Thursday, September 19, 2013

Wayne Barlowe on creating worlds

Wayne Barlowe is a benchmark science fiction artist and designer who has had his hand in Avatar, Pacific Rim, Harry Potter, Hellboy, The Hobbit and many, many other big budget films. He is known for his creature designs. In this short interview, Barlowe talks about the believability of science fiction creature design and how conceptual artists must keep forms both familiar but interesting at the same time for the audience. This has always been the balancing act that visual conceptual artists face every day. He states that he wishes to bring his work into a modern classicism. As far as I am concerned, he has achieved it and has entered the circle of master artists of today. What strikes me however is his capacity of imagination and for fun. He still has an air of child-like wonder that makes it clear to me that that honest curiosity is critical for ALL artists.

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