In this article, we have the privilege of doing an exclusive interview with a young promise in the world of illustration, SAME.
He will tell you about his beginnings, the materials he uses, and he will go through the creative process to create a comic. Are you interested? Continue reading.
Interview with SAME, young promise of illustration
Welcome dear reader! Today with us: Same (@sameconcarne).
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and with 23 years old, he has already presented his comics and animations in different national and international media.
SAME will tell us about his beginnings in art, his multidisciplinary profile, and his work process. In addition to tips to achieve the best results in our works.
Artists who inspire, SAME, part one
How did your artistic career begin? Have you always drawn?
I studied comics at the School of Aesthetics No. 1, in the city of Ramos Mejia, province of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
I had a very nice comics teacher, Fran Signorello, who taught me a lot about storyboarding, planes, perspective, human figure, etc. The truth is, he was very complete for the age I was.
They are those little gems that you find in the middle of the neighborhood, in a public school, in a workshop of 5 children, where you can learn a lot, and it was very economical.
I have been drawing since I was very young. My mother watched me draw since I was a little girl. She used to say: “You are going to study art when you grow up”. Over time, I changed a lot, and there were times when I stopped drawing.
Is drawing for children?
When I started to get into animation, and I started to see more cartoons, I became interested in comics, so I understood that there was an adult world I could explore.
At the beginning, drawing is a child’s thing, a hobby, until you find out that there is an adult world, which develops, and catches your attention. In the end I ended up studying at the Faculty of Visual Arts.
What tools do you use to compose your illustrations?
Lately I’m more into digital art, so I use Clip Studio Paint a lot, and a regular Intuos graphic tablet. I really like it, I can see the whole screen, and I don’t cover my hand.
I use ink and microfibers, and, also, when I draw on sketchbooks, I like to try different things.
I like what’s portable, what I can take with me. I got a taste for gouache and I used watercolor a lot, but, beyond the fact that I like the result, it is a practical tool, because it dries quickly.
Gouache gives me that feeling of painting, a very different sensation.
Do you prefer traditional or digital techniques?
It depends, if it’s work and you have time, you go to digital, which has something that traditional techniques don’t have, for example, to reach a super saturated color, besides allowing effects that, perhaps in the traditional, it would be a headache to find how to achieve it.
I can say that I like digital much more. What I do in digital, I can animate it. Sometimes you don’t get a single idea, and the only way to get it is to grab a pencil.
Would you like to describe your creative process for making a comic?
First, I write a script, which can be very poetic, a few sentences, it doesn’t even have to be anything concrete, no blueprints, nothing.
For Circx, I based it on a poem that a friend had done, but always, I have something written before.
I design the characters, because particularly most of my works have characters, so I always do a previous design. It doesn’t have to be a super elaborate design, it can be, for example, an illustration.
I enjoy making the character several times, as if I were a fan of it.
Then I start sketching, I propose a scenario, a place, and plans that interest me. I always start from the image I want to create, and not necessarily from what I’m telling.
The story took place in a circus. What I was really interested in was not to show the circus, but a very interesting image of the circus roof breaking, so my comic is more sensationalist or impressive than narrative in itself.
I start creating images, until I put them together with a common thread, then I assemble the different pages. I usually put them together in a very small size, like 3 lines in a very small square, then I make bigger sketches, and then I start to make the line and the color.
How did the idea for your Circx comic come up?
From a ceramic piece I had made, it was a jar with two characters lying on it, sunbathing. A friend of mine liked it a lot, and I said, I want to invent a story for these characters.
I asked my friend, “Don’t you want to write a poem, or a love story, between these two characters? One day she sent it to me, and I liked it so much that it inspired me, and I said, “I want to make a comic book”.
At the time I was told about a magazine, and I made the comic, so that it would be published.
Conclusion, part one
We all agree on something, as you can see, during the article and in most of those we have published, everything has its technique, everything takes effort, sacrifice and perseverance.
We have the privilege of having an artist like SAME, describe his creative process, tell us about his comic “Circx” and much more. Don’t forget to go to the beginning of the post and read the whole article, it’s unique and of great value!
So much for the first part of this interview.
In the next article, you’ll be able to continue reading the second part! You will learn much more about SAME. How he manages to capture his ideas in different media, his obsession with fanart, and many more things that, for sure, will inspire you!