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10 Questions With Robb Mommaerts
1.... who is your favorite artist?
I can’t really pinpoint my exact favorite artist (I have a ton), but my favorites are people like Jack Davis (link) , Peter DeSeve (link), Mike Mignola (link), Scott Gustafson (link), Frank Frazetta (link), Brett Helquist (link), Tony DiTerlizzi (link), Eric Canete (link), Adam Rex (link), Brian Biggs (link). I could list several more!
2.... do you offer workshops for artists?
I don’t, but on occasion I get to visit schools to share work, or describe my process in creating picture book illustrations. I love interacting with the kids. Kids are so inspiring because of their uninhibited creativity.
3.... what do you like to listen to while you work?
I listen to mostly podcasts, internet radio, old time radio shows from the 1930’s to the 50’s. Sometimes with podcasts I get sidetracked because they will reference people, places, or things, then I have to go search for info on that. I have a somewhat short attention span at times.
4.... what medium and tools do you use to create your art?
Now I’m mostly using India ink with a brush, and then coloring digitally via Photoshop. I also use watercolors but not as much as in the past. I love the computer for getting the color you really want, but happy accidents the traditional way is always pretty cool.
5.... during an average week how many hours a day / week do you work on creating art?
I put in an 8 + hour day. In May I just started illustrating full-time. Before that I was an art director/graphic designer for several years, and illustrating at night. I was not getting much sleep and it was hard to manage with my family. :) I keep some pretty strange hours. Sometimes I get up at 4am and work. Sometimes I just work at night till 3am. It varies. Catching up on sleep is always a challenge. I try not to work on weekends, but sometimes I have to.
6.... are you working your dream job?
Yes! I am super excited bout doing what I love full time. I feel guilty about it actually. I’m hoping to always do this as a career, if I can that would be ideal for me.7.... do you feel its important for others to pursue their dream jobs?
Yes definitely. I think you just have to be prepared for it. It is not always easy, and you don’t always get what you wish for.
8.... where can people see your work (online, conventions or exhibits)?
My Blog ( http://robbvision.blogspot.com/) and Deviant page ( http://robbvision.deviantart.com/) are the best place to check out my newest work. My main website (Robbvision.com) is a bit out dated and needs refreshing. I actually just attended Wizard World Chicago to sell some prints and original artwork.
9.... was there a certain moment that you knew you wanted to be an artist?
Since I was about 4 or 5 years old I think. There was no question in my mind that I wanted to be an artist someday. Either that or an astronaut, and when I found out that astronauts don’t really carry ray-guns and lightsabers, I just settled on being an artist.
10.... is there anything else you would like to add or say to other artists?
I’ve heard this from a lot of different artists, so it sounds a bit cliché, but always strive to stand out as an individual and do something unique from the many illustrators out there. Find what you do best and push on to improve and learn new things. Also getting your hands on different illustration annuals, and reviewing other illustrator’s sites.Seeing as many styles that are out there always helps. I like doing that for an inspirational kick in the pants and seeing how other people’s visula take on things.