Welcome to the interview of Matt Kohr.
When first starting up Concept Cookie late last year, I searched high and low for great tutorial sites that offered free tutorials to the user base. Cntl+paint was the one site that not only offered free tutorials that were well organized and greatly instructional but they were a great starting point for those just getting into digital art. It was Matt Kohr behind all these wonderful short tutorials and I have been following his site and illustration work ever since.
I give my biggest thanks to Matt for having this interview with us. If you are just starting out, please give his site a look through, it is a great way to begin understanding the basics of digital art!
His Official Site: SITE
His Tutorial Site: CTRL+PAINT
His Blogspot: BLOG
1. One of the best digital art instructors out there and a great artist, you are an inspiration to many but for those who may not know who you are, how would you describe yourself and what you do?
I like to paint dragons, and help beginners share in the fun. After painfully teaching myself the digital medium, it seemed like the internet was missing a high-quality resource for beginners. First I complained about it, then I decided to make Ctrl+Paint.
2. Your website, Ctrlpaint.com is a great instructional site for digital artists, especially for beginners in your Digital Painting 101 series. How did this site begin and what drove you do create it?
3. I know that running a tutorial site along with drawing your own work takes up a lot of time, but when you are given some free time how do you enjoy spending it?
4. I notice a lot of great fantasy and sci-fi elements featured in your artwork, is there a subject matter you enjoy working with the most?
5. On that topic, I’m a huge fan of movies, so what are a few of your all-time favorites and why?
6. I know you’ve done many tutorials on your site but what has been your favorite that you’ve worked on?
7. What was it like working as a concept artist over at Vicious Cycle? Favorite Memories?
8. What artist inspires you the most and what about their art (color, technique, subject matter) attracts your attention?
I’d be hard pressed to pick a single favorite, though I prefer genres like the romanticist landscape tradition and classical portraiture. Of course I enjoy looking at the work of my contemporary peers – but ultimately prefer the oil paintings of long-dead artist?
9. I always ask artists that I admire and respect on what is the most common mistake you see younger, more inexperienced artists making?
Being impatient. All too often I see artists jumping straight to “space monster” when they have yet to master “coffee cup”. Painting is a technical process, and there’s a reason that it traditionally starts with the basics. If you skip the basics in search of exciting subjects like superheroes and space ships, you’ll never get the results you want.