Artist in res­i­dence

Street fighter The Chilean fan­tasy artist takes time out from his lat­est game art­work to talk self-de­signed stu­dios and mag­i­cal so­fas

ImagineFX - - Contents - Gon­zalo Ordóñez, aka Gen­zoman, is a Chilean free­lance artist who loves to il­lus­trate games­re­lated art and mythol­ogy, and is preparing to launch his Pa­treon soon. See his art work at www.gen­­

Gen­zoman shows us around his self-de­signed stu­dio.

This year I moved from San­ti­ago to the place I was born, Arica, near the border with Peru and Bo­livia. My house is really close to the beach and al­though this is my third stu­dio, it’s the first one that I really feel could be the de­fin­i­tive workspace. Not just be­cause there’s a lot of space, but also be­cause it’s the first stu­dio I de­signed, so I feel really com­fort­able here.

I usu­ally work side-by-side with my wife, with each of us con­cen­trat­ing on our re­spec­tive projects. But I’m the kind of guy who’s more cre­ative by night, so the stu­dio is con­ve­niently closer to the liv­ing room and far from the bed­rooms. The best thing about work­ing from home is that I don’t need to leave my house to have a work­sta­tion. I can see my two kids grow up and I’m al­ways close to the peo­ple I love. My work never feels lonely be­cause I have some­one to give me opin­ions, help and sup­port.

My usual work­ing day be­gins at 9am. I have some toast and cof­fee or tea, and I’m ready to tackle some sketches for dif­fer­ent projects. Right now I’m work­ing on some cov­ers for Street Fighter Un­lim­ited and a game by Alderac Games. Af­ter a break for lunch, I walk a bit or go down­town for ma­te­ri­als. I come back and keep work­ing on the line art, cre­at­ing the ap­proved sketches all af­ter­noon un­til my kids ar­rive. I usu­ally play with them and then start paint­ing at night when ev­ery­thing is calm, so I can lis­ten to mu­sic or put a movie on in the back­ground to watch while I’m work­ing.

To the right of my shelves are art books by my favourite artists. To the left, books and comics I’ve worked on. Plus many comics and man­gas I’ve col­lected over the years. Mu­sic! I used to study pi­ano and com­po­si­tion as a kid. I used to com­pose stuff and was in a band. I recorded some demos and up­loaded them to my Sound­Cloud – you can check them out! A medal from Playa An­cha Univer­sity, be­cause I grad­u­ated with the high­est score of my year. It brings me a bunch of good mem­o­ries. My couch is one of my favourite things ever. Af­ter a long day’s work, I can just rest a bit, read books and feel like a kid again. Af­ter a couple of min­utes I’m ready for bat­tle. It has mag­i­cal pow­ers!

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