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

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

Darren Di Lieto

Darren Di Lieto is the founder and editor of The Little Chimp Society. He created the LCS in 2005 as an illustration news portal to promote the illustrators and artists who bring joy to our everyday lives. Since then the LCS has grown into a publisher, hosting provider and events organiser.

3 Responses

  1. Thiago Peralta says:

    Great interview, now I know a little bit more of one of my “childhood” friends. Sure, I could just ask him these things, but I think it was far more interesting to read this here. At least I feel more confident about his work. Great work, by the way. I hope to see this guy kicking asses hard (actually, he does it already), cause he deserves it. Just as I told him these days, people think he just have the gift to do these incredible arts, but no one sees the work behind it, no one sees the hours and hours spent in studying and so on. What a love declaration I left here! hahaha. Well, just wish you best luck Will!

  2. Joshua says:

    Will has a bunch of work up over at inPRNT now.

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