gregory Lewis [gdl]
What is your specialty in illustration?
anything you can see I can illustrate
What are your regular clients like? What do they expect from you?
My clients are very diversified and they are art directors that have ideas that they expect me to bring to life with dynamic and compelling visuals. I take there ideas to the next level.
Is there a web address where we can see some of your work?
Have you completed formal art studies, or are you self-taught?
I attended the Art Students League in NYC from 1974 to 1982 winning full scholarships for my work and given assistant professorships in anatomy and portrait painting.
How did you get your first full assignment? What did it involve?
I got my first assignments by taking my portfolio from place to place and getting work as an illustrator. My fine art was shown in galleries and museums in NYC in the same way or by juried shows.
What past or present day illustrators do you admire most?
I have a host of illustrators and fine artist that I admire both past and present and my background in fine art and illustration makes it difficult if not impossible to answer this question. I could tell you about Rembrandt, Monet, NC Wyeth and a thousand others that have influenced my work.
How similar are your current drawings to those you did as a child?
Nothing to do with what i did as a child with the exception of anatomical drawings. I have an older brother who I copied for style but he was a comic book illustrator and is now a doctor. He was my influence as a child but my heros were Frank Netter and Frank Frezetta.
What was your favorite comic book as a child?
MAD and Creepy (Frank Forzetta)
Do you have a particular style, or does it vary a lot?
Yes, i guess I do have a particular style or so I am told but I don't think it is as much a style in particular but it may be obvious who I have been influenced by when I produce each individual piece and the style I think best to illustrate it in.
What is hardest to draw?
Any good artist knows the answer to this!. The humane figure.
What type of music do you listen to while you work?
I listen to nothing.
Do you have a favorite work of art?
Yes the one I am admiring at the time.
What do you do when a client simply says "I don't like it"?
Change it after asking why and finding out more about that persons vision that I must have missed.
What new techniques have you been experimenting with lately?
What part of your work do you do on paper and what part digitally?
I do everything in my head just like I did before I put it on paper and I do the same in my digital artwork. The magic happens when you are constructing your work and it is organic not organized. Life happens in the making.
What research do you do for your illustrations?
How silly would NC Wyeth's painting look if he had a cell phone on the pirates belt rather then a sword?. Detail is everything!.
Do you have colleagues with whom you share techniques, tricks, ideas, etc.?
I work well with other artist and I don't try to hide anything I do and I can only hope they will do the same.
Do you have any specific goals as an illustrator?
To get better and better.
What illustration web sites do you frequent?
What are you working on now?
I am working on new goals as always and right now they are 3D animation and actionscript in flash. I want more dynamics in my work, I want to bombard web sites with fantastic visuals that will ugh people and yet make sense for being there.
What advice do you have for someone who likes to draw and would like to make a living from it?
If your compassionate about your work it is the only way to make a living. The best thing I could suggest is to see where the market is and work your skills to target the market. Illustration is now 3D and in the gaming industry and everything else is delivered on the web and that means flash and OOP.