Q1: Before you introduce yourself and the type of work you are in, can you possibly share what we missed out on from your progress in 2011, events, commissions, projects etc?
A: 2011 is really the year of colors for me. More and more propositions of comics or commissioned jobs as colorist.
Q2: When did you realize your art was important, that your art was what you wanted to do, did anyone influence you, existing digital or traditional artists?
A: Art is important for me since always. Initially influenced by Disney, then by much of artists ofthe comics like Michaël Turner, Dave Finch, Andy Park, and much of others.
I adore certain painters like Michele Angelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Nicolas Poussin… and if I could choose a Master, I would like to be pupil of Luis Royo… I always wanted to take part of art.
Q3: Can you explain what your main tools are in creating your art?, and also would you encourage others to update their equipment or master what they have before taking on something new – is the need to update equipment or software programs important in order to producing art?
A:I work with Photoshop CS6, I have a tablet Intuos III and an Imac 24” 4Go of RAM. It is not exceptional like material… I use standard Brushes and standard workspace. The only one think I change in photoshop is a part of shortcuts. I have a really good chair… When you stay on your computer more than 8 hours, it’s cool to be in a good position… About updating sofware, I could say you don’t really need the final version of all software you use. Have the right version that gives you a good feeling.
Q4: Everyone endures a long or short process of learning and adapting, as well as the ability of mixing up styles from existing tutorials. How was your experience of learning your own art? And what would you suggest to others who are trying to learn of their own ‘art’?
A: I was unable to color correctly. Then, I started to look at what the others did while trying to understand how they did it.
Then I observed my rules: work, work harder… and do it again . I practiced for a long time, I asked to be criticized (still today) and then I sought a means of improving me. Many professional colourists are nice to give good councils enough, require of them. Follow much tutorials and develop your own tools. Be patient, in French we say: Tout vient à point à qui sati attendre…
Q5: How would you describe the important elements of creating ‘art’? is it important to create a guide or notes of what to do and what not to do when you begin the long process of creating an art piece?
A: Be enthusiastic and persevering. what else?
Q6: It is very common to endure the ‘struggles’ and the ‘weight’ of art around you, what were the struggles that you encountered and how would you suggest to others on how to cope with it?
A: One day I made a contest to obtain a job of colorist, I finished second. The worst of the positions, the studio took the first… Then, I congratulated the winner and I sent e-mail to the studio to know why I was second. The e-mail of return was very useful to me. I worked these precise points and I work now with this studio in a project which I prefer of the first…
Q7: Besides the current field of work you are in, do you have anything outside that you would like to share with us? Any other future plans that don’t involve creative art?
A: I have a big project based on photomanipulation and painting. I’m studying tarot science… and I really want to “create” a new tarot. Not only one more deck, but a new one very included in our century and respectful of old tarots like, Marseille, Wirth, Rider-Waite…
Q8: A few artists go by a quote or a motto to keep reminding them selves to work hard and think positive if they are to encounter ‘a bad day’. So are there any words you want to share out to others that may inspire them to work hard and continue working. An inspirational quote to motivate others?
A: If someone else can do it, I can do it too!
Q9: Any predictions of what the future holds for art?
A: A return to more creation and less copy
Q10: I’m sure you have sites you would like to share with us of your work, so please do share them with us here for fans and followers to keep an update of your progress.
A: You can see my jobs here : http://nahp75.deviantart.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nahp-art-page/115415958550158
Q11: Last year I asked a question regarding ‘art theft’ this year will be no different. Do you have anything you would like to share out regarding ‘art theft’ and maybe also shed some light on what artists should do when exposing their art work on the vast world of the internet.
A: To expose your works involves risks. If somebody never were done stolen, then perhaps he has still to improve his work. I do not know if it is possible to stop this phenomenon… I have a question… all “stolen ones” do have an official version of their software?
Q12: I didn’t get the chance to include this question for 2011, so here it is for you. Everyone has their own opinions regarding the meaning of art, or the definition of art. Any chance we can hear what you think art is from you?
A: Art is communication. The chance to be able to share our ideas.
Q13: And finally for the last question to round off our interview, ‘a picture says a thousand words’ or ‘tell a story’ out of your current portfolio, do you have one that you favour the most and why? Is there a subliminal message within your work?
A: No subliminal message… lol. I just want to share some fun with my art. I hope the images I share give to a lot of people some happiness and why not some dreams.
Q14: Ok so this is optional, just out of curiosity what annoys you the most in your field of work? Do you get a lot of requests on art collabs, interviews, features etc etc?
A: Collabs, Interview and requests are very important. Make art only for me would be boring. I need to share with the entire of the world! More I have request, more people are interested by my art… good news isn’t?