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10 Questions With Kevin Keele
1.... who is your favorite artist?
J.C. Leyendecker. I also love Mike Mignola, Alphonse Mucha, Dennis Jones, John Singer Sargent, and Claire Wendling.
2.... do you offer workshops for artists?
I've presented at universities and stuff but nothing regularly. I've got a few tutorials on my blog, that's about it.
3.... what do you like to listen to while you work?
Movie soundtracks, video game podcasts, Pink Floyd. I find it really helpful to listen to something that matches the tone of what I'm creating but I don't do it enough.
4.... what medium and tools do you use to create your art?
Sketching: Mechanical pencil, Zebra ball-point pen, white gel pen (one mid tone paper).Painting: Painter and Photoshop (digital), Oils or watercolors (traditional).
5.... during an average week how many hours a day / week do you work on creating art?
Not counting my job about 10-12 hours a week (counting my job, a lot more).
6.... are you working your dream job?
7.... do you feel its important for others to pursue their dream jobs?
Absolutely. But do it for real. I have friends who say they want to be an artist and are even quite naturally talented but then produce barely a few pieces of art a year.
8.... where can people see your work (online, conventions or exhibits)?
Pretty much just my blog right now.
9.... was there a certain moment that you knew you wanted to be an artist?
Not really, from an early age I loved to draw and wanted to be an artist, I never seriously considered any alternatives.
10.... is there anything else you would like to add or say to other artists?
I suck at art. We all suck at art (albeit, to varying degrees). And even if we don't, the second we start to think we don't, we will. Don't get comfortable, don't stop trying new things, never stop learning. However, it's important to build on what you know and, of course, draw A LOT.