Tell us about yourself.
I’m a self-taught illustrator. I always loved drawing, but I started taking it seriously as a career in 2005, when I was in the middle of my university studies in Mexico. I started working for advertising agencies and local newspapers, and later on, I began working as a freelance artist for magazines, books, websites, and animation studios. Besides my work as an illustrator, I really enjoy working on personal projects and fan art, many of which are based on the Star Wars universe.
When and how did you become a Star Wars fan?
I’ve been in love with Star Wars ever since I was a kid, from the movies to video games and comics. I especially loved all the Imperial armors and vehicles.
What tools do you use to create your art?
Most of the time, I use Adobe Photoshop, but there are other times I use traditional tools, like markers, mechanical pencils, and inks.
What is your favorite Star Wars piece that you have created and why are you fond of it?
There are a couple illustrations I feel specially attached to, but if I had to choose one, it would probably be my Bo-Katan fan art (pictured on the right). I like it because it was a really fun piece to work on and because this particular piece helped me get several jobs (and besides, Bo-Katan is just badass).
What’s the best and most difficult thing about being an artist?
I think the most difficult part is being patient, all the internal struggle, and going through times when I think I’m not as good as I want to be. It takes lots of discipline, research and study, but in the end, it’s very satisfactory to see my progress through the years. It’s definitely worth it.
Star Wars Rebels is currently in its second season. What are your thoughts? How do you think the series will progress?
I was a BIG fan of The Clone Wars animated series (both 2D and 3D). In fact, that’s when I first started doing Star Wars fan art, so those series have a special place my heart. I wasn’t sure about Rebels before it came out, but I loved the character designs. Once I saw the series, I realized it was as good as The Clone Wars, and it’s made with so much love. And the fact that we get to see Rex and Ahsoka again is the cherry on top. I’m not sure how it will progress story wise, but I get the feeling it’s going to be great.
Are you looking forward to the future Star Wars films? After watching the trailer(s) for The Force Awakens, what are your hopes or worries?
In my personal opinion, I’ve liked all the Star Wars movies and most of the video games. I didn’t like Force Unleashed that much, though, because Starkiller was extremely overpowered. I hope non-Force sensitive characters get the attention and love they deserve in this movie. I’d also love to see competent and skilled stormtroopers for a change.
How else do you express your love for Star Wars (cosplay, fanfiction, etc.)?
I like to collect Star Wars t-shirts, books, and comics.
Any final thoughts?
Star Wars is so big! It’s always great to meet other fans, share experiences, stories and opinions. In my case, it has given me lots of inspiration, new friends and lots of fun. I just hope we get to see much more of this in years to come.
Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful art with us, Mauricio! You are a fantastic artist. You have so much potential, and I can’t wait to see what you’ll do next. Keep up the awesome work, and may the Force be with you!