(A self portrait of the artist)Can
you give a short bio about yourself?
I`m from Valparaiso, Chile, now living
with my wife in Quilpue. I`m 39 and a self made artist. Besides the
cartooning I`m a researcher in the comic book field. I`ve contributed illustrations to The Bronze Gazette
and The Zine of Bronze
related to Doc Savage in the USA.
I`ve represented Chile in an international comiccon in Portugal
and I`ve written for many books & encyclopedias around the world. The most
famous character I`ve created is Capitan Chile, a hilarious
superhero.So what tools and brands do you use in creating your comic book art?
Disposable markers-, waterproof-Pilote and Artline pens. Pencils size 2h, b, 2b, brushes to ink and white paint, masking tape, copy paper
Where do you purchase your tools?
Various office stuff stores.
What kind of paper do you use and what size do you do your original art at?
I work on copy paper, some time the artwork is bigger than the final
product, but most of the time I work the same size as the printed work. The
13 first Capitan`s stories where drawn in a small format -21, 6 x 16, 5
What is your method or process for creating your original comic book art? (Sketches, thumbs, etc etc.)
I write jokes, I put it together and I have a story, so I draw thumbs ,
sketches, any kind of preliminary graphic idea for the final art.
there any out of the ordinary tricks or methods you employ in creating
your work? Light tables, projectors, anything like that? Something you think no one else does?
I´m poor in that area. I use the window instead of light table, the
inked art is scanned if I would be coloring it in photoshop.
How long does it take you to do one page start to finish?
It depends, a day, a week, a year... the mood, the pressure, the fee, the life.Do
you believe you are a better penciller or inker? Or it doesn't matter
to you? Which do you prefer to do?
Mmm I like my pencils, the roughs and the sketches. I´m searching or looking for my inking style.
What do you see as the hardest part of making comics?
The other guys dont interrupt the work in progress.
Is there a certain time of the day you like to work?
Whenever I can, when I work I dont eat, I dont sleep, I dont do anything else.
How did you learn to do comics? Self-taught? Any schooling?
comics then copying them, talking with colleagues, mail course, but the
principal source is reading, studying comics from comicbooks.
At what age did you know you wanted to do comics?
At 6 years old I decided to live for the comic.
How would you describe your style of art?
Classic, realistic and funny.What comics (and comic artists) as you were growing up did you emulate most?
Curt Swan, Carlos Gimenez, Esteban Maroto, Alex Raymond, many in the DC comics and Marvel books from the sixties and seventies.
What are you working on now?
Capitan Chile designs, a new story and other comissions. Plus managing the www.artistasgraficosvalparaiso.cl
How is your work received in your native Chile?
Well, it depends some are very supporting others not too much.What comics are you reading now?
Chilean ones like Super Vaca
, or old ones from main publishers-DC, Marvel, Dark Horse....
Finally, where can someone see more of your work?
and Facebook, Capitan Chile is the name of my profile.
Also make sure to check out "Mr. Amazing"
a short story illustrated by Cristian Diaz TEC and published by Renderwrx.net.
If you would like to contact Cristian with a comment or job offer email him here firstname.lastname@example.org