Travis Sengaus [traviss]
What is your specialty in illustration?
Cartoons, Comics, characters design stuff like that
What are your regular clients like? What do they expect from you?
The people that I have worked for have been really nice to interact with, and are always positive in thier feedback.
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 am a graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design, with a Bachelors Degree of Design and Illustration
How did you get your first full assignment? What did it involve?
My first assignment came kind of out of the blue for a local magazine publisher, while I was finishing school, although I can't recall the subject matter
What past or present day illustrators do you admire most?
The two I admire, are Skottie Young and Damion Scott, both of whom whos styles really got me inspired to draw
How similar are your current drawings to those you did as a child?
Only the subject matter is the same as when I was a kid, and thank God I don't draw like I used to
What was your favorite comic book as a child?
I had a few, I was always a Spiderman guy, and there are usually three types of fans, Marvel guys, DC guys and those who read anything, I was a Marvel kid
Do you have a particular style, or does it vary a lot?
Cartoony, I'd say
What is hardest to draw?
There are lots of things I find that are tough to draw, I'd say scenes with a certain type of askewed perspective is something that's not so easy
What type of music do you listen to while you work?
My music is set to random, although, if I'm thinking about it, I put on a soundtrack to a movie that I like
Do you have a favorite work of art?
Not off the top of my head no, there are some covers of comics that really stick out in my head as my favorites
What do you do when a client simply says "I don't like it"?
Just try my best to take it in stride, it's never a case of them not liking it cause you didn't put in the effort, as long as you remember that you did the effort part, that's really all that matters, and just adjust to what they want
What new techniques have you been experimenting with lately?
I've mostly been doing a lot of pencil and ink, with a lot of marker work at the moment
What part of your work do you do on paper and what part digitally?
If I use my computer, it's for colour, I still like to do most by hand
What research do you do for your illustrations?
A lot of rough sketching of what I want before I go to a finished piece, I'm not the fastest ilustrator, because I'm doing a lot of roughs to nail down poses, scenes, facial expressions stuff like that
Do you have colleagues with whom you share techniques, tricks, ideas, etc.?
Yep, it's very healthy to stay in contact with other people who share your interests, it keeps you fresh
Do you have any specific goals as an illustrator?
To be an Art Director or Storyboard artist for an Animation or Production Studio someday
What illustration web sites do you frequent?
Portfolios.com, and Deviant art stick out in my mind
What are you working on now?
I'm doing personal work right now, when not commissioned to do something, it's important to work on it for yourself to.
What advice do you have for someone who likes to draw and would like to make a living from it?
I would say, it's a tough slug, so if you need to work somewhere else in order to keep the bill collectors at bay, that's ok. I myself have another line of work, so that I can still work towards drawing as well.