Artist Proof Interview with Artist: Marianne Vincent
Global Location: Canada
AP: How long have you been making art for and what lead you to start?
MV: As I kid, I’ve always been drawn to art but when I graduated from high school, I brushed aside the idea of studying in this field. I believed it would be impossible make a living out of my passion. A couple years later, after denying my true calling, I went back to school in traditional animation.
AP: Where do you currently live and work ? And how does this influence your work?
MV: I live and work in Montreal, a city I really appreciate.
AP: Did you have formal training if so what? If your self taught can you tell us what you prefer about being a self taught artist vs having formal training?
MV: I graduated from Cégep du Vieux Montréal in traditional animation where I’ve learned a lot in 3 years. I’ve been studying 3D animation for the last 2 years and I`m graduating in May.
AP: Can you tell us about where you make your work is it in your house, a studio etc.. and how it effects your work?
MV: As I’m still in school, I often work outside. As for commissioned work or personal projects, I work from home. Either is fine with me: at school, I’m surrounded with passionate people and its great to ask from feedback and gain some perspective on our work.
AP: What are some of you favorite design projects/exhibitions you have worked on to date?
MV: In summer 2010, I worked on an animation project called Roxy et Max for the ONF and TFO studios. Artistic direction, character and background design, managing a team and a bit of traditional animation. Another project close to my heart was the making of a tv show opening, Capharnaum 2010. I’ve co-directed with 2 friends and a team of 15, all graduates from the animation program.
AP: What is your medium of choice?
MV: I really like digital art. I use photoshop with a wacom tablet. Another medium I love is acrylic paint which I usually use on wooden panels. I wish to explore this medium further more in the near future.
AP: In what direction would you like to see your work going over the next five years?
MV: I would love to work on a more traditional technique and take part in exhibits and art collectives. Furthermore, children book illustration is a great dream of mine and I’d love the opportunity.
AP: What forth coming projects and or exhibitions do you have scheduled for 2011?
MV: As for now, I’m working on my graduation 3D short, which is keeping me really busy. One of my paintings is currently showed at Nucleus Gallery for the exhibit Power in Numbers since February. During the next year, I plan on creating a few more pieces for them.
AP: Take us on a guided tour through a day in your life as an artist.
MV: At the moment, I’m working mainly on Auto-desk Maya and I often use Photoshop and After Effects. On a regular day at school, I’m animating shots from my short, lighting them, rendering them all day and after a long day of work, its back home to rest and start again the morning after. During my spare time, I really enjoy gathering inspiration from art blogs and discovering new artists. We are surrounded by incredibly talented people.
AP: Thank you so much for taking the time to answer our questions.