Tor Infante
Drawing specially made for "A History of Komiks of the Philippines
and Other Countries"
Tor Infante
Tor is Nestor, a komiks illustrator born on Feb. 22 1957. It would appear unusual that his other preoccupations include Theology, politics, economics and journalism, among others. Not so, he would say. For to him, a komiks illustrator, to be really worth is salt, should have far ranging interest in everything around him.  The stories that the komiks artist illustrates cover varied subjects; the artist must of necessity have a fairly good grasp of the subject matter if his storytelling is to be effective.  This need is particularly felt, he believes, when the script's illustration guides lack the pertinent details and the illustrator has to provide the necessary touches to make the story more convincing.

A Fine Arts graduate, Infante also took up Architecture and Commercial Arts, then finally a course in komiks illustrations at the Nestor P. Redondo studio. He is also a painter of sorts - self taught - who whiles away spare hours experimenting with watercolors.

Infante's first stint as professional artist was with the East Asian Parish Institute where he illustrated scenes from the Bible and teaching devices. He also did drafting work.

In 1974 he stepped into the komiks world via Mars Ravelo's RAR Publishing house where he illustrated Ravelo's Sisid, Dyesebel and Sisid. Outside of RAR, Infante teamed up with R.R. Marcelino for the adventure fantasy novel, Tiny Tom, which was published in the Pilipino Funny Komiks. The novel ran for over a year and introduced Infante's style- exaggerated movements and facial expressions, cinematic compositions- to children readers.

Infante admits that his style was greatly influenced by the works of Nestor Redondo, whom he admires very much. He is also an avid admirer or the styles of Howard Pyle, Frank Frazetta, Alex Toth, and Alex Niño.


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