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10 Questions with Brent Engstrom
1.... what medium and tools do you use to create art?
To paint Garbage Pail Kids and Wacky Packages I use acrylic paint and a small brush. I also use an airbrush for the backgrounds on my GPKs. When I ink comics I also use the same small brush. I color my comic work in photoshop.
2.... can you describe your creative process when making art?
I usually make a cup of coffee and get a show going on TV (usually a horror movie or a talk show)
3.... what helps boost your creativity?
Usually when a new card set comes out I'm already working on the next card set. Every time I think I'm not going to be able to think of any new concepts, but then like 20 new ideas will just pop into my head. It's never when I'm sitting there trying to to think, but as I'm drifting off to sleep. I keep a pen and paper next to my bed and I write the ideas down in the dark. I wake up the next day and have a bunch of ideas scribbled down. I would forget them if they weren't written down. That point of being half awake is when my best ideas come to me.
4.... what helps you maintain focus and motivation when creating?
I get excited seeing my stuff printed. I don't think that will ever get old to me. I grew up loving comics and trading cards, so it just excites me to have my work out there.
5.... what is the secret to creating a great piece of art?
I guess just trying to make it look cool. Even if I'm working on a concept that I don't really like, I still try to make it look cool to me.
6.... do you feel its important to follow your passion in your career?
I do. I guess when the day comes I'm not passionate about what I'm working on I'll move onto something else. Right now I'm completely into what I do.
7.... how and when do you get your best ideas?
Same answer as #3
8.... who are your favorite artists?
As a kid and still today I really like Jack Kirby, Robert Crumb, Erik Larsen, Jack Davis, Harvey Kurtzman, Norm Saunders, Tom Bunk. Some more recent favorite artist's include Johnny Ryan, Josh Bayer, Layron Dejarnette, Jason Edmiston, Joe Simko, Joan Cornella, Brecht Vandenbroucke, David Degrand. I have too many to list really
9.... do you offer workshops for artists?
10.... if you could give other artists one piece of advice what would it be?
That's a hard one. I guess just keep drawing and developing your own style