Today we chat with illustrator and comic book enthusiast Nicolas Rix. Enjoy and happy Friday!
Who is Nicolas Rix and what do you do?
I am a 32 year old illustrator that lives and creates from a quaint apartment in Tamboerskloof, Cape Town. I share this abode with my fiancé Taryn, my 2 cats and fish tank full of very hungry reef fish. My apartment is full of inspiring artwork, action figures and comic books. It’s not clutter, it’s inspiration. Right?
I grew up on comic books and for as long as I can remember I have always had a pencil in my hand. I started out with tracing paper and a stack of DC comics and Martian Bravestar posters. I have always aspired to be a comic book artist. I did get an opportunity work as a penciler for about a year when I was younger, which was a super tough job. I have had 2 short stories published that I hope no one ever finds.
Although I have always aspired to be an artist/illustrator/comic book maker.
I have actually worked most of my life as a designer in digital and print. I finished high school and got my first job a year later as a web designer.
I had absolutely no formal education or training in design, this was still the early days of the web and there were no degrees or diplomas focused on web design or media. So I gave it a shot, and it turned out pretty good.
In my spare time I still drew and worked on my craft.
I think if I had gone to study something like art or illustration overseas it would have been of great value to me, as you get to learn and bounce ideas off like minded people. Learning on your own without any guidance can sometimes take many years to achieve what some could have learnt in a year or two at an art institute. On your own you basically have to learn from your own mistakes and hope you are making progress.
How would you define your style or art?
I can only say what influences my style and it’s a lot of French artists and various American artists that work in the animation industry. Their art has longevity, motion and emotion that really appeals to me. With that said, I haven’t always drawn in my current style, it’s in fact very new.
About two years ago I decided to leave the old me behind and diversify my influences.
What inspires your work?
Telling stories. Creating characters. Thinking of the diverse world they could come from and what other stories lie hidden from their travels. The more fantasy that’s involved in it the better. Animation inspires me.
Games inspire me. Movies inspire me. And of course the countless talented artists I discover every day, that at first discourage me, but then inspire me because they were once feeling the exact same way about their art.
I always learn something from them and they’re always contactable and able to bestow advice and sometimes praise, which as you know really peps up an artist’s day.
What are you currently working on?
At the moment I am working on a short 10 page comic book, and I have been asked to create a print for The Edgar Wright show at Gallery1988 in Los Angeles. That will be all happening in August. Aside from that, I am always trying to expand my portfolio with my own personal pieces.
What advice would you give young creatives looking to do what you do?
I don’t know if I’m right person to deal out advice, as I still have much to learn. But what I can say is, take advice. Seek out advice. Contact your heroes and ask questions.
What a good artist can teach and tell you is more valuable than you know, and they are in fact trying to help, not discourage you.
Things I know that help:
Be yourself. be professional and be nice to work with, It goes a long way to creating good working relationships and trust.
Yes. You will from time to time encounter bullies and not want to continue, but forget them. Just keep drawing, painting, sculpting and improving your craft.
No matter what, strive to do the best work you can do. Be honest with yourself and where your skills lack and where you can improve. Never believe you know it all because you never will and that’s ok. The journey continues and you should be in love with the process. Love drawing even when you’re drawing something incredibly stupid.
Work hard and make time to relax.
Never do work for free. Never miss a deadline.
Where can our readers follow your work?
My website: nicolasrix.com
My Tumblr is what I use the most: nicolasrix.tumblr.com
You can find me on: Deviant Art, Behance and Facebook