Monday, September 9, 2013

Interview: 10 Questions with the AWESOME Matthew Stewart!


Matthew Stewart
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10 Questions with Matthew Stewart!


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

Most of the final piece I do are done in oils, usually on masonite on wood panel, or on paper mounted to masonite


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

I thumbnail a lot, working with an image on an almost abstract level. When I come up with a composition I like, I gather reference and develop the thumbnail sketch into a detailed drawing. From there I go into paint.


3.... what helps boost your creativity?

I try to draw in sketchbooks as much as I can. I also go to museums whenever I find the time, as well as just observing the real world around me.



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

I like having the finished oil painting when I'm finished. I think thats why I still work in traditional materials.


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

I wish I knew, but if i had to guess, great pieces of art to be are timeless and speak universal that all people can identify with. An emotion or feeling has to be communicated.


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

Yes, it's the things you have passion for that you'll be the best at and ultimately the most happy doing.


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

Looking at the real world, reading great stories, looking at great paintings in museums or by my contemporaries.


8.... who are your favorite artists?

There are a lot, but if I had to mention a few, Lawrence Alma-tadema, JW Waterhouse, Howard Pyle, Ilya Repin, Michael Whelan, Donato GiancolaRaoul Vitale I could go on.


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

No, but I do teach a fantasy art class during the summer for the Continuing Education Program  at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.


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

Draw as much as you can. It's an artist's most important skill.


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