name: Diogo
surname: Costa
year of birth: 1991
country: Portugal


Rosa by Diogo-Costa

by Diogo-Costa


Q1: When did you start making art?
I’ve been drawing since I can remember. For some reason I stopped doing it during my teen years in high school. Then I started doing it a few months before going to before going to college and I haven’t stopped ever since.

Q2: What does inspire you?
I’m mostly driven by other visual media and storytelling. Movies have a huge influence on me. Other times it’s the little things from everyday life – I often enjoy standing still and act like a spectator of nature and all the life that surrounds me – Everyone has a story to tell and I enjoy that. I try to put this sort of universality in my works in order to give them more humanity – they’re more than images, they tell stories – that’s what I try, at least.

Q3: What are your techniques?
I’ve been in process of transition from mixed art to digital art for the past year (it’s not an easy transition, by the way). I don’t use pencils, ink or paper anymore. Everything is done in the computer. I draw with a Surface Pro tablet in Manga Studio 5. Of course I still got my sketch books full of doodles, character designs and stuff.
I’d like to add more this answer, but I’m just a self-taught artist with no formal artistic background, so I don’t really know if use any particular techniques or follow some specific style.

Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
When I started drawing again a few years ago, people would often tell me that my characters looked sad (even when I thought I gave them a happy look). At the time I was not as self-conscious about my work as I am now. I’d say that, although I touch a lot of genres, my works and my stories usually have the same feeling to them – they’re about that dark place inside everyone’s heart – the place no ones like to talk about – The loneliness, hatred, despair, shame, apathy or self-loathing.

Q5: What is the main color of your art and why?
I find comfortable working around the red-violet area of the color wheel. I don’t know why, but I guess that the transition between the cold and warm colors end up enhancing the dark mood of my artworks.

Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
I’ve only gotten serious about my art two years ago. My works are often random and lack consistency – I’m still struggling to establish a definitive style and to master coloring. I know I’ll never be 100% satisfied with my work, but I guess I’ll be very happy if I can reach a level where I don’t hate any of my own artworks. It’s a tough struggle, but at the same time, a fascinating one and I’m very satisfied with my progress so far.

Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
Yes. I’m currently writing a webcomic based on my first failed comic experiment (with no planning date of release yet) and I plan to release another short webcomic later this year.

Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of Diogo-Costa.
I’m better with images than with words, so I asked my sister for a little help with this one. These were the three words she chose:
Unsettling, Deceptive and Intriguing.

Q9: Show us (link) your very first work. Describe it from techniques till feelings.
Oh, I’m sorry I don’t have it. The first thing I drew has been lost in time and I erased the first works I uploaded online. I have the bad habit of throwing away old art when I start to think that they look crappy and are not worth saving.

Q10: What did change from your first work till now?
Mostly skill and technique. I believe that imagination is bounded by skills and vision, so this ability to put in paper almost everything that comes to mind allows me to be more creative. The years also have a huge impact on my art, as I get older, the things I like and identify with change. But in the long run I believe that my art has always been more or less about the same themes.

Q11: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
Art is the perceived reality in its highest form and the essence of human nature itself. It is unlimited and powerful. For me it is total freedom and the best way I can express myself. It’s also a cathartic experience.
If people spent more time creating worlds, writing stories and sharing ideas, the world would be a much better place – that’s what I believe.

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