The PN Featured Artist this week is the very talented Anthony Losoya. Checkout some of his character art below inspired by some of his favorite Nintendo games. If your interested in seeing more of his art or contacting him you can find his information below. Enjoy!
KD: When did you first get involved with illustrating, is it something you’ve always been interested in?
AL: I’ve been drawing for as long as I could hold a pencil. I remember when I was like 4 or 5 my Mom would try to teach me how to draw basic shapes and stuff like that, I was determined to get them right so I drew them over and over until I could do it to my liking.
KD: What illustration programs do you use when creating your art? Which ones would you recommend for beginners?
AL: The program that I first started with was Photoshop Essentials. This is not and ideal program to use for drawing and for a while I struggled to get the hang of working digitally until I got one called Manga Studio. It was on sale for about $50 or something like that (it’s originally around $200) and that’s when it really started clicking for me. So that’s the one that I would recommend for beginners, as far as I know it goes on sale way more often than other programs like Photoshop Illustrator (though I suppose you could just subscribe to it for $20 a month).
KD: Are video games a big influence when illustrating?
AL: As far as influences go, video games do play a huge roll (especially looking at the concept art) along with various manga and anime. A lot of times what will happen is that I’ll be playing a game and if it’s one that I’m really into, an image or some ideas will start to pop into my head. Once I get a good enough idea of what I want to draw I need to pause what I’m doing and get it on paper before I lose it.
KD: What is your favorite Nintendo game or series?
AL: My favorite Nintendo series is actually both Metroid and the Legend of Zelda. I’ve played and love every game in those franchises (except for Zelda 2, I tried and just couldn’t get into it, and Metroid: Other M I just hate that one).