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10 Questions with Stjepan Sejic
1.... who is your favorite artist?
I don’t have one; i appreciate many artists for different elements of their work. I enjoy variety in my artistic meal hehe. for instance, i love Alex Ross for the majestic way he draws superheroes in, i love James gurney for his insane skills with traditional mediums while being one of the coolest guys out there, i love j Scott Campbell for the facial expressiveness of his characters and the tongue in cheek humor, i love Matthias verhasselt for being a beast with environments. I love Kio shimoku for his work on genshiken, one of the best slice of life genre mangas i have ever read...there really are too many to count
2.... do you offer workshops for artists?
No, honestly never thought of it. I mean, my way is so different than most that, given the fact that it is in human nature to kind of want to put all the chips on one pile and bet on one approach, i thought it would just end up being counterproductive.
I will be posting a bunch of video+audio tutorials soon, but that is about it. Thing about drawing is, i can’t really teach people how to draw... hell; i may even lack the teaching skills to do so. To me learning how to draw is a matter of invested time. What i can, however do is teach them some different methods of using Photoshop. Crucial point is never to take any of the learned things as a God given gospel. i am only one of many artists , and all of us have different methods and approaches, my general advice is, look around, learn as much as you can and find your own way ultimately.
3.... what do you like to listen to while you work?
Depends on what i am working on. When it is fantasy stuff, it is generally metal, and movie scores, when it is something like witchblade or artifacts, then i tend to bust out some Eminem...or more metal
4.... what medium and tools do you use to create your art?
Oh I’ve played with many toys, from pretty much most traditional techniques in both painting and sculpting, to most digital ones. It comes from my personally preferred method of work which is... just kind of poke around, it isn’t going to blow up in your face.... most of the time
Currently i am mostly sticking to Photoshop and zbrush
5.... during an average week how many hours a day / week do you work on creating art?
About ten to twelve hours a day would be a fair estimate
6.... are you working your dream job?
Oh yes. I am a storyteller at heart, be it through comics or videogames, i enjoy telling stories
7.... do you feel it’s important for others to pursue their dream jobs?
You only live once.... well ...i mean unless you believe in reincarnation, then better luck next time, but my point is, would you rather put in the effort to mastering what you love, and spend your life enjoying your work... or spend your life thinking of coulda woulda shouldas?
8.... where can people see your work (online, conventions or exhibits)?
Oh the damn thing is all over the place, i mostly stick to internet with my 2 deviantart accounts, Nebezial and shiniez. But of course, being a published comic artist, it’s not too difficult to find my printed works, and i do a buttload of free sketching on conventions so that’s a pretty safe bet
9.... was there a certain moment that you knew you wanted to be an artist?
Weirdly enough yes... as a kid i wanted to be a paleontologist... major dino-crush. But then is started buying comics, tried drawing them myself, and the rush of self-improvement kept me going
10.... is there anything else you would like to add or say to other artists?
Never give up, never surrender! Yes, that’s a galaxy quest reference, but it does work. See, i personally got through hell to get where i am now, but i can tell you this... it was worth it!
I guess if there was one advice i could give you it is this...
Get a piece o shit-horrible oppressive boss driven- summer job!
Here is why. Once you taste that, you will have a frame of reference, that one thing you will remember every time you feel lazy to draw or paint or sculpt. Trust me on this one.
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