Q:Do you look down on other artists? Does it frustrate you seeing an artist that never seems to get any better? Or a popular artist who isn't that great or seems to get progressively more lazy? Do you feel bad for aspiring artists knowing its a very competitive field and the pressure to be better then others to get a job is there even though its not very fair? (in short what do you think of other artists?)
Do you look down on other artists?
No! I never look down on other artists just for the sake of looking down on them. That’s malicious.
Does it frustrate you seeing an artist that never seems to get any better?
Not really, everyone goes at their own pace. And when they do finally noticeably improve, it is pretty great to see how hard they persisted and weathered the storm to achieve it!
Or a popular artist who isn’t that great or seems to get progressively more lazy?
This I do have an issue with, though it is their choice to be lazy or not. They have every right to cut corners and be lazy, set up camp on their plateau (and that’s even if there’s a lot of success still flourishing their way on said plateau) and not try to advance in their work. However, I don’t recommend doing that, personally.
Do you feel bad for aspiring artists knowing its a very competitive field and the pressure to be better then others to get a job is there even though its not very fair?
I never thought much about this, maybe because I’m privileged to not still be “struggling” when it comes to getting work in the industry. But the only thing I can tell you in response to this is that the reason I’m not struggling is because I put the work and effort into getting where I wanted to be right now, and I have a bunch of artist friends and acquaintances who have also put in the work and effort and received.
With that said, you really get out what you put in. If you as an artist or another artist is still “struggling” to find your voice/work in the field, then there’s just something you’re not doing right yet, or something you haven’t learned how to do yet, but that doesn’t at all mean that all hope is lost. And there isn’t a magic trick to learn to get in the field, it’s really based on a number of circumstances and situations. The advice I give out here on my Tumblr is only things that I learned and discovered myself, as I’ve been through it already. I would never advise what I do not know and I give that specific advice to try and close the threshold for other artists to “make it”, hoping that it would work for them, even if they have other criteria to meet in their goals, skill, and aspirations. So I don’t feel bad, but I feel very hopeful for these specific artists. :)
As for other artists in general, I love viewing other artists! I find it as a big source of inspiration! I can learn from and be inspired by even an artist who may not be capable of drawing an anatomically sound piece but can do something totally cool with lines or the way they render hair or something! We all feed off of each other creatively; it’s in our nature to bounce ideas off of each other anyway! It’s just a good mindset to be in when it comes to a field that can be very competitive at times. :)
Q:Can you show us some of your old work?
Sure. Before I do though, here’s a disclaimer:
With Rob providing you links to galleries of his old work, know that at the time of said link provision, the floodgates of hell will open and wrath will unleash upon the Earth, burning all of man to a crispy but very-burnt Pop-Tart that is undesirable from an edible standpoint. Be warned. None of this can be reversed, and eternal slumber will fall upon ALL and Rob will be forced to watch the chaos spread right in front of his eyes. And god forbid, DO NOT GO INTO THE SCRAPS LINK, unless you have absolutely no heart for life in general, for it will destroy every alien in the universe. They will also become burnt Pop-Tarts with the eternal curse of not even being wanted by a very famished person who has been fasting for a week. If you have no problem committing Rob to this horror, then proceed.
Have you read the disclaimer carefully? OK, then here’s the link to my original account
I FIXED THE TRAILER TO FFXV, GUYS! YOU’RE WELCOME
Q:You're awesome bro. I wish I was as good as you. :(
I had a visitor last week.
He said he was from the past. 10 years away. It was me, and he said the exact same thing to me and I told him “You’ll get to my level one day”.
Then last Sunday, I traveled to the future and I met my future self and he was wayyyyy too good. Started feeling like you are now. I sighed longingly and afterwards, told him, “I wish I was as good as you.” He replied, “I oughta’ slap you. You know better than that.”
Long story short, keep drawing and practicing and then you’ll have to deal with your past and future self as well.
I’m not just telling you this story to prove a point. This actually happened.
TIME TRAVEL IS REAL… IT’S REAL. O___________O
Q:First of all, I want to say : your work is awesome and it's a unlimited source of inspiration for me ^^ ! Especially your sketchs, so full of life :). Now, the question ! Will you plan to go in a convention in France one day? I'm sure I'm not the only french guy who prays to see your for real ! haha! Cheers and continue to make us dream Rob' !
Haha, thank you!
It’s not the first time I’ve been asked if I’m going to attend a French convention and one of my wife’s big wishes is to go to Paris one day, lol; so I wouldn’t rule it out completely! Practically almost every French person I talked with online has been very nice and welcoming, so I definitely would love to attend a convention one day!
Thanks for the kind words!
Q:I don't gush to artists I love often enough, but your art is a huge inspiration for me generally, and, if you'll excuse the weirdly specific praising, I just wanted to say how you make like, the best fanart of Daisy. She's one of those odd characters where I've noticed it's really hard to capture her unique likeness/personality when not drawing in the official Mario style but you get her spot-on; totally recognisable as your art but also totally looking totally like, well, her, every time.
There are few characters I just love expressing, and when I do, I always try to make it a point to convey the character as best as I can within my style. Just little bits like body language, expression, etc. Those things matter and I pay attention to them a lot in my work and when observing characters/people.
Thanks for noticing! ^^
Remember when I drew Donkey Kong all suave with swag? Well, here are the sketches I did of some of the other Kong family members.
I’ll finish them someday…
Q:Hey there, Rob. Two weeks ago I managed to finally purchase a drawing tablet (an Intuos 5) and have been using it everyday ever since. I've really gotten the hang of using it, but there's one area that I seem to continue to struggle with, which is making quality lineart. Do you have any tips or tricks that can help me out?
Beats me! I’m horrible at an Intuos/Bamboo-style tablet, it’s just so unnatural for me (I use a Cintiq). But I know artists that do use it and make great lines with ‘em so I guess just keep practicing! Sorry, I wish I had more to say on that. ^__^;
Q:I dunno if this is the kind of asks you answer but I was just wondering, how is your anatomy so good does that just come from practice or did you study it cuz it's flawless man, anatomy is one of my biggest flaws and any info would be perfect c:
Hahaha, it’s definitely not flawless. But I do have a working knowledge of anatomy to where I don’t really need reference when coming up with poses. It all comes from lots of observation of life mainly, and then studying and applying it in my work. It’s basically understanding and getting used to drawing the basic shapes and learning how it all connects.
So yeah, other than just a lot of practice, repetition, and application, I find that observation is very key, even more than just simply ‘drawing a lot’, at times.
Q:Have you've every looked at someone's drawing and ever felt really bad because your drawing skills are far below their skills ? Do you have any tips to keep your head up in situations like those ?
Oh yeah, for sure! I can’t count how many times I’ve felt this way.
At the end of the day though, I didn’t focus solely on that. I know that it didn’t stop me from being able to draw myself, even if not better than those artists at the time. I also know that there’s always room for improvement; even on art work I finished and loved.
Just going through the material for my sketchbook alone has reinforced this for me on a great scale. I came a long way. And I have even more of a way to go. :)
Q:Dude, your style rocks! In the earlies how many hours did you dedicate to art on a daily basis to improve?
I don’t know about the earliest, but we’ll just start from scratch.
I started getting serious when I still had a 9-5 job, so that went on for about 4 years. So we’ll count about 6 hours each day during those years, which equals on average 2190 hours for 4 years.
OK, now that we have that figured out, since I now work freelance full on and still practice and doodle from time to time (and draw for my work) everyday, I calculated my average wake time (18 hours) times the average amount of time I’m at my desk working (6 days) times 52 weeks in a year (312 days, and I’m being generous on that average day count) times 7 years so far and that equals another 39,312 hours. (O___O)
Add 2190 + 39,312 hours and we get a total of an average of 41,502 hours logged serious doodling/drawing so far in my life! If that sounds like a lot, it is.
So if you all want to improve faster, try making your drawing/studying sessions last a bit longer than 30 minutes a day. Try to lighten up on the vidya games (I get distracted from time to time myself because I absolutely love the vidya… and Twitter sometimes. Sometimes I can really get into Twitter) and other fun stuff if you really want to improve as an artist. There’s nothing I can’t stand more when some peeps come to me to complain why they’re not improving in their work when I see them doing everything else with their valuable free time and logged on playing and doing whatever, and the answer’s right in their face.
Sorry went off the tangent here but hope that answers your question! HAHA
Q:I have to say, I absolutely love your Guardians of the Galaxy piece. I mean everything you do is great, but I just honed in on that Galaxy piece. (Cause I really loved that movie. Hahaha.)
E-everything??? NAHHHHHHHH…. (In denial!)
With that said, thanks so much for the kind words! I really loved the movie as well, saw it thrice and it’s one of my top-favorite Marvel flicks! :D