Featured Artist: Pedrorsfernandes
Pedrorsfernandes’ designs are like the first chapter of a good book. Each illustration is a snapshot of vibrant characters caught in the middle of a larger and more elaborate story. Audiences can only wonder what led to mysterious scenes like ninja sushi, ice cream trucks from Hell, and a grinning cat curled up next to a broken skull.
Pedrorsfernandes prefers working with as much activity and noise around him because “all the distractions have the tendency to keep me focused on my work.” He shares that although he is a fan of classic paper and pencil, he is also interested in painting on canvas because he appreciates the finality of it. Unlike with digital work on an iPad, mistakes cannot simply be corrected and they must be adapted and reworked to fit the piece. In fact, when he is feeling uninspired he will sometimes even “try to make some lines, some drawings with no sense or purpose” just to see where it leads him.
He also confesses that he enjoys living in his own imagination and he even questions, “why would I want to live on other places, except that one [world] that was created just for me.“ However, he is interested in the universe of DC Comics and would love to own a piece by the artist, Simon Bisley, known for his work on the character, Lobo. Pedro jokes that having his own comic book-inspired superpower — like flying or teleportation — would “inspire my creative process.” However, unlike his comic heroes, Pedrorsfernandesis a pacifist. His greatest hope is that his art someday encourages people to “change” their reliance on guns.
Pedrorsfernandes says that no one could ever have prepared him for the joy in “seeing someone using some of your designs”; however, it is the act of completing a piece of work that is “one of the best feelings in the world.” He encourages other artists to find the simple joy of finishing a piece of art as well.