Interview with Illustration West 54 Judge Rebecca Guay
You are one of the most accomplished artists working in our field. You’ve done comics, books, graphic novels, Magic cards, commercial illustration for loads of clients, and now are a well-established gallery painter. What pushes you to do all these different things, why not stick to just a few?
- I have indeed worked in many different progressions of the industry of art – but importantly – have focused very specifically for long periods of time in certain places – first many years in comics ( with just a few small jobs on the side for kids books work, like for Cricket Magazine) then moving into Fantasy with almost exclusives MTG and Role playing games for a number of years with some work in comics again here and there (and then STARTING in 2005 to develop my personal and gallery work whenever I had a free moment). Then almost totally in Children’s books for several years (while doing some RPG on the side) then back to Comics for another 3-4 years. Since 2011 its been totally about gallery work – a leap I was able to make after completing the last two graphic novels back to back.
- There is a great beauty and centering in honoring the practice of classical ballet – if you come every day to the barre and center you mind and train your body-rewards happen – much the same way when you come to the studio and train as an artist, NEVER easy but always fulfilling.
- I respond to what the students need and what reflects the places where artistes have success within the industry yearly or even by the semester.
- Teaching is so much more rewarding than is easy to put into words – seeing the shape and landscape of the industry changing because students who have come through programs one started – its JOYOUS to see – amazing.
- In my work as an artist I’m in a group show at Jonathan LeVine in August and I have my next solo show scheduled for Fall 2016 in NYC in connection with R. Michelson – and this year will be spent painting for that show.