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    interview questions for the pros

    we are doing some interviews with the pros who contribute here on the site. they will go up on the new main page in a few days. i was thikning you all might have some questions for guys like Dan Milliganmcgillican, JP Targete, myself, edward quintero (texture artist on the matrix and mb), Andrew Jones, and some of the others....so put on yer thinking caps and let me know some questions I should ask these guys in their interviews. What are your thoughts? -J

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    woah, how crazy, hey i just recently interviewed dan within the past few months, if you want to read it i can send you a copy if its cool with dan.

    As a mans power and knowledge grows so the paths he may choose lessen more and more until he can choose only and whole what he must do.
    time to follow the trend: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...14#post1052814
    oh and heres a college buddy of mine:
    http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=75358
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    I guess I have a couple questions, though they might be things you would ask anyway.

    1. How much time do you spend drawing/artworking everyday?

    2. Now that you're a pro, do you still set time aside for just learning, or do you learn through your work and projects?

    3. Did any of you make the decision to become an artist a bit later in life? Like in your 20s or later?

    Well, that's all I got for now, if I think of others I'll add 'em.

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    What do you feel you bring to your field? (ex. storyboarding, character concept, film, games,etc..)

    Thats's it, don't check your egos at the door.

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    This sort of goes along with something you said in Austin( I read it in the quotes thread) about choosing 5 artists. My question would be:

    Who are the five most influential artists to you now, why, and how have they affected your work?

    I especially want to know your five Jason, since you were the one to say it.

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    No one complains about life drawing,
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    its easy, and will improve your piece greatly."
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    how do i keep the ink from soaking through the pages of my sketchbook onto the unused pages?-c36

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    coro thats a hard one..personally I would love to know the answer specially from the pros....

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    who's your most respected teacher? & why.

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    what aspect of concept art/illustration would you like to improve upon (storyboarding, character design, 3d, etc)?

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    At what age did you really get serious about art?

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    Going along with the who long does something take thing. When working on a project , is there any short cuts to speeding it up.

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    What size paper do they work on?

    Things they did to learn the skills they have? (ex: "I did ____ and that helped me learn ____)

    I self-published a book on the fundamentals of drawing from life.

    http://www.amazon.com/Fundamentals-D...8951905&sr=8-1
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    To become so good takes a lot of practice and a lot of motivation. So when you're on your tenth hour of working on a piece in one day, what is it that motivates you to keep working for two more hours and get up the next day and do it all again?

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    how do i keep the ink from soaking through the pages of my sketchbook onto the unused pages?-c36
    even I know that one, the inks are obviously made of magic.

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    What did you do before, any other jobs? What became your big break into the business? What do you recommend for people trying to break in?

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    great questions here....some really tough ones....keep em coming k? Ask hard questions...feel free. J

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    was selling your soul to the devil really worth all the skill you recieved in return? no really. what artists most influenced you? when ever you draw a self portrait do you still look in a mirror? (really for android but it goes for everyone) if not art what would you be doing for money? (I know its hard to imagine but try...and no selling your body isnt outta the question...but who would buy?) and last but not least, can I borrow a dollar? (seriously I'd like to here what creative answers one would give to a simple question like this)

    can I "borrow" a few dollars? I'm poor,need art supplies.

    bad is good and good is only okay...

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    Things they did that got them in the door the first few times. Everyone who isn't a pro wants to know how the pros got where they are.

    An example of a job gone wrong (or just a horrible experience) and how they handled or solved it.

    I self-published a book on the fundamentals of drawing from life.

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    When you get your first job, how would you negotiate your rate w/o having any previous experience?

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    I got some questions...mostly related to the games industry.

    -What is your daily schedule like? 9-5? 11-7? 8-8? Schedule? HAHAH!
    -How do you deal with crunch time?
    -Do you feel the practice of crunch mode is a necessary evil or something that can be minimized?
    -Cubicle or office?

    I'll post more when/if I think of more.

    P.S. *Great* thread idea!

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    How do you learn to draw?

    Have you ever regretted any choices you've made in your artistic career?

    and, of course, I would ask them how old they were when they began thinking of art seriously.

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    How does your art become famous or well known?

    "If one advances confidently in the direction of
    his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he
    has imagined, he will meet with a success
    unexpected in common hours."
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    You obviously draw a lot. As far as motivation goes what's going through your head right before you sit down to do a drawing?

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    When you first started to draw was it discouraging to see your drawing and see better ones? If so what kept you motivated?

    Insert quote here -> ketch ook


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    Do you have any drawings we can see of how your art was just before you went into art college, if you did go.

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    -What is the most frustrating part/ step you do in your art?( like most frustrating thing to draw, or most frustrating thing to do.etc.)

    -If you could give any learning artist, 5 tips, besides practicing, and never give up what would they be?

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    In the process of creating your art, what are the main steps you recognize, and how do you embrace and motivate yourself to finish an artwork?

    What, other than artistic sources, inspires you to to create what you do?

    What music do you jam to ?

    Other than art, what do you do in your spare time, like sports or read books etc?

    Whats the greatest advice you could give to an aspiring professional artist like myself?

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    Why art ?
    Have you ever thought to pass a message through your art ? How is it relevant with what you believe in and your hopes.

    What's your goal and what do you intend to do with your art ?

    How well does art do in a system like ours, how could it be better if things could be changed. Do you feel like you could change the way people think on ly with your art ? Have you ever thought of it ? Made decisions along the way ?

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    1) Nowdays, it seems that everyone in America thinks that in order to be successful, you have to go to college. If you have a degree, then do you feel that it has helped you become more successful as an artist? If you don't, do you wish you had gone to college and got one?

    2) Many of us younger artists find help with our art through the internet. Many of you pro's did not have the internet growing up. Did you have a mentor that guided you? Did you do your own thing and happend to make the right decisions?

    3) As an artist, are you able to live a comfortable life through your art? I don't mean, do you have a hummer and a mansion, but are you able to pay the bills and have enough left over for savings, or whatever? And what are you currently doing? A full-time job, or freelance; Illustration, animation, etc?

    4) If there was one thing you would like every aspiring artist to know, what would it be (Besides, "Practice! Practice! Practice!")?

    I just skimmed the other questions, so I hope I didn't ask something that was already asked.

    **Additon**
    5) I think we can all agree that society drills the idea that money = success into our heads. Do you believe that many artists want to become better for the wrong reasons, like becoming good just for more pay? Or do you feel that as an artist, you are bound to become better by destiny(I guess that would be the word), money is ilrelevant?

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    Quote Originally Posted by el coro
    how do i keep the ink from soaking through the pages of my sketchbook onto the unused pages?-c36
    A sheet of cheeeeeeep ass mylar (8X10 or whatever size your book is...) tuck it behind your page and BOOM baby!!!

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