Kurtis Dawe - Become Fascinated With Your Craft And Make It Your Life (Character Artist)

Kurtis Dawe

Avatar absolutely blew me away and that really motivated me to become a character artist.

1. Tell us about your background and journey.

I was always interested in art from a young age. I always loved creating and drawing monsters, aliens and creatures. I was given the opportunity to pursue my art because of my supportive mother.

2. How and when did you realize your passion for visual arts?

I had always known that I would be doing some kind of art as a career. As I graduated high school I was given a full scholarship to my dream school that was WAY out of mine and my family's price range. Again, I got the scholarship because my mother kept me motivated and helped me every step of the way.

3. What has been the biggest learning from your career? 

The constant learning of new programs and keeping up with other artists. Its very fun but also very time-consuming. 

4. Describe your favourite visual effect from a movie. Why do you like it? 

Avatar absolutely blew me away and that really motivated me to become a character artist. The design of the dragons in Reign Of Fire was also absolutely incredible. In my opinion, those are the best/most convincing dragons ever made. 

5. What do you think is the best method to review visuals for corrections? And what is your favourite software to work with? 

Working through the review together and taking a hands-on approach works to convey your point. 

Zbrush is by far my favourite program. It's extremely artistic and designed exactly for creative people.

6. What is the one piece of advice that you would give to aspiring visual artists?

Be motivated, be determined, work harder than anyone else, and most of all... BECOME A NERD! Become fascinated with your craft and make it your life. It's also very good to get involved with the art community on social media. 

- Kurtis Dawe (Character Artist)

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Interviewed By Akshaya Rathinavadivel

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