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The Scary Talented
Hello friends, mister Andy Brase is not just one of the most incredible artists I´v seen. He is also one of the most extraodrinaries inkers in the whole fucking world. Such quality I´ve only seen in bucks. Not being enough with all that, he is also a really nice guy. In my constant search of learning I ask him to allow me to make an interview with him. And then, share it with OUR COMMUNITY so we all can learn more about the person behind "THE SCARY TALENTED" myth, or like my friend Demitry calls him "THE INKSANE”
Kidkun 1. At what age did you start to draw?
Andy Brase: Well, I was always creating things from as far back as I can remember. As a kid I always had some sort of crazy creative project I was working on from setting up haunted houses, to building elaborate and bizarre mini golf courses in the basement, to drawing fantasy characters and monsters.
8th grade is really when I started drawing a lot, inspired at first by comic books. I was drawing all the time and it was clear that’s what I wanted to do.
Kidkun When did you feel that you already had a high level in your illustrations?
Andy Brase: The first art I had published was some small press comic work. After that I discovered work in RPG books. I pretty much was working every waking moment on those jobs and my art jumped up several levels during that time. My work started getting noticed in the RPG world and even some of my favorite artists were complimenting me on my art. I knew then I was breaking new ground for myself. Art really is a constant learning process though, so it’s tough to pin point a time when you look at your work and suddenly think you are better.
Kidkun 3. What was your first professional job? (Marvel, DC, Dark Horse)
Andy Brase: I think the first paying work was inking some “Dungeons & Dragons” comics over my friend Tyler Walpole’s pencil art. I had done a bunch of small press comic work before that for a company called Hall of Heroes. My first RPG art was on a game called “Dragonstar”
My first comic cover work was for Marvel’s comic “Identity Disc #4” , which featured Sabretooth and some other villains.
Kidkun 4. Choose one : MARVEL, DC, or DARK HORSE.
Andy Brase: Dark Horse… I’m more a fan of fantasy, horror and sci-fi genres than superhero. Dark Horse also did the best job printing my art with the Kull covers. To be fair though I haven’t done too much at DC and my cover art for them hasn’t been printed yet.
Kidkun 5. Who are your favorite illustrators?
Andy Brase: Frank Frazetta, Bernie Wrightson, Brom, HR Giger… those are my fav but I could list a lot more inspiring artists
Kidkun 66. What do you think about digital Art?
Andy Brase: Digital art is becoming a very big thing especially for all types of commercial work. I think there is some great digital art, and just like any other medium it is tool. You still need skills and creativity, digital art can’t mask those things. I have a lot of friends that do most of their work digital.
There’s definitely strengths to working digital. A big one being that it is much easier to change a work or fix mistakes quickly… there are a lot of time savers you can learn.
For me the biggest downside is that you don’t produce an original one of a kind drawing or painting… You can make great prints, huge prints, even canvas prints that look stunning, but it won’t ever replace the personal touch of an original pencil sketch, ink drawing or painting.
I prefer traditional drawing and like working that way as much as possible. I’d rather sit with a pencil and paper than in front of my computer screen. I would encourage young artists just starting to draw to not worry too much about having the right computer programs and tablets, just grab a pencil and sketchbook.
Kidkun 7. What tools you use for your work?
Andy Brase: I do all my pencil work and inking myself and sometimes coloring. Most of my art is 100% me. Some of my comic covers are colored by other comic colorists, though that is something set up by the companies. I’m usually not even told who will color the work.
Kidkun 8. How long does it take you to finish an illustration?
Andy Brase: It varies, depending on the size and how complex of a piece. They can take a couple days to a few weeks for some of the complex very detailed ink drawings.
Kidkun 9. Do you Use photos as references?
Andy Brase: This also varies… with my comic type covers I usually draw the characters without any photo refs. I like working like this more… I still work at and study anatomy as much as I can, so I can give the characters a fairly real and convincing look. I’m not going for exactly a photo realistic feel though. I try to capture something that is a little more dramatic than reality. And give the characters an energy that is different than something in a photo.
I’m not totally against photo refs… if you think it helps your work you should use it, just try to make sure you are using a photo to learn more about what you are drawing. In general it’s best to study from life, using photo refs is much better than copying your fav comic artist.
Kidkun 10. Tell me the good and bad of being a famous comic artist like you?
Andy Brase: Well, actually I’ve never considered myself a famous comic artist. I really don’t even think of myself as a comic artist, but more a Fantasy artist (that’s done some comic covers) . That is not to say I don’t like comics, I love them
I do realize there is some buzz around my art, since I get tons of positive mails and messages. I think I have achieved more fame or whatever you want to call it, from outside the comic industry.
It seems I’ve become a bit of an artist’s artist… meaning many of the people that enjoy my art are other talented artists a lot of times. Which to me is very flattering… I’d rather have people that truly appreciate my art following it, than a bunch of people blindly praising my art only because I was working on a high profile project. Not that a high profile project is bad, it’s just a good feeling to know people have interest even without a bunch of commercial bells and whistles.
Kidkun 11. What are your dreams or goals, personally and artistically speaking?
Andy Brase: Artistically I just want to keep pushing my art forward. As I mentioned art is a constant learning process and that is something that keeps it interesting.
Personally I’d love to be able to spend more time developing my own project “Chaos Destiny” This is my own world and vision, a project that I work on in free time on the side. I think this is where I’ve done some of my best art. The vision is built on all my strengths as an artist and there aren’t as many creative limits and restrictions that other projects have.
Kidkun 12. Do you know our community??
Andy Brase: No , I hadn’t heard of it. Thanx for the link
Kidkun 13. How would you like to be remembered?
Andy Brase: I suppose as an artist that always pushed himself to do his best work. Someone that contributed his own vision to the art world and hopefully inspired some people. In the same way I was inspired by all the outstanding artists that came before me.
Hopefully as an artist that was able to help keep ink line art alive
And hoping my family doesn’t remember me as a complete lunatic.
Kidkun 14. Finally, what message would you give us , if we want to be someone in the world of drawing
Andy Brase: Simply draw! …would be the best advice for starting out. Draw from life and try to have many different inspirations. Don’t worry too much about style, that comes naturally. Listen to critiques that are constructive and ignore jerks that want to tear your art down.
Be patient, becoming a good artist doesn’t happen over night and can take a long time. Don’t give up. Everyone can improve their art no matter there skill level or talent.
Make sure you are taking some time to draw things that are inspiring you and you have fun drawing.
thank you very much mr. Andy Brase and we wish you many more success in your personal and professional life.
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