For those of you that have seen his recent tutorials, Tim Von Rueden is new on the CG Cookie scene and already doing some sweet stuff! So far he has done two tutorials, each part of a series on drawing characters in Photoshop. He’s got one more to go in that series and then who knows, maybe he’ll do some GIMP tutorials! He has also been very busy doing some other secret stuff for us but we don’t want to give away too much just yet…
Anyhow, while eagerly awaiting his next tutorial he sent a few questions his way to give you all a chance to know him a little better.
Hey Tim! If you could shout one thing right now, at the top of your lungs, what would it be?
You are pretty new to the CG Cookie scene, how’re you liking it so far?
I feel like the luckiest 21 year old, new graduate ever. You’re telling me I get to do exactly what I want to do and draw concept art and teach others how I draw? I feel as though this should be my job ten years down the line when I have more experience under my belt. I can’t say enough how fortunate and grateful I am to CG Cookie for taking me in.
It’s good to have you! However, is putting up with Jonathan really that difficult?
Haha, you have no idea. But really, I respect how passionate he is in any task he does and I am amazed when watching him work because I’ve never seen someone use hotkeys with their left hand more than actually clicking with their right.
You consider yourself to be primarily a concept artist right? Do you have a couple pieces that are personal favorites of your’s that you could talk about?
Oh man, yeah. The funny part is, I believe they are some of my worst pieces, but the ones I struggle and constantly fumble with are the ones I am most proud of. Things such as using a new brush, trying a new technique, or trying out what another person recommended to me – those have helped me to grow the most as an artist instead of just punching out another well done concept piece, rehashing the same routine as the last one.
When you dive into a piece, or gesture do you have the end “visual” in your head, or build on it throughout?
That is a good question. I feel like my most successful pieces come from both diving in without any clue of where it’s going and going in with an exact idea of what I’m looking for. I can say that the ones I spend more time with sketching out on paper and designing it differently are more comfortable for me throughout the piece. For the ones I dive in, I rely on pure instinct of what I should do next. Sometimes it doesn’t work out but the times it does are the ones I can say I am most proud of.
Favorite go to brush in Photo-shop?
I make an attempt to constantly try out new brushes but I’ve gone back to solely using the standard hard edge brush for most of my pieces. For a while, I would only use a skin brush that I downloaded, and I literally used that for everything.
When you are not creating art, what do you do to pass the time, relax or get out a bit?
If I’m not drawing, which is what you will normally find me doing, I enjoy going to the pool or the beach, playing tennis, going to movies, watching anime, and then slip in some videogames with friends.
I know your main background is commercial software, though with the recent joining of the CG Cookie team, what are your first impressions of some of the open source softwares? Blender, Gimp, etc?
I am trying to find the humor in it because the whole time I was at school, no one informed me about Blender even though I was the only kid in game art and design with a Mac, and Blender works on them. I am more than impressed with the open source software’s like Blender, Gimp, Alchemy and MyPaint. I am in the process of learning these and, especially with Blender, I’ve never felt more comfortable with a 3D program. Because it runs on a Mac, I am going to try that much harder to master it.
If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you go and whom would you take with you?
There are four places that equal out in my mind, France, for the architecture and beauty. I would take my last roommate Dwight, because he has always lived in Europe in his mind. Japan for it’s art and culture and I would take my two friends Kat and Dan, because no one would appreciate what Japan has to offer more than them. Iceland, for the majestic scenery and lifestyle, and I would go alone with a sketchbook and stay there until I filled it. Lastly, good ol’ Wisconsin because of the people that live there and that’s where my heart is.
Back to the concept art, what subject matter is your favorite to do?
People. I believe people create the most interesting canvases. They are a collection of shapes, color, and personality. My favorite subject matter is the face, especially the eyes, they are a world all their own. I try to tell their stories through them and everything else is just minor details.
Any last words?
Just a big thank you to CG Cookie and to Jonathan and Wes. You guys have shown me nothing but respect and kindness, and I can’t say through words how appreciative I am for that, so instead I thought I would doodle something up.