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10 Questions With Carlos Cabrera
1.... who is your favorite artist?
-I have several artists in the list but Kim Jung Gi (link) is on the top! That man is a machine, the way he do sketches with curved perspective is simply amazing. My dream is to scavenge in his trash to see what he eat to be such a great artist!
2.... do you offer workshops for artists?
-No this time but I did some free video tutorials to help the artist community, I like to share my "techniques" and I feel bad for all the artists that hide how they work and not share a single step by step with the rest of the artists. I was an amateur as everyone else and that's why I decide give the videos for free, because was very difficult find info back in the days when the internet was only 56k and no youtube around.
3.... what do you like to listen to while you work?
-Silence :) and if someone is talking like a parrot I just pick some Joe Hisaishi performance or Daft Punk if I sleep just 3 hours.
4.... what medium and tools do you use to create your art?
-Digital for all my artwork, I have a Cintiq 12wx and is a piece of crap the quality of the lcd, the stroke shake like an old lady... So I bought a Samsung slate 7 Tablet pc, it doesn't have the same level pressure that the Cintiq but the quality of the LCD is 300 times better. The white is white, not like the Cintiq that is yellow.
I'm trying in my free time start again with traditional like a real artist. I'm still need to learn more about color and acrylics and oils is the best way to learn that.
5.... during an average week how many hours a day / week do you work on creating art?
-Well.. I work from Monday to Monday, no rest for the wicked :P. Like 12? or 16 hours per day. I don't remember how the sun looks like, my good eye is now adapted to the bright of the monitor, I think if someone drop me in the street I will burn and scream like a vampire hahah But yeah, I work too much, but it's because I'm finishing my first videogame with my Brother and we are right there! very exited to show the world what 2 people with hard work can accomplish.
6.... are you working your dream job?
-Yes, making a personal project. Our videogame. This is the dream job. Working for game company was excellent, I can't deny that. But the situation of my banana country kills our wallets and work for Ubisoft or Timegate studios is not making a real difference in a third world country as Argentina. And make a personal project is more exiting than ideas from other people. Freelance is great if you have a great country behind, but helps.. and a lot!
7.... do you feel its important for others to pursue their dream jobs?
-Always, if you don't do it it's because you don't have blood in your veins. You want to live a life just of obey, procreate and pay taxes? Hell no! that's not life. Everyone has a dream, if the school, the tv or the social system don't wash your brain you can pursue and make that dream true. And age doesn't matter, you always can start to dream again!
8.... where can people see your work (online, conventions or exhibits)?
-Only online right now, in my websites. You can find the links below the blue troll I painted ;)
9.... was there a certain moment that you knew you wanted to be an artist?
-Yes, the last time I empty a trash can from other people for bucks. That's no life and every artist know it when the time come, you just trow up all and start to focus just in art.
10.... is there anything else you would like to add or say to other artists?
-If someone told you that you don't have future as an artist and go find a common job, eat that comment like a sandwich, practice like anyone else and later burp dollars in his face. You can't quit, you are not a loser that can't pursue a dream, you an artist! You can do something than the 90% of the people can't or don't want to do. You born with talent and you HAVE to use it. Pull a lever like a trained monkey is easy, became a great artist is hard like everything else in life so if you want to walk an easy path, go and find a job in an office, be the slave of someone else and have a lot of kids. If not, you have only one way path, the hard work path, and only real man and woman can walk there. And remember never give up to your dreams, only cowards do it and you are an artist!
Thanks to Eric for this great interview and wish you the best for your blog and all the artists that comment here.
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