Monday, August 12, 2013

Interviews: 10 Questions with the AWESOME Brett Bean!


Brett Bean
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10 Questions with Brett Bean


1.... what medium and tools do you use to create art?

Prismacolor verithins and sketch markers, Kuretake brush pens, Photoshop, animation paper, and brown recycled sketchbook paper. I also introduce tools and paper on a regular basis to mess up my learning process.



2.... can you describe your creative process when making art?

That varies from project to project. It would normally be brain dumping as many ideas on the problem or subject that I can. After I exhaust my own brain I will look at reference. Put it away and do another round. If I'm still stuck or haven't answered the question I will look to other artists in many fields (fashion, concept, art of's, movies, etc) then put that away and work until I've solved the problem. Once the idea is solid, I'll go to straight painting it or create a thumbnail version to add color and tonal variety. then on to the many hours of painting.



3.... what helps boost your creativity?

coffee and variety of tools help tremendously. I do comic book conventions and always get reinvigorated by other artists, happy fans, and general love of what we do. Ideas, I get inspired by actual ideas. Rarely on someone's "style" or lighting. But a good idea inspires me to want to create a better one.


4.... what helps you maintain focus and motivation when creating?

This one's hard. I'm pretty motivated and never truly had to worry about that side of things. I get motivated by always wanting to improve on my performance and get respect from my peers and make people who enjoy and follow me happy for doing so. That way it feels like it's not just letting myself down if I don't try to do better, I'm letting lots of people, that's good motivation to keep at it. Focus wise, I try to limit games, I have no cable TV, and I try to maintain a light interaction online. Facebook is a time suck. I'm not always good at it, need to be better, but it's a conscious thing.


5.... what is the secret to creating a great piece of art?

When I find out I will let you know. One person's masterpiece is another persons eyesore. I think if you learned a lesson it's a successful piece of art.


6.... do you feel its important to follow your passion in your career?

Yes yes and yes. Far too many artists, especially young ones with all the free tutorials and youtube, keep forgetting that artists are SUPPOSED to have something to say. A feeling, an attitude. you know, passion for art! AN EXPRESSION OF SELF. Far too many ride the wave of Now I know how to paint so I'll work and paint. Nothing could be more boring than looking at that in my opinion and I see it all the time. You're just making art to get employment? If you can't find the passion behind what you do why would anyone hire you for anything?



7.... how do you find your passion?

By finding the truth behind whatever I'm making. I know what fear is, I know happiness, scared, timid. So I try to bring all my real experiences into stuff that I draw or am asked to create. I also observe the world. People, interactions, I travel. All of these things add to passion and an ability to keep it.


8.... who are your favorite artists?

wow, too many. I'll scan my room right now and call out the names that take up the most space in the office. Bill Watterson, Don Bluth, Michel Gagne, Peter De Seve, Jim Henson, Joss Whedon. (I have a broad definition of artist, I include writers and storytellers)


9.... do you offer workshops for artists?

I would. I am not set up to create full workshops. Plans are set for online courses and I hope to work with CSG Gallery in Burbank to do some workshops but nothing solidified to announce.



10.... if you could give other artists one piece of advice what would it be?

Be happy with how far you've come but never satisfied with where you are at.


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