I am reposting parts of my interview with Al Rio in his memory. We lost a talented artist today and he will truly be missed.
And now, my interview with the talented artist, Al Rio.
Well my full name is Alvaro Araújo Lorenço do Rio, and I am of the capital Fortaleza in the state of Ceará. Brazil.
What made you decide to draw for a living?
During my life I did a lot of things and I always studied drawing and dreamed to work with art. When the great opportunity came I didn't let it pass. In spite of taking years looking for my dream, I never gave up.
Today I see everything that has passed and it was worthwhile, because I love what I do.
It is if I am a movie director or a magician. I feel very happy creating art and I feel proud when the people speak about me. I thank God every day for the the present he has given me.
Who is your favorite character to draw?
My favorite hero is the Spider-man, I identify a lot with him. In second place Daredevil.
Who is your favorite artist or inspiration?
It is difficult to say, because many inspired me to be what I am today. But dividing in phases everything began with:
John Romita (Senior)
José Luis García-López
and many others.
Do you have a favorite piece of art that you have done ?
I think it depends on what I am doing. Every day is a different day, with every year that passes I rejuvenate.
I have a taste for renewing because I am always seeking something new.
My favorite villain, Victor von Doom. I like his style.
What advice can you give to anyone who may want to illustrate as a career?
Well, do you want the truth? A great comic artist has to be very disciplined, responsible, punctual in their deliveries, because the work is hard and it demands you are healthy and have a good disposition.
Mainly - love what you do.