Adriana (Vargas) Blake is a Venezuelan who has lived in the US and Canada since 1996. She's enjoyed drawing from an early age and decided to attend animation school from 2002-2005. She's worked on various animation and comic projects, including PBS' "Arthur", Cartoon Network's "Johnny Test", and Action Lab Comics' "Princeless."
She currently lives near Toronto, Canada with her husband, daughter and two birds.
Have you always been creative and artistic?
Yes, since a very early age!
How would you describe the style of your work?
I would say it's mostly influenced by Western animation and comics. I went through a bit of a manga/anime phase in my teens, but it came and went without leaving much of a trace.
What’s in your pencil case and what’s your favorite tool?
Aw man...Col-erase pencils (mainly red and blue), Micron pens, Copic pens (of different thicknesses), mechanical pencils, white gel pen, Blackwing graphite pencils, Pentel brush pen...
For traditional sketching, I love Col-erase pencils. I fell in love with them back in college and have been using them since. They don't smudge like graphite does, it's a bit more forgiving whenever I press down a bit harder on the page (something I tend to do a lot), and it erases off the page almost completely!
Who is your favorite superhero?
Do I have to pick just one?? I'm currently into the Pines twins from Gravity Falls (do they count?), the Crystal Gems from Steven Universe (do they also count?)...otherwise I like Spiderman, Ms. Marvel, Wonder Woman and Superman (among many others!!)
If you could have one super power what would it be?
I would love to fly!!
Where do you look for inspiration?
Tons of places! Books, comics, podcasts, fellow artist friends, other artists' websites and blog posts, etc.
Who are your favorite artists or comic book authors?
Too many! I'll name a few, though: Emily Carrol, Faith Erin Hicks, Katie Shanahan, Renae de Liz, Jeff Smith, Mike Kunkel, Manuel Arenas, Jim Zub, Jeremy Whitley, etc. etc. etc.
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