Greetings Gay Geeks and Gaymers!
We’re talking to Ego Rodriguez from London, England. He’s a freelance illustrator. You may have seen his work in Gay Times or Attitude.
Do you have an educational background in art?
No, I grew up surrounded by tools and knowledge. From painting, filming to photography. Both of my parents paint, and my brother does comics.
Do you think not having a professional background in art has changed your style at all?
Maybe the fact that it’s not been nurtured and leads within an academic path help me to play freely with ideas and incorporate my perception and points of view.
What was growing up in a family of artists like?
I grew up in a house full of comics, and my Dad loves comics. So that’s for me always something of interest. I am not the biggest fan of video games because I find them’ too time-consuming’, but lately by bf got me hooked into Fable. I do like to follow some series like GoT. In general, I’m a book type of person, I like to read when I have some time.
We used to have lots of fanfold computer paper at home and lots of pens and pencils, also we never being told off for drawing on the walls or over the furniture.
For aspiring artists like yourself, what kind of advice can you give them?
Practice, practice, practice. Being impatient and feeling frustrated doesn’t help. The only way to be able to do what you can’t do, its practicing and practicing, there are no shortcuts.
What art do you most identify with?
I have a weakness for the art posters of the Nouveau and fashion lines of the artist like Gruau. I think you can see some of it in what I do.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
I received lots of messages from people saying that they are feeling inspired to draw because of what I do. Others were sending me drawing and things they do, and it’s a nice feeling when people feel inspired to share.
Anything you would like to say to your fans?
I am thankful for everybody being always so supportive and loveable by the norm. I face more positive comments and nice words than mean people. Let’s keep that way.