CSP Featured Artist: Ju Loyola

CSP Featured Artist: Ju Loyola

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How did you become an artist?

I’m Juliana Loyola aka Ju Loyola. I’m a deaf artist that work with comics and illustration based in São Paulo, Brazil. When I was a kid, I always had the dream of becoming a comics artist, I loved comics in general and mainly Brazilian ones like Turma da Mônica, which led be to become na artist. I started working in some pages and I loved it! I wanted it for my future, to create, paint and have fun.
Later on I discovered manga and I was impressed by the stories and characters, a lot of creativity, imagination and reality. I would say I became a comics artist in 2015, with the release of my first publication of silent comics in a textless visual narrative called “The Witch who loved” in the Brazilian CCXP Comic-Con Experience. I loved the experience and it pushed me to continue my career.

After the pandemic ended, I started creating comics directly through Clip Studio Paint Ex to make my time easier and increase my knowledge. I finished the first comic “More Than Words“, with scriptwriter Laica Chrose, all done digitally with Clip Studio Paint.

Currently, I continue doing silent stories and studying scripts to further improve my art and story. And also do animation!

Where do you get inspiration?

Inspiration comes through my vision or rather observation, because I can't listen. Only my eyes guide me to see inspiration and I share time with people, things, food, books, comics, soap operas, films, animations and including the incredible artists that I really like.

Especially artbooks by varied artists and manga >>Nagabe, Yuto Sano and Shirahama Kamome.

What’s your hardware setup?

I use a Windows 11 PC and LG 23 Monitor. I have the very old Wacom Intuos Pen Small tablet (discontinued from Wacom) since 2013, it works well. XD
I intend to buy the new Cintiq Pro 16 or Wacom One 13 Display Tablet because I like trying new things.

What do you like best about Clip Studio Paint?

For me, brushes and assets are WONDERFUL. I have a large library of painting and comic assets. The software can handle heavy work. Clip Studio Paint is very useful for anyone working in comics. I started to enjoy working using 3D poses/scenarios in comics. An interesting result!!

How long does it take you to make a single illustration?

It depends on the simplicity and complexity of work. For illustrations, I take 2-6 hours of color and black & white painting process.
For comics, it takes 5 days or up to 4 four months. It depends on the detail of the characters, the landscapes, the number of pages, it is a long and slow process.

How has Clip Studio Paint improved your workflow?

Yes, it has improved a lot, especially time and work progress.
It is very useful and practical. Because before using Clip Studio Paint I sketched, drew and painted everything by hand.

Would you like to promote some recent project?

Yes, I have the original comic project “Maria Lua e Amigos – Aventura das Estrelas” and it’s in the Amazon store.

You can find the chapters to buy and read online. This comic is silent.


Where can we follow your work?