3dTotal: Do you have any golden rules that you always follow when creating your images? Rich: Make it cool! [Laughs]. I guess with characters and stuff like that, one thing I always try to portray is emotion (it doesn’t always go as planned though!). But really, the golden rule for anything is good composition. I know a lot of people that can’t draw at all, or aren’t classically trained, but they know placement so well that they make the simplest things look super-cool.
3dTotal: I find that some of the most beautiful parts of your images are the random textures that cover some of the larger spaces and backgrounds; they often appear to have an equal amount of eraser work as brush work. Can you tell us some more about the creation process behind these parts of your images? Rich: It’s funny that you could tell that, because that’s kind of how I work a lot of the time. Working in Photoshop really allows for mistakes to be fixed super-easily. So I guess I just got used to doing brush work and erasing to find hard edges.
3dTotal: Any tips or tricks you have when being creative with the eraser?
Rich: I guess it’s basically like using scratch board or something; just erasing the negative or positive shapes out. Yeah, beyond that, I’m not sure what else to say!
3dTotal: Just thought of something else I wanted to ask so I’ll squash it in here: have
your hobbies of skateboarding and snowboarding influenced your art at all?
Rich: I don’t really know, to be honest. I love skating and I would love to do a graphic for a board company. I think there is a little influence there on the design side, but other than that, not really. Actually, while I was at school I would just draw snowboarders and skateboarders from the magazines all the time - totally cheesy stuff!
3dTotal: If you had to paint an entire interior wall in your house with something very cool, what scene would you create?
Rich:That would be great! I wouldn't paint it, but I would get my friend to paint something probably all traditional of all my friends
together like in royal garb and dressed like knights or something, i think that would be hilarious! but really i have know idea of what i would actually put on the wall:)
3dTotal: Can you tell us about what you have planned for your upcoming projects, both personal and commercial? Rich: the moment I'm working on Guild Wars 2, which will be awesome - some of the stuff that's coming up is going to look amazing! I
can't really comment on when that's due, but as far as side projects go, I'm working on getting more freelance illustration projects going: books, concepting. ALSO the big project right now is teaching workshops at FuturePoly. My friend started this school for gaming art, it's really really awesome, everything from 3d to texturing to concept/illustration. I'll be teaching a couple of workshops in the future so anyone interested should check out www.futurepoly.com, It's a great way to get relevant education for gaming art or to get into the gaming industry. Everyone teaching a class there is a working professional.
3dTotal: And cut… that’s a wrap, great stuff Rich.