Starting now, the first post of every month is going to be an interview with someone I know, in a segment I like to call “People I Know.” These people each have something unique to offer–writers, artists, and entrepreneurs–and I think you will enjoy learning from what they have to say. My first guest: Comic book artist, Ramiro Roman, Jr.
How I Know Ramiro
I first came across Ramiro’s website online when I was around 16 years old. I was an instant fan! Eventually it turned out that someone else I was acquainted with knew Ramiro (one of those “small world” incidences that happen so often in life) and we met officially/in person in 2004. We became friends (and eventually more), but I always remained a fan. His artwork is truly inspired and his advice never ceased to give me strength when I decided to give up on the “conventional” route and follow my dreams.
My Interview with Ramiro Roman, Jr.
What do you do?
I am a comic book artist.
How did you start?
When I was a kid, I was really into movies and I liked to draw and come up with stories. I also used to read a lot of comics. But it wasn’t until I came across the reprints of the old EC Comics that I realized, “You can do comics that don’t have superheroes?” And off I went. I first started drawing them seriously after a friend of mine had shown me how easy it was to make your own comics. There was no stopping me after that.
What’s your favourite part of what you do?
Aside from seeing an idea come together, I think I mostly like the reactions people get when reading a story I did. Hearing someone else’s interpretation of the work. It’s never what you intended the story or characters to convey, and that always fascinates me.
What advice do you have for someone who wants to get into doing what you do?
Stop talking about it and just do it already. If you’re not going to, you’re probably not very talented to begin with. You don’t need school. It helps a lot, but you really don’t. The internet is a great learning tool. Don’t try so hard to be like “the pros”. But, don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions. There will always be a billion different ways to do something, so relax. Also, don’t listen to your parents. They are wrong. Everyone around you is wrong. If you really work hard and persist, everything is possible.
What’s next for you/your business?
I’m currently writing/drawing a new comic. It is a sequel to an older work of mine.
LINKS for More RAMIRO ROMAN, JR.
Much of Ramiro’s artwork is very macabre and not for the “light-hearted.” (or light-stomached…). Fair warning.
Official Website (NSFW)