What inspires me?
Inspiration can be found anywhere. Music is a powerful tool for opening up the mind. I close my eyes, listen, let the music guide my thoughts. Sometimes I visualize characters singing the songs, dancing, or acting out the actions of a song. Biology, anthropology, sociology are all sciences that provide an endless supply of inspirational ideas and concepts to incorporate into art.
Who would I consider my influences?
I admire many Japanese artists such as Hayao Miyazaki who founded Studio Ghibli, and Tatsuyuki Tanaka who worked on "Akira". I also love creature designers such as Allison Theus and Terryl Whitlatch who designed many great beasts for Star Wars.
Do you characterize your work in a specific style?
For a long time I worried that I would never be able to find a style I liked enough to stick with, but defining one's art style is much more organic than that. Trying out different techniques, mediums, and interpretations of a subject is a great way to find out what you like and don't like. Defining my own individual art style has been a long process and there is no doubt that it will continue to change as I improve.
What I try to emphasize in my work are sharp contrasts in color and light, expressive faces and subtle textures, and dynamic perspective