After earning a BFA in Graphic Design from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, Mario picked up an MFA in Illustration from the University of Hartford.
Digital, traditional – Mario takes the best from both worlds in his creative process. Sketching starts off digitally, where he can edit, scale and quickly combine elements to form his composition. Transferring to Bristol board, he fills out the image using brushes and pens. Finally, the inked artwork is scanned in for colour retouching.
Mario works in a diverse range of mainly comic-inspired styles – some graphic, and some more nuanced. If anything, his motto is ‘more is more’ so the work he enjoys most is creating vast landscapes where entire communities of characters are interacting, often in interesting and unusual ways.
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