Richard Dorran is a fantasy illustrator and concept artist based in the UK. The artist's images are used with permission.
You've embraced education and seek constant improvement as an artist; tell us more?
To really get the most out of anything you have to be 100% committed. When I'm not painting with my tablet, I'm sketching outdoors, studying the individual brushstrokes of the old masters, or reading (yet again) about color theory. After recently attending an online course, my art and speed have improved by leaps and bounds, which has provided a real boost to my confidence. Online courses: highly recommended!
Can you share some history regarding your artistic development and motivation?
As a child I was always drawing cars and boats and planes, inspired by things I had seen or books that I'd read. It seemed a crime not to put these images in my head onto paper! As time went on, support from family and friends only affirmed to me that this was what I wanted to do for a living. Art can be a rather egocentric and selfish pursuit, but I yearn to share with other people. I hope that when they see my work, it fills them with some of the same feelings I felt when creating it.
What can you say about your recent switch to the digital medium?
Before discovering digital painting, I worked primarily in oil paints. At that time, I had an ambition to go to college and get a degree in fine art, but for various reasons that never happened. I was stuck in a quandry for a time, wondering which direction to go, what road to take. Photography seemed a likely avenue for a while, but I didn't feel it was the answer I'd been searching for. I then became aware of the opportunities offered in video game development.
I started out by learning a 3D package, but quickly realized that digital concept art was the natural fit I'd been looking for. The digital medium offers me freedom and flexibility that I just can't get from traditional tools. It's also been a time saver, as digital painting allows me to create in just a few hours what might have otherwise taken several months to complete.
I know that I've finally discovered what I want to do for the rest of my life and I couldn't be more excited for the future.
See more at Richard Dorran's deviantArt page.