I was born in Rio de Janeiro , São Cristovão neighborhood, but I grew up in Brasilia (the capital of Brazil).
Schooling? Art training?
Until the University, I didn't have any academic training, but my father and my mother always drew… nowadays my mom is an artisan.
I finished high school and spent a lot of time thinking about if I should do Fine Arts or not (administration of companies was my second choice)… but, well, I decided by something flexible as Visual arts. I have my Visual arts bachelor degree since 2011.
How long have you been working professionally in comics?
About 6 years for USA companies. In the beginning, I worked for a manga publisher. In this time, I started to use a nickname and until today I use this name, Woo, because Western artists that drew on Oriental style weren't looked on good way in that old time.
What things -- both in art and otherwise -- have you worked on besides comics? Are comics a full-time gig for you or part-time?
Comics, illustrations and character designs are my full-time job! But I'm game designer Junior, 3D environment artist, 3D character artist too.
Talk about how you broke into the business --was it easy? Hard? Ups? Downs ? Any interesting anecdotes? When you held your first published work in your hands, how did you feel?
Well, I think we, 2D Artists, have a lot of sad stories about how to enter in the industry. Sometimes with happy end.
Starting in the Comic industry was very hard because I was a foreigner in USA comic biz without agents to represent me (I hadn't sought an agent before). I'd never worked in comics until that moment, neither in Brazil (working to Brazilian publishers is more hard than other countries, believe me). I sent samples of my art to medium and small sized publishers and my style worked against me because I drew in manga style. The USA Comic industry is a true Darwin selection and you have to dispute a vacancy with the whole world, not just with American artists only.
When I improved my style, I began to work for a manga publisher. Then I looked for an agent because I wanted to try something else as well.
Did you work as an assistant to any other artists? If so, please talk a bit about those experiences.
Nope, I never worked as assistant… and I would like to have done it, I think it'd helped me a lot with my personal and professional growth.
How did your parents take to the idea of working in comics?
In the beginning, it was very hard. They're afraid about my future and a 2D artist career can be very frightening when you talk about financial stability. I agree with' em, but I had to try. Entering in a University to do Arts was the first step to prove for them. Now, I'm here and my parents are proud of me.
How would you describe your workspace? Is it part of your home, or do you go "to the studio"?
I don't still have studio… my mom said I should do one. Nah, I've a comfortable place to my computer, my tablet, my scanner and others stuffs.
What job are you the proudest of? What's your most embarrassing?
My proudest? For me, until now, all jobs I got it made me proud. But one of my last jobs in MERCY THOMPSON comic book series was very gratifying.DAVID LAWRENCE and PATTY BRIGGS are wonderful persons to work for.
And most embarrassing?
Well, my clients respect me and my style, so I have nothing to be embarrassed. It's always an honor to be chosen to contribute on their projects.
What are you currently drawing? Comments on that project?
I have to thank Zachary Thomas from TREPIDATION COMICS for giving me a chance to do something very totally different as Abe Aborted Fetus and CONTAGION comic book covers. I have a thing for horror sci-fi gender!
What projects do you hope to work on in the future?
I’d be honest… something with Zombies or something in sci-fi horror background.
Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?
Aw,for now it's a secret!
What is the interest in comics where you live? Do friends and neighbors know you draw comics for a living? How do they react?
My friends, in majority, are comic artists, writers, RPG players, game developers and everybody knows I draw comics for living and they like the idea.
What are your favorite interests --Movies? Music? TV? Any hobbies? Sports?
Movies are my inspiration! I'm a cinema enthusiast, study about cinema and direction. As animator, I did storyboards and I directed my own animations in university (hehe, nothing great, it's just one minute animations).
About music, man, I'm always hearing music when I'm working or studying. Music is my fuel. But I have flexible taste going to Pitbull and Snoop Dogg until Games OST. I like all categories.
Tv? When it’s possible, I see movies, TV series (Two and Half men, CSI etc),animations, but I don't spend much time in front the TV.
Hobby??? My greatest hobby is playing Video Game! I'm a hardcore game player. I love game titles from Ubisoft, Konami, Capcom but I'm always testing indie games (Man, play HAWKEN, HARD RESET and THE BALL!).
Ever been in a gang?
If you can call a game studio a gang, so yes, I do!
What's an average day in your life like? Walk us through a typical day.
If I say, you'll see a boring people :P.
The clock rules my life, an usual thing for any freelancer.
Do you have any great, unsold projects in your files that nobody's gotten to see published?
I do. If the things go well, you’ll hear about it.
The single thing you'd most like to be remembered for in your life is...?
A not so boring nerd I am...
Any closing words for your fans?
For aspiring artist, Never Give Up!!! Be always honest with your way of life and your skills. Always hear the others writers/artists/game developers have to say. Be not afraid, never! And if you want to talk with some professional artist/writer/programmer whatever, don't be afraid about it, TALK with them!
Thanks for all support!!!
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