How did you get interested in creating? What were your early influences?
My first influence would have to be my grandfather who was a general and a poet.. Then it would be when I first saw Sleeping Beauty, and how amazingly beautiful it was... it all went downhill from there..
What’s your advice to young Creatives just starting?
Embrace the new tech! Ride the wave...
How do you see the digitalization of art? Apart from convenience, which important feature does technology add to your artwork? Which are your favorite technologies to use for work?
When digital became the norm, I realized digital art just isn't anything precious, though many people have tried. But it does highlight one's abilities and talents.. And it certainly makes things go faster.. that being said, I pretty much swear by Adobe and Procreate.
Can you discuss the different styles and techniques that help you create a compelling project?
I find something that excites me and follow it... So if I like something interesting, I try to analyze how they did it and try to make something of my own. It just adds to the learning process, whether I utilize it in my work or no...
What project are you most proud of being involved in? What made it so memorable?
Osmosis Jones, where I was the character designer for all the characters on that film... a great team, lots of great talent.. it was a great project to work on.
How did your journey into the creative world begin?
Been drawing since I was a kid! So whenever I picked up that pencil... started drawing horses then fashion then cartoons...
How do you work with clients to ensure their vision is accurately represented in your work?
Clients usually have pretty detailed instructions so you gotta follow those instructions to give the client what they want.
What’s it like being a Creative in the US, in terms of the work, influences, treatment, etc?
Being an American is great because we get paid well.. being an American is challenging because we're expensive. Americans in general have worker protections and rights and access to a lot of information, so i'm lucky to be an American. I do wish I could work in other countries, though.
What is your dream project?
Any project where I can DRAW and make money, work with good, nice people! That is ideal...
How do you think quality, storytelling, and great teamwork come together on a project?
It's all about working with good people, nice people... you don't always get to work on the world's best project but if you get to work with good people, that's a good time.
How do you balance creativity with the business side of things?
Like many artists, I'm a terrible negotiator. So I got a rep to help me out with that...