São Paulo, Brasil
[Zupi] When did you decide to be an illustrator? What are you graduated in?
I graduated in graphic design by Belas Artes. The decision to pursue the illustration career came after I left my job in mid-2008. Since then, I’ve been working as an illustrator and artist, creating for both editorial and advertising markets.
Currently I’m developing a personal project (the creation of my own mythology about the characters I make, which I call “Afrotropical Entities”), based on the Tropicália movement and Brazilian indigenous and African cultures, which are the main references on my art’s new phase.
[Zupi] Which artists influence/influenced your work?
Music is a fundamental element on my creative process. In this field, the artists who influence me most are Nação Zumbi, Otto, Novos Baianos, Secos e Molhados, Tom Zé and Siba e a Fuloresta.
On illustration I love the work of Nick Sheeny, Linn Olofsdotter and Joe Sorren.
[Zupi] What do you think about the current illustration market in Brazil?
The illustration market is undervalued. I believe that professionals are worth for they rarity on it. How I see it, there are not many professionals in the fields of illustration/creation who got talent and quality working for a fair price.
[Zupi] What kind of work you like the most? And what usually brings more difficulties?
Working as an illustrator is a great pleasure for me. I believe I had the biggest difficulties when I decided to be a freelancer. I had to learn how to be my own boss, set my schedule and routine, prospecting and contacting my own clients as a freelancer. At first it was very hard for me, but the passion I have for my craft have always been bigger than any difficulty.
[Zupi] Is there such thing as a favorite project?
In a certain way, the most recent project is always the favorite. It’s like a “young sun”. This year I had the opportunity to create illustrations for Nestlé Easter Eggs. It was a very nice project, because I had total creative freedom and really enjoyed the final result.
[Zupi] What about upcoming projects?
I’m interested on taking my work to new media in order to enrich and diversify my art, working more the plastic side of my creations, on canvases and experimental stop-motion animations about the Entities and the concept of Afrotropicalism. In the future, maybe even publish my Afrotropical mythology.
[Zupi] What’s the tip for those who are just starting out ?
Love what you do. It’s not cliché, it’s a fact. Liking is not enough. My experience as a freelancer illustrator allowed me to discover that if you want to pursue this career, you got to have more than that: be objective and fight for your ideas, believe in your art and in yourself. Search information, take courses, go to exhibitions, strive to develop your full potential to expand your artistic horizons.
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