Patrick Brown lives down in Launceston, Tasmania and has been working as a Graphic Designer for the past 5 years. His Illustration is just a hobby for the moment but I don’t think it will be too long before he’ll be working on it full time, check out his work below.
Hey Patrick, Can you start by telling us a little about your background, Have you always known you wanted to be an illustrator?
First of all thanks for having this opportunity it’s really great! Well I’ve always been into drawing, I think it’s in my blood haha! I started when I was 5 years old, I’d draw really cartoon like characters. As I grew older I improved, mainly from motivation from friends who’d admire my work. Then in my teenage years I got into video games, that’s where all my inspiration came from.. I’d draw everything I loved about games or movies! I’ve never actually studied illustration but I did study Graphic Design, I’d use the computers after hours to do practice ‘digital art’ then improved from there.
How would you describe your own work?
I’m not really sure how to describe it, some people say it looks complex and sharp but there’s actually not too much too it! I think the secret behind my art is my Graphics Tablet, I couldn’t do anything without it!
What have you been working on lately?
Lately I’ve been working on a small comic, it’s one page but really deep! I created it for web viewing, all you need to do is scroll down. The comic is based on Grand Theft Auto IV’s online multiplayer, I’ve made a huge action scene showing actual gamers. I kind of had a little competition for people who play online, for who would play a part in the comic. I’m actually about to post it up soon. (UPDATE: link to comic)
We see your passion in Illustration is based in the Video Game and Action films genres. Has your work led to commissioned work in these genres?
yep that’s what I’m all about, actually doing this type of art has given me a few GREAT opportunities, I’ve been featured in about 5 gamer magazines, been featured on Rockstar Games’ Twitter page, even managed to have some hi-res versions of my art pinned up in Rockstar Games’ offices!
Is there any particular piece you’ve done that stands out as a favorite?
Yeah I have got a few pieces that mean alot to me, I love my GTA IV TRIBUTE, I really enjoyed making that, and same with the GTA LEGENDS pieces.
What are the tools you use and the work process behind what you do? are you 100% digital or is there paper involved?
Oh hell yeah, there’s definitely some old school stuff involved haha, I start by drawing the whole image on paper first, then I scan it into Photoshop CS3 and start digitizing it.. Here’s a rough process:
- I start by scanning in the sketch
- Then making a new layer for outlines
- I use my graphics tablet to carefully make outlines
- Then comes the flat colours, I make them by selecting areas and filling them with a solid colour
- Then I darken a section of colour by -40% and grab it, then go back a step and start darkening the selection with a soft brush
- Then I do a similar thing with the lighting, my trick is to make soft shadows then go over again with sharp shadows (same with lighting)
- Then comes all the final details and effects
What would be your your dream assignment?
My dream assignment would be to work with Rockstar Games on a title of GTA!
You’re currently working out of Tasmania, How does community sites such as deviant Art assist artists in supporting and promoting their work?
Great question! DeviantART has actually made my art what it is today, when I first discovered DA and made an account I was so excited to post art up, then when I started making fans it really pushed me to do more, My art improved 20x more from being a DA member, it gave me a great reason to make more art! I thank all the people and fans that supported me, they helped me lash out haha!
Any tips for Artists wanting to get exposure online?
Definitely get onto DeviantART, and draw alot.. Great business opportunities come from DA, You’ll improve on every picture you draw!
What can we expect to see from you in the future? Where would you like to be with your illustration 5 and 10 years from now?
For now I’m going to continue making fan-art for all the latest games or movies, but I’m also thinking of making some more original art, something really out there! In 5-10 years from now I hope to be working in concept art for games or even cover art! My dream is to make a living of what I love the most!
Which designers, artists or creative people are you inspired by?
I’m greatly inspired by Humberto Ramos, I really love his style, BIG inspiration, but I’ve always been inspired the most by my best mates! They’re artists just like me and we always used to laze about and draw crap haha, ah good times!
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