My name is Max Brady born in Rome. (Is not my real last name, is the artistic name I taken from an episode of TV movie “Lieutenant Columbo” with Peter Falk. The co-star was a young director named Alex Brady). From an early age grows two innate artistic activities, music and drawing. About drawings, I began when I was 10 years old.
Q2: How did you get into the field of your work?
Reading a lot of comics in 1972 then I was fascinated with Japanese anime, when they arrived for the first time in Italy in 1978 with the famous TV series Atlas Ufo Robot (Grendizer). From there I began to draw them too. But at that time there were no computers so my technique was, “watch TV and draw on the fly.”
Q3: Do you have any current favourite artists, comic artists, photographers who may have influenced you to become the artist that you are?
Stan Lee, Joe Benitez that I’m following his style, Go Nagai, for me important ‘cause introduced me in the anime world, and the artists from Marvel Co.
Q4: What are the main tools of your trade?
Pencils, inks and airbrush about drawings, then my “assistants”, 3 powerful Macintosh that I use to color the illustrations and for 3D.
Q5: How was it for you to learn the process of that? Did you teach yourself, take classes or learn from other existing artist’s tutorial?
Since in Italy there has never been a school for this art as is the United States and Japan, as a child still today, I did everything by myself and following tutorials and other great artists.
Q6: Do you think its possible for you to describe the process of your art style, what are the dos and don’ts, the important aspects you set yourself to achieve your style of design?
About my style, I follow the artist to learn the techniques, and drawing all the time, which I think is the most important thing. No matter if I fill sheets of eyes, noses, expressions and poses. All that I need to improve and correct errors.
Q7: What are the biggest struggles you encounter as an artist?
Let everyone understand that I do not like to copy others, and if I do … I put my hand! Eg, drawing Batman? I have to change something, like the mask. That’s just me. But if need to copy … ok! Let’s do it. Lol
Q8: Do you have any other future plans that don’t involve creative art?
Sure! Travelling to archaeological sites!
Q9: Do you have any personal mottos, quotes or existing quotes that motivates you to do what you love doing? Can you share it with us or provide words of wisdom from your experiences for those who look up to you?
My friend great artist STEVE WANG told me a phrase that for me sounds wonderful, ‘Max you have Passion and this is a GIFT!’ And thanks to my friend DAN PLATT, Lead Character Modeler from DIGITAL DOMAIN, my supervisor too, for the phrase : ‘Max, this is my FAVORITE! You are certainly improving with every design!!’ talking about my new illustration Jadzia Dax pinup version. These words are precious for an artist.”
Q10: What do you think the future will hold for all artists from all backgrounds from now?
There are many good artists, but nobody notices! Remember how was discovered Chopin? One day Franz Liszt heard a beautiful melody coming from an apartment. He knocked, and a boy opened the door. Liszt asked him to play again the same sonata. Chopin turned off the light and began to play. Liszt asked, “why sounds in the dark?” Chopin said, “I am ashamed to play in front of others.” And Lizst said “But you’re a genius!” And since then, his “Moonlight Sonata” still today studying at the conservatory. This story is to say “let the really good artists out of the dark!”
Q11: To round off the last question, where can your fans and new fans find updated news and progress from you, – Where can we find you
Official website: http://www.lightingarts3d.com/
Email him at http://www.modelmayhem.com/1876821