Issue Three Feature: Andre De Freitas | Illustrator

Issue Three - March 2013

Andre De Freitas

Who are you? 

 My name is Andre De Freitas and I’m a 24-year-old illustrator and photographer. I was born and raised in Lima, Peru, and I studied computer animation in the states.

On your site, you say that you graduated from Full Sail University with a bachelor's degree in computer animation. Do you ever do animation or do you just focus on the illustration side of things? If so, why didn't you get a degree in illustration instead of computer animation?

 I did indeed. I don’t do animation that often anymore (3d animation at least) since I’m a full-time illustrator and photographer now. The thing is that while I was studying animation, I realized that oddly enough, I was way more interested in the concept of stillness. That’s why I majored in 3d modeling. It wasn’t until I got out of school that I got into illustration.

A month after graduation, I got a job as a video editor. During that time, I used my free time to finish old drawings, and slowly got into illustration. Eight months later, I quitted my job and became a full-time freelance illustrator.

I was also wondering about your logo/identity that you use as a watermark on your images.  What is your inspiration behind the name Megatherium? 

 Megatherium is a nickname that one of my art teachers gave me. It means “great beast” and it’s an extinct species of giant sloths.

One day, my teacher saw me drawing on a tiny Moleskine sketchbook and she couldn’t stop laughing. She said that I looked ridiculous. I was way too big (6’2) to try to draw on a tiny sketchbook. Plus, I was pretty lazy back then. I never wanted to finish my drawings or paint them haha. So, she started calling me Megatherium, a great beast that also happens to be lazy haha. I thought it sounded pretty cool so I kept the nickname.

Now, the skull in my logo is not from a megatherium, it’s a lion’s skull. I like lions too.

Ok, so now lets talk about your inspirations. Where/what/who inspires your work?  Why do they inspire you? How do you apply what inspires you into your work?

 What inspires me? Silence, stillness and fashion photography. Who inspires me? Artists like Sachin Teng, Damon Loble, Sam Weber and Carlos Nunez. Why do they inspire me? Basically because of the colors they use and achieve. I’m a very monochromatic for some reason. So I always need a little help when I need to pick a color palette haha. Plus, they are amazing artists.

What is your artistic process? 

 Once I have an idea of what I want, I’ll draw a very basic sketch on a piece of paper. Then, I’ll scan the drawing and bring it into photoshop, where I clean the lineart, fix whatever needs to be fixed and paint. The last part of my process is adding noise and texture.

What illustrations are your favorite and why? 

These [images that are featured] are my favorites, because I think these marked the beginning of the style I've always wanted to develop. 

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