Frequently Asked Questions


RON GUYATT

Illustrator
Graphic Designer
Canadian
Film Aficionado
Sci-Fi Fan
Gamer
Biking
Lego Masterbuilder
Simon Pegg Lookalike
Is a Robot

INDY LYTLE

Illustrator
Graphic Designer
Canadian
Gamer
Inline Skating
Book Lover
Comic Book Fan
Vault Dweller
Smokes Candy Cigarettes
Cat Lady in Training

QUESTIONS ABOUT RON

1. Can you tell me a little about yourself?

I am a designer, illustrator that resides in Toronto Canada. I studied Graphic Design in college and would consider my illustration end mostly self taught. My work is inspired by Art Deco, Film and Science Fiction. I live with my long time fellow artist and wife Indy and our two cats; Hex and Jinx.

2. Can you tell us about your career path as an artist ?

I had tried to get into an illustration program when I first went to college; long story short I didn’t get accepted. After meeting my now fiancee it was decided that we would attend Graphic Design at George Brown College. While I was attending Graphic Design; I had a class called Advanced Imaging and it was that class where my first posters were born. From those first four posters I sold a copy of one to a fellow student and that was how I started my business. Not long after; while I was in my final semester I received my first commission job and I have been working since.

3. Which influences (artists and others) have been the most important to you ?

This is a difficult question; mostly due to the fact that I am always finding new things to inspire me. Growing up I loved Art, Geography & Math, it turns out that that is a great recipe for Graphic Design. I have been influenced by Art Deco, Propaganda posters and Retro Futurism. Science Fiction of all types has always played a big role; from movies, to books, to art. Some of my artist influences include, Sean Gordon Murphy, Adam Hughes, Ashley Wood, Matteo Scalera, Feng Zhu, Stanley Lau, Mike Mignola, Phil Noto and J. Scott Campbell to name a few. My biggest classical influence is Michelangelo. And of course my wife and and fellow artist Indy Lytle.

4. What does art mean to you?

For myself it is about conveying a story/message! I feel this can range from a conveying a simple emotion to illustrating a complex story. Your only limitations being your imagination and your canvass.

5. What drives your passion to create your artwork?

Honestly I just love to create! Put my take on the world .. I’m just glad to see so many share a love for the perspective I’m offering.

6. If you could work with anyone of your choice, who would it be?

It would be amazing to work with any of the artists I mentioned earlier but to be honest I would be happy to just do my own thing with Indy.

7. You are working with radicaly different styles... how do you chose a style for a particular subject/game ?

Whenever I start a project I start with research, then I take all the gathered information and and start to break it down into common important factors. Once I have those themes and tone for the subject it gives the ability to better see the project as a whole and can decide on how to visually tell the story with the proper tone and voice for the subject matter.

8. Could you explain your creative process.

Usually it starts with the idea. Either something pops in my head or I have something I’m trying to find and make visual. I’ll write down my thought and anything I feel relevant and from there I imagine the visuals that could be associated with those words and thoughts. Once I have that I start to put them all together. For me it is like a puzzle that I have to assemble.

9. In your opinion, which is more important when making art: the message or the image?

I feel that you really can’t have one without the other but I think it doesn’t matter how great the image is .. if you cannot convey your message your piece will not resonate the same way with the viewer and will not be nearly as successful.

10. Would you consider yourself an artist or a designer?

I consider myself both .. I’ve spent my whole life drawing. But I am formally trained as a designer. Personally Graphic Design gave my work the edge and ability to convey more with my images; I think it does matter.

11. What would you say are your favorite creations of yours so far?

My Space Travel Posters have been a wonderful personal project that I have learned so much from. I’m so thrilled when I travel to a convention and see so many share my same interests in Space. Beyond that it is tough .. each of my pieces have a special place in my mind and heart!

12. What do you like to do when you're not creating? What hobbies do you have?

I enjoy a reading comic books, playing video games, and watching movies.

13. What is your favorite game ? Which game would you love to use as an inspiration?

Picking a favourite game… That’s a hard question… I would have to say there are a few games that are my favourites. The ones I would have to go with are the Sim City franchise, Fallout 3, and the Civilization franchises. The list of games I’d love to make into posters is long and I am always getting new suggestions from fans all the time. I think I would love to do a poster for Civilizations, or a Mario Brothers games, or maybe Tomb Raider?

14. Lastly, do you have any tips or inspiring words for others?

As long as you feel good about your work other people will to and as long as you feel confident and your work is worth it others will feel the same. Just keep trying and remember that for the few that might not like what you do, there are always many others that will love your work.

15. As an artist, what would be your craziest dream?

I think I am already living my dream, working from home with Indy, what is there not to enjoy? Maybe having the recognition of an artist like Drew Struzan someday? As for projects, I’d love to do a video games cover art, a cover for Scientific American or Wired Magazine, and in game propaganda art and ads like you’d see in Fallout.

QUESTIONS ABOUT INDY

1. Can you tell me a little about yourself?

I am an illustrator, designer that lives in Toronto, Canada. I studied Graphic Design in college and would consider my illustration end mostly self taught; although I have done some life drawing classes. My work is inspired by Comic Art, Art Nouveau, and Pin Up Art. I live with my long time fellow artist and husband Ron and our two cats; Jinx and Hex.

2. Can you tell us about your career path as an artist?

When I first went off to college I did a Art Fundamentals course. After that I had originally planned on trying for either and illustration course or animation, in the end it didn't work out. While I was attending the Art Fundamental class I met my now Fiancé Ron and we decided to attend Graphic Design at George Brown College. When we were in Graphic Design Ron got his first job and suddenly we were left trying to figure out how to fun our own business. So after I graduated from Graphic Design, I briefly went off to another school for entrepreneurial studies and most importantly how to do taxes. Since then I have been working on my own pieces, showing in a few galleries and working with Ron on projects.

3. Which influences (artists and others) have been the most important to you ?

This is a list of people and things that is always changing but I'll give you a few. When I was growing up I was luck to have an Aunt and Uncle who took me to many plays, musicals and museums. So my exposure to art was started fairly early. I also was hugely influenced as a kid by anime, and cartoons in general. I have been influenced by Art Nouveau, Pin Up art and Comic Book Art. As for artists that have influenced me, Marguerite Sauvage, Adam Hughes, Babs Tarr, J Scott Campbell, Phil Noto, Audrey Kawasaki, Becky Cloonan, Lois Van Baarle, I could go on. My biggest classical influences are Alphonse Mucha, and Gil Elvgren. Also of course my husband Ron Guyatt.

4. What does art mean to you?

For me it's about emotion, conveying a feeling to the audience. Also telling a story is important to engage your audience.

5. What drives your passion to create your artwork?

It's a need to express myself, I think it would be hard to stop!

6. If you could work with anyone of your choice, who would it be?

I'd love to get a chance to work with pretty much any of the artists I mentioned, otherwise I have a pretty great time working with Ron.

7. How do you decide what to draw?

Sometimes I do art based on a random feeling that I want t convey to my audience. Sometimes I just want to do something pretty. Also I occasionally like to do work for fun on games, comics, and other things that I enjoy.

8. Could you explain your creative process.

Well starts with an idea. Could be random, could be inspired by something I saw, watched or other. Depending on the complexity I will either write down some things to include in the image or I will jump right into very small rough sketches. Then I decide on the type of rendering I want to do, such as digital painting vs something more like comic art. Then I usually go through a few revisions before moving to computer. Although while working on the computer I will continue to revise the piece until I am happy with it.

9. In your opinion, which is more important when making art: the message or the image?

Both, you can't have just one. Well you can, but I believe that if you want to make something meaningful, then the art needs to complement the message. By giving both equal priority I think it was help leave a lasting impact on the audience.

10. Would you consider yourself an artist or a designer?

Both, I am an illustrator, but I am a designer. I think being trained as a designer has given me a certain sense to layout and colours. I think it has helped me as an artist.

11. What would you say are your favorite creations of yours so far?

So far..... That is a hard question. I think so far my favourite pieces would be my Borderlands Gals. They were a venture into something new for me and I think that they will hold a special place in my heart because of that.

12. What do you like to do when you're not creating? What hobbies do you have?

Well as Ron would put it I am a hobby hopper. I love to game and I think more often than not I am gaming in my spare time. I also love to read, novels, comics anything. I love chilling on the couch watching movies with Ron and the cats. I also had more recently started crocheting for fun.

13. What is your favorite game ? Which game would you love to use as an inspiration?

I have been a gamer since the original Nintendo, so it's super hard to pick just one game! But to pick a few I would say I m a huge fan of Fallout 3, the Legend of Zelda Franchise, Rhapsody (it's extremely dorky but I love it), Chrono Trigger, so many games! I'd love to do something for the Zelda series, but I am too nervous that I'd mess it up!

14. Lastly, do you have any tips or inspiring words for others?

Don't be afraid! I see so many young talented artist who are afraid to put their work out there, they want to wait until they are "good enough" but really who is the judge of that? If you put your work out there you will have an audience who will love your work. Always remember we have all been there, we all doubted ourselves and our skills and we all wanted to be that person, whoever that artist was to you, I wish I had someone tell me to not be afraid and to embrace my own work earlier.

15. As an artist, what would be your craziest dream?

I do think I live a dream life, but for crazy, out of this world dreams? Sometimes I think I'd love to work in gaming, maybe as a concept designer? Other times it would be to work with one of the big Comic companies. I don't know I think I have more ambition than time, so I have a lot of big dreams.

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