BRUNO GARCIA VALENCIA
1 – How did you start reading comic books?
When I was in primary school, I remember they had the Asterix comics at the library. I guess that’s when my hobby started.
2 – When did you decide you wanted to be an illustrator?
Since I was a kid I knew I wanted to be an illustrator, but it was not until I turned 18 that I started to put all my effort into it.
3 – Tell us about your academic training and your major influences.
I am still educating myself, I always try to. I think it’s a process that will never end. I think it is essential to have new concerns and to try to improve every day. I have a lot of artistic influences, from impressionistic painters like Claude Monet or Giovanni Boldini, from current renowned artists like Miguelanxo Prado, from others not so well known and from Tom Waits’ music, among others.
4 – What do you like most about your work as an illustrator? What is it that you like the least about it?
What I like the most is to experiment with colors and to draw strangers without them knowing that I’m drawing them. What I least like is knowing that tomorrow I will dislike what I draw yesterday.
5 – Why did you decide to join this webcomics project?
With this project I had the chance to start again with the comic strips. Comic books are a good way to express myself artistically and in this webcomic there are a lot of great artists. I guess that’s what made me take the decision.
6 – What appealed to you about the story you drew?
What attracted me the most was the main character. She’s very brave, a fighter, but with a lot of insecurities.
7 – Could you explain us a little bit your decisions when designing the main character of your story?
She didn’t have to be a human being, but we should be able to sympathize with her. I managed that by giving her features and facial expressions similar to ours. Besides, I had to design a leader, striking but not overloaded. At the same time, she shouldn’t be conceited nor arrogant.
8 – How do you achieve those amazing colors in your illustrations? Have you got any philosophy or way of searching colors?
No, I just attempt to like my own colors. To me, the color is a very important element in an illustration and I try to indulge that part.
9 – How much time did you spend on average per page and how was your process when drawing?
I could tell you in days, maybe about 3 or 4 days per page, without counting the previous days, when I plan the comic strip.
10 – Which comic strip pleases you the most? Explain it and if there are any spoilers we will inform about them.
The page that I like the most is the fourth one, I don’t want to explain too much. I like the serenity it tries to transmit.
11 – When was the last time you went against the grain, like the main character in the story?
Sometimes you have to go against the grain when it comes to illustration, especially at the beginning. It seems like it’s not a job everybody is willing to accept.
12 – What are your next projects and what are you working on right now?
Right now I’m preparing an exhibition for the Enokojima Art, Culture And Creative Center in Osaka.
13 – What is the work / illustration you feel most proud of?
I honestly do not know.
14 – Back on the likings and hobbies subject: which series or tomes do you regularly follow?
Right now I don’t follow any comic books, not much at least. I am rediscovering Bill Murray’s films, an actor who I love and lately I enjoy watching his movies.
15 – If you knew that tomorrow an apocalypse would start, what would you do today?
Sleep all day. No, seriously, I would break dance naked at the front door of a convent and at the last minute I would fight a Bengal tiger.
16 – If somebody would receive you at the heaven’s or hell’s gates, what would you like him to tell you?
I would like him to offer me a good Belgian beer.
17 – What is the best advice you can give?
The best advice you can give it yourself, by accepting things the way they are and not as you want them to be.
18 – If you could erase one thing in the world, what would that be?
Political corruption. Only by eradicating this problem, we would solve a lot more.
19 – What good things do you expect to happen in the next few months?
Winning the lottery.