3DTotal : So with having this experience with Dear Anne, do you think the job selection will now
open up more? Sebastian : Well, I hope so!! Apart from having good work in your portfolio it’s just as important to have a lot of “industry experience” - especially for a good salary! I also met so many fine people and a friend’s recommendation can count incredibly much in this business.
3DTotal : What would be the most coveted project you would like to work on? Sebastian : Difficult! My big dream was always to work on Lord of the Rings but when the time came I couldn’t go and now it’s all finished.
“The Hobbit” would be awesome - I’d love to work on that but as far as I know it will be a while until P.J. (Peter Jackson) will go ahead with that. Right now I am in Japan and I’m trying to get into an animation company here (there’s plenty!) - just for the experience really. Whatever I work on - some “meaning” would be great (another thing I liked about “Dear Anne”), apart from being a creative mission with lots of great people on the team. Or something with dragons - that’s my weak spot!
3DTotal : Since you mentioned Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, did you manage to head over to Weta whilst in New Zealand? Sebastian : I have some friends there and we met up for drinks but due to bad timing I had no chance to visit the workshop. Sniff, but hey after watching all those making off DVD’s a couple of times I know the place pretty well anyway!
3Dtotal : What have been your major influences over the years?
Sebastian : “Brian Froud” has been a great influence almost since I started doing art. I’ve got the book
Fairies” and I loved “The Dark Crystal” and if you look at my work you can see definitive similarities there (yes, pointy ears!). Brom and Frank Frazetta are also some of my favourites. Of course other artists from the community are an influence, there are so many great people out there! I remember now that Taron was one of the first “idols” - when I look at his first works now they still look great and must be like 7 years old. One big proof for me that it’s not just the tools that make good art. Also as I said before I love travelling, seeing completely different cultures gives me lots of ideas.
So apart from travelling and creating amazing salads, what else do you do in your free time? Sebastian : I like reading, watching films, listening to music (and audio plays!) And all that! Properly geekish behaviour! Before I left I started learning guitar but you can’t really call it ‘playing’ yet! Then there are horribly many Japanese characters to learn - just a couple of thousand more... and then of course personal art! Busy, busy!
3DTotal : So how do you make the best salad on the planet and what goes into them? Sebastian : It’s secret of course! No, in Italy I’ve lived mostly lived off salad just because it’s so easy and quick. All you do is throwing lots of tasty things together and you have a great and healthy meal! Then there’s a special ingredient of course, a special vinegar I’ve only seen there so far - the flask actually looks like a magic potion, it’s expensive but it makes every salad incredible. Seek it out!
3DTotal : Well it’s been a pleasure talking with you and I hope the travelling goes well. Sebastian :Likewise, I’m hoping to see a printed version soon!