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Gabriel Armenta is the colorist on the upcoming The Gifted mini-series being published by Angel Gate Press. From what I have seen of his work so far, it is hard to beat. Just looking at the page pictured here, I can see that the book is going to be gorgeous.
It was with great pleasure that I exchanged Q&A’s with Armenta, the results of which are below. Take a gander!
Comics Fairplay: How did you get into the industry?
Gabriel Armenta: San Diego Comic Con 2005, QEW Publishing. Yes, this is my first job in the industry!
CF: Tell me about your influences?
GA: As a child Bob Larkin and Joe Jusko really brought the heroes I loved to life. Today, Alex Ross for carrying the torch and David Mack for great design work.
CF: What audience are you hoping to reach with your work?
GA: All comic book fans who appreciate comic art as a true art form!
CF: What unique qualities do you possess that make you stand out from your peers?
GA: I like to switch back and forth with traditional media and digital. I like to see if I can still paint with a paint brush as well as painting something digital. There is just something with traditional media that captures your soul that gets lost with digital.
CF: What project are you currently working on?
GA: Aside from The Gifted, I'm currently working on a horror movie poster for a local director, a cover illustration for a fictional novel, and completing my final semester for my BA in illustration at The Art Center Design College in Tucson, AZ.
CF: How many issues is your project and when do you foresee it being solicited? Anything special you can mention right now?
GA: I believe The Gifted is a 6 issue mini-series which is set for release next year 2007. Not sure what I can say about the comic but it sure is different than anything that's out now!
CF: What do you think about the industry today? Where do you see the industry five years from now?
GA: The industry has finally been recognized as true artistic entertainment! These are exciting times for comic fans, with movie being made and award shows (Spike TV) giving comics a category at their awards show. I feel that the comic industry will reach more fans with different types of media (movies, TV, etc), maybe striking their interest in picking up a comic.
CF: Tell me something about yourself that has nothing to do with comic books but that people might find interesting or surprising?
GA: I used to dance Native American pow-wow dances for conventions across the U.S.
CF: Where would you like to see yourself five years from now?
GA: Hopefully, having a successful career as a comic book illustrator.
CF: Any closing comments?
GA: "Never let your dreams die!"
I'm a struggling artist myself and I found this interview to be very inspirational.
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