Last week I had the pleasure to interview Yunior Guerra (aka Fenris), an amazing concept artist and illustrator from the Dominican Republic. I first saw his works about two years ago and I thought — hey this guy draws some pretty cool stuff. Now, two years later he’s kicking all kinds of ass, and I can’t wait to see his progress in the next couple years. I think his design sense is great and his simplistic yet descriptive approach to rendering is very inspiring.
If you like his works too, feel free to follow along – the interview is below.
When did you start your journey as an artist, and what led you on this path?
The journey started several years ago as a hobbie. But was in 2012 when I realized I could make this my way of life and started looking to get better at it.
I think that you would certainly agree that there is a lot of digital art work on the market these days, how do you differentiate yours from the rest and what are your thoughts on the subject?
It’s hard to say by myself. Yeah, there’s a lot of artist out there doing the most amazing art I could’ve ever imagined. I would say that the difference lies in my way to see things, rather than anything else.
What do you think is the most challenging part about being a digital artist?
Being constantly mocked by traditional artists. I can’t talk for every digital artist in the industry but in my case that is in the top of things I’ve had to go through.
How do you promote your work?
Deviantart, Arstation, Drawcrowd. Wherever works. I’ve been lucky to have people who support me on my Facebook page. I do encourage to join groups and forums.
What’s the most valuable art advice you’ve ever received?
To calm down. I use to rush, get desperate. I’m an impatient person.
Do you have any personal projects going on that you would like to share with us?
Yes. I have a personal IP in process. My art is pretty much worked around it and pretty much every piece I’ve been submitting lately is a development concept of it. I feel is too soon to give major details.
What are your favorite art books; or books in general?
Uff. There are a lot. I would say I hold dearly the Structura series from Sparth. Neuromancer is one that I keep reading again once in a while.
What is an average Tuesday like in the life of Yunior Guerra?
Average Tuesday. Hmph… Tricky one. I usually spend the morning helping at home or sleeping from a night of work. The action starts after lunch when I do my freelance stuff and promote myself through the internet. Yeah, kinda the normal thing.
Who are your role models? Could you name three persons — dead or alive — who inspire you, or significantly influenced your life?
To be honest I got the art thing from my mother. She passed away years ago. Now people like Maciej Kuciara, Sparth, Ruan Jia and old masters as Frazetta are always in my mind. My art could not reflect it, but I am a huge fan and they are inspirational to me.
If you could travel back in time and meet your younger self just starting out on this path, what advice would you give to him?
Be a medic. Just kidding. I would tell him too start way before. I’ve lost several years. I could be in a better place now.
And finally the most important question of all: “What brush do u use?” and could you please share your brush set with us?
Sure thing. I’ve uploaded my sets to my Deviantart Account. Even tho I need to update them, here they are.
That’s it guys, I hope you ejnoyed it, I want to thank Yunior again for taking the time to do this interview and I wish him much luck on his path as an artist.
If you like Yunior’s work, you can follow him on