Office tale of Diego Sanches, Illustrator and Comic Book artist

São Paulo - Brazil
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Who are you : 

Diego Sanches

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Your current job : 

Illustrator and Comic Book artist

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In which city are you located?

 São Paulo, Brazil

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A word to define what kind of worker you are : 

Fast, maybe. It's not necessarilly always a good thing, because I think sometimes I tend to go for the first idea just to deliver on time. I get used to work fast because I spent more than 10 years in full time jobs, freelancing during the nights and weekends. Now that I'm a full time freelancer, I'm trying to slow down a bit.

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What tools are essential to your life (app, software, etc..) 

Photoshop, InDesign, pen and paper.

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What does your office space look like? 

Crowded with loose paper sheets full of random doodling, coffee mugs and toys.

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What kind of music do you listen when you are working ? 

Heavy Metal of all kinds and podcasts.

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Do you have a way to organize your day to maximize your work ? 

I try to have clear milestones for the day. If I'm in a long project like a comic book, I try to draw 2 pages a day, for example.

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What tips would you give to improve productivity ? 

I work in focused bursts of time, then I have breaks during the day when I play video games, eat something or drink coffee with my studio pals. 

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You're better than your colleagues to : 

I'm very versatile. I worked with magazine graphic design, painted illustrations, photorealistic infographics, pixel art for video games, line art comic books, etc. It's not a good nor a bad thing. Sometimes I feel like I'm that "jack of all trades, master of none" saying, you know? I'm trying to narrow down my work to paintings and comic books now.

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What is the best advice anyone has given you ? 

Show up to work. Waiting for inspiration is for amateurs and hobbyists. Professionals just show up. 

I don't remember who said that, but I think it made me stop having "artistic blocks", so it was good advice.

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What is your best tip for saving time ? 

When you have to work on a new assignment like an illustration or a comic book, we tend to want to go to the good stuff, to dive into the drawing or painting, but that's a mistake. If you do that, you'll eventually hit a road block. 

The best thing is to start planning for the work. Make simple thumbnail sketches to find a composition, start gathering reference photos from the internet, books or making your own, that kind of stuff. 

If you plan well you'll be able to do the job better and faster.

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What is your routine start and end of the day ? 

I start the day having breakfast with my wife, then I usually take the morning to answer e-mails, pay bills, that kind of stuff. When I'm working on a script for a comic book, I also usually write in the morning. Then I take the subway to the studio I share with my friends, have lunch and work until 8 pm. When I was younger I used to work late a lot more often, but now I think I've got a better grasp at making a good working schedule.

Aside from your computer and your phone, what gadget can you not you go without? 

I'm not that attached to gadgets I think. Love reading comics and book on iPad though.

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