Music, books, video games, movies. I wanted to create something bigger than I was, and I knew that the only way I could go anywhere was to really focus on myself as an artist, as I wanted to be able to show my vision to others, so that they could add to it and watch it evolve. That's when I decided that I wanted to study Illustration and 3D modeling and Design. I started working with my brothers and my sister because we fuel each others creative energies extremely well, and we continue to work for our respective companies, as well as continuing to develop our projects together.
Q: What are some movies that give you inspiration?
A: It is so hard to answer this question. There are just too many! For me there three parts that complete the movie experience. Story, Character, and artistic portrayal.
Movies like Inception, Scott Pilgrim Vs The World, Upside Down and Tron for their incredible special effects and cinematography.
Beauty and the Beast, How to Train Your Dragon, Megamind, The Incredibles, and Lilo and Stitch for brilliance in story telling and animation.
And I love inspiration films like Miss Potter, Saving Mr Banks, The Help, 100 foot journey.
These are just to name a few.. Maybe I should have given a top five list!
Q: What are you currently working on?
A: Right now I work for a company called Glymed Plus. I work in their Media department doing graphic design, 3D modeling of their product line, and magazine advertisement design and illustration. We have campaign that is running all year long featuring illustrated character artwork. It has been an absolute joy to work on.
Q: What advice do you have fore people starting out?
A: The first lesson I had to learn is that you are going to be discouraged. I don't think there is an artist that I have spoken who who had not hit rock bottom. I think I have more times than I could count. I think I go through an artist rough patch at least... once a day? lol. But on a serious note once or twice a year I seriously lose confidence in myself, and there are many more times that I simply struggle getting through a piece.
It took me a long time to realize that that is both perfectly ok and completely normal.
An instructor I had, Sean Sullivan, taught me that any musician or performance artist is able to practice behind closed doors without anyone watching. And as soon as they are done it's gone. They can screw up over and over again and no one would ever know. And that is why their performance always seems so perfect! They screwed up enough times to get it right when people are watching! Every mistake makes them better.
An artist, however, gets to keep a copy of their practices. every sketch get's left behind. Because it exists we are forced to look at it, and we get discouraged when it's not perfect. We think every image we produce should be good enough to go to print.
That simply isn't going to happen.
And there aren't any shortcuts that will get you there faster. It is going to be a long uphill journey.