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Concept Artist Richard Anderson master concept artist interview

Concept Artist Richard Anderson Master artist interview.  He has been working on  the up coming Ridley Scott's movie Prometheus (see trailer below) and previously Guild Wars 2 Cinematic.

Richard and I have been working together for over five years and he's a great artist so I decided its time to interview him. Also I've been asking him to do some environment tutorials, it's finally finished. The amazing tutorial will be out in a couple of days. So yeah, some delicious tutorial from Richard Anderson is coming right out of the oven as of now. :)

Apart from his work in GuildWars and GuildWars 2, Richard's artwork has been published with ImagineFX, Spectrum, and many more.

So let's get start with the interview.

1.Why did you want to become a Concept Atist?

I always enjoyed comics, video games and movies. Once I found out that there were actual artist that draw and come up with all this stuff, I basically thought it was the coolest job ever for someone who loves to draw. I remember looking at random books and seeing stuff online that blew my mind, and then that’s all I wanted to do.

2. How is it in the ARenaNet and GuildWar2 team?

It’s the best! Having a director that helps and teaches is the best thing for someone who wants to move forward in there art, and the team, is insane! Everyday I look at what others are doing and am blown away by how much talent is here. It really really pushes you to do your best and work hard. It’s awesome. The game is cool to because it really allows a concept artist to really expand everything they do, there is so many different things that go into this game that you never get bored.

3. Where do you get your inspiration from?

My friends and fellow artist are a huge inspiration. I always find a lot of inspiration by looking at other artist. Classic illustrators like Robert Mcginnis, J.C. leyendecker, stuff is what I’ve been looking at lately.

4. Is your work completely digital or do you also use pencil and paper?

I do a lot of sketchbook stuff, I ride the bus, and go out and life draw a lot. My favorite thing to look at is sketchbooks, I really love to see how people work. And just lately I’ve been taking a watercolor class and messing with that. Not sure when I’ll show though, it’s a little embarresing.

5. Also, your work always has an impressionist/abstract quality to it, with very minimal details, because of this, are you conscious of trying to acheive this looseness, or is it something which always comes naturally?

I think it comes to what I feel looks right, every artist has a thing that their more keen to do and I think what im attracted to most in other art. My favorite stuff is always very stroke based and has a lot of energy so it kinda comes natural for me to try and mimic what I like to see.

6. What's your attitude towards color and do you use a color 'formula'? Do you reserve certain colors for certain moods?

Color is something like in my tutorial that you see me play with a lot of colors and kinda like the last question is something I just go for and do what looks right to me. Its important though to study and look at reference because that’s the way you can train your brain to know what you should do. Other times it’s a stylistic choice I think. So in general I think about the rules and relationships to color but I still just follow a lot of instinct I guess.

More interview with Richard Anderson, Daniel Dociu, and Jason Stoke about GuildWars2 and PAX. If you haven't seen it already.

Here are some of the art work by Richard Anderson:

concept art richard anderson, ghost-battlefield

concept art richard anderson, battlefield-red

concept art richard anderson, green-forrest

concept art richard anderson, knight-march

concept art richard anderson, triangels.jpg

concept art richard anderson, moon-patrol

Below is The finest art work for Concept Art Tutorial the first ever downloadable Video from Richard

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Luca said…
HOLY SNAPS XIA!!! you really surprised me today brother!!! :D
I knew Richard was working on some tutorial cos I follow his blog alot (love his impressionistic touch), but I didn't know you would show it here as well. Man I just love you artists far over there and I really thank God that I got to know you. I can't wait for tomorrow!!! You really asked him good questions brother, especially the fifth one :) I always wondered about how he used to get that signature stroke and style. so again THANK YOU!!
me9a7 said…
Nice post Xia, i'm loving the interviews and the video, inspirational stuff :)

can't wait for Guild Wars 2 =p
pokepetter said…
What a nice surprise^^ I've wanted a tutorial from him a long time now :)
Chris Reeve said…
I really love those series of images he made with the white backgrounds. Elegant, effective.
Knuckles930 said…
Nice to see additional artists joining in with tutorials. Adds some more styles to the whole.
XIA said…
Luca, me9a7, Pokepetter, Chris Reeve> Glad you like it. we've been preparing the launch for a while now. ;) Hopefully we can get some other people like Jaime Jones, Kekai, and Doug. Not promise anything but we will see.

Knuckles> Thanks, sorry I've been busy with a lot of things, will try to get the new community set up ASAP. :)
Wow this is an incredible blog post. Very inspirational.
Luca said…
Xia> That was a great tutorial... I enjoyed it so much. So Thanks again. Hope you manage to accomplish the tutorials with these guys you mentioned! (I'll keep my fingers crossed)
Check your inbox - I sent you an email).
I already commented over at Richard's blog, but I wanted to thank you as well for getting this together. As soon as I saw your blog post about it, there was no question about whether I wanted it.
It's been fantastic and I'm looking forward to more.
Thanks a lot!
kyle said…
We really need the brushes for DL please...
XIA said…
Matthew> Thanks, we try our best. ;)

Luca> We glad you like it, feedback is much appreciated brother. :)

Nasan> Thanks man! I'm sure he will be please if you get things here and there from the tutorial. ;)

kyle> Yes, I have discussed this with Richard, he should have his brush set for download at his blog soon. I will also post the link here once it becomes available. ;)
Anonymous said…
hello my name is Joao,
I'm having problems to pay the tutorials, a warning appears error constantly.

this is the error

* AcknowledgeMent: Failure
* Error Invalid ConfigurationThis transaction cannot be processed due to an invalid merchant configuration.10501Error
* ShortMessage Invalid Configuration
* LongMessage This transaction cannot be processed due to an invalid merchant configuration.

Anybody know what this could happen, never had this problem before.
XIA said…
Anonymous> Were you trying to use Paypal? It doesn't usually happen with Paypay but occationally Google Checkout.
Anonymous said…
no, im using visa, i dont understand, never hapens to me
Joao said…
or i need to regist??
Yes it´s a great tutorial!

Note: The tutorial only has the video Tutorial ... no brushes or psd file... :( I would love to have the psd file!
Anonymous said…
Awesome tutorial! Hope the other environment tutorials come soon!
XIA said…
Joao> No, you do not need to regis. I looked into it and not sure what is going on because there seems to be nothing wrong on the code. You might want to contact Payloadz and see what they have on their end. Just tell them you trying to purchase but the error occur. Really sorry about that man.

Ricardo> thanks, the brushes are coming as Richard giving me updated.

Ano> Thanks. :)
Joao said…
ok XIA, thanks
Anonymous said…
I (George) am also having the same problem as Joao, while trying to download some of your full tutorials - just to let you know. I've contacted Payloadz to see what the problem is.

Btw, let me take this opportunity to thank you so much for this WONDERFUL and generous resource! All your youtube tutorials that I've seen have been inspiring and informative - not to mention you draw and paint beautifully, and they are just lovely to see! Much respect and affection from my little corner of the world to you! :)
XIA said…
Joao & George> Try this link (it's direct link to the store and browse products in the bottom of the page) see if this would work.

Lucas> thanks for the brushes' link. That was fast.
Anonymous said…
George here - thanks Xia that worked, downloading face tutorial now! :D
Joao said…
XIA, you can put the link i want to buy to??
"Mecha Tutorial I Epsilon"
"CityScape Fusion"
"Nude Figure Female Manga Fusion"

XIA said…
George> Thx, glad it worked out. :)
thx, hope the links will work for you as well.
Joao said…
ok Xia thanks once again :)
Joao said…
thanks Xia that worked :)