Monday, August 06, 2012

ON THE FIVE: Five Quick Questions With Italian Artist Andrea Mangiri

Welcome to the latest instalment of On The Five. Here, armed with five easily digestible questions, I ask comic / illustration stars and fans about their passion and their best 'play it forward' tips.

Today I'm talking with popular Making A Mark artist, Andrea Mangiri. His powerful paintings made for one hell of a post, so it would've been pretty rude not to ask the Italian powerhouse a few questions on exactly how he got to be so dang good. Always a guy with enough manners to impress any mother, that's exactly what I did. Behold!


IADW) You have a strong portfolio of both pencilled and painted art. Can you remember your original inspirations for either medium? 

Andrea Mangiri (AM): First of all, cheers to IADW and its readers! I've always used pencils and inks, I "discovered" colors only in the last few years. I guess it's like a reflection of my life, during my adolescence everything was black or white, but growing up you start seeing multiple nuances.

In pencilling my influences are Romita Sr., Alan Davis, Todd McFarlane, Adam Kubert, Joe Quesada, Carlos Pacheco, plus more recently Olivier Coipel, Jerome Opena (currently the best), Cary Nord and Trevor Hairsine (the most underrated artist).

In terms of inking, Sergio Toppi, my master Giuseppe Ricciardi, Mark Morales, Sean G. Murphy and Corrado Roi.

Speaking about illustrators, I was definitely motivated to explore colors watching Alex Ross and Gabriele Dell'Otto's works. I later discovered Joe Jusko, Ribic, Alex Horley, Bisley, Carnevale, Djurdjevic, The Master Frazetta and lately i'm lovin the Dungeons and Dragons artists like Jesper Ejsing and Todd Lockwood.

IADW) When faced with a blank canvas, do you have a clear picture of where you are headed - or does it evolve as the art reveals itself?

AM: It depends, sometimes the idea pops into my mind, just like a vision. Other times it is a work in progress, constantly evolving.

IADW) Art is often affected by the culture. Coming from Italy, one of the cultural capitals of the world, how do you feel your country has impacted on your art vs your own growth as a person and an artist?

AM: Sure, the culture of my town inevitably influenced my growth. I think my continuous research for beauty, balance and dynamism, always trying to improve the human anatomy while remaining a bit on the "classic" side. Also I always enjoyed watching Caravaggio's works, his realism, the lights and the deep shadows - really impressive.

IADW) What is a key tip of yours for the aspiring artists out there?

AM: Work everyday. Drawing is a workout. Trying always to improve and playing with imagination... push it to the limit (kinda corny, but it's the truth)!

IADW) Who is your personal Superman / inspirational figure?
AM: Uhmmm... I guess it's more like a Frankenstein, consisting of parts of various people, family, friends... no, wait, I got it... it is Vic "m****f***in" Mackey!! ;)


A huge round of thanks goes to Andrea, he was incredibly positive and understanding with his time, which is always greatly appreciated. Do yourself a favour and visit his Facebook based portfolio to see his talent in full, which you can do right after this jump. For more On The Five interviews, click here.


  1. Beautiful!
    Such movement in his work.
    I was wondering about Michael Chiklis' picture untill the end. LOL!

  2. Glad you like his art as well Aliera. This guy is sure to be one to watch! As for Michael, yes I thought when posting it that might catch a few peoples curiosity!

    Hope you are having a good week!

  3. well done Dan,thanks again!

  4. You too!
    In in vacation untill the end of the week, so I'm great!

  5. No worries Andrea! Pleasure was all mine.

    Aliera - vacation right now sounds the best word in the world. Make sure you enjoy!