Hi from Montreal!

  • Hi SVS!

    I'm Gustavo (or Gus, if you prefer), originally from Venezuela but now an adopted Canadian living in the fair city of Montreal.

    Though an engineer by training, I always loved drawing and making my own comics from an early age, until well into my university years. As my career took off, I illustrated less and less during my free time, till I decided to reclaim this joyous activity 5 years ago, and see how far I could take it.

    So now, I work as a product specialist in a software development company by day, and in the evenings I trade my laptop for my drawing board in order to keep honing my skills, when I'm not spending time with my wife.

    I joined SVS a couple of years ago because I wanted to formally learn the fundamentals of illustration with a strong leaning into storytelling, and have since then enjoyed learning from the insightful lessons contained in this site. My interest and goal is to eventually become a Fantasy and Sci-Fi illustrator, and maybe even produce my own graphic novel one day.

    I'm excited and grateful to join this community and look forward to be of help, and possibly encouragement, to others!

  • @Gustavo-Ruiz Welcome to the forum fellow Canadian! I'm out on the opposite end of things πŸ™‚

  • SVS OG

    I love Montreal. (I’m from western NY.) There are some great graphic novel stores in Montreal. That’s where I bought many of my Asterix collection. Welcome to the forum!

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    @Gustavo-Ruiz Welcome to the forum Gus! πŸ™‚ What I coincidence, I'm from Montreal as well! although I moved out to Ottawa a couple years ago. You have very lovely work on your Instagram! I have no doubt you'll reach your goals

  • @Gustavo-Ruiz Welcome! πŸ™‚ I am form Poland and Canada has been on my travel list for years... Definitely one day!

  • @Braden-Hallett Thanks for your words and for the follow in Instagram. I really like your work! I've only heard good things of the West Coast, and hope to be able to visit it one day πŸ™‚

    @demotlj Thanks! I love Asterix, and yes, Montreal is full of amazing indy stores full of European graphic novels. A real treat!

    @NessIllustration Thank you for your kind words! Your account is full of beautiful work!

    @aska Thank you! I hope you make it one day, and get to travel around different parts the country...it's incredibly beautiful!

  • Hola! I am from Mexico, living in Norway.

  • @Gustavo-Ruiz

    Welcome and glad you feel comfortable to stop in and introduce yourself. I looked on your artstation site and I like the wildness of your Inktober day 23 ancient work and the intensity in your black panther commission (I still need to see that movie πŸ™‚ ).

  • @Adolfito-Martinez Hola! Thanks for dropping by. Hope you're staying warm!

    @Heather-Boyd Thank you, that's very kind πŸ™‚ I like the colour palette of your pieces on Instagram, especially those depicting nature. Lovely work!

  • @Gustavo-Ruiz oh thank you. Yes I love the colours I love lols. Colour is really important to me.

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