Just a few more days to go for MAKE IT scheduled for May 5, 2016 and we are excited. We recently spoke to Kevin Dart, one of the key speakers at the event. Here’s a little sneak peek into the conversation we had:
Tell us a little bit about your background as a creative artist?
I’ve been working in animation as a designer and art director since around 2007 for studios like Cartoon Network, Pixar, Disney, and Dreamworks. Some of the projects I’ve been involved in are The Powerpuff Girls, Big Hero Six, Cosmos, Her, and Steven Universe.
How did you get started in this field?
I’ve been interested in art and design for most of my life, and have been doing art digitally since I was in high school. I interned at a local graphic design house during my senior year, but my real “start” was working as a 3D character modeller for a small video game company in Seattle.
How would you define your style?
I think some of the signatures of my style are limited color palettes, bold, graphic shapes, and lots of layered texture. A lot of people get a retro-modern vibe from my illustrations too.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I have countless artistic influences from mid-century designers like Saul Bass & Alvin Lustig to filmmakers like Kubrick and Sergio Leone. Their work has had a huge impact on my approach to art. But when it’s time to work, my main inspiration is always actual stuff from the world. I love using photo reference, and that typically informs the majority of what I do.
Can you share one work that is close to your heart and the concept behind it?
I’m very proud of this recent film and it encapsulates so many things that are near and dear to my heart. The concept behind it was to draw the viewer’s attention to the way our science and technology are inseparably intertwined with the wonders that exist in our natural world. I wanted to try to capture some of the beauty that surrounds us and celebrate the work of scientists who help us understand the world.
Any words of advice for budding creative artists out there?
Make the kind of work that you would like to be getting. Everything you make is an advertisement for your services, so if you do personal work that truly makes you happy, it will be more likely to attract jobs that will also make you happy.