Recently we sat down with our September and October contest winner, Mike Reynolds, to learn more about his design work and get tips for anyone looking to enter our contest. Here are his thoughts:
What inspires your artwork?
Video games have always been a big inspiration for me all my life. Growing up I would always try to draw characters or places from games because the environments and characters were so unique and visually interesting.
Do you prefer to create your work digitally?
Creating work digitally definitely has its perks and allows me to experiment with new ideas, while using tools that don't exist in traditional medias. While I do enjoy the feeling of contact between paper and pencil, when it comes to finishing work, I prefer to do so digitally.
How long have you been an artist and why did you start creating artwork?
I've been working on art as early as I can remember. I'm not exactly sure why I started making artwork, it felt like a pretty natural decision throughout life. I always felt the need to make something, and I would make something new based on what ever I was most interested in at the time.
Who inspires you?
There are a lot of people who inspire me including other artists, family, and many other people in my life. At a young age my grandmother always encouraged me to work on art, more than anyone else at the time. My grandfather is also a large inspiration, not as much with art, but more so with work ethic behind it. Throughout life I have had great opportunities to talk with and become good friends with other artists, which in return they have greatly inspired me. Without these people it's very possible I might not of ended up in this profession.
What programs did you use to create your design (if digital)?
I used Adobe Photoshop along with a digital tablet to hand paint my work.
What are your goals/dreams as an artist?
As an artist, I hope to see myself working within the video game industry working with others to create compelling worlds and characters that inspires others as much as they inspire me.
When did you start skating and what kind of skating do you like to do the most?
I started skating a little over a year ago, although I've had an interest for quite some time. I've really been enjoying skating downhill and the feeling of freedom it gives, as well as just cruising around with friends and just having good conversation.
Any design techniques/rules/suggestions that you recommend to other competitors?
When creating a design, some of the most important things to consider before starting:
-Think about the space you have to work within and how you can utilize it as best as possible.
-Think about what or who you are creating the design for, and does it serve it's intended purpose.
-Experiment with a few quick ideas first, it could save time in the long run.
-Have fun with it.