Luciana Lupe Vasconcelos (b.1982) is a brazilian artist and illustrator whose art plunges on the realms of the mythical, mystical and occult. With a Bachelor's degree in Visual Arts, and a Master's in Visual Culture, Lupe worked as a graphic designer, tattoo artist and children’s book illustrator before start pursuing her own artistic voice.

Lupe currently resides in the mountain town of Teresopolis, Brazil.

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Can you tell us a bit more about your background and how you became an artist?
I have always liked to draw, since I was a kid. As a result, I ended up studyingvisual arts in college. I worked as a graphic designer and then as tattoo artist before starting in illustration. As I became more confidant in my work I began producing my own drawings and paintings.

Which artists have inspired you in your creative process?
I really like the artists from the golden age of illustration and also the decadentists, symbolists, surrealists and the pre-raphaelites. Illustrators like Harry Clarke, Kay Nielsen, Aubrey Beardsley and John Bauer are among my favorites.
Occult artists are also of great interest to me, especially Austin Osman Spare, Rosaleen Norton and Cameron. There’re so many artists I love it would take a some time to name all of them!

What is your creative process like and how has the occult been an inspiration when shaping you art?
My creative process is in fact very simple: I usually do research and meditation on the subject, and then I start working on sketches in a automatic manner. I choose the ones I like best and start working on penciling and then on inking/painting thefinal piece. During all the process I keep the references I’m using around, like books and images. Music also play a big role in my work, inspiring the concept and the feeling of my pieces. I think balance is the key element for a good (harmonious) composition. It doesn’t matter what kind of structure you’re using; the main thing is keeping a good balance in regards to distribution of the elements, use of lines, color, etc. 

What do you feel makes your work unique and truly your own?
Well... I’m not really sure about how to answer this, but I’d say honesty is something that tends to show in whatever I do. Everything I create comes from the heart. 

How has your style changed over the years?
My style has changed immensely over the years! I started doing comics when I was a teen, so my drawing had a very different look. It was very “cartoony”, and always humorous. I used to hide my “serious” drawings because I thought they suck. But with time I started investing more in those kind of drawings until they got good enough (in my opinion) to be shown. I did a lot of children’s books too, which was fun but it hasn’t much to do with how my work looks now.

Anything else you wish to share with our readers?
I’d just like to thank the Temple of Nvit-Isis for the support! It’s an honor!

 Untitled by Luciana Lupe Vasconcelos 

A-DAEMONIBUS by Luciana Lupe Vasconcelos  

Anima by Luciana Lupe Vasconcelos  

Babalon's Cup by Luciana Lupe Vasconcelos 

Beast of deep desire by Luciana Lupe Vasconcelos 

Feral Love (portrait of Chelsea Wolfe) by Luciana Lupe Vasconcelos 

Guardião by Luciana Lupe Vasconcelos 

Kali by Luciana Lupe Vasconcelos 

NEMESIS by Luciana Lupe Vasconcelos 

The Hunt by Luciana Lupe Vasconcelos