Have you had much interaction with fans of the games that you've contributed to? And what are their reactions like when they find out what you do?
Some of my friends are fans of the game; it's always good to have a fresh eye on our work, especially if they are not in the industry. Their comments are really different, it's very interesting to listen to their points of views and their ideas for the next game.. .and sometimes we put those suggestions in the next one when we can do it!
What kinds of art and artists inspire you?
There's a lot! In concept art I think it's still Craig Mullins; for me he's the father of concept art in the industry. His pictures are extremely strong and efficient. After that I've found a lot of inspiration in the old paintings of The Caravage, Piranes etc. John Howe is also one of my favorite classic illustrators.
Where do your ideas and references come from?
They come from books, comics, movies, photos, documentaries - anything that contains pictures. I'm very curious by nature and interested in a lot of subjects. I guess it helps me to have diverse sources of inspiration.
For someone who is just starting their studies, what kind of mix of technical and artistic foundations do you think it's important to have?
I think that in the video game industry both technical and artistic skills are very important and required, because they are very much related to each other. You have to understand how something works technically to get the better result and have the best support from your technical direction.
What advice would you give someone who wants to work in 2D/3D environments?
Observe, observe, observe and observe! Movies, photos, comics, travels - anything, really. Be curious. Even if you're not interested by a subject, check it out and you could be surprised. Don't confine your imagination. And if you are more 2D-oriented, draw whenever you have the