Illustrator Interview

Renato Klieger Illustrator Interview

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Can you recall the first time you realized you were going to be an Illustrator/motion artist? What were your erarles impresionas?
I start drawing at very early age since I got a lot of input from my parents, specially my mother who was an artist. I knew that somehow I would be involved with that.

Who or what influenced your art when you were young?
I was just in love with cartoons and humor magazines such as MAD magazine.

Do you remember what your first artwork looked like? Do you still have it?
It looked awful for sure, something with sticks and big watermelon heads.

Why did you choose illustration/motion art as your life’s work instead of, for example, filmmaking, law, or even medicine?
For me it was a natural process, something I always pictured as a child. I think I could never imagine myself working on a regular office dealing with numbers and paperwork.
As I cannot stand blood as well there were not so many options left.

Did you study art in school?
I studied communications and arts at Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Where does your inspiration come from; your impulse to make art? Do you have a source for your ideas?
I am constantly looking for ideas on many different ways. I believe that being an artist is a 24 hours job, everything can be an input. But I can say that I love silly humor, that´s maybe the stronger influence and inspiration I have to design characters and come up with animation ideas.

How would you describe the process of creating art?
A lot of research, thinking and scribbles before the actual making.

Do you have a favourite artist? What is it about that artist’s work you like?
I love Rene Magritte for infinite reasons … it´s poetic, beautifully done and for many times funny.

If you could do something else, other than creating art, what would it be?
Psychotherapist is something I would consider studying.

Do you remember your first set of paints, pens, or markers?
Not really.. but I can definately remember the first Wacom I bought…

Do you have a favourite artist supply, a favourite method, or favourite location, where you like to create artwork?
My home office is for sure the best place to be productive. As I work mostly digitally, it´s essential for me to have my big monitor desktop and wacom around.

If you could give a viewer clues to understanding your art, what would you say?
Just be unpretentious and open

Do you think illustration/motion art has the eye of the public or could public awareness of this field be improved upon?
For the major public maybe not. I still have a hard time to explain some people what exactly I do for living.

14. Why does art matter to you? Why might it matter to the world?
For me art is the closes feeling to freedom someone I can get. And being able to communicate this feeling is something more then special.