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10 Questions with Dan Schoening
1.... who are your favorite artists?
Tony Fucile, Bill Peet, Marc Davis, Don Bluth, Lauren Montgomery, Fil Barlow, Chuck Jones, Ward Kimball, Milt Kahl, Nick Park and Gustav Klimt to name a few.
2.... do you offer workshops for artists?
I do not, but it does interest me. Perhaps somewhere down the road :)
3.... what helps boost your creativity?
Experiences in life truly fuel the creativity. Really focusing on the details in things, you can see art everywhere. I also find seeing other artists work and watching films that inspire me. Music is also another great muse.
4.... what medium and tools do you use to create art?
I primarily use col erase pencils to start my drawings, blue is a favorite. Then I clean up the roughs with black. After that it's into the scanner, where I'll use Flash or Photoshop to color the art. I have tinkered with markers, ink and watercolor. In the future I will definitely be exploring more traditional mediums.
5.... what helps you maintain focus and motivation when creating?
The goal to always improve while keeping the passion for what I'm drawing balanced and exciting. I also like to challenge myself. Attempting to draw something that I'm not familiar with is a great way to keep the inspiration going strong while I grow as an artist.
6.... do you feel its important to follow your passion in your career?
"What would you like to do if money were no object?" "What do I desire?" These are some quotes and thoughtful questions from Alan Watts. Answer those, and you have found your passion. I say follow those passions and find a way to make it work. There is always a way, and only you can stop yourself from achieving it. Life is an adventure, why not make it exciting and full of what you love?
7.... what is the secret to creating a great piece of art?
Practice, patience, and more practice :)
8.... where can people see your work (online, conventions or exhibits)?
Currently my blog, deviant art, twitter and instagram are the best places. Of course, you can always pick up a copy of the Ghostbusters comic as well!
9.... was there a certain moment that you knew you wanted to be an artist?
I have always loved drawing, so I guess it was when I was a wee lad. I always had a pencil and paper with me.
10.... if you could give other artists one piece of advice what would it be?
Love what you do, do what you love. If you love drawings horses, do it. Fan art, do it. Whatever brings you happiness is the key. Don't look for fame or success, because if you put in 100% to your craft, it will find you.