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LCS INTERVIEW :: Will Murai

Interview with Will Murai

Why do you do what you do?

I’ve drawn since I was a kid, I’ve always loved the arts…I don’t think I was inspired by someone to start, all the thing happened naturally. Art was the only subject I used to be good at school, but I never thought I could ever make money doing it. It was more like fun to me. Then, when I was 15-17 (I don’t remember well) I started doing some folders and comics for the company my dad works at, got some experience since then, and here I am now!

How much of your work is digital?

I’d say that my work is 50% manual and 50% digital. All the sketches, concepts, studies and textures I make in the traditional way, using papers, canvas, pencils, charcoal, watercolor, etc. Only the painting/coloring process I do in the computer, using a tablet.

How did you end up becoming a Colorist?

That was when I had just graduated from Graphic Design high school. I was desperate looking for a job, sending my portfolio to everywhere I could. Some months later, Impacto Quadrinhos a comic’s studio in São Paulo, Brazil, interested in my work, and gave me some tests for American comicbook publishers.

Apart from illustration what other things are you into?

I am a Graphic designer too, so I love to make designs for T-shirts. You can find some of my tee’s submissions at Camiseteria.com

Who are your favourite artists/illustrators alive today?

There are many artists alive, who I admire a lot. Yanick Dusso, Mark Ryden, Lori Earley, João Ruas, Jason Chan, Linda Bergkvist, and Guilherme Marconi are just a few of them!

Have you ever thought about starting your own comic company, like Jim Lee did?

Not at the moment. I just love to create, painting, drawing….. I think starting a comic company can bring a lot of business responsibilities, and I am not interested on this sort of things. But, I don’t know…who knows exactly what comes in the future…

Are you involved in any collaborative projects at the moment and is there anyone you would like to work with?

I have made some T-shirts designs with my friend Guilherme Marconi, for the permanent contest of Camiseteria. He’s an awesome illustrator and it has been great to work with him. I’d love to make a concept art for some movie or game studio.

What’s next in the pipeline for Will Murai?

I think I am going to set up an Expo with some limited edition series of Digital Paintings, with a very interesting theme. I am pretty excited about it!

Frank Miller or Will Eisner?

Frank Miller

Hot dogs or Burgers?

Both. Love junk food

You can see more of Will Murai’s work at
www.willmurai.com