Monday, December 29, 2014
Interview: 10 Questions with the BRILLIANT Jean St. Jean!
images copyright Jean St. Jean
10 Questions with Jean St. Jean!
1.... what medium and tools do you use to create art?
Castilene clay, styrene and urethane plastics, chavant clay, wax, sometimes I build things out of wood.
2.... can you describe your creative process when making art?
I immerse myself in the character. Watch the movie, read the comics or books, extensively research them only for reference to get my head in the game. Then I start roughing them out in clay and see where it takes me.
3.... what helps boost your creativity?
I listen to podcasts watch any type of media or listen to music that matches my mood that day.
4.... what helps you maintain focus and motivation when creating?
I’m obsessive. Once I lock in I can work continuously for a couple days if need be. I lose track of time.
5.... what is the secret to creating a great piece of art?
The initial basic forms have to flow. If I can capture the delicacy, rage or subtlety of emotion in the beginning everything else will just enhance it.
6.... do you feel its important to follow your passion in your career?
I think if you can get to that point that’s awesome. Sometimes you have to slog through things you don’t want to do in order to reach that point. It’s taken me twenty years to get to that point myself, but I wouldn’t trade any of the process it took to get here because even the most aggravating projects yielded experience that benefited me in the long run.
7.... how and when do you get your best ideas?
I work through the night. In the wee hours when every thing else is still and no one is around I think best.
8.... who are your favorite artists?
Jim Aparo, Mike Ploog, Gene Colan, Michaelangelo, Rembrandt.
9.... do you offer workshops for artists?
No. I rarely have time for anything but my contract work, and the music I dabble in.
10.... if you could give other artists one piece of advice what would it be?
Hard work pays its own dividends. Nothing is more important than practice and study, and no two people develop at the same rate.