What is your main focus as your working on right now?
I would like to finish 2 of my creator own projects. Once I’m finished with that, I would like to work on a children’s book with my wife and son.
Now every artist has there favorite tool and I hate to say it might give the object a name, don't look at me. People do have names for some of their tools...or is just me. Back to the question...
My favorite tool is a Pental Brush Pen. I use it for everything and have it with me everywhere. I haven’t named it yet.
Since you have a full-time job plus with a little one who I will say loves spider-man. Where do you find the time to balance your sketching?
I’m very fortunate to have a very supportive family. I get a lot of help from them which I can’t thank them enough. Also, lots of late nights. Like I mentioned before, I live a very simple life.
Many artist have a hard time trying to keep up with the latest tools such as programs or the newest style of art. How do you keep informed?
I bother my art friends, and attend a lot of conventions. When you attend The Art School of Hard Knocks you have to find ways to improve, and most of the time it’s usually from your art friends.
When working with paper to working on a Wacom tablet witch do you prefer?
Paper is what I prefer over the Wacom Tablet.
I've notice your well versed with penciling, inking, and color your own work. But if you don't have enough time for all three who helps you finish the work?
I mostly do everything myself. I hate to depend on anyone else, but when I do I go to my bud, Chris Beaver a real gentleman and scholar. His artwork is completely amazing and fun. When he colors one of my pieces, he takes it to another level.
Every artist has some kind of studio that is covered with figures, books, DVD, and such. Also as an artist we have a funny filing system that wouldn't make since to anyone. How is your studio set up?
I’m actually planning to setup my man cave/ studio, but I envision it very intense and a place that creativity can be brought out, maybe a red accent wall with lots of original artwork by other artists, figures, and reference books.
If you got the chance to work freelance or with a studio which would you choose?
Can I break the question and say both. A studio atmosphere allows you to learn, but you need time to be creative on your own.
Now I have to say this, before we finish up. If you had to draw a fight scene with two heroes who would it be? Now this doesn't matter what people want to read or see only you. Plus you had to pick the winner of the brawl who would that be?
Spider-man when he had his cosmic powers vs. Superman. Spider-man takes Superman down by KO.
MR: How did you get starting wanting to work in this industry?
Vo- When I first came to America, I moved around Louisiana, California, and finally settling in Austin, TX in the early 80s. With my parents working long odd hours to provide for us I spent a lot of time at Austin Books. I was real shy, and not knowing any English I found my escape through comics and dreaming of being like Spider-Man, Batman, and other heroes. I spent countless of hours drawing, and dreaming of being these larger than life characters.
Now you have been in the circuit touring from one comic conventions to the next. That must be really hard since you have a family. Does your wife and son travel to some of the conventions?
It is tough traveling and being away from the family, but it’s something my wife supports and pushes me towards. Everyone needs a hobby, a passion that keeps them sane. Drawing is that for me and my wife acknowledges that. Next year, I’ll be taking the family with me to conventions. It would be more of a mini family vacation.
Its nice to see you have a loving support from your wife, but here is the question is she your biggest inspiration as an artist? Before her who inspired you to become an illustrator?
She is my inspiration, along with my son. They make me want to live a good life. Enjoy what life has to offer instead of worrying about the material things. I drew because it was my journal, and my escape. It allowed me to express my feelings, and be larger than life. I didn’t have 1 illustrator that inspired me, I had lots Mark Schultz, Frank Frazetta, Jack Kirby, Jim Lee, Dustin Nguyen, etc. etc etc
Getting into something that I never thought I would see or ever come about, was sketch-cards. I see these at every type of conventions were fans are go crazy for this. What is this all about?
LOL, I don’t really know. I just kind of got into it. After that it was a domino effect, and I started getting offers to do more and more. I can’t be more blessed. It has allowed me to work on characters that I dreamt about working on like Shi, Red Sonja, Vampirella, John Carter, The Walking Dead, Marvel, and DC characters. It’s a lot of work, but I love it!!
Have you ever considered doing conceptual illustrations for gaming studios? I know Austin has a on in that area, they help with Dragon Age: Origins.
I have lots of friends that work in that field, and it’s completely amazing on what they can accomplish. As of right now, it’s not for me. Maybe in the future, who knows right?
Now I notice with some of your work from the past you were experimenting with different styles of expressions in your work. Why not just go with what is consider commercial art, meaning the standards of what must companies are looking for?
I’ve always looked at art as a way of expressing myself. I went through a period of a lot of lows and at that time I drew a lot of crazy stuff that no one will ever see. It got me through some personal stuff. I never thought of it any other way or to even commercialize it.
Were do you draw the line when doing commissions at Artist Alley or even through Deviant Art pieces?
My stuff is usually real clean. I don’t do naughty stuff