2D Illustrator and Character Designer."Good" has never been an option. Life has taught me it and I keep learning that way.
Meet Douglas, a 2D Illustrator and Character Designer.
My journey began in 2004, in Santa Maria – I was 14 years old and began drawing in Manga style. In 2007, I got to live in Japan for one year and I was constantly bombed by repetitive manga references from all over the place.
Upon the return to my home country, I didn’t go to college and I decided to educate myself in the path of art. Through social media, I began studying tutorials and went after the best and most successful artists that I could reach. I sent a lot of emails. A lot.
For years, I would ask those people for critiques and they became mentors in my apprenticeship. Some became good friends. I’ve never personally met most of them and that’s how I learned English language too.
Formal education was nearly absent to me, though being in touch with such inspiring creators was the main engine that drove me to pursue a quasi unreachable amount of knowledge over the years.
At a given point, I understood that my path was not going towards conventionality and that I had to find my inner truth through experience and self-expression.
I stopped asking for guidance and began to elaborate the right questions. I understood that it’s not about how we do something, but WHY we do it. I always aimed for excellence since the beginning. “Good” has never been an option. Life has taught me it and I keep learning that way.