Carlos Dattoli is a professional illustrator who started painting since he was very little. His passion and determination helped him prepare in his life in art. Let us get to know him more in this interview and witness how incredible his artworks are. Enjoy!
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself such as what you do, where did you go to school and what classes did you study? Also, what helped you prepare to becoming the artist that you are today?
Yes of course! well, i’m a professional Illustrator, I have been painting since very little, unaware that someday I would do it for a living, I did a career in graphic design here in México in a college named, Universidad Internacional, UNINTER, and after I graduated, I studied one year animation and post production, when finished, I went to Spain to do a master in Illustrator on “Coco School”, (Escuela Europea para la Comunicación y las Artes Visuales), it was there when I discovered that I could work as an illustrator, so I left the idea of becoming a graphic designer behind, I finished my Master, returned to México, and immediately I started working on a portfolio of illustration.
I think what helped me prepare, was my passion and determination for it, and the most important thing, the practice, everything else is just a combination of life experiences, a lot of fails, frustrations, and learning process.
How do you go about designing a character, and what goes through your mind, from start to end?
If it is character that I will design from scratch, I usually start imagining his personality, so in that way is easier for me to imagine what he will look like, his face and his clothes, if it is a human character, I always look for references of different people or I take photos of myself doing the expression that I need, so I can get a more accurate painting, but if it is a cartoon character, I just play with it till I get what I want , because usually cartoon characters are easier to paint than realistic ones, but if the character already exists and I’m doing a interpretation of it in my own style, what I do is, I search for a lot of poses of the character and angles, to understand his uniqueness, so I don’t lose his personality when I paint him.
Now, for the technical aspect, I always do the sketch first, then I clean the line and then I paint the character, that is basically what I do when it comes to paint and design a characters.
Where is the place you would like to work if you had a choice? Why?
I don’t know if i have a place exactly, but I will love to work in a studio doing illustration and concept design for AAA games and movies, around incredible artists.
That would be my dream job, for many reason, one, is that I love movies and video games, other thing is that it would be an honor for me, working along with amazing artists doing big projects like those!
How do you go about coloring the character, what type of tools or media do you use?
Sometimes I start the painting with black and white color first, especially when is just a concept, or a simple illustration, then I place the color, but this makes the process a little bit longer, but sometimes you get better light values, but most of the time I start with the colors I want, and if for some reason I don’t like the result, I can always use color layers on top, and play with the color, till I get what i want.