Monday, June 17, 2013

Interview: 10 Questions with the SUPER Ann Marcellino


Ann Marcellino
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10 Questions with Ann Marcellino


1.... who are your favorite artists?

I honestly have so many that it's hard to list them all, I love many of the bigs from classic animation like Milt Kahl and Eyvind Earle, and some of my more current day favorites are Brittney Lee and Stephen Silver.  I'm also into a lot of classic artists like Titian, Botticelli, and really anyone who knew their way around painting.  My place is filled with books from all eras.


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

Not currently, it's something I'd love to do because I really love being around artists of all different skill sets who all have their own unique vision of what they want to do with art. I may look into offering workshops in the future.


3.... what helps boost your creativity?

A number of things, sometimes it's seeing something cool in nature, sometimes it's looking at a really beautiful piece of artwork and sometimes it's just watching a movie or listening to music. I'm never really short on ideas, inspiration is everywhere.


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

I mostly use photoshop and a tablet to create my work. I was trained in about every traditional medium there is, but digital is my preferred method.


5.... what helps you maintain focus and motivation when creating?

Usually what helps boost my creativity is the same thing that keeps me focused, I often need to have whatever sparked the initial idea close by in order to stay on task.


6.... do you feel its important to follow your passion in your career?

Absolutely, though I think most people wouldn't be artists if they didn't want to follow their passion.  It's a difficult career and very few people are pushed into this career, we're usually the ones who have to do the pushing.  If you don't have the passion to see it through it's most likely not for you.


7.... what is the secret to creating a great piece of art?

I don't think there's one secret to great art, or if there is then no one has told me about it.  I wish someone would tell me!


8.... where can people see your work (online, conventions or exhibits)?

I am currently on deviantart, blogspot, and tumblr.  My convention schedule for this year is not for certain but I may be in attendance at APE and CTN if all goes well.


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

I don't think I can pinpoint a specific moment, it had been gnawing at me for a while before I was ready to admit it out loud.  And then of course you always have that moment with your parents where you tell them you want to be an artist and they continue asking you if you'd rather be a math teacher or something "practical."  I remember those conversations more then anything.


10.... if you could give other artists one piece of advice what would it be?

I think I'll just repeat something that was once told to me and that I try to constantly keep in my head; be the best at what you do, don't be the best at what others do, you can't be someone else so just be the best version of yourself possible.


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