Diogo Verissimo, this week’s featured artist, hails from Portugal and creates beautiful and surreal illustrations. Read below to learn about the coolest place he has visited, what his room was like growing up, and more!
BBP: Describe your art in 5 words or less!
Diogo: Dreamy, Nostalgic, Fantasy, Surrealist
BBP: Name an artist or person that inspires your art and why!
Diogo: I can’t name one artist that inspires my art. Every day I search for them online and every day I find dozens of amazing artists, all of them inspire me in a way, whether because of the concept, the colors used, the process they go through, etc. I keep checking them once in a while, every day, to keep me motivated and inspired. I think I could say that every artist inspires me, each one on their own unique way.
BBP: Did you go to school for art or are you primarily self-taught?
Diogo: I’m mostly self-taught, although I got into Fine Arts University, for a degree in Animation, I realized that I didn’t want that back then and decided to suspend that degree and pursue other areas, all in arts. I’m thinking about taking a specialized three-year course on Illustration/Comics/Script, sometime next year.
BBP: When did you start designing/creating? Was there a particular event that inspired you to pursue it further?
Diogo: I’ve been daydreaming ever since a little kid. Always loved to read books, to watch Disney movies and to draw. My parents always encouraged me to pursue arts, especially because it was something I always loved to do.
BBP: How has your style changed since you started?
Diogo: Since I started, my style changed so many times. I was trying to find something that made me feel comfortable or that I could continue to do without getting myself bored after a while. I’m still expecting it to change, as I don’t think I have found my style yet. But, for the time being, I will continue to do the art that I’ve been uploading for BBP so far.
BBP: Where is the coolest place you’ve visited?
Diogo: When I was a little kid, my parents took me to The Serra do Geres, a mountainous region in the northern border of my country, Portugal. Is one of the most amazing sights in Portugal and one of the most peaceful and inspiring ones, for me. Will return there soon.
BBP: Do you have a particular spot or place where you create most of your art?
Diogo: Since almost all of my art is done on Photoshop, I’m always on my laptop, in my room. It has become my special space, my refuge and my office.
BBP: Do you have any children? If so, what are their names and ages?
Diogo: I don’t have any children. Yet.
BBP: Do you have any pets?
Diogo: I had pets, all my life. Right now I have a chinchilla named Nikita, a syrian hamster named Minnie and three little fishes with no names, no idea why.
BBP: Growing up, were your parents into or involved in art?
Diogo: My father used to draw grayscale portraits when I was a little kid. We used to visit museums and art exhibits once in a while.
BBP: What were your favorite hobbies as a kid?
Diogo: As a kid I used to spend lots of time reading books, drawing, doodling and playing with Legos. Pretty much anything that made me spark my imagination.
BBP: What’s your favorite story to tell about your childhood?
Diogo: Don’t have one. Even though I had a happy childhood, I forgot most of it. And I’ve never been the kind of person that enjoys telling about his own childhood. I’m a very private and introvert guy.
BBP: What did your room look like growing up?
Diogo: Always a mess, filled with Legos and plastic little action figures. I always preferred, even today, to have my room a little bit messy, rather than organized. Strangely, it seems to be easier for me to find something amidst the confusion of books, papers and magazines. If it is everything in their shelves and organized, I seem to take longer to find anything.
BBP: Who is your favorite famous person (current or historical) and why?
Diogo: Leonardo DaVinci, definitely. Always admired his prowess to the arts, his many, many, many skills, wonderful drawings and paintings and spectacular inventions. He encourages me to keep discovering and creating. Nikola Tesla comes in second.
BBP: Favorite song?
Diogo: It changes, every once in a while. At this point, I think it’s Waiting for Love, by Avicii. Just discovered that band and I’m loving them.
BBP: Who would you want with you if you were stranded on a deserted island?
Diogo: Maybe Buddha. Or the Dalai Lama. I’ve been fascinated by Buddhism for some years now, even though I’m not a Buddhist, and they seem to be the perfect companion for a peaceful life on a deserted island. Anyone else would maybe annoy me with having to do something to go back to civilization.
BBP: If you couldn’t be an artist, what would you do instead?
Diogo: A writer, a scripter, an editor, something to do with writing and reading. Throughout my life my answer to the question “what do you want to do when you grow up?” involved some kind of art, whether being a painter, a cartoonist, a sculptor, etc. Those are all the areas I want to try.
BBP: Do you prefer to swim in a pool, ocean, or lake?
Diogo: Never swam in a lake, so I’ll go to ocean. Any pool is too small for me.
BBP: What is one thing that you’ve never tried, but would like to?
Diogo: I would love to travel, maybe on my own, on foot, around the world. Sounds a bit scary, but a whole lot of fun.
BBP: Do you prefer milk chocolate or dark chocolate?
Diogo: Dark chocolate
BBP: Sunglasses or hats?
Diogo: Sunglasses, never really enjoyed wearing hats.
BBP: Sweet or savory?
Diogo: Definitely sweet.
BBP: Dogs or cats?
Diogo: Love them both. Never had a dog of my own, had two cats, Pantufa and Pompom. Best playing mates ever.
Check our more of Diogo’s artwork here!