How did you become an artist?
Drawing has been one of my favorite things to do ever since I was a child, so I knew that eventually I’d work with something related to the creativity field in the future. After attending to drawing classes and finding my own art style just for fun, I started getting recognition online. I ended up following other artists who introduced me to the community, full of illustrators who were making a living with their artwork.
At start, I didn’t know I could make money from my illustrations, so I studied Graphic Design and 2D Animation for some years, until I realized I was getting plenty of clients interested in my stuff. Since then, I’ve been focusing on kids literature and children illustrations, which I plan to keep on doing for a long time in the future.
Where do you get inspiration?
From life in general, experiences and stuff I enjoy, but mostly from movies, cartoons/anime and comics/mangas I end up consuming. My first ever references were from a series of famous Brazilian comic books called Turma da Mônica, which may have a lot of responsibility behind the reason why I developed a unique art style. And of course, I get inspiration from artists I follow on social media! My favorites are David Sierra, Jane Newland, Irena Freitas, Júlia Sardà Portabella, Luis Gadea and Russel Del Socorro.
What’s your hardware setup?
My computer is a Lenovo ideapad 310 (which is already old, I’m planning on buying a new one in the future) and I work with an Intuos Wacom Medium Pro tablet.
What do you like best about Clip Studio Paint?
The amount of possibilities available for every kind of artist. It doesn’t matter if you’re an illustrator, an animator, a comic book artist... It has enough tools to attend every kind of artistic needs.
How long does it take you to make a single illustration?
It depends on the illustration. If it is more complex and detailed, including background or more than 2 characters, it would take me more or less than 9 hours to get it fully done. If it’s simpler, just one character and no background, I’d say 3 hours at least.
Would you consider Clip Studio Paint an industry tool?
Absolutely. I, myself, am pretty excited to start using it as my main work tool. I’m still learning about all its features and what it has to offer, but once I get used to it, I’ll be able to increase the quality of my illustrations!
Where can we follow your work?
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