The first time I came across Anthony Darr‘s art was during the BD Festival in Contern. If I remember correctly it was in 2013. Anthony Darr is an up-and-coming Luxembourg-based artist that loves the comic book medium. How could he not? It is the best thing in the world! He is present at pretty much every local show so don’t hesitate to swing by his booth, say hi and buy yourself a nice piece of original art. Come on don’t be shy, you know you want to!
GEEKCITING! Thanks for taking the time Anthony! What have been the highs and lows of your artistic career so far?
Anthony Darr: 2012 was the year I really started painting. I began to invest much more time in going further and improve my technique. Two and a half years later I still consider myself at the beginning of my career. But so far I can tell that the highs have been the BD Festival in Contern in 2012, a private exhibition in Rome in 2014 aswell as one in Luxembourg (Musée de Luxembourg in 2009). The lows: being at the beginning of your career you have to draw a lot to make your work be known, sometimes I just don’t have enough time because besides being a father and husband, I also have a full-time job in a restaurant which takes a lot of my time.
GC!: Living in Luxembourg myself I know that comic books are not regarded as a significant medium of entertainment, let alone a serious job. What has been the feedback from your entourage and family in regards of your work?
AD: Unfortunately traditional comic books are not read anymore as they once were. But thanks to movie producers, the main Marvel heroes stayed in mind. My parents were very skeptical about it, they didn’t take it seriously. I never had any support, but my wife encouraged me and convinced me to pursue my goals as she still does now. This is my passion and it is just a part of me.
GC!: Do you have a professional artistic schooling or are you a self-taught artist and if so where do you find inspiration for your drawings?
AD: I am a self-thought artist, as my family never considered it possible to live from art or nourish your family with paintings. I could never enroll in an artistic school. My inspiration comes from my childhood, comics from the 90’s but it also goes back to the 50’s. I get inspired by a lot of talented artists but my great idol remains Gabrielle Dell’otto. He is a great artist and I have still a lot to learn.
GC!: Fans can get a glimpse of your art at pretty much every single local geeky festival. Have you already been promoting your work in other countries? Where and when will fans be able to meet you next?
AD! I have been in Rome to show some paintings. I will be in Arlon the 18th and 19th of October. I am still at the beginning of my artistic adventure. But I will be present every year in the BD Festival in Contern in July, at the LuxCon in March as well as some comic book shops in Esch-sur-Alzette, Arlon and Essen. And if possible some more.
GC!: What current comic book series, artists and writers are you most fond of?
AD: My favorite artists are: Gabriele Dell’otto, Francesco Mattina, Alex Ross, Esad Ribic, Adi Granov and Lucio Parrillo.
GC!: What was the most unusual commission you were ever asked to do?
AD: The most unusual commission I was asked to draw was the devil ”Hellstorm” which I was not familiar with.
GC!: Last but not least what are your plans for the future? What can our readers expect from you by the end of the year and beyond?
AD: My plans for the future are to participate at the big convention in Italy, Lucca Comics And Games, Angoulême in France and some convention in the USA. My goal would be to work some day for a big editor and be able to paint the most amazing covers for comic books. And last, finally publish my sketchbook.
If you feel like ordering a commission or just simply want to gaze upon the various Anthony Darr drawings make sure to check him out on Facebook where he frequently posts his latest endeavours. Anthony Darr will also be present in pretty much every major comic book related event in Luxembourg. Thanks again Anthony!