“There’ll be a lot of people out there telling you not to be an artist. You shouldn’t be one of those people.”
~ Chaz Sutherland
How do you learn how to develop as an artist and find your ideal creative career?
In this podcast, we speak to established artist and Pencil Kings community member, Chaz Sutherland.
He talks about his career so far with companies such as Electronic Arts and Shiny Entertainment, and his plans for the future.
And he also explains how you can develop your skills as an artist and find the right creative career for you…
How to Develop as an Artist and Learn How to Reinvent Yourself
Chaz has recently moved to a new area and is currently looking for job opportunities while updating his portfolio.
And although he’s worked as a digital artist since the 1990s, he’s had to constantly learn new skills to adapt to the ever-changing world of computer software and re-invent himself as an artist.
For example, he’s currently expanding his knowledge of 3D programs such as ZBrush and Maya and learning more about VFX software.
He says: “The sheer amount of great art that’s being created can be overwhelming, so if you’re not paying attention to that, you can find yourself drowning real quick. So I’ve never, ever taken a rest. It drives my wife crazy, but I just don’t feel like you can.”
So where do you start if you want know how to develop as an artist and find a career that matches your skills?
For Chaz, it’s all about finding where your strengths and weaknesses lie, and then working on the things you enjoy doing the most.
He explains: “Right now, I’ve been concentrating on two things: My illustration skills, and my visual effects skills. The more focus you put into one area, the faster you’re going to learn it.”
But how do people learn a particular skill? In Chaz’s experience, everyone learns differently, and it’s important to find the way of learning that works best for you.
For example, he was never strong on math at school, but finds it easier to learn this subject nowadays due to his willingness to learn and focus on it.
How to Play to Your Strengths as an Artist
It can take some time to discover what your real strengths and weaknesses are and learn how to develop as an artist, but Chaz says being honest about these can really help you focus on creating your best work.
He says: “When you just realize ‘these are my strengths, these are my weaknesses’, I still think you can work within those boundaries and maximise your potential.”
Listen to this week’s show and learn:
- How to find a way of learning new skills that works for you
- How to develop as an artist and focus on your strengths
- How to stay positive and follow your creative dream
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