Wednesday, 24 September 2014

6 Inspiring Interviews for Artists

I'm always on the lookout for things to watch or listen to while I work. Here is a list of some super inspiring interviews from all kinds of artists. As an illustrator, I always try to take inspiration from other creative fields such as photographers, authors and fine artists. Hours worth of entertainment, education and information in here!

Again, not in any particular order..

1. Humans of New York - Chase Jarvis Live

Really inspiring story of Brandon Stanton, who moved to New York after being fired from his job. He made it his mission to take photos of the people of New York every day. Those photos are now in the form of a New York Times best selling book and the phenomenon that is "Humans of New York"



2. Anthony Jones - Bobby Chiu

Anthony Jones is a concept artist who has worked for companies such as Sony Computer Entertainment and Blizzard specializing in creature design. This interview is from 2011 where Anthony gives us the story of his career and a tutorial showing his work process.

3. SiDEBAR Podcast - Dan Dos Santos Interview


 Dan Dos Santos is a multi-award winning and one of my favourite artists. He is one of the biggest names in the illustration industry, specializing in book cover illustration. In this interview, he gives us the low down on his career and his opinions on the illustration industry.

4. The Death Of Freelance Illustration, Passion Projects & Why We Quit Our Dream Jobs


This was one of 2 conversations between Chris Oatley and Noah Bradley. Chris was a Visual Development Artist for Disney before quitting to start his own Academy of Concept Art. Noah is a Concept artist & illustrator specializing in environment art. He has also recently started his own online education course called Noah's Art amp. This conversation, along with The Realities of Being a Professional Artist with Chris Oatley and Noah Bradley are both wonderful insights into the minds of 2 highly experienced artists in the creative world. 


5. The James Altucher Show - Austin Kleon: How To Be A Creative Genius 

Austin Kleon is an artist and New York Times bestselling author. James and Austin start the show with a discussion on embracing influence, which is the main theme in his book, Steal Like An Artist. This conversation is full of tips and advice that any creative can take into their own field.

6. Drew Struzan - Beyond the Marquee


Legendary Movie Poster Artist, Drew Struzan. Need I say more?!

Thanks for checking out my blog and I hope you find these interviews interesting, I certainly did! If you would like to keep up to date with what I post, follow my blog here. Also I am regularly on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr.

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Saturday, 20 September 2014

Some Works in Progress

5 paintings in various stages of chaos!!

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Friday, 19 September 2014

Most creative use of 3D printing I've seen

3D printing is something I am super excited about. I really feel we are just scratching the surface of what is possible with this technology. Check out this video by Greg Petchovsky!!

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Monday, 8 September 2014

Artist Spotlight - Bobby Chiu

I though I'd start a little series here on my blog putting the spotlight on some of my fellow artists. These artists will be people who have inspired me in one way or another either through their art, personality, advice or some other way. They will call from all fields of the art industry whether that be illustration, concept art, animation, photography, authors plus many more.

So, who to choose for my first artist in the spotlight? Well, I felt I had to choose the person who first introduced me to the notion that I could make a career through creating art digitally.....Mr Bobby Chiu. Bobby will be familiar to many of you who are reading this and I am sure he has inspired you in one way or another.

Artist Spotlight - Bobby Chiu -

Early Life

Bobby is an independent artist who grew up in Toronto, Canada, and he still lives there today. He spent his childhood constantly drawing and learning as much as he could about art, including painting and Chinese watercolor. He went on to study classical and computer animation at Sheridan College.


He started his artistic career at 17 years old designing licensed toys for Disney and Warner Bros. and Starwars amongst many other clients. Whist he enjoyed this job and speaks well of the company he worked for at this time, Bobby decided he wanted to take more control of his career and life in general.

Imaginism Studios 

On March 9, 2005, Bobby opened Imaginism Studios with his then girlfriend (now wife) Kei Acedera, who incidentally is another wonderful illustrator and character designer. Based in Toronto, Imaginism specializie in pre-production character and concept design for film, TV, gaming, and publishing. Over the last 9 years they have designed and illustrated for major companies such as Disney, Universal, Sony Pictures Animation, Blizzard Entertainment, Dreamworks.....and the list goes on! Their worst became familia to millions when they did the character designs for Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.

Imaginism Stusios also run a 30-day in-house Workshop giving selected candidates the opportunity to become "personal apprentices" to some of the top talent in the art industry. The theory behind these workshops is simply to "learn by doing".

Over the years Bobby has made it his mission to inspire, educate, and entertain other creative people and encourage people to live a creative life. This is how Bobby came to my attention. He is known for his "Chiustreams" where he paints live online, taking questions and giving advice for anyone who he can help. I can't tell you how many I have tuned into and I always come away from them super inspired!


Just as Bobby was quick to notice in the early days of digital art, that it would be the future, he also realised that learning art online would become more and more popular. He created Schoolism which provides online courses in various forms of art from well-known professionals responsible for your favorite films, TV shows, comics, and paintings, including Stephen Silver, Alex Woo, Louis Gonzales and Sam Nielson.

Over recent years, the team at Schoolism have run Schoolism LIVE. These events are held in Montreal, San Fransisco, London and Berlin and are intended to bring together some of the best talent in the industries of feature animation, gaming, illustration, and design in an intensely focused weekend of workshops.

Niko and the Sword of Light 

Bobby's latest project is Niko and the Sword of Light, a fully animated digital comic. The story follows Niko, a boy who finds himself alone in a savage land with only one relic remaining, the Sword of Light. We follow his story of returning to his land of freedom. Amazon have now picked up the comic and I personally can't wait for it's release.

I'd like to use this blogpost as a chance to say a personal thank you from myself to Bobby for all the work he has done for the community. I am sure these thoughts are echoed my many other people throughout the art community.

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