Where were you born? Where did you grow up? I was born in Tijuca (Rio de Janeiro) and when I was nine years old I moved to Marica. At the age of 22, I lived in Botafogo and later on in Alto da Boa Vista. Nowadays I’m living in Marica, where I have my office, at home.
Schooling? Art training? I’ve been drawing since I was a kid, but I started to study drawing and painting when I was nine years old, at a course where my teacher was a nun – a great penciller and painter. On this course I could stay for as long as I wanted, so I studied there until I was fifteen years old. I only left because I had to have time for studying at my regular school. I spent most of my time drawing and painting with colored pencils and only on my senior year I decided to study oil painting, knowing that my great passion was watercolor color pencil drawing/painting (caran d’ache). I’m always studying, I often buy books about painting, drawing, graphic design, of sources, etc. … And I subscribe to specialized magazines.
How long have you been working professionally in comics? I’m not working with comics, but I grew up in that universe. Certainly, that’s where my passion for drawing came from.
What things -- both in art and otherwise -- have you worked on besides comics? Are comics a full-time gig for you or part-time? The work I produce that is closer to the art on comic books, without a doubt, are the CD covers. Specially because I work mostly with Metal bands, producing conceptual illustrations for their albums. They tell stories and each song is like a chapter. Therefore, the illustrations must have a chronological idea.
Talk about how you broke into the business --was it easy? Hard? Ups? Downs? Any interesting anecdotes? When you held your first published work in your hands, how did you feel? I work in the advertisement area since 1997. I cannot recall my first published project precisely, for I was still very inexperienced and had no idea of how important it was to gather my projects and create a portfolio, but I remember when I made a project for a company where I used to work (Cactus) which was exhibited on a soap opera of the extinct Rede Manchete (national channel), in 1998. I had to add a ring to a character’s finger, because they took a picture of the actress with historical clothes and they forgot the ring, which was a crucial detail of the story… (laughs)
Gee... back then I used to work with Photoshop 4 on a very old Mac!!!
The first CD cover I made was for the Melodic Metal band Aquaria (Marquee/Avalon records – Japan). I keep this one to myself (and all covers that I produced later) very proudly. I was extremely happy to see this project done. One of the coolest moments of this job was when I saw the comment of a fan from Japan saying that one of the illustrations reminded him of a song that represented a remarkable moment in his life. It was very gratifying to know that my art, somehow, could make someone feel emotional on the other side of the globe. Someone I’ll never see, but my art has reached that place. Did you work as an assistant to any other artists? If so, please talk a bit about those experiences. Well, since 2002 I work with photographers, in the photo retouching area for the advertisement market and for soap operas and TV series. It’s a very cool job, because I can mix photograph and drawing techniques to develop the art projects.
How did your parents take to the idea of working in comics? My parents have always supported my decisions related to work.
How would you describe your workspace? Is it part of your home, or do you go "to the studio"? My studio is at home, but I can work anywhere. Usually, during a trip I am drawing or studying something.
I use a PC with a Intel dg35ec motherboard, quadcore Intel processor and a 8Gb ram. GeForce 9400GT 512mb display adapter with two monitors – a Samsung SyncMaster 743n 17" and a LG Flatron w2252tq 22" and I save all my projects on a external HD, just for safety.
The operational system I use is Windows Vista Ultimate.
The programs I use are: Photoshop CS4, Corel Painter 11, Illustrator CS4, Corel Draw X4 and Flash CS4.
I also use a Genius G-Pen M609X, for drawing, finishing and painting, on photoshop and painter.
What job are you proudest of? What's your most embarrassing? What I am proudest of? All of them, as I say, they are all like my child to me. But if I have to pick one, right now, I would choose the MySpace layout for the band Angra, because we achieved the goal, rating them as the third most visited Brazilian MySpace page in less than a week after publishing it.
The most embarrassing? I cannot recall any embarrassing job at the moment...
What are you currently drawing? Comments on that project? Right now I’m working on a layout for the band Fake Number, moreover the visual identity for the band Violet.
Talk about your family: Parents, siblings, home situation. Are you married? Have kids? Names? Anecdotes about married life, how does it relate to your busy schedule, etc. If you have kids, do they understand your job? What do they say about it? Do they read comics? I am married, I don’t have kids. Well, I have two cats and four dogs... they are my kids at the moment... (laughs)
What projects do you hope to work on in the future? Wow… they are so many… but I want to do something that unifies music and illustrations, but in a very different way. Something that goes beyond paper and sound. I don’t really know how, but I will! (laughs)
Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years? Doing the same things! Drawing, taking pictures and listening to a lot of music! Although I want to draw (and paint) more frequently, because today I have been drawing less than I expected.
What is the interest in comics where you live? Do friends and neighbors know you draw comics for a living? How do they react? There are always those close to me who love comics. Either friends or clients. I believe comics fans have a “cosmic” connection among them!
What's 1 thing you'll always find in your refrigerator? Water!
What's your favorite food? Japanese and I also love pasta.
What are your favorite interests --Movies? Music? TV? Any hobbies? Sports? I watch a lot of movies, of all kinds, horror, comedy, adventure… but I don’t like drama.
Music is a great passion too. I listen to practically everything, from heavy metal to classic music, pop, hard rock, mpb, etc.
I hardly watch TV, unless I know they’re playing something I really want to watch. I like playing volley and table tennis.
Have you ever thought of writing your own stories? Yes! In fact, I have a published book! But it is part of a much larger project... so there’s still a lot to complete the rest of it for this book to see the light of day... (laughs)
Have you ever been in a gang? No.
What's an average day in your life like? Walk us through a typical day. Well, on an average day without setbacks, I wake up very early, do my chores at home and at 9 in the morning, I start working, turn on the PC, check my e-mails, connect my msn and skype (where I have contact with my clients), organize my day and start working on the projects required by the agencies and/or photographers. I stop to have lunch around mid-day, get back around 13h and work until 18h. From then on I do the “extra” projects, or I take some time to study some technique or a new program, or I finish something that I didn’t have time to finish before so I don’t miss the deadline.
That’s an average day! But it never happens that way, does it? (laughs)
Do you know any funny or interesting anecdotes to tell about the comics market? Wow... so far I haven’t told any anecdotes here... I’m realizing I’m not really good with jokes...
Well, that’s not necessarily an anecdote, but something curious: when I was a kid, I really wanted to work at a newsstand. I used to imagine how good it would be to get paid and still be able to read all my favorite comic books… (laughs)
When I was a teenager I saw a friend of mine working at a newsstand and I talked about this with him and he told me he also used to think that way when he was a kid, but he used to work so hard he hadn’t time to read anything at all...
Do you have any great, unsold projects in your files that nobody's got to see published? Yes, I do. The one I mentioned before, about the book. But it will take some time to become reality.
If you weren't a comic-book artist today, what would you be? Wow.. I cannot imagine myself working with something that is not related to art... but certainly I would try to figure something out so I wouldn’t starve to death!
Have you ever taught comic-book art or had any assistants? If so, talk about that. I didn’t teach art precisely, but during some time I held Photoshop classes.
The single thing you'd most like to be remembered for in your life is...? I really would enjoy if my art would touch the lives of some people in a positive way. Little by little I have already seen that happen!
Any closing words to your fans? Never give up on your dreams! Besides, forget the words “give up”, “no” and “never”. This would sound better as “Always believe in your dreams”, if they are positive, they will come true at the right time!
On the CDs and DVDs area, are: Aquaria - Luxaeterna and Shambala (Marquee/Avalon) Margareth Menezes - Uma Brasileira ao Vivo (EMI) Endless - A Dream at the Sun (Marquee/Avalon) Benzeno - Dias Insanos Cross of Fear - Holy Wars PtII Eidyllion - Secretos (Volumen 4) Avante - Sem Tempo a Perder Korzus - Vídeo História (Voice Music) Amanda Somerville - Windows
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