1. Greetings, can you tell us a little bit about your history and how your work has evolved up to this point?
Well, I guess I had a kind of erratic path to doing storyboards. I tried to have what some people called a “decent profession” here (Brazil) at the time I was about to enter college, when I almost became a lawyer. But drawing and painting were always a part of my life.
2. How long have you been an artist and how did you get started?
I was drawing since I can remember. My mother always encouraged me and my brother to keep painting and drawing. I guess we are all artists. What changes is the way we express our inner world, our fears and passions.
3. How would you best describe your artistic style? How has your style changed over the years?
I guess the best word for my “style,” if I have one, is…eerie. Doing illustration for advertising, I don’t do very much eerie stuff, but I think it is a good word. Or “unpleasant”.
4. What is your creative process like?
It used to be, because now it's been a long time since I was drawing. I used to listen to classical music. Mostly Beethoven, then some images came, as flashes, then I started to draw. Sometimes I dreamt something, woke up, sketched the idea somewhere and went back to sleep. I also used that Da Vinci technique of looking at tree bark or other irregular surfaces and seeing some images in them.
5. What tools do you use for your work? What is your favorite medium?
I am a black and white guy. At least in this sense. I like drawing more than painting. So, pen and ink, or pencil.
6. Do you prefer traditional media or digital media?
I prefer to do the base in traditional media. Painting is much easier using a computer, especially if you are under the tight deadlines of advertising illustrations and storyboards.
7. What is the most challenging/best part about working with pen and ink?
I guess it is the light and composition.
8. Where do you go for inspiration? What are some of your favorite artists?
There are too many artists past and present. It is hard to name just one. But I guess that Moebius, the French comic artist deceased in 2012, is the one that made me think more about the ways of expression, or what I want to “say” and how. From my childhood, I remember being very impressed by Hieronymus Bosch. I guess I was about 5 when I saw The Garden of Earthly Delights.
9. Is there a particular time of day when you work best?
Early in the morning or late at night. I don’t cope very well with noise. Of course, if I have to go to an Agency (advertising) or to a Studio (animation) I have to draw anyway. But if I can choose, it is in a silent place or one with low music.
10. What is your ultimate goal when you create your artwork?
No goal, I guess. I just try to have fun.
11. Where can we find out more about you and your work?
Well, as I mentioned before, I am in a period of “reflection” or something like that, so I am not drawing very much for myself. Old things can be found on my website or at Flickr, www.isacgalvao.com or http://www.flickr.com/photos/isacgalvao/
Born in Brazil, Isac Galvão worked and lived almost half of his life in Europe, the last 14 years in Barcelona, Spain, and previously in Germany, France and England.