I knew nothing about the Italian artist Stefano Cardoselli before sitting down to chat with him. What I learned is that he is one terrific creator whose work is most reminiscent of the violence of Geof Darrow’s Hardboiled. The following interview was fun and enlightening.
Who are you, where are you from and where do you live now?
Stefano Cardoselli – A comic artist creating comics since 2000. I’m from Italy, but I ‘m working only for USA and UK comic market. With my wife Rita, I founded Azurek Studios, which specializes in comics, toys, and animation.
When did you know that you wanted to be an artist?
Good question Andre! Maybe when I was a child….around 7 years old, I worked on my first comics. I Wrote and drew by myself.
Okay, so you knew at a young age you wanted to draw comics. Where did you get your formal art education or are you a self-taught artist?
Art school and a comic school… but many things I know… only with experience.
Who are your major influences as a comic artist?
I can see both the Bisley and Darrow influences in your work. Did you collect their comics as a child?
Yep! I ‘m a big Fan! Lobo by Bisley and of course “Hardboiled” by Geof Darrow are my favorite titles.
Yes, I loved that Hardboiled series. And Lobo is Lobo. What was the first book you worked on professionally?
It was 1999, a fantasy book for Antarctic Press with an amazing cover by Brian Talbot, a
book called “Winds of Winter.”
Did you do all of the interior work on “Winds of Winter?”
Yes, pencil , ink and handmade colors.
Wow. Do you still do all of the art for the books you work on? And do you still hand color?
Yeah, when possible. Yep, working with handmade colors, of course when I have the possibility to do handmade colors is a bit of a slow process. But I like to work with digital colors also.
Let’s talk about some of the projects that you are currently working on. Can you tell me about some of them?
Yep, “Who will save the world?” by Dark Slinger comics. Story by Rita Gorgoni and art by me. 52 pgs handmade colors. ”100 points of Hate” a series always for DarkSlinger comics and more titles also including ”Walk” “Vegas yeah yeah” and Mecha Art book for a new company, ThirstyShadow Productions, LLC. Story and art by me.
Interior Art Work by: Stefano Cardoselli
Cover by: Ale Garza
Cover Colors by: David Ocampo
Written by: David Sandoval & Adriana Mendoza
Ah forgot to say the series “Vicent Price:House of Horrors” for Bluewater company.
Wow. You are quite in demand. Do you have a preference on the type of story that you draw?
Sci-fi and horror, but I like really much noir and western. I dont think I can ever draw a manga.
Yes, I dont see your artwork in a Manga thats for sure. Due to your international reach you’ve worked with writers and companies from multiple countries. Can you tell us about the differences or similarities of the writers?
Yes, about editors: Really simple to work with USA ‘editors and my favorite is working in USA. If they like your book or your style, they’ll take your work without problem. In Italy totally different, and I dont like. Also in the UK it’s really cool to work with comics.
Writers: I like the writers who work with “Open mind.” I don’t generally like only those who can not stand those using a paper full of unnecessary details. I haven’t working much with Italian writers, and for that I ‘m totally lucky.
Very interesting. Are you still open to do commissions and freelance work? And if so, where can fans contact you?
Yes, depends on my “wall of Deadlines.”
Or write to studios e-mail:
Wonderful. Well thank you for an interesting interview.
Thank you very much Andre!!!!!!
Andre Owens has been hiding in Los Angeles for over 15 years, a former Director of Photography, he now writes and publishes the cosmic comic, Force Galaxia. He is currently writing and plans to produce a webseries, The Psychedelic Detective. In his free time he enjoys long form television, sushi and a celebration of all things 420. His name’s not Supergreen!