Thursday, September 26, 2013

Interviews: 10 Questions with the AWESOME Andy Brase!


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10 Questions with Andy Brase


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

Most of my art is traditional pencil and ink drawings.
The tools I use the most are a fairly standard mechanical pencil with HB lead, lead holder pencil, kneaded eraser, and Sakura micron pens for inking along with a brush and ink sometimes.
I do my ink drawings on Strathmore Bristol board.  When I add color to my drawings it's often digital in photoshop.


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

It starts with figuring out the ideas & themes for a piece. Sometimes a direction is given with a job or commission and sometimes it's a more personal choice.  On some jobs I read a story the drawing will be based on and others it's more figuring out a type of character I want to draw.
I start putting together ideas in a rough composition sketch, coming up with one or more designs.  In the roughs I focus more on the shapes in the composition, rather than details.  I also figure out the general lighting and shadows.
These are sent to an art director for approval.

Once I have a composition decided on, I transfer the rough design to a Bristol board.  I then do tighter pencils, that focus on making sure the anatomy of the characters is right and working more on some of the details.  For most of my characters drawings I don't use photo refs.  I like to create characters that are believable, but not exactly photo real.
When the pencils are done I usually make a high resolution scan, since I like to have this version saved.  Next I do the final ink version.
The inking is done with pens, inking over top of my pencil work.  After the ink work is done, it is sometimes left in black and white or sometimes scanned to be colored.  When I add color, I usually do this in photoshop.

That's a fairly basic overview of my process.


 3.... what helps boost your creativity?

My creative inspirations come from lots of different sources, ranging from other art, artists, music, books , movies, something I see or a photo I've taken, ancient cultures, designs, myths, etc.
Life in general and all these different things mix together to boost my personal pool of creativity.


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

Listening to music helps with focusing. Lots of coffee helps to keep me motivated.


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

I feel the secret is to just create good art you believe in and put your whole heart into it.  Greatness is somewhat in the eye of the beholder and everyone will have a different idea of what is a great piece.



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

Yes, definitely! At least part of what you do should be something you are excited about especially with an art career.  If you are drawing things you are passionate about, you will produce better work, that's more enjoyable for yourself and probably most of the people that see it.
It's good to try and steer yourself towards jobs you are really interested in or try to find ways to make a drawing or whatever you are doing interesting to yourself.  There are times you have to do and draw things that aren't your favorite, but you should try to balance it by doing something that you really like.
Even if it's as simple as taking a little time to doodle on some things in your sketchbook.  Sometimes those little sketches could spark an idea for a drawing that ends up being some of your best work.



 7.... how do you find your passion?

Passion is something that comes naturally.  Everyone has certain interests and you just search for the ones that work best.  I found I liked to draw different characters and build worlds when I was young by drawing a lot in my free time.
With art the best thing is to just try different mediums that seem interesting to you and see which ones you like the best.  Usually the ones you are most passionate about will be where your skills grow the quickest.


 8.... who are your favorite artists?

There's a lot of inspiring artists and the list is always growing and changing. The ones that are my favorite include Frank Frazetta, Bernie Wrightson, & HR Giger.  Too many other great ones really to list, though those had a big impact on me.



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

No, not currently.


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

Don't worry about style too much with your art.  If you just focus on creating good art, style comes naturally.


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