Interview with illustrator Sabrina Bezerra ll Artist on Tumblr
interview by Gabriele Prunskaite
Sabrina Bezerra is a 25 year-old freelance illustrator/designer from Mossoró -RN, city in the Northeast of Brazil. She has graduated in Communications and Publicity from UERN. Currently, Sabrina is teaching the same college course that she’s graduated in, and is also a Master student in Social Science.
When did you first get interested in art, and how did you get started?
I’ve been drawing since I was a kid, but I think that every kid likes drawing, right? My family has always supported and stimulated me buying pencils, ink, paper and etc. but I’ve always thought about it more as a hobby.
When I started working with an Ad agency, I met a friend who had some awesome sketches and drawings and who likes Graphic Novels like I do and we were always talking about that. I told him that I kind of draw sometimes and he asked if he could take a look at my sketches.
He told me that I should draw more, invest on it but I never thought that I could do it. One day my boyfriend (who has a band named Red Boots) asked me to make some posters and the album cover for his band. While he was recording his album, I started talking about this with his producer, saying that I was afraid of leaving my job to dedicate to this kind of thing because it’s really difficult for most of the artists here in Brazil (especially where I live) to live and pay their bills just by doing their work. But he told me that it would cost me nothing to start, or draw, I could show people my work and see what would happen. So I started. And after that, other bands of friends of ours started asking me to draw for them. Little by little people started getting to know and enjoy my work until one day Lydia (who owns an art gallery, PLUS gallery) asked me if I wanted to sell some of my paintings there. At first I was like “Oh my God, someone really noticed my work and thought it was good enough to sell. Are they crazy?” I knew nothing about selling artwork; I had never sold anything or had a portfolio until then. I didn’t even have material to send to her at that moment. We talked a lot and after a couple of months I sent her some paintings just as a test, and she actually sold them. I was quite surprised. It happened like a year ago and I still send her my work every 3 or 4 months.
Where do you look for inspiration? What or who inspires you?
I really like photography, graphic novels, art, music and illustration so I’m always looking for new things that I could use as an inspiration. On my master dissertation I study women, our strength, beauty, sensitivity, delicacy and capacity of giving birth, giving life. That’s why I really like to draw them. And I’m one of them after all. Every time I travel I like to see new places, meet new people, new artists and talk to them. It helps me a lot too. I’m also always looking for artists and artwork online; I follow many of them. I read magazines, books, articles, blogs, websites and everything that can help me find new references and see what people are doing around the world.
How has your style changed over the years?
As an advertiser I have learnt how to create digital artwork with a tablet, and sometimes I do it. But I really like to draw with pencils, brushes and pens. At first I had a thicker, firmer drawing line, more rigid. Over the time I have learnt how to soften it; I’ve learnt that I didn’t need to have a thick line to demonstrate consistency. I could show this through movement, shapes and expressions. I’ve always liked watercolor, because it gives the subtlety and softness, so I think combined well with napkin that helps me to send the message that I want. I had some difficulties learning how to use watercolor at the beginning. I’ve learned everything by myself, I didn’t attend courses or anything that could have helped me and sometimes I wanted to give up and try another material. Thank God that I didn’t.
Read the full interview in our fourth art magazine’s issue.