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Interview de Timothy Lantz (2010)

Voici l'interview réalisée en 2010, de l'artiste américain Timothy Lantz, qui crée ses oeuvres en se servant comme base des modèles réels qu'il prend lui-même en photo. Il réalise fréquemment des couvertures pour des romans, et a également illustré un jeu de tarot entier (78 cartes), "The archeon tarot".

1. Which methods are you using to make your creations ? Is it made partly from hand and partly from computer ?

Correct. It is a mixed media process. I do incorporate traditional media elements in my work, but the finished piece is always digital.

2. How much time does it takes to make a new complete creation ?

I spend anywhere from 14 to 20 hours or more on each image.

3. Which artists had an influence on your work ?

I'm influenced by a lot of classic artists. J.W. Waterhouse, Maxfield Parrish, Gustave Doré and Jean-Léon Gérôme are some of my favorites. As for contemporary artists, I'm a big fan of John Van Fleet, Frank Frazetta, Dan Dos Santos, John Jude Palencar and Brom.

4. How would you categorize your art ? It's not really the usual fantasy art, so how should we call it ?

Well, I see it as fantasy art, but I understand what you mean. I don't create a lot of typical Dungeons & Dragons kind of images. I think my work is more lyrical and symbolic than what is generally considered fantasy these days.

5. Are you using real models of photographs ? Some of your works looks a lot photographic.

I do incorporate photography in my work and since 2005, I have photographed all of my models. I love the interaction of working with other people and the energy they bring to an image.

6. Does the name of your website, stydiandarkness.com, refers to the Styx river ?

Yes. I just love mythology and the imagery it conjures.

7. You recently released a postcard set called "Sorciere". Do you plan releasing other stuff like a calendar or an artbook maybe ?

I have thought about a calendar and that may happen, but self-publishing an art book is an expensive proposition. I'd be happy to entertain any offers from publishers though, lol.

8. You illustrated a complete tarot game in 2008 ("Archeon Tarot"). How much time does it takes to illustrate so many cards ?

It took me an entire year to create the Archeon Tarot.

9. Other artists like Luis Royo for example, also likes to make tarot games. How does an artist gets the idea to make a tarot game ?

I think it's something that you really have to be interested in. It's such a time intensive project, that it would be impossible to finish if you were not dedicated to the idea.

10. Thanks a lot for this interview, would you leave a comment for the readers ?

Thanks for taking the time to check out my work !

Visitez son site officiel : http://www.timothylantz.com/
Visitez sa page deviant art : http://archeon.deviantart.com

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