Monday, February 25, 2013

Interview: 10 Questions with Tom Richmond


Tom Richmond
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10 Questions with Tom Richmond

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1.... who is your favorite artist?

Tough question. My all-time favorite cartoonist i probably Wally Wood, but there are so many that I am in awe of.

2.... do you offer workshops for artists?

No, not usually I teach people caricature when they get jobs with me to work at my theme park operations. I occasionally teach one day workshops at places liek the Charles M. Schulz Museum, but I don.t have a class I teach anywhere.


3.... what do you like to listen to while you work?

When I am doing conceptual work (pencils and roughs) I listen to the radio. I like the mix of music and talk, When I am doing inking and painting, I listen to audiobooks.

4.... what medium and tools do you use to create your art?

I draw and ink the old-fashioned way, on bristol board (Strathmore 400, vellum surface) with an HB pencil and ink with a Gillott 303 or Hunt 102 pen nib and a 33 red sable brush using Pelikan's Drawing Ink A. I color on the computer using PhotoShop and a Wacom Cintiq.

5.... during an average week how many hours a day / week do you work on creating art?

60 plus

6.... are you working your dream job?

No, my dream job is billionaire playboy. This is a close second, except without the billions or the playboy part.

7.... do you feel its important for others to pursue their dream jobs?

Always. Even if you don't make it, you will always regret not trying.

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8.... where can people see your work (online, conventions or exhibits)?, every issue of MAd Magazine, lots of other magazines, the occasional cartoon art show

9.... was there a certain moment that you knew you wanted to be an artist?

I've always wanted to be an artist. I do not remember there ever being a "before I wanted to be an artist" time.

10.... is there anything else you would like to add or say to other artists?

Success in art is never handed to you. Talent is only a small part of the equation. Hard work, perseverance and commitment trump natural talent every time.


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