This year at Fan Expo we had the pleasure of interviewing some of our Illustration for Sequential Art graduates in Artist’s Alley. It was a thrill hearing about their experiences at Max the Mutt and what advice they would give to someone considering a career in Sequential Arts.
See what they had to say:
If you cannot watch the video here are the questions we asked:
How are you enjoy Fan Expo?
“I am loving it, It has been absolutely fantastic. There are so many wonderful people here I’ve seen so many great friends. I got to meet some people I have been conversing online and never got to meet before. I also got to meet some wonderful artists and was given great reviews. It has been lots of fun!” – Becca T.R.
What’s your favorite part about it?
“Getting to meet different kinds of artist, not everyone has my style and it great to see what everyone else does, what inspires them and technically how they execute their artwork. I get to get feedback from other artists and see what works for them. Its really useful.” -Kelsey
“Getting to actually see people react to my work rather than occasionally getting an internet comment. When you send a comic outinto the world you don’t really know what their reaction is. Meeting people who like your work is the highlight of doing something like this. “ -David Cutler
How did you find your time at Max the Mutt?
“Its the only place I know of its kind certainly in the Toronto Area, where there are passionate, committed artists specifically catering to sequential arts, to comics. It’s the only place I know where you can get something approximating – a traditional hardcore fundamentals background in the stuff you need to know” -Colin Campbell
What did you enjoy the most about your time there?
“The teachers! You have Ed Shawcross who teaches life drawing, he is a doll. You have guys like Kent Burles and Dave Ross who have no trouble about taking the time to talk to you about whatever you need.” -Meaghan Carter
“I think what I enjoyed the most was just spending so much time with other artists. I learned so much not just from the staff but from other students… It was a big change and certainly a positive one being immersed with so many other people with the same dreams and aspirations.” -David Cutler
What was the most important thing you learned at Max the Mutt?
“The Professionalism aspect. How to deal with people in a professional way and present my self as a professional. As well as the Skills.” -Becca T.R.
“I learned about putting myself out there and at least pretending to be confident. Because I know a lot of artists are actually really self conscious about their work. That goes for me, really self conscious. But you know you have you stick out that bright face and not worry about the criticism. and take it as constructive.” -Selena Goulding
“I think the most important thing I learned about going to art school and being an artist is that you should never criticize yourself until your work is done. I have had endless pieces that I would be half way through and I would think: “This isn’t going to work or this is ugly and I hate this.” But I was always told by the teachers “Don’t do that, don’t throw it out. Finish it and get other people to give you input because it could be the best thing you have ever done. You never know.” -Kelsey Laba
What would you tell someone who is considering a career in Sequential Art?
“I would say that it is really important to be 100% dedicated. Beware that it is going to take time to break in, to get yourself out there. To start networking with the people that matter I guess. And I think that you have to be really prepared to work a lot, really hard like 100% the career comes first is the way I think about it.” -Selena
Would you recommend that someone attends Max the Mutt?
“Absolutely. It was one of the best experiences of my life. It really helped me grow as an artist. And they are really super supportive. They have even had me come back to teach a layout workshops in the summer time. And they really make sure their students are able to find work and connections in the Industry.” -Becca T.R.
If you have yet to watch the 2012 Graduate video watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iriw9tuuxCo