Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Interview: 10 Questions with the FANTASTIC Lucas Graciano!
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10 Questions with Lucas Graciano
1.... who are your favorite artists?
The list is just too long! I like a lot of the PreRaphelites and Orientalists around the late 1800's, early 1900's. artists like: Waterhouse, Edwin Austin Abby, Alma Tadema, etc. I'm also influenced by a lot of Golden Age Illustrators like NC Wyeth, Dean Cornwell, Rockwell, and Howard Pyle. Some of my more modern influences include illustrators like Phil Hale, Justin Sweet, Jon Foster, and fine artists like: Richard Schmid, Jeremy Lipking, Morgan Weistling, and Mian Situ. That's just to name a few!
2.... do you offer workshops for artists?
Unfortunately, no. I do teach a couple of classes at The Watts Atelier of the Arts, the school I got my training from.
3.... what helps boost your creativity?
Mainly other artists. Movies and video games can be very inspiring too.
4.... what medium and tools do you use to create art?
Everything is created traditional. I work in oils.
5.... what helps you maintain focus and motivation when creating?
6.... do you feel its important to follow your passion in your career?
Yes, very much so. You'll produce the best work that way and you'll be happier in the end.
7.... what is the secret to creating a great piece of art?
I wish there was a secret! More than anything it's passion and hard work.
8.... where can people see your work (online, conventions or exhibits)?
My website-Www.lucasgraciano.com or my blog- www.lucasgraciano.blogspot.com are probably the easiest ways. I'll do a couple of shows a year, but that's not always guaranteed.
9.... can you describe your creative process when making art?
Once I get my description from the client, I start by doing little sketches to explore various ideas. I'll look at other artists work also that might help get me to think in a different way.
10.... if you could give other artists one piece of advice what would it be?
Find a good art school that has a solid foundation program, ie figure drawing, painting, etc. a good drawing background will help an artist go far.