This weeks Pure Nintendo Featured Artist is the very talented James Tyree. Checkout some of his amazing artwork, details as to where you can contact James or get a commission are in the interview below. Be sure to tell us what you think, and enjoy!
KD: Hey James! Can you tell our readers a little bit about yourself and what you do?
JT: Hi Kaelyn and everyone reading! I am a graphic designer and illustrator and also currently a student studying in those fields. I primarily work in 2D illustration and logo design as that is what I am most experienced with, but I am always willing to try something new. While I have mainly been creating works for fun and for school, I have also created personalized drawings for people as well as custom logos for esports teams. In the future I hope to end up being part of a design team at a large company.
KD: How long have you been illustrating, is it something you’ve always been interested in?
JT: I have been drawing with pencil and paper for as long as I can remember, it was one of my favorite things to do as a kid. I started seriously getting into it when I was in my junior year of high school, I took a class in computer graphics and immediately fell in love with it. Since then I knew that making graphics and illustrating was what I wanted to do.
KD: Are there any programs you use while drawing that you would recommend for other artist who are interested?
JT: Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator will be your best friends. It’s a lot to take in at first but if you learn all the key tools and get into a rhythm you’ll find that it’s very fun and helpful to use. I also can’t stress enough that putting in the time to practice can go a long way.
KD: What is your favorite Nintendo game or series, why?
JT: That’s a tough choice! I would have to say Pokemon when I really think about it. It’s very easy to pick up and play, the world is very immersive, and through my experience it has a unique way of bringing people together. I have made some of my closest friends thanks to Pokemon and I think that shows something.
KD: Besides all the cool Nintendo art you’ve shown us, what else do you like to draw? Do you dabble in anything else other than illustrating?
JT: Anime and Manga were also a big influence on me as a child so I always find myself drawing characters from various shows, or drawing original works based on that style. As for what I do outside of illustration, I recently have also started to get into coding and web design, it’s been fun learning about it as it’s so different from illustrating. I’ll more than likely keep practicing as it’s a very important skill in my field as well!
KD: Thanks for your time James, we always appreciate seeing awesome Nintendo artwork here at Pure Nintendo! Where can our readers go to view more of your work or learn about commissions?
JT: Thanks so much for having me! I always post my art to my tumblr page (deathstarslice-art.
tumblr.com) so that’s the best place to go to see more of that I do. If anyone has any questions or possibly wants to get a piece made, the best places to get in direct contact with me are @deathstarslice on twitter or my email (deathstarsliceart@gmail. com).
Any artist interested in having their artwork on PureNintendo.com or in PNM can contact me at Kaelyn@purenintendo.com. Submit fan art, sculptures, baked goods, comics, etc. If the theme is ‘Nintendo’ we want to see it! You could be the next Pure Nintendo featured artist! Also to see artwork from artists featured in our magazine, PNM, please head to PureNintendo.com/magazine to subscribe! Thanks for reading.