Monday, May 6, 2013

Interview: 10 Questions with the AWESOME Lene Chaves


Waldemar Lene
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10 Questions with Waldemar Lene


1.... who are your favorite artists?

Some of my favourites are Giorgio Cavazzano, Akira Toriyama, Mauricio de Sousa, Frank Frazetta and Francisco Ibáñez.
I also like Hanna-Barbera cartoons, specially the funny furry superheroes like Hong Kong Phoey and Secret Squirrel.


2.... do you offer workshops for artists?

No, I don't. I just draw. I don't think I have talent to teach. But I make some tutorials once in a while.


3.... what helps boost your creativity?

Listening to music, reading books and playing videogames.
My mind flies away when I do these things and that's when inspiration comes.


4.... what medium and tools do you use to create art?

I usually draw with simple mechanical pencils, with HB graphite. I use Uni Pin pens and a brush pen to ink.
For colors, I use Gimp image editor.


5.... what helps you maintain focus and motivation when creating?

I'm not sure. Maybe the simple fact that I love drawing.
The reaction of people when they like my drawings and comics strips is also really motivating, but I think that I would keep drawing even if people hated my art. It's hard to explain.


6.... do you feel its important to follow your passion in your career?

Sure! Although sometimes it's needed to make works that we don't like much, in order to get some immediate money, it's only by following our passions that we're able to make our best works.


7.... what is the secret to creating a great piece of art?

I think that some inspiration and a lot of hard work is an essential condition for making great pieces of art. Although it may not be enough, sometimes. I don't think that there would be a single secret for that, but without inspiration and hard work it's impossible to make anything good.


8.... where can people see your work (online, conventions or exhibits)?

I post my drawings and comics strips at
You can see something in my facebook page too


9.... was there a certain moment that you knew you wanted to be an artist?

Yes, there was! When I was about 13, I watched a Saint Seiya episode and I got really impressed by the dynamic drawing style of japanese animation. That's when my passion for art started. I learned a lot of drawing watching japanese animation and reading manga, but then I decided that drawing cartoon was much more fun. So I've been building a personal style based on cartoon style. But it all started with a TV anime.


10.... if you could give other artists one piece of advice what would it be?

"Be yourself". Put your personality in your art and make it speaks what goes inside your soul. Even if sometimes it's needed to modify your style to make works and get some money, never forget to build a style of your own.
And never be lazy. Draw and draw and draw, and when you see that you improved your drawing skills, draw a little more. :)


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