Got tagged by my long time buddy, to answer 10 questions he came up with, so let's give it a shot!
1. You must post these rules
2. Each person has to share 10 facts about themselves
3. Answer the 10 questions asked by the person who tagged you and make up 10 questions for the 10 people you tag
4. Choose 10 people and put their icons on your journal
1. Who are your artistic influences?
I have so many, but if I had to narrow it down to the essentials, I'd say Jean "Moebius" Giraud, Frank Frazetta, William Stout, Mark Schultz, Paul Gillon, Frank Cho, 90s CAPCOM, Gustave Doré, and of course, my Dad.
2. What was your greatest artistic achievement?
Not sure if I've had one of those yet!
There's been certain pieces that I've worked on that have been game-changers for me, pertaining to style or exposure, but I'm not sure if I'll ever create that one sole "Masterpiece."
3. What was your favorite artwork and why?
Favorite Artwork of mine? Currently, my Tron piece. I liked going a bit rougher and sketchier than usual.
If this is for Favorite artwork of someone else's, hmm... Frazetta's Conan the Destroyer is one of them. Perfectly composed, excellent anatomy, posing, color, action, drama... Also, Rembrandt's Heads of Christ portraits. Saw them in person and was awestruck, the paint application and technical aspects were perfect, but the emotional range they displayed was phenomenal.
4. What genre of music do you listen to when you work. And does it affect your workflow by any chance? Any other band/music recommendations are welcomed.
I have a varied taste, I listen to a lot of 80s music, some contemporary alternative stuff and an occasional bout of Classically styled music and soundtracks. I wouldn't say it totally affects my workflow, as I can work without music, but I definitely like having it on in the background.
Lately, I've been liking CHVRCHES, The Fratellis, MS MR, HAIM, and always listening to my favorites like Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Simon & Garfunkel.
5. What are your artistic guilty pleasures?
Not sure if this counts, as most artists like it, but I do enjoy drawing naked people.
6. Is it just a me thing or do you also place cryptic and subliminal messages in your works. In my defense they serve as tiny uneditable watermarks, I guess, but go on with your explanation!
Sometimes when its appropriate, I may inject some subtle satire or commentary into a piece, but nothing too cryptic.
7. What was the greatest lesson you've learned so far and when and how did this life changing moment happened? Did the angels ascended from the skies, Was it as magical as fuck?
Greatest lesson I've learned is just to actually work. Hard work can pay off, but you have to be willing to actually put in that work. I've always tried to do my best, but I think when College started is when I kicked it into gear, as I had some really tough professors my first semester. I've never had to worry about my grades or losing my scholarship, and my work ethic alone has gone noticed and appreciated throughout my department. Don't know if I had that magical moment, as working hard always felt like something I needed to do.
8. I wish there weren't as many of these questions. I'm running of things to ask. Oh yeah, what was your favorite movie? It could be either animated or an actual movie-movie (with actors, actresses and stage designs and shit).
Definitely Alien (1979). Everything about it is perfect! Other favorites would be No Country for Old Men, Blade Runner, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Paths of Glory, The Big Lebowski, Back to the Future, Apocalypto, The Thing, The Fly... Next to art, which is my livelihood, film is my biggest hobby.
9. If you could bring back one dead artist (painter,poet,musician) in exchange for a currently alive one, who would it be and why?
That's a tough one. I'll cheat and give it a three-way tie between Frazetta, Moebius and Stanley Kubrick. Frazetta and Moebius, because I never had the opportunity to meet them, and their artwork will always continue to inspire. Then Kubrick because he was one of the only truly genius film-makers, would just love to see more films created by him.
10. Wasn't that fun? It sure as hell was because now it's your turn to tag someone else so THANK YOU, maybe?
Oh, I guess so.
My ten questions for those that are tagged:
1. What are your favorite books to read? Put down maybe a maximum of 5-10 books.
2. Favorite character designs?
3. Top 5 favorite games?
4.Favorite piece of art from your favorite artist?
5. Favorite comics?
6. Top things that inspired you as a kid?
7. Least favorite style/trends in art?
8. Favorite filmmaker/director?
9. Dream job?
10. Is there an artist(s) that you used to like a lot, but don't anymore? Why?
I know it sounds like a copout, but I tag anyone who wants to go though with it! This goes for all watchers and visitors!