Saturday, June 8, 2013
Interview: 10 Quesitons with the AWESOME Erin Hunting!
images copyright Erin Hunting
10 Questions with Erin Hunting
1.... who are your favorite artists?
There are many but some of my all time favourites would be Robert Crumb, Dave Cooper, Herge, Jamie Hewlett, John Brack, Charles Schulz and Chuck Jones.
2.... do you offer workshops for artists?
Not currently, no.
3.... what helps boost your creativity?
Sometimes something as simple as walking away from my desk for awhile, otherwise I will browse favourite art books and websites of artists I admire or watch a movie that I hope will help inspire. Sometimes as a last resort I have found doodling in my sketchbook also helps.
4.... what medium and tools do you use to create art?
I will always use pencil and paper to start an illustration before I ink it with brush pens. Then I will usually colour my work in Photoshop. I also enjoy colouring with Copic markers and on occasion gouache.
5.... what helps you maintain focus and motivation when creating?
I think the pure joy of creating helps maintain enthusiasm and motivation for drawing but of course there's days when you feel like you're dragging your feet with work sometimes and on those days I usually push through the cobwebs with the thought of the finished illustration inspiring me. Playing music or podcasts can help also.
6.... do you feel its important to follow your passion in your career?
I would say so yes. But there's also the realism that rent needs to be paid, and food needs to be bought etc so I would suggest to follow your passion wisely ;)
7.... what is the secret to creating a great piece of art?
I don't think there's any special secret. Often times behind one good drawing is ten or twenty sketches underneath that-or ten dud drawings that have been posted beforehand. Practising alot and making more art hopefully makes those 'great' pieces of art happen more often though.
8.... where can people see your work (online, conventions or exhibits)?
I have my work online through my Facebook Fanpage, Twitter and Blogger. I have also been involved in a few exhibitions which is always fun and have some work currently on exhibition with the fine folk at Squishface Studio based here in Melbourne.
9.... was there a certain moment that you knew you wanted to be an artist?
I've drawn since I was a really little kid so no, it was never a 'wow' moment, but something that's always been with me and something I've chosen to develop and work with.
10.... if you could give other artists one piece of advice what would it be?
Just to keep practising and to practise and experiment with different styles and mediums. Don't stress about having your own 'style' or about every piece of work being great. It's more a journey, not a destination (corny, but true.)