Trained in graphic design and having worked in a photo studio, Darruda is well versed in the inner workings of the creative industries. Often, he creates wall-sized murals for his clients, and he has his own line of award-winning t-shirt designs, taking inspiration from retro movies and comics, and pop culture from the 1970s, 80s and 90s. His favourite artists include Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, Roy Lichtenstein and Stan Lee.
Darruda graduated in Graphic Design from the Pontifical Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Ideas are developed in Darruda’s sketchbook before he redraws them using vector graphics on his Mac.
Clean, clear, freehand line work and bold colours reign supreme in Darruda’s work, alongside themes taking us to alternative worlds where anything could happen. With each image, he tries to imagine a story, backing up the overall concept with little details to give it a narrative edge.
2006 – Camiseteria T-shirts, Rio de Janiero – Gold
2007 – Allmighty T-shirts, Berlin – Gold
2009 – Rahzo.com T-shirts, Canada – Gold
2018 – Threadless.com T-shirts, USA – Gold
Question: What led you to become an illustrator? Darruda: Drawing has always been in every moment of my life, since I was a child, at school where I used to draw teachers and class friends, even at work meetings drawing caricatures of my colleagues. I started doing this professionally when I started a t-shirt brand at college with a friend.Question: Did you study illustration at college? Darruda: No. I am very proud that everything I learned about illustration and design was self-taught, studying and working hard.Question: Where did you grow up? Darruda: I grew up in Botafogo, in a calm and bohemian neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro.Question: Do you have a childhood memory relating to drawing/art that you hold dear? Darruda: Yes, for sure! I loved drawing self-portraits and caricatures of friends and teachers at school. I attended a small art school during my childhood and I remember drawing on the walls at home.Question: Describe your studio for us. Darruda: A place of calm, peace, art, music, inspired by books, t-shirts, inks, love and a lot of creativity.Question: Do you have any studio pets? Darruda: I recently lost my best friend, Ozzy, a French bulldog that lived with me for 11 years. Now I’m sharing the love with my plants.Question: Describe the view from your window Darruda: Some buildings in the distance, the Corcovado Christ with open arms to my window blessing me.Question: Who or What is your biggest inspiration? Darruda: Comics, games and everything related to pop culture. I love vintage and retrô things from the 80-90s.Question: How do you get your ideas? Darruda: I am always watching movies, animations, going to the museum, playing music and observing people around me. I say that art is my fuel, it's what drives me.Question: Do you collect anything? Darruda: I usually keep concert tickets. I have a lot of them still from when I was a teenager ... ahh and I love caps.Question: Do you keep a Scrapbook? Darruda: I have a kind of diary, where I write every morning, my thoughts and daily goals.Question: What is the first record you bought? Darruda: Metallica- Kill Em all.Question: Tell us about a favourite project you’ve recently completed. Darruda: A project and collab I made with Instagram Brazil. I designed 10 stickers for the city of Rio de Janeiro that are used on Instagram stories.Question: What would be your dream job/commission? Darruda: To work for some of the big companies I admire, like Apple, Disney, NASA, Nickelodeon and Coca Cola.Question: Darruda: