Scifipulse recently caught up with Roberta Ingranata. She is an Italian comics artist who has worked for Delos Books and Star Comics. As well as colloborating with N.A.S. Studio, Be Amazing Studio and Fractured Entertainment. Roberta is also a Titan Comics artist for their 13th Doctor series. During this interview she discusses what led her to draw and her advice for those wanting to try their hand at being artists.
SFP: What led you to draw?
Roberta Ingranata: I don’t think I know what led me to draw! I just remember that I’ve always drawn, ever since I was very little, and I’ve always liked it. I had two big dreams, drawing comics or being a vet. I didn’t manage to be a vet, but I still have a house and a life full of animals! So I’m happy with that!
SFP: Which artists and styles would you say you are most influenced by?
SFP: Do you have any advice for those who want to try their hand at illustration?
Roberta Ingranata: Draw, draw, draw, observe, observe, observe, study, study, study! And believe it, believe it so much.
SFP: Following on from that question, do you think that studying illustration at university is necessary to become a professional illustrator?
Roberta Ingranata: No, absolutely no. The school helps above all to set a mental mood, but not to improve artistically. Not necessarily. The school makes you understand that it is not a hobby, it is not a dream to keep in the drawer, but it is a job. Then the teachers can certainly help the student to improve and learn new techniques, but it is nothing that a willing and curious person can do from home, studying, trying and drawing. Today the internet offers the possibility of having immediate feedback with the public, but also of finding job opportunities. So if a person can’t afford to pay for a school (schools are really very expensive) they can do it alone, I’m convinced.
SFP: Could you please tell us about your Witchblade and Robyn Hood comics?
Roberta Ingranata: Robyn Hood was my first professional experience with a publishing house. It was the best experience of my life. Working closely with Pat Shand was educational, it helped me a lot to understand what it means to work in the world of comics. Witchblade was the next experience, just as beautiful and educational, but different. Because it was based on the remake of a pre-existing character and this made me get in touch with an audience of fans that I hadn’t had the good fortune to know with Robyn Hood.
SFP: Who is your favourite character to draw and why?
Roberta Ingranata: I don’t think I have an absolute favorite character, each character is beautiful to draw for a different reason.
SFP: What would be your dream project to illustrate?
Roberta Ingranata: Captain Marvel!
SFP: And finally, who would win in a battle royale between Buffy, Spider-Gwen, Black Widow and the 13th Doctor?
Roberta Ingranata: The 13th Doctor, of course! She can travel through time!
Scifipulse would like to extend our most heartfelt thanks and warmest wishes to Roberta Ingranata for so graciously taking the time to answer our questions.
Roberta’s website: Roberta Ingranata’s Artwork – Roberta Ingranata’s Artwork
Her Twitter: @Robbertopoli
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