Artist Interview: Thiago Bianchini
Hailing from Sao Paolo, Brazil, Thiago Bianchini spends his time creating artwork that expresses the beauty of nature and wildlife. Thiago spared a few moments for us from his busy art schedule to give us a bit more insight into his work.
Q: When did you know you wanted to make a career in the art world? When I started to study Graphic Design and Illustration when I was 16 years old. I realised that I could make a living creating illustrations for a lot of different medias.
Q: What artist (either current or past) do you most admire and why? Todd Francis, Michael Sieben, Marco Ubaldo, Jeremy Fish, Greg Craola and others well-known: Salvador Dalí, Basquiat and Boris Vallejo. I really like their history, the visual and the concept on their works.
Q: You said you wanted to be a biologist; is that something you went to school for, or still want to do? It sounds like you’re really busy as it is. I always liked wild animals. Nowadays I prefer to be an 'amateur biologist', I read a lot about evolution, how animals can adapt to different environments and I realized that I can learn something awesome everyday. Also I have some friends that are biologists and work in places like wildlife rehabilitation centers. They teach me a lot. I really don't have time to study in a university again, my priority is my art career.
Q: How many different pieces would you say that you work on in a day? And does it ever get stressful? Is it ever hard to find the line between work and play, since you work at something you love doing? Usually I wake up and after my breakfast I answer some e-mails and then I start working on commissioned works and also my personal projects. I make a quick stop for lunch but I never have a time to stop until midnight. About my creative process, some ideas come naturally and others I do some researching; I always take notes wherever I go.
I try to work on 2 or 3 pieces a day, depending a lot on the complexity of the illustrations. Sometimes it gets a little stressful, when I have a lot to do in a short period, but I can manage that. The problem between work and play is that my favorite hobby is also creating illustrations! I wanna change this a little, to go more outside, do more hiking and create an exercise routine.
Q: Do you have a favorite animal? What animal is hardest to draw? Do you ever do dragons or fantasy animals like that? Yes, I love Mountain Lions! These animals are the greatest in the animal kingdom. They can adapt really fast (they can survive in the desert and also in the snow), they are smart, fast and beautiful. Did you ever seen a Mountain Lion cub? They are the cutest cubs in the world.
Q: What animal is hardest to draw? In my opinion the hardest animals to draw are the ones that have some complex texture, like lizards and snakes. But it becomes a challenge to draw them and that's a good thing.
Q: Do you ever do dragons or fantasy animals like that? I love dragons and fantasy art. Some of my works have a huge influence in fantasy art. Also, One of my favorite artists is Boris Vallejo, his fantasy art is the best. I will work on a dragon series really soon.
Q: What’s your next big goal for the future? Or, where do you see yourself in 5 years? I would love to make some big solo exhibitions around the world. In 5 years I see myself doing what I love (painting and drawing), married to my beautiful fiancee and surrounded by cats in our home.
Q:Is there anything you’d really like to say to aspiring artists, fans, etc.? (or is there anything about yourself that you really want to share and express..) Yes. Keep drawing everyday, 1 hour, 3 hours, 10 hours. Keep studying art, other artists and different techniques. If you receive a NO in your life, don't worry, consider and analyze what you need to do to receive the YES. Never give up.
Q: If you could pick one vision for the world and make it happen, what would it be? (like, one specific way you want the world to be a better place for the next generation..) I think that if we see the world now and compare to what was the world was like 50 years ago, we can notice that we are evolving somehow. I think that the next generations should worry more about nature, wild animals, visit wild places and eat healthier food. Find a way to help the people that are in need, teaching something, sharing the things that you don't use anymore. That could be a local or a global action. Let's protect and love each other, there are no frontiers to do nice things in this world.
We can’t wait to see Bianchini’s solo exhibitions when he makes the world tour a reality! For now, check out his artwork here.