Love is the emotion that drives António and his work. “Traveling makes me dream, eating makes me smile, falling in love makes me the happiest man on Earth,” he says.
With influences including Botticelli, Rauschenberg, Hockney, Tillmans and Kapoor, António studied painting at the University of Fine Arts, Porto.
After researching his image, António begins with sketches of the face and then draws the clothing. Carefully arranging his composition the image, he expertly finishes it in watercolour. “I love the colours, the shades, the transparency – I think watercolour reflects my mood and love for my work,” he says.
The subtle, nuanced expressions on the faces of the models in António’s illustrations are offset by detailed representations of the garments, with strong use of colour. His images have something to say, with passion and romance as strong themes. They drive the facial expressions in his work, and give his illustrations their character.
Question: What led you to become an illustrator? Antonio: I always love to draw and illustrate, my degree in Fine Arts helped me a lot to learn and have more skills! It all started as a personal project when commissions become to be more often and I realised I could do one thing I love and be a professional in this industry.Question: Where did you grow up? Antonio: I was born in Angola, but most of my life was in Portugal, Oporto city.Question: Describe your studio for us. Antonio: It's my working place where I can find peace. Not big, but a warm place where I love to paint and give classes. Question: Do you have a childhood memory relating to drawing/art that you hold dear? Antonio: My coloring books and my mother helping me to draw in them! Question: Who or What is your biggest inspiration? Antonio: My Mother. Question: How do you get your ideas? Antonio: It all depends, but mostly from fashion designers' work. Question: Do you collect anything? Antonio: Magazine covers and particular kinds of perfumes.Question: Tell us about a favourite project you've recently completed. Antonio: One of my latest was for O Boticario and Omega, both went very well. The briefing was fantastic and the clients were amazing during the process. And in the end the client was very happy with the result!Question: Why is illustration such a powerful medium? Antonio: Because it adds soul. Question: What is the best use of illustration you have ever seen? Antonio: This latest Gucci Gift Campaign by the mesmerizing Ignasi Monreal! Question: How much of your work is hand drawn? Antonio: All! Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? Antonio: Definitely a Chef with 2 Michelin stars.Question: Do you have a method for dealing with the feeling of having no ideas? Antonio: Headphones and a beautiful landscape!Question: If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go? Antonio: Iceland.Question: Have you any hidden talents? Antonio: That's a secret!
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