Artists and their Game Art in the Spotlight on GAHQ: Meet Ruth Taylor and her Pokemon Art Series!
Today i want to introduce you to Ruth Taylor, a professional artist who works as a animator and motion graphics designer at a production company in Amsterdam. Beside that, she draws a ton since many years including an extraordinary looking series of Pokemon since 2010 which made me curious to learn more about these artworks and their background. In the Interview you can read about Ruth, her inspirations and motivations, the Pokemon artworks and their background, and much more!
To see the featured artworks by Ruth, click on the images here!
Hello Ruth! First of all can you introduce yourself please and tell our visitors who you are, what you do and most importantly, how and when did you discover that art is probably something important for you?
Well I’m Ruth Taylor, I’m 22 years old and I was born in Scotland but moved with my parents to the Netherlands when I was two years old. My dad is Scottish and my mother is Dutch. So I’ve been brought up with 2 two cultures and two languages. My parents always stood behind me if I wanted to do stuff. I’ve always had an interest for animals, specially dinosaurs.
So my dad took me to a lot of museums. Both my parents are also creative people and once they discovered I could draw pretty well for a 5 year old, they would buy materials and books so I could keep on doing my thing.
In my puberty years I still loved Dinosaurs but I also loved fantasy so I combined the two an started to draw lots of dragons and other fantasy creatures. I was never much into drawing humans, because they weren’t diverse enough. Why draw a scrawny human if you can draw millions of species of animals or even cooler: a fire breathing dragon?
Anyway I attended art school because I wanted to do Illustration, but after seeing people in my class animating their drawings and because I really loved special effects in the movies I saw, I chose to do animation. I wanted my creations to come alive.
In my years at art school I specialised in 3d animation and concept art. I just didn’t have the patience for 2d animation and I really wanted my work to be life like, so 3d seemed to be the best option. I graduated in 2011 and in the summer of that year I got my first professional job as 3d artist and Motion Graphic Designer.
|I saw that you are on deviantART since 2005 already and your first uploaded artworks were already about dragons, Dinosaurs and other legendary Creatures some would call Monsters.
The most artists i met so far draw mostly human characters, how it comes that you are mostly drawing big and Creatures, Animals and lately the series of redesigned Pokemon?
I always loved animals, I always found the more interesting than people, because they are so different from us, and there are so many out there! And you can recreate them in many ways. That’s why I’ve drawn a lot of fantasy creatures. I like creating creatures of my own or draw existing concepts in my own interpretation. Like the Pokemon redesigns I’ve done. They are cartoon animals but what would they look like in the real world? I found this very interesting to find out.
Another reason I Like drawing creatures more than people is that I see people everyday, know people, talk to them. They are always around me. Because we know people so well it also harder to draw them. Because you can see when something is not done right. This is also a reason why I don’t people so much. You can’t make a lot of mistakes, because people won’t take them for granted. But with animals its less of a problem, making a mistake could easily make it an other animal.
I felt like I had start drawing more different stuff. I started being know for my dragons. But this not really what I wanted, because I knew I could draw many other things. So I shifted my focus more on landscapes, and other creature designs and also people.
Moltres, Zapdos and Articuno
Speaking about the Pokemon Series of yours, you draw some Pokemon in 2010-2011 already but the majority of them were drawn last year, in 2012. Did you discover the Pokemon games just a few years ago or how the change from Dragons etc. to the Pokemon series lately?
I’ve been a huge Pokémon fan since I was a kid, I still have all my Pokémon cards and I’ve played all the games. There are many reasons why I started a lot of them last year. One of them was That I bought a DS and started playing the games again after a few years. I got reminded how fun it was and how many different and interesting Pokémon there were.
An other was that a few friends of mine on DA also started making redesigns and it got me inspired to do the same.
Now to the question i ask every Interview partner since mid 2011 You went through art school and now you are a professional animator and motion graphic artist working at a production company, say can you give young people who are thinking about joining the art industry as well three tips / hints about whats important if they want to earn their living through art?
-Practise art and never give up on it, even when things don’t work out. You learn of the mistakes you make.
-Also don’t be afraid of critics they only help you to get better and is a common thing in the art industry.
- Look around yourself and use the things you see as inspiration, everything around you has a story or has something unique. Recreate or use it in your own work.
Topic change, now its about video games!
What are your three all time video games or game series?
Assassins Creed, Pokémon and Mario Kart. I know pretty diverse, but I like them all.
Whats your favourite game console?
I got a Wii, Xbox 360 and a DS. I find it hard to chose because the all have there own way of playing. I think I’m going for the DS, because I’ve played the most games on that and put a lot of hours into it.
If you could work at a big game company and the game of your choice, what game would that probably be?
Although I love good graphics in games. I think I’ll try to work at Blizzard for games like World of Warcraft. Because the worlds in this game is huge and they need lots and lots of creatures. So I would love to make lots of concepts for them.
Is there something else you want to share with the Game Art HQ visitors?
I hope you get inspired by the art you see on Game Art HQ, and create some of your own!
Thanks for the Interview and your time, i wish you every good and a ton of fun for the future and look forward to your next works!
If you want to see more of Ruth Taylor’s artworks, visit her gallery on deviantART!
This interview was made by Reinhold “GBK” Hoffmann from Game-Art-HQ as part of an ongoing interview series with professional artists and hobbyists about their work with video games and video game related art which has been featured on Game Art hQ.Com