SciFi Art Now: What tools do you mainly use to create your art?
Paul Drummond: A mixture of scanned drawings, digital painting and 3D modelling. I also do line art and logo design using applications such as Illustrator.
SciFi Art Now: Why?
Paul: I like drawing and I'm used to working on computer, so digital painting works for me. It provides a great deal of flexibility in terms of composition, allowing me to mix 2D and 3D elements as required. It also helps when fixing mistakes, and I make a lot of those.
SciFi Art Now: What inspired you to become an artist?
SciFi Art Now: What was the most useful piece of advice you were given when you began learning your craft?
Paul: Don't give up the day job. I still haven't.
SciFi Art Now: Which artists most inspire you?
Paul: Concept artists such as Dylan Cole amaze me. He can sketch and rough a matte painting in the time it takes me to catch up on my email. Chris Moore creates rich and evocative covers and is polite enough to make encouraging noises when I show him my images. Adam Paquette also creates beautiful concept art and Dave Windett is a vastly underrated comics illustrator.
Paul: The potential for interesting and exciting subject matter.
SciFi Art Now: Do you have a favourite piece of work or project you have worked on?
I'm working on some eBooks for author Stephen Gallagher at the moment, and it's fun to create big, bold, thriller-type covers. They're quite retro, especially the Down River image with its Ford Capri wing mirror:
Some of my line art has been popular too:, such as 01-22-03-16 and Bot Grid.
SciFi Art Now: In your career, have you had any bizarre experiences while creating your art?
SciFi Art Now: What most frustrates you about being an artist?
Paul: My own limitations and how long everything takes.
SciFi Art Now: What keeps you going despite the hopefully occasional frustrations?
Paul: Friendly clients and the moment when an image starts to work for me.
SciFi Art Now: What advice would you offer to anyone starting out as an artist?
|Down River - ebook illustration|
• Check out Paul's work at www.pauldrummond.co.uk. You can contact him via his web site or at enquiriesATpauldrummond.co.uk.