THE ART ROAD SO FAR... (cue in "Carry On Wayward Son")
I was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and have been drawing for as long as I can remember. My first influences were Disney comics, followed by little-known stuff like Star Wars and He-Man. There wasn't a single scrap of paper in my parent's home without a scribbled of either a sailor duck, a space samurai with a red laser sword, or a tiger-riding barbarian fighting a muscular lich.
When I was in 7th grade I met the hobby that would change my life: Dungeons & Dragons (of the first Advanced kind). Although I dabbled into various RPGs since then -- most notably Shadowrun, Rolemaster, and DC Heroes -- it was D&D that shaped who I am today. I was introduced to the amazing art of icons such as Larry Elmore, Jeff Easley, Keith Parkinson, and Fred Fields. I learned English from the words of Gary Gygax. I made my lifelong friends around dinner tables, rolling small polyhedrons.
I majored in Advertising, and I slaved in ad agencies for years, both as an art director and copywriter. During this time, I managed to successfully submit an article for Dragon magazine, which ended up running in the final 2E issue, in July 1999. This is where D&D changed my life yet again.
Wizards of the Coast announced D&D 3E, and the many pieces of concept art -- by Todd Lockwood and Sam Wood -- inspired me to start a tiny website and post my own renditions of elves, dwarves, orcs, and goblins. I did those in my spare time, and soon I was contacted by the fine guys at Fiery Dragon Productions, for whom I ended up doing over 4,000 individual counters through the next 10 years. Suddenly, I was a professional illustrator! About a year after I started working for Fiery Dragon, I left Advertising behind and took the plunge into freelance life. Ah, the recklessness of youth!
In the decade-and-a-half since then, I did art for several third-party publishers, as my art matured slowly (and not entirely without growing pains). In 2011, I managed to get another article into Dragon magazine, and ended up getting drafted into helping write a couple of D&D 4E sourcebooks: Heroes of Shadow and Heroes of the Feywild. By the end of 2013, I fulfilled a dream I've had since the far-too-distant 7th grade, by having my art included in the D&D 5E Player's Handbook.
To Be Continued...