What is your art background? Schooling, publications, etc.
I majored in Illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Their curriculum was phenomenal; art from the ground up. I chiseled, sculpted and painted with oils, acrylics, gouache & egg tempera. A solid foundation in color theory and application helped me take on the digital medium with more confidence.
My first published work to feature pencils, inks and colors by me, was on an independent comic book called--
Andrea Grant's MINX.
How did art become something you wanted to pursue?
Art was my means of communication until I mastered English at the age of 7. It grew from necessity to comfort and
ultimately passion. Pursuing art excites me because there seems to be no end to growth and learning within it. Sharing my thoughts and visions is also very fulfilling.
Who are your artistic influences?
Greek art, sculpture and mythology are my first inspiration. The fanciful tales, the powerful beings, the drama, the
idealized physiques ... just like comic books. That being said, comic book artists were my next influences, particularly
Alan Davis and Marc Silvestri.
What excites you the most about being in RGS?
Being surrounded by creativity brings out the best in me. Two heads are better than one; right? Well, right now I have four. Eric, I feel like we share a mind. We push and nurture our concepts, ideas and dreams, organically and seamlessly.
Miguel is a brilliant writer who keeps me objective and grounded in the real world. He is a phenomenal organizer of my thought process. Richie breaks all the rules. He pushes me past comfort zones and makes everything seem possible.
Which character (or group of characters) do you feel most closely embodies you? Who is your favorite?
Rogue of the X-Men. Of all of the mutants, her struggle is just so much more appealing to me. Even within her own community, she has trouble feeling comfortable in her own skin. I feel it mirrored my youth. Being part of the Latino community, already a minority, and having trouble within that community, being gay. Rogue handled her situation with strength and sass in spite her vulnerability.
Which fandom has influenced you the most? Or which fandom are you the most passionate about?
Comic books. SO MUCH ART! So many artists and styles to be enjoyed.