05. Who/what inspires you?
Ahhhh a lot! In terms of like, straight-up artists, I think one of the biggest inspirations has been Matt Rhodes recently. His artwork is fantastic, and I first discovered it when I was super jaded and convinced I’d never find work unless I painted nothing but hyper-realistic dudes holding huge guns in grey/brown environments. There’s nothing wrong with hyper-realistic dudes holding huge guns in grey/brown environments, and if you can you should learn how to draw that, but Matt Rhodes’ stuff let me see that there is some degree of style and vibrancy accepted in the AAA industry.
WOW THAT WAS LONG uh other inspirations include Mucha, Wayne Reynolds, Jack Hamm, Sean Gordon Murphy, Juanjo Guarnido, and probably a lot others that I’m not mentioning.
I’m also just constantly inspired by, I dunno, stories? I have a lot of trouble doing artsy illustration because of that—where you illustrate like, an abstract concept or just a woman sitting out in the rain or stuff like that. I can’t do that. It needs to be for a huge, overarching story or something—she needs to be a character with personality, heading towards some sort of goal. And even then, I’m gonna want to draw her more, and have her go and complete her story. If that makes sense.
I didn’t start drawing because I wanted to make art, I guess—I started drawing because I wanted to tell stories, and in my stupid kid mind I figured it’d be a lot easier to pick up writing than it would be the art skill I felt I needed to convey the ideas I wanted. wow shit that was long uh next question.
10. Least favorite thing to draw?
cars, without a doubt. beep beep mothafuckah.
12. Any weird artist behaviors you admit doing?
I pace. A lot. To get ideas I have to pace, pretty specifically to music. So I’ll have periods where I’ll go outside, get headphones, and just walk around the block trying to think. If I’m nervous I’ll also pace—if I get like, I dunno, a compliment or something, I’ll generally read it, close the window, get up, walk around in circles, sit back down, read it again, pace once more, then do this like 5x. :x im bad.