Hi! We’re Ilustrata an illustration studio, composed of three illustrators me (David), Bruno and Victor. We’re all from Brazil, and We live in a small city here. Lovers of retro art style, games and Japanese culture, and it reflects a lot on our work.
This is our Interview with ArtsCase!
How did you become an illustrator/Artist?
Our childhood definitely has influenced us. We all here love to draw since We were kids. Brazil always had a great influence of Japanese culture in the media products, specially animes. It definitely influenced childhood and made us start pretty early to draw.
How long have you been an illustrator/Artist?
We have been working on Ilustrata since 2013 when we’ve created the company, at that time We’re still in College.
Do you think an illustrator/Artist needs a style? Why? Do you have tips on developing an style?
I think style develops over time, but it is essential for artists to think about what they want to represent and try to externalize it through art, whether it is something they like or something they want to say.
Could you describe your creative process?
Our process basically is this: We have an idea, and from that idea we developed some thumbnails to validate if it will work; after verifying we developed a research on the subject/universe of this idea; we looked for a lot of references that could help in some more design insights; after that we develop an initial sketch; so We start to colorize and finish it with halftones and in some cases We add distress and retro effects.
What part of your life is reflected in your illustrations?
Our childhood definitely have influenced us, I think it’s the most significant influence.
What would you say is your strongest skill?
I believe one of our strongest skill is to be able to develop fun designs that somehow generate some interaction with our audience.
Who are the people who have influenced your aesthetics and your approach to design?
Mathiole, a brazilian illustration as us. Gaston Pacheco, and Bicicleta sem Freio.
Which is your favorite piece of art from your own designs? Why?
I don’t think we have a specific piece. But Bruno’s Kaiju foods series is definitely a series that defines the studio aesthetic very well. It has brought great opportunities and visibility to the studio.
What are you passionate about besides your work?
We are passionate about food, and as everyone here at the studio has decided in similar times to stop eating meat, this has been an enjoyable time to try new recipes in the kitchen, and share between us.