Sit back and Marvel at this comic book artist

Yet another old-school comic book character is about to make their debut on the big screen. In light of Ant-Man’s imminent release, we focus our lens on one of Marvel’s talented comic book artists, Rafael Grampá.

He can shrink in size, but grow in strength... Ant-Man, due for release on 17 July 2015, brings to life the world’s smallest comic book superhero. The film, starring Hollywood heavyweights, Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas, follows the huge success of previous Marvel movies including Iron Man 3 (2013), Avengers Assemble (2012), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and many more.

As the captivating franchise comes to the fore once again, we take a look at Brazilian comic book artist, animator, writer, cartoonist and now director, Rafael Grampá. Thanks to his clear creative vision and unique style, Grampá – who has previously illustrated for Marvel comics and earned critical acclaim for his award-winning and beautifully grizzly book, Mesmo Delivery – has proven that could be on track to becoming an auteur.

Grampá also previously worked with Absolut on a project where our Facebook fans were involved in creating the short film, Dark Noir. The project started as a simple dialogue between Grampá and our creative team, and developed to the point where the illustrator was able to transform his vision into a 3D animated film by experimenting with new mediums (a space in Berlin called MADE) and collaborating with promising new animation studio, Red Knuckles.

“You don’t have to be an artist to create art,” says Grampá of collaborating with our Facebook fans. “Creativity is within everyone. We all just need to be inspired. As an artist I create entire worlds out of nothing but my imagination, my brush and ink... The most exciting thing for me was to see how inspired people were; to see them putting pen to paper and setting their imaginations free.” The short film, which was published in March last year can be viewed here: