Since he was little, his way of learning about how to draw comic books was always self-taught. At the beginning he was only copying magazines, stories, characters. Then he started by creating his own scripts and creating new stories. Always inspired by other artists and using the same techniques. That way, with just 12 years old he already knew a lot of stuff.
“I thought what a distant planet would be like and I began to draw it. I could spend the whole day. Now with technology I can know what a space game looks like, and that helps me on my drawings.
The answer was that I wanted to escape the land, from my teachers, from the daily life of a guy who was burdened with having to study horrible things. Like math. However, over the years I discovered that everything I studied served me well. Math , chemistry. It ‘s incredible «.
At that time, he used to go to the cinema and draw the most impressive sequences of the film and recreated micro-spaces with the characters and monsters in plasticine. Without knowing it he was learning something that later would be very helpful in his career: narrating, telling a story fluently, creating sequences.
The ease of drawing, perseverance and his subsequent studies in Industrial Design were very useful to enter the world of comics.
When Juan finished his high school education he entered the Faculty of Industrial Design, a branch of architecture. In that faculty he learnt what was ergonomics and how to apply it in everything he designed.
All those things that he learned were enriching his way of drawing. During two years of industrial designer studies, he learned about advanced math, descriptive geometry, physics, hydraulics, technical drawing, industrial design etc. which he then made use of in his comics.
In every mechanical or architectural contraption he made, he tried to give it a rationale regarding its function or functionality. Paradoxically, the last subject he failed was nothing less than drawing.
“Suddenly you learn how a machine works, how an internal combustion engine works, why an airplane flies… and what you want is to count things based on that”
He then attended the National University of Cuyo’s School of Arts and Design also in Argentine. Then, when he moved to Europe he studied in the Academy of Fine Arts in Barcelona.
All these studies helped and influenced Juan’s designs, materializing them with a unique level of detail. Always giving a feeling of reality in his drawings, no matter how fanciful they were.
The references of a young
Until he was 15 years old he was painting only for pleasure. He was inspired and fascinated by American magazines like Tommy Futuro (his favorite at that time), the eternal Batman and Superman, The Lone Ranger.
Until magazines made in Argentina appeared such as Misterix among others. And other references like Hugo Pratt with Sargento Kirk, and the screenwriter Héctor G. Oesterheld. Authors who marked a whole generation. Also the Italians Dino Battaglia and Campani who drawed his favorite comic book Bull Rockett script made by Oeasterheld. And of course the Argentinian Solano Lopez, a very strong influence on Gimenez’s drawings.