Q&A with Edward Wittlif
e are big fans of Edward Wittlif ( flickr / deviantart / instagram) and we have really been digging the work he is producing on his new iPad Pro with his Sensu Brush. We thought you would enjoy seeing some of his wonderful paintings and hearing about the artist so our own Matt Lynaugh asked him a few questions and wanted to share his answers with you. It is always interesting to hear what other artist are thinking about, what tools they are using, and what they are looking at for inspiration (be sure to check out the links to the artists that Edward follows).
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ML: What are your thoughts on creating digital art?
EW: I have a love-hate relationship with digital art because I love what I can do with it, however, I still see the digital print as being inferior to an original painting. Both traditional and digital art have their place. The fine art world will be ruled by traditional art for a long time, I’m sure. However with, illustration, character design, and concept work, digital is definitely king. I constantly have this battle inside my head. I don’t think all digital artists suffer from this, but I believe my background is one of the key factors in that. Ultimately, I love digital painting and I can’t find a way to talk myself out of it.
What is your set-up?
I now have an iPad Pro with a plethora of apps and use the Sensu Brush. My Wacom intuos touch is getting jealous and might be plotting something.
What artists do you admire or relate to?
Carol Marine, James Gurney, Caravaggio, Loish…. as you can tell I am not OCD because I don’t see lists as needing to be in chronological or alphabetical order… Michael Carson (huge favorite of mine), Jeremy Mann, Milt Kobayashi, Malcolm T. Liepke, Jake Parker, Abigail Larson, Thomas Cole.. It’s a long list and I could go on for a while.
What are your favorite subjects?
Not math! Does that count?
What inspires you?
Beauty, and the macabre, simply put.
How has your work changed over the years?
In my early days I was heavily into Sci-Fi/ fantasy then that morphed into surrealism and now much of my work is character design based. If I had my way I would be a landscape artist.
Do you have a favorite drawing or painting?
I do have one piece of mine that I see as the crown joy of all my work but I’m not saying publicly which one it is because there is a lot of controversy and drama behind it.
Did you ever feel like giving up?
Once or twice…….a day. But there are those times when I know I am doing the right thing and anything else would just be miserable.
What’s the best and worst things about being an artist?
The worst thing about being an artist is telling people you’re an artist because they always follow up with the question, “yeah, but how do you make money?”
The best thing is you can be as weird as you want and people just write you off as eccentric.
What advice do you have for aspiring artists?
When you are looking at other people’s work and you feel overwhelmed by how good they are, remember every great artist you see was a crappy artist at one point, who refused to give up. You can do it too but do it every day.