“The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.”— Alan Wilson Watts (via fuckyesoldhollywood)
Hey Charlie! I just wanted to ask if there have been moments where you regretted your decision to do art for a living / working at a concept art studio? Because I'm at that point of my life now where I have to decide what I wan to do in my future.. :/
This is a great question.
No, I don’t regret it at all. There are some days where I might be sick of working on a particular piece of work, but I never regret my job or decisions on the whole. I think it helps to have the right mindset for it. We generally do art because we love it but when it becomes your job: more often than not you’ll be drawing things you don’t exactly love. When you do get to draw the things you enjoy, it’s great! but all in all you’re still creating for other people.You still have to create even when you don’t feel like it. I find it very beneficial to have a strong separation between the art I do at work and the art I do at home. It might not work for everyone, but it does for me. If it helps, I’d still choose to make art my job, every time. I kind of have the view that regardless of whether or not my job revolves around art, it doesn’t make me any less of an artist. Whatever decision you make it’s not the be-all-and-end-all.
Hi Charlie! I am enrolled in your Skillshare class and SUPER EXCITED because I think the content is released today!! ^_^ anyway I had a random question - do you paint your pictures in black and white THEN add colour? It seems to be a popular way to do things but I have never done it, and am not sure how?
Yes, not all of the time, but a lot of the time. I’ll start in black and white and then add colour. The class demo is in black and white as I’m just focusing on character design, but if it goes down well and people are interested I’d be happy to cover taking something B&W to colour. Guess we’ll see how that one goes!