An Interview with Akirant

An Interview with Akirant


Who are you and where are you from?
Hola!!! My name is Alberto Quirantes aka Akirant, I’m 47 and I live with my family in Madrid, Spain.

What is your background with art?
I began drawing and taught myself to paint with airbrush in the mid-80’s. My first work was as an illustrator at a newspaper for 4 years. Later I began to work in different advertising agencies as Art Director for more than 20 years. This year finally I got back home and began to work again as an illustrator collaborating with different publications and post-production studios making cover artwork for metal bands and, of course, with Acme Archives.

What do you use to create?
I work with a Cintiq Pro 16 in Photoshop where I have my own brush settings and I like try to make my drawings look the closest to a real illustration.

What work do you most enjoy doing?
I don’t have any favorites. All the works have their own process and they are always fun and you get experience from them, whether it is an illustration that you do in a day or if you are several weeks with it, even those that don´t get published. I’m doing what I like and I enjoy every stroke I give.

What is the weirdest response you’ve heard someone give to your art?
I once heard Jabba Desilijic say “Akirant, tah keeng sa leeng ah pak illustrabugah, peeska chatah: now you can kung bantha poodoo!”

How long did it take you to complete “Learning the Force?”
The process took about two months, but the final image is very similar to the initial concept sketch. Inspired by a scene in the first trailer, I wanted Rey and Luke close (as a mentor), but I found that the environment and solitude helped tell the story. There are many steps through the process and considerations which can be both challenging and very exciting. I would like to say a big thanks to Tyler Dempsey from Acme who has been extremely helpful throughout the process. 

Learning the Force“Learning the Force”

What would you love to create next?

I’ve been wanting to do something with Chewbacca for some time, in fact I have in my mind a series with some of the old characters, but this time I’ll try to make it handmade. Sometimes you need to leave the wacom to one side and get your hands dirty. And of course ‘The Last Jedi’ will be a great source of inspiration.

Other artwork by Akirant:

view all of Akirant’s Star Wars art on Acme Direct

The Phasma Command
“The Phasma Command”

Scarif Attack
“Scarif Attack”

The Escape
“The Escape”

Dawn of Rebellion
“Dawn of Rebellion”

Streets of Jedha
“Streets of Jedha”