Please tell us about your favorite picture till date and which picture was very difficult to paint and why?
Wow, that is easy and I say everytime: Abighail. I mean the Jolly Halloween 2007 character. That is my “logo”, my mascot, my favorite one, although is not the best one. I am working on her to present another project with that character.
The most difficult… actually I guess there are two of them: Nadja and Mother’s Day 2009 because there were a lot of details in them, many references and I did between client’s projects. They are big, originally 18x 24 inches and took a lot of processing time in my machine. We would like them “perfect” but I think they could be better at the end.
What other interests do you have that help influence your work and keep you motivated?
Well, beyond pinup art and portraits I like fantasy art, fashion art very much. Sometimes it is difficult to define because I like so many different things, I like Fantasy Art, images with warriors, monsters, mythology and so on, but at the same time I love cute children images, I love to see caricatures, especially when they are well done.
I also love watching movies, listen to the movies soundtracks. I like comics, especially graphic novels, but I do not have much patience to read regular comic books because some stories are “weak”, I mean the argument or the drawings… they do not stimulate me, but with graphic novels are different, the content is more “interesting” and when I say graphic novels I do not mean only Superheroes stories, I also like cartoon style like Will Eisner, Asterix and so on.
But I would say what influences me is reading a lot of art books. Yes, I am always reading art books, I go to the public library and rent some books just to see the content and learn something new.
What are your hobbies and please describe your free time, if you have any or are you the kind of lady who lives for her work all the time?
My hobbies are reading art books, magazines like International Artists, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stones, and fashion magazines (in general). I love watching movies, and ride my bicycle (in spring and summer, sometimes in fall too when the temperature is OK; in Canada is very cold).
Although I do have my hobby time, whenever I am doing something, like watching movies or going to a coffee shop to have a cup of coffee, or when I go out to have dinner I am always with my sketchbook and I start drawing someone at the same place and so on.
My sons already know it and, for instance, when we went out to anywhere, I always have my sketchbook and I look for an opportunity to start drawing someone, it is like a game among us (they also draw).
At the same time I could say that when I am having fun I also works and I work with something that gives me fun….. Wow, you know, my job is really cool (LOL).
But sure, at home with my family we have our hobby time. We always read some book together, we draw, we play cards for instance, we develop characters and stories, we watch movies and TV series, and we are a very calm family.
Can you give few tips for the upcoming artists?
I should say to chose an artist as reference to follow his/her style and practice a lot, always practice to improve your skills. Whenever you are doing anything than drawing or painting, for instance, have you sketchbook with you and practice.
Look for good references, beyond the traditional way of learning, I mean look at movies (see the extras of a movie when you buy the DVD), magazines, go to the libraries, increase your network by being member of websites and forums like CGArena, and show your work. Do not be afraid of showing what you do and be ready for the comments.
Anything you like to add? It is your chance now to state your opinion about anything?
I would like to thank you for the interview, I loved the questions and it is very important for the artist to receive promotion and exposure.
I may say that all my work is always done with a huge passion and care to offer to my audience the best of me.
Not every time we will please every body but my concerns are sharing my art with quality, good content and in a unique style which people will look at my images and think: Hum…. I know this artist, I know this style, it is Cris De Lara.
Being an artist is a great responsibility because we motivate and influence people, so we must do it in the good way, showing good examples, offering good knowledge. The world needs us to create better things in all ways and art is, for sure, one of the best areas to do that.