Today I've had a honor of interviewing Givardo, one of people whose work inspired me a lot for many months now si
nce this amazing artist was discovered by me! Here are some questions you should probably ask yourself as well. Givardo's answers helped me a lot, hopefully they'll help you as much!1. When did you start drawing, and did the family support you as an artist when you were just starting out? Back when you were starting out, did you trace and copy a lot? Do you believe it helped you?I started drawing when I was 10 years old, so that was 8 years ago. I was kind of bored and just decided to draw that day, I actually hated drawing before that. Haha. I used to dread it.
My parents honestly didn't think to much of it at the time. They thought I was pretty good at it, but they didn't expect me to continue, let alone want a career out of it.
I did trace and copy. A LOT. And I mean a lot. Anything that caught my eye. It did help me a lot with where I am now, with practically everything, like drawing expressions, poses and even just drawing in general. When I turned 12 though, I started drawing my own characters instead of copying and tracing.2. What are your major influences and inspirations? Do you have an art model, and who were your art models in the past? What cartoon shows have inspired you the most?One of my major influences and inspirations would have to be Disney. That’s my number one favorite that I always go back to, but more along the lines of the Classical Disney (such as the Little Mermaid, Mulan, Aladdin etc). Other art styles I admire that I gain inspiration from are Genndy Tartakovsky (artist for Samurai Jack), Jamie Hewlett (artist for the Gorillaz band) and even Bryan Lee O'Malley (creator of Scott Pilgrim Series).
When I was younger, around 10-15, I was obsessed with anime and manga styles actually. I loved the art of Studio Ghibli, Naruto, One Piece and even Ouran High School Host Club. I still like them now. Some of the cartoon shows that have influenced me the most would have to be Kim Possible, Avatar the Last Airbender, Samurai Jack, Ed, Edd n’ Eddy, and Tintin.
I have another influence that is not really well-known and not that very popular, but it’s a huge contribution to my influences and inspiration. It’s an online Korean manhwa called Ensemble by Yubi.3. What are your three favorite fictional characters today, if you have any?My three favorite fictional characters today would be Finn from Adventure Time, Joe Hardy from the Hardy Boys and Hiccup from How to Train Your Dragon.4. How often do you draw? Did you ever develop of a habit of drawing every day? And do you have any methods of defeating art blocks? If so, what are they?I try to draw something every day. I try to make it a habit, even if it is just a few sketches, because I know that whenever I draw something, I improve to a certain degree, even if it is miniscule.
I have two methods of defeating art-block. Whenever I’m in an art-block, I always get up away from wherever I’m drawing because it makes me feel worse, then I either go and eat something or watch something that makes me feel happy, like my favorite movie or my favorite YouTube video. It seems to work for me so I like to use it.5. How much of a gamer are you? Do you dedicate any of your free time to video games or watching most recent movies? What are our favorite video games and movies?I do actually like playing video games. I lost the time to actually play them when I entered year 11 and 12 because I have so little spare time. So I had to give up either most of my video game playing time or my drawing time and I love drawing so I went with that. I do watch a lot of movies, mostly on weekends though when I have more spare time.
Some of my favorite video games would have to be The Walking Dead, The Last of Us, Bully, and all the Sims. My favorite movies would have to be the Back to the Future trilogy, Rise of the Guardians, Sherlock Holmes and the Blues Brothers.6. Did you go to an art school and do you believe art schools in general are useful?I do believe that art schools can be useful. However, I have never had the honor of actually going to one because of my shortages of money; so, I have never been to art schools. I am a self-taught artist.7. What is your dream job? Would you like to create your own cartoon in the future? Or do you plan to go non-artistic way? Do you believe that having a backup profession would be useful? What do you think about the way the artists are paid nowadays?My dream job is to become either an animator or a graphic novelist. I love to draw and write comics and it would be great to become one, although, I know it will take a while before that happens, but I plan on trying to work on it on the side as I chose another job. I plan on getting into graphic design while I work on my comics. I actually have a few backup professions, one in which is teaching. I do like kids and many people say I would be good at teaching. I do believe that back up professions are good ideas, especially if you are planning on becoming something involved with art because it’s such a big part of everything, therefore it’s hard to get noticed right off the bat and it may take you a while to earn a proper living from it.8. What is your favorite traditional medium?My favorite traditional medium would have to be colored pencils. I love working with them and I can always experiment with different colors. It’s fun.9. What quick advice would you give to all beginning traditional and digital artists? What mistakes should people avoid, from your experience?My advice to beginning artists is that if you love art and drawing should always keep going and to never give up. I like to live by the saying ‘Practice makes Perfect’, and I always tell people that, because if you keep doing what you love, you’ll get there someday.
I guess some mistakes that people should avoid are to try to make sure that you’re still having fun while doing art. If you get to the point where you feel like you have to do art because other people want you to, it’s probably not a good thing. Always do something or draw something that you love. From personal experience, I started to feel that way because I only drew the things I knew others would like, but then I realized I wasn’t happy, so then I changed to drawing things that I liked and things are a lot better.