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10 Questions with Greig Rapson
1.... who are your favorite artists?
There are too many to name, the ones that have inspired me for a long time are...Bobby Chiu, Carlos Huante, Alex Pardee, Hayao Miyazaki, Jhonen Vasquez, David Choe, Brian Froud....to name a few....
There's also this guy in my neighborhood who sneaks around at night rummaging though garbage cans, spreading out trash and discarded food in a frenzied mosaic across the asphalt. Beautiful stuff, I think they call it "outsider art". It could also be a raccoon, but an animal with such an artistic artistic gift? Unlikely.
2.... do you offer workshops for artists?
No, but if anyone was interested in watching a nervous sweaty stuttering guy talk about drawing for a bit, I'd be down for that.
3.... what helps boost your creativity?
Music mostly, other artists, movies, comics. Sometimes I'll just spin in a circle really fast until I get super dizzy, pass out and crack my head on the floor. In that moment between consciousness and blacking out I can sometimes tap into half decent ideas. Coffee too, I suppose.
4.... what medium and tools do you use to create art?
I'll do my rough work in any medium, pencil, pens, markers, crayons, finger paints. Sometimes I'll sketch in photoshop, print it out and continue to draw on that. The finished line art is usually just ballpoint pen. All my coloring is done in photoshop, where I also remove all the smudges, mistakes, bloodstains, and cheesy Doritos finger prints.
5.... what helps you maintain focus and motivation when creating?
Music. The right song can help me escape to imaginary places.
6.... do you feel its important to follow your passion in your career?
I guess it's probably different for everyone. I think it's important to keeps your passions alive, whether it's your career or not.
7.... what is the secret to creating a great piece of art?
I'm still looking for the answer to that myself. I've designed a computer program that has been running non stop for that past ten years with the sole task of attempting to answer that question. It has a database of artwork, both great and poo(not so great). It attempts to analyze and compare the images, looking for common traits, techniques, styles, mediums, subjects matter...ect. One night I could have sworn I heard the computer crying, calling out for someone to power it down. No conclusive results yet.
8.... where can people see your work (online, conventions or exhibits)?
http://rapson.tumblr.com/ (has roughs and WIPs with the final pieces)
9.... was there a certain moment that you knew you wanted to be an artist?
Sometime between wanting to be a Ghostbuster and a responsible, contributing member of society I said "screw it" and started to draw, and I just kept drawing.
10.... if you could give other artists one piece of advice what would it be?
Fill those sketchbooks! Also, if you go cafe sketching try not no make eye contact with the person your are secretly drawing. It can make things awkward, especially if you are one of those people who gets dry mouth when they are nervous and compulsively licks their lips. That just makes you look creepy, and you don't want that.