Maybe it’s not the one I would wear the most, but it’s been my most famous design, the one that put my name on the Internet and changed many things in my t-shirt designing endeavor.
Do you wear the t-shirts that you have designed?
Some of them, but usually I wear t-shirts from other designers. That’s basically because I spend several hours designing these t-shirts, and I get a bit tired of the image in the end XD
Have you seen somebody wearing one of your tees in the real world?
I did! And it was a bit awkward. It was a guy wearing my Trapped version with the doughnuts and the silhouette of Homer Simpson. I stopped walking and stared at him, probably with a weird look. He seemed to notice, and I quickly explained to him that I had designed that t-shirt. He didn’t look convinced though. I guess he thought I was nuts… But for me it was special XD
About the World
Do you have any role models?
Not specifically, but I admire wise people, those erudites who can talk about so many different things (without pretending they know!). I’d like to be a wise peaceful friendly living thing when I grow older.
What is the most exotic location you have been to?
I would say Tunisia, but it’s not that exotic. I’d love to visit some eastern exotic places in the future.
Where would you most like to visit? Why?
The States. I’ve never been there, and with all this t-shirt designing venture I have learned many things about American culture that I’d like to confirm.
About Other Designers
Which tee designer(s) do you admire the most?
My t-shirt guru, during all these years, has been Naolito. He’s an amazing t-shirt designer! He has taught me so many things. I also have a great friendship with Harantula, we are friends from college. I also admire many other designers, to name a few: Spiritgreen, Oakenspirit, Di.Jay, Tony Centeno, Omar Feliciano, Walmazan, Hartzack, Arinesart, Olipop, Biticol, 2mzdesign, Fuacka, etc. All of them are great people! And I’m sorry if I’ve missed someone!
Have you done any collaborations for t-shirts?
I’ve done a few collabs, but lately I don’t do many collabs because they usually take more time than doing individually! It’s a lot of fun, but I don’t have the time. The ones that I enjoyed the most were my series with Tony Centeno based on the E.T. movie poster. He made the drawings and I colored them!
Who would you like to see featured on the Shirt List next?
About Tee Design
What design trends have made you go WTF?
Minions…It was too much. I think I had never seen so many absurd mashups all together. Don’t get me wrong…I love Minions…but it was too much
Any advice for other designers/artists?
Be clever. You are designing t-shirts, products. I don’t have amazing drawing skills, but I paid a lot of attention to the styles and topics that were popular and that’s why I got many designs printed. But even with that, always try to develop a personal touch, a brand, so your designs are recognizable. Be respectful to other artists. This a competitive world that sometimes brings out the worst of us.
Photoshop or Illustrator?
Photoshop! Illustrator is the devil!