Robert Chang Interview
I have been looking at Robert’s vast work portfolio and it is amazing. He works with Art, Photography and Music! It is rare to see someone working in a majority of the creative disciplines in one place. Although I am not sure if he writes?
TCT: What is your favorite art/design/photography software?
Robert: Photoshop and Lightroom are my main visual tools. I use Corel Painter sometimes too for more painterly styled artwork.
TCT: What is your favorite tool or brush?
Robert: No favorites, because each tool serves a different purpose, just like how in cooking you must use different ingredients and spices. A proficient artist must be able to use various tools to achieve different effects.
TCT: Do you have a favorite technique?
Robert: For commercial work, I prefer to paint in passes that are similar to the 3D rendering workflow, so the local colors are separated from each pass from each light source, including radiosity passes. For fine art/personal pieces, I tend to paint in a more straightforward manner, often working on just one or two layers only, and more similar to the alla prima tradition.
TCT: Do you use a tablet (Wacom) for your art?
Robert: Yes. I’ve been using the Intuos line (medium size) since the late 90’s.
TCT: What or whom inspires your artwork?
Robert: Here are a few, but you can see more on my site:
Richard Schmid – This man possesses impeccable mastery of alla prima painting, and a generous heart that shares all of his knowledge with us. His books and DVD’s are a must for any serious artist. For me, he strikes the perfect balance between spontaneity and precision, with expressive brushwork that never seem sloppy as we so often see in alla prima painters.
John Singer Sargent – Amazing impressionism-influenced realist. Most know him as a master of the portrait, but he was far more than that–his landscapes, impressionistic experiments, watercolors, and figure sketches are all first rate.
Anders Zorn – Often called “The Swedish Sargent,” which is in some ways, a very fitting way to describe Zorn, but at the same time, it’s a little bit unfair. Why not call Sargent “The American Zorn?” I like Zorn’s watercolors more than I do Sargent’s.
Joaquin Sorolla – Another artist often compared to Sargent, and like Zorn, is often described as “The Spanish Sargent.” Needless to say, I find that also somewhat unfair. I do feel that most of his portraits aren’t as good as Sargent’s, but I love the sun-drenched scenes he painted.
John William Waterhouse – Of all the Victorian era painters that loved to focus on feminine beauty, he’s the best of the bunch. He is often categorized as a Pre-Raphaelite, but he was really a Neoclassicist
TCT: What would you tell beginning artists about getting started in illustration?
Robert: My top ten tips to become a better artist are here: http://forums.cgsociety.org/showpost.php?p=5912866&postcount=7
TCT: Anything else you might want to add that is not in a question would be greatly appreciated.
Robert: Aspiring artists who are serious about becoming better artists, should come to the Art Techniques & Theories forum that I moderate. There are lots of very helpful information there, and they can ask questions and get answers: http://forums.cgsociety.org/forumdisplay.php?f=166
TCT: Tell me about how your art, music and photography come together.
Robert: I’m primarily a storyteller first and foremost, and as a storyteller I try to explore themes that are profound to me, while using storytelling techniques that keep the narrative entertaining. I have a soft spot for speculative fiction while artistically I lean towards literary fiction. The visual side of my creativity exists mainly to serve my storytelling (that’s why I illustrate scenes and characters from my stories so much), but I do enjoy fine art that’s not based on narratives too. My music is narrative-based too, being mostly scores for films/games or just aural storytelling that expresses specific moods in general. My photography is mainly for personal enjoyment, and since my wife is the most important person in my life, I enjoy capturing her the most in my photography, although I do shoot other subjects that are similar to what most photographers enjoy.
In an ideal world, I would have the time and energy to combine all of them into one project, where I write, direct, illustrate, photograph, and compose the music. I do have such a plan for what I call a “multimedia novel,” but ultimately, it’s the storytelling that’s the heart and soul of my creativity, and with such limited time on this earth, I need to focus on just the most important aspect, which is storytelling in the most direct manner possible, so I’ve chosen to focus on writing novels at this stage in my life.
TCT: A link to your site so viewers can visit:
Visit Robert’s site to see much more of his work and to learn more about his photography.
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