3DTotal: Hi. Thanks for talking to us. Can you remember the first time you thought, “I want to be an artist”?
Anthony: Although I have been drawing for as long as I can remember, I made the decision to become one, professionally, 5 years ago. Before that, I never considered making a career as one because I feared the lack of income. All I wanted to do was to make a lot of money by being some hot shot business guy, or whatever. However, my artistic needs became too intense to hold off.
3DTotal: What first got you into a 2D animation school? Anthony: By looking over at the courses that the program provided, I had this strong feeling that I could’ve drawn anything I wanted afterwards. Back then, I had very little knowledge of perspective, character construction and design. Even though I was aware of my talent, I knew I was light-years away from what I could really achieve. So the 2D animation program was, to me, more than animation - it emphasized everything.
3DTotal:You list manga/anime as a starting point for you to discover your style. Which manga/anime features, in particular? Anthony: At first, I wasn’t influenced by any anime show/manga in particular, except perhaps Dragon Ball. I was inspired by the general look of anime and its aesthetics. It was only as a 2D student that I had soaked inspiration from some specific anime/manga titles, which were Animatrix, Ghost in the Shell, and Gun. After graduating, I went for a more American look. I’m not much into anime anymore...
3DTotal: So what influences you, currently?
Anthony: Mainstream comic books, mostly for the inking which is a recent interest I have gained. Feng Zhu, a popular concept artist, is a great source of inspiration from a design point of view. I must also mention WarCraft art, too - I dig the style a lot. I am still influenced by Gun, whenever I’m in my “cyberpunk” mood.
3DTotal: Your artwork so far has been very comic book based and features some crazy characters! Is this commercial work or personal?
Anthony: Everything I have done for the past 6 years has been exclusively commissioned work, but it’s the kind of work I would’ve done for a personal purpose, too. I have clients that share the same interest as me, from a design and thematic point of view.
3DTotal: Being chosen for work by clients because they wish to use your style must be a real bonus! Do you get a lot of creative freedom from a brief? Anthony:It depends of the client. Some knows no boundaries, while some others have a very define idea, almost set in stone from which I have to make a nice sculpture. But usually restrictions have nothing do with the art style itself..