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    Richard Solomon Interview

    Hello ConceptArt.Org,


    Recently I had the honor of interviewing the top artist representative working in the field of illustration and large scale mural work, Richard Solomon of http://www.richardsolomon.com/

    You can grab the phone interview podcast here: http://www.conceptart.org/podcast/ or subscribe on iTunes by searching for conceptart
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    We discussed a number of important issues artists face in the industry today and shared ideas on where things are headed in the future. I learned a lot during the conversation and think you will too.

    Richard represents a group of phenomenal illustrators including:

    Kent Barton
    James Bennett
    Tim Bower
    John Collier
    Paul Cox
    Rick Farrell
    Chris Gall
    Rudy Gutierrez
    Sterling Hundley
    David Johnson
    Gary Kelley
    Murry Kimber
    Liz Lomax
    Gregory Manchess (whom many of you know from his work here in the community)
    John Mattos
    Yan Nascimbene
    Bill Nelson
    C.F. Payne
    Peter de Sève
    Douglas Smith
    Mark Summers
    and
    Ted Wright

    His company has helped these artists to become some of the major illustrators in the world today, over the past twenty years. His clients include an A-list of companies such as National Geographic, TIME, Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Road and Track, Paramount, Disney, Barnes and Noble and many others. His illustrators have won many awards and are well known educators who share their knowledge freely and openly with artists and students alike. With more than 8000 successfully completed projects, this crew is prolific, professional, and inspiring and Richard has been the major force for business in their careers.


    Richard has a beautiful website showcasing his other company, Art on a Grand Scale. http://www.artonagrandscale.com/ is the link. He has put together a stellar group of 33 artists and is now covering the urban, corporate and architectural landscape with absolutely beautiful works. Art on a Grand Scale transforms generic spaces into provocative places of inspiration. Richard is responsible for generating the work that feeds and keeps all these people doing great projects. Together they create beauty for their clients. It does not get much better than that.


    Further information, as well as important articles related to the world of art, can be found on his blog: http://richardsolomon.com/confab/



    Best Regards and please enjoy,



    Jason

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    There is some great stuff on his websites too! Worth the click. I promise.

    I found his comments on style and getting started to be totally on point.

    Thanks for the help Davi!

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    For a couple minutes back there, your banner linked back to the forums. I'm enjoying listening to it right now.

    Do you Mentler?

    Booting up a new sketchbook.
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    yeah...had to set it all up. We will have more of these coming...hope you like em. I did this over skype so the quality is up and down...am working on some other solutions for future interviews as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Manley View Post
    I found his comments on style and getting started to be totally on point.
    yeah the point he makes about stylization and "why would a company want to hire a knock-off?" is something that should make it clear to anyone wanting to enter the client-based commercial art field that they need to have they own unique expression or voice. its also good to hear that quantity isn't as important as quality for taking jobs.

    i was ignorant to the affect of stock images on the field of illustration, something i never really put together.

    "an afinity to the reality of the job"
    that's a good quote worth milking.

    thanks again jason

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    Hey thanks jason, just listened it. very insightful for sure. Thank you again for taking the time.

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    Just listened in. Great interview. I like the point about not having still life and figure studies in a portfolio. Save em for the blog - portfolios should be geared toward the commercial work you are looking for.

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    Thanks for the interview.
    It gives good insight into what to look for and what to avoid. I especially liked all the words about signature style and having some art in portfolio that could be valuable for clients.

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    A lot of the name dropping was over my head, I don't really fallow the illustrator world but it was still quite interesting.

    You gotta invest in some better equipment though. Richard sounded pretty good by Jason was all over the place. I hope to hear some more.

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Thanks a lot for posting this great interview.. made me very inspired ! especially the end

also cool of you to share 'your' side in between for comparison and more more info !

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    That was a great listen-- I hope there's more content like this coming down the pipeline.

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    Thanks much, listening to it now as well.

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