Please explain what just happened.
I don’t really know, I just draw stuff.
What is your earliest memory?
I think my earliest memory is at my grandmother’s place. We were there for vacation and one morning I woke up and lay snoozing in bed while listening to everyone talking in the kitchen. It was this profound feeling of warmth and unity. I love that memory.
If you weren’t a concept artist, what other profession would you choose?
I have always loved cooking, so I think I would like to be a chef. Cooking — food — has a very wide range of expression.
Describe a typical work day.
I come in to the studio and sit down and look at the work that was done the previous day. I do some QC (Quality Control) and make sure that the work is up to the clients’ expectations, then I plan the tasks of the day for the other artists. Once the artists start to trickle in, I can finally begin to work on the art myself.
Is there a time you wish you’d lied?
No, not really. I strive to always speak the truth and be honest about my emotions towards myself and others. Honesty goes a long way. Unfortunately, everyone doesn’t always like to hear the truth.
What would you say to yourself if you could go back in time and have a conversation with yourself at age thirteen?
Don’t worry too much about the future. You’ll have kids and a happy life down the line. Just enjoy the ride!
If you could have only one album to get you through a break-up, what would it be?
That’s a tricky question. You can’t pick your favorites, because once your emotions have settled, that album is ruined forever. I would probably just pick any random album in that case.
What are three websites—other than your email—that you check on a daily basis?
From what or whom do you derive your greatest inspiration?
I would say that I get my inspiration from life. I try to observe everything and find the beauty in its details and whole.
Name three books that have impacted your life.
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien.
It, by Steven King.
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams.
If you could relive one moment over and over again, what would it be?
When I first saw and hugged my kids.
How are you six degrees from Kevin Bacon?
I have no idea, ha ha. I have never done that research.
What makes you feel most guilty?
That has to be on a stressful day of a lot of work, coming home and my son is being naughty, and overreacting emotionally to him.
How do you incorporate the work of other artists into your own?
If I look at other artists’ solutions and ideas, and if I find their solution interesting, I will try to incorporate it into my art. If it is another of the artists that work in the studio, we constantly discuss our art with each other and try to improve it as best as we can.
Please explain the motivation/inspiration behind your Steampunk Star Wars series.
That series started when I found a competition on CGsociety.org where 3D artists were challenged to do different 3D characters each week on a theme. The week I found it, the theme was “Steampunk Star Wars,” and it instantly struck a cord in me. I checked the references they provided and found them a bit lacking, so I took it upon myself to fatten the reference library for the artists by making some of my own.
Steampunk is an interesting theme for sure. I think it is the functionality of it that makes me come back to it. There is no magic to it — it has to look like it would work in a clunky manner.
What is the best advice you’ve ever given to someone else?
Make sure you are happy.
List your favorite in the following categories: Comedian, Musician, Author, Actor.
Author: Stephen King.
Actor: Christian Bale.
If you had complete creative license and an unlimited budget, what would your next project be?
It would be to make a movie of an idea I have about a girl in a post-apocalyptic world. Think: Resident Evil meets Mad Max meets Lord of the Flies.
What do you want to know?
I would love to know if there is life on another planet than ours, and hopefully meet them in that case. In a safe, sterile and controlled scenario of course, ha ha.
What would you like your last words to be?
Thank you very much for showing interest in me and my art. It is always a pleasure to share, especially when you get a reaction out of it.
Please explain what will happen.
I will continue to do my Steampunk art and hopefully fulfill/finish other dream projects, like the picture book I am making for my son.