Monday, March 3, 2014
Interview: 10 Questions with the INCREDIBLE Wayne Reynolds!
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10 Questions with Wayne Reynolds
1.... what medium and tools do you use to create art?
Liquid acrylic paint, Synthetic bristle paint brushes (Sizes; 00, 1, 2, 6, & 8) 3mm art board.
2.... can you describe your creative process when making art?
I create LOTS of tiny thumbnail sketches in pencil until I find a composition or design that I like. Once I decide on a composition or design I create a tight and detailed sketch version in pencil at full size. I then paint directly over the top of my pencil sketches.
3.... what helps boost your creativity?
Study and reference. Or sitting in a dark room with my pants on my head, rocking backwards and forwards while reciting Shakespeare backwards.
4.... what helps you maintain focus and motivation when creating?
I find that I tend not to lose focus or motivation when creating. That’s not to say I don’t have bad days when things don’t go right. In these instances, it’s just a case of perseverance. It’s either that or sit in a dark room with my pants on my head, rocking backwards and forwards while reciting Shakespeare backwards.
5.... what is the secret to creating a great piece of art?
I’m still searching for that answer. I suspect it has something to do with pants.
6.... do you feel its important to follow your passion in your career?
Ummm, Sure. Yeah. Why not?
7.... how and when do you get your best ideas?
Sitting in a dark room with my....... No! My ideas come from a cumulation of lifetime experiences and visual instances. I haven’t finished yet.
8.... who are your favorite artists?
Larry Elmore, Keith Parkinson, Jeff Easley and Clive Caldwell were inspirations to me as I grew up. They really brought the fantasy world alive for me with clear and precise renditions of action scenes and mood setting.
I greatly admired Boris Vallejo artwork for his amazing techniques for depicting flesh tones. Another of my favorites was Rodney Matthews who created some fantastic and unusual fantasy art images.
I was equally impressed with the comic artists at that time; Mike Mcmahon, Brian Bolland, Cam Kennedy, Alan Davis and Dave Gibbons. Many of these artists all have very clear and precise styles and excellent line work that probably greatly influenced my own artwork in its formative years.
There is a large list of present artists whose work I admire. Among my favorites are; Brom, Todd Lockwood, Paul Bonner, Jim Murray, Esad Ribic, Adam Hughes, Mike Mignola and Travis Charest.
9.... do you offer workshops for artists?
No. But in special circumstances I have previously done short workshops in conjunction with convention organizers. I’ve no plans to make this a permanent thing.
10.... if you could give other artists one piece of advice what would it be?
Sitting in a dark room with your pants on your head, rocking backwards and forwards while reciting Shakespeare backwards probably won’t make you a better artist.