I am always amazed at the speed with which you manage to create breathtaking artwork. How long, on average, does a painting take you? And do you find you spend your whole time painting?
It is true that I work at high speed. This is because I know many exercises that help ideas to come quickly. Generally I find backgrounds and scenes fairly easy, and I also like science fiction characters very much. They are solid pictures, which with simple bold volumes and a pair of geometric lines, become modern or technological. The most difficult thing for me is gestures or facial expression and action or battle episodes, where human figures are generally in foreshortening or perspective.
Speed is the output of hard practice. I draw eleven hours a day: in the morning I attend art classes at the university, where I do my best to improve my expressivity. From Mondays to Fridays I dedicate eight hours a day to freelance works. Of course, that work is not the only thing I do! During weekends I take walks with my girlfriend or go to the cinema with her, meet friends or sometimes I travel to nearby places, and so forth.
I notice that you also paint traditionally - how much time do you get to spend on these kind of projects? And a really hard question: which do you prefer, digital or traditional?
I try to make a picture a month, but sometimes it is difficult to find a period of spare time in my daily work to do it. What's good with digital art is that it is fast and cheap. Not long ago time seemed to go more slowly, people were not in a hurry. Artwork was sent by post office in parcels. On the contrary, today, everything has to be done now! Clients want thousands of options, and all of them have to be made in 3D. As I always say, digital art is another means to hasten artistic production. I usually recommend understanding traditional painting first and only then, moving on to digital.
If I could choose, I'd choose traditional painting. The great difference between traditional painting and digital art is that in traditional you can see the artist's brush strokes, textures, volumes and energy, whereas with digital it is similar to printed pictures, with smooth surfaces. Nevertheless, I like digital art because it is speedy and lets you get high quality results.
When I write my tutorials (which I like doing the most) I try to convey to readers the idea that the same picture could be done using a traditional technique. For this reason I usually don't speak much about the program I have used. On the other hand I always try to ensure that everybody realizes how I've created the image. This way people are not tied down to a unique tool, and can learn that things