A little conversation with Fabian Ciraolo


We already featured the art of Fabian Ciraolo on our blog and today we had the opportunity to have a little conversation with this artist. So please take a sit and enjoy the interview, hope you guys get some good tips and insights from this.

You can see more of illustrations at his Official Blog, his Behance Profile or you can also follow him on Twitter.

Some of Fabian artworks.

1) First of all I would like to thank you for doing this interview, it's an honor for us to present more about you to our readers. I would like to start asking about how was the beginning of your career?

I´ve been around painting/art all my life, my father was the person that took me been very little, to different art shows, was interesting to me looking at amazing works been so young; artists like Goya, Frida, Dalí... This changed my mind.

I sold my first work at the age of 10, It was a portrait of a family friend. Didn't understand why someone could give me money for something I was doing since I have memory, so natural for me. This episode give the thought that I want to do this for the rest of my life and get payed for it, been really little. I always have in mind that I want to draw what I want to, how I want to, this is my main speech till these days, but first, I have to make people crazy for my art.

2) Please share a picture of your workplace and tells us more about your daily routine.

Luckily, I always wake up with some new ideas, so my mornings usually starts with a lot of drawings and puttings new ideas on paper, lot of coffee and loud music. I try to make all my days different, not much fan of routine, try to make my day interesting to myself. Anyway, my days/nights involve: a lot of drawing, lot of coffee, drums, music and friends.

3) Beside your daily work, do you have any hobbies? Please share it with us.

I play drums in my band, called OH MARGOT, we are working now in our first big album, hope it sees the light in the middle of this year.

4) What you think are the next steps for you as a professional and as a person? And how do you see your creative area on the next 5 years?

I think the most exiting part of what I do is not knowing what I will be doing in the future, that keeps me interesting in this. As a professional; this year is with a lot of projects, lot of album covers (with I love to do), but mainly, taking my exhibition to different countries, take my art from the web and let people see it hanging on a wall. As a person; I just hope to be alive in 5 years.

5) Please share five golden lessons you learned to this point.

1- Work your ass off for what you want.

2- Make mistakes, make a lot of mistakes and learn from them.

3- Draw for yourself, not for what you "think" people want to see.

4- If you copy, do it a hundred times better.

5- Never underestimate the value of your work, for anyone.

6)What's the best thing about working on your business and what is the worst? Why?

The best thing is the daily freedom, the pleasure of doing what i love most in life. Waking up everyday to explore new things.

The worst; the "business"

7) Do you have any heroes? What make them your heroes?

The only heroes in my life are my parents, I am and I do what I do today just because they have always believe in me no matter what.

8) Now for some quick and short answers:

- A Food: My girlfriend´s homemade Hamburgers

- A Animal: Dalí rhinoceroses

- A Color: Black

- A Tool: My right hand

- A Person: Can´t pick just one. Impossible.

- A Place: My studio

- A Song: Friends - "I'm His Girl"

- A Movie: Miyazaki´s Spirited Away

- A Book: I am a really bad reader. I prefer to look.

- A Quote: "Good artists copy, great artists steal" - Pablo Picasso

9) Thanks again for your time, please leave a final message for the ones who are starting out on this kind of business, tell us something we should expect.

If you are starting in this, take your time, work hard, make mistakes, work HARDER, be your own judge, get obsessed with your art.

Written by

Marcos Torres

I'm Marcos Torres, I'm a Graphic Artist from Brasil. You can know more about me at my Website, at my Tumblr or at my Flickr.