Chitchat: Salvador Ramirez Madriz

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Your Full Name
Salvador Ramirez Madriz

Tell us about you.
I’m a Illustrator and character designer, I live in Guadalajara Mexico and work as Art director at Exodo DW, and as a concept artist for many films.

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I grew up under the influence of Pixar and Disney movies, you can see that reflected in my work… nontheless I have so much fun drawing diferent stuff like monsters, portraitrs, strange creatures and dragons! It kind of depends on what experience I had during the day to inspire my art.

In your opinion, what would be the secret ingredients to become a great concept artist?
Definitely, definitely, definitely It takes LOTS of practice and finding that love for art that will push you to not just only draw better everytime, but to search for better, faster and more interesting things to make art that is entertaining and a hole experience to watch.

Where are you located?
Guadalajara, Mexico.

What is the most challenging part of being a concept artist?
Keeping yourself out of the “comfort zone”. Highly successful artist may routinely step outside their comfort zones to accomplish what they wish. Sometimes it means no fun at all but you can clearly see the rewards at the end of the tunel.

Define the word “beauty”.
Beauty is establishing that easy to read and feel connection bettwen a certain element or situation and a memory of whatever one might find enjoyable. One can come to have a deep aprpreciation of these things as a result of undertanding them.

Do you promote/ showcase your work? If so, how?
Of course! very very important to do so. Being talented does not bring attention toward you just because, an artist needs to be in other places rather than just behind that drawing table. I speak at academic conferences, teach students at different schools, submit as much as I can to deviant art, cg society, I attend to art convetions and always with my printed portfolio, I try to make as much friends as possible… even drawing in the park might get you more than being the talented but quiet artist in the corner of that studio!

If you have a long range goals in your life. What is it?
I always try to give back to the people around me, for that my long range goal as an artist is to teach newcomers and pass on the knowledge I will ultimately have.

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What types of assignment/ project are you attracted the most? Why so?
Designing characters for film. I love having the time to really get to understand a new creation up to the point where it projects real life, that can be rarely experienced while working for tv due to very demanding deadlines.

Who is a concept artist that you look up to? Why so?
Bobby Chiu, he is intense! he runs a studio, teaches online class, work at the estudio, travels a lot, and on top of it he interviews artists and runs a daily contest! god knows what else! He is an amazing artist that grew up from beliving in hard work and being humanitarian. look up for his work! you are in for a treat!

Describe a difficult work/ project situation and how would you overcome it?
Sometimes they ask me to work in 6 projects at the time, and some other times is just one but I’m having a bad creativity day, and thats when pressure increases. What I like to do in both cases is take a time and breath outside, I carry pencil and paper and write down what exacly needs to be done. I try to think of everything as the most important and enjoyable thing in the world, doing so pushes me naturally to do things better and faster.

What do you think about the Internet and how it is affecting our lifestyle?
I think internet is the greates tool of our time, information is there at any moment and at any place. You can learn a lot, promote yourself almost for free, get in touch with virtually anyone, its insane! People should take advantaje of all of this and make their lifes easier and more productive.

If you could turn back time, how would you do things differently?
I Think I would have taken classic painting classes. I studied cinematography and animation but didn’t really learn much about drawing, Now I buy a lot dvd’s and books about lightning, texturing, and other stuff that I had to learn on my own. I guess it could have been faster.

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What is your favorite media/platform to work on your art ideas?
I’m becoming a really fast at doing sketches on photoshop, so that would be one and doing pencil drawing would be the other, it pushes me to really think it thoroughly before I start.

Name 3 of your favorite (art) books/ magazines.
“The art of Ratatouille”, “A sketchy past by Peter de Sève” and this is not a book, it a web page but I really love it “http://www.sketchoholic.com/

What is your life motto?
“Carpe Diem”, It awfully sounds like a cliché but it is so true and motivating.

In what kind of a work environment do you do your best work?
In a very free and creative one!, I have lots of stuff over my desk, lots of books, we even have a pool table and darts! I love having a nice view right out of the window and being able to talk to everyone in the studio, that’s great to work everyday! But for my best work I always work alone in a pretty dark enviroment and with my favourite soundtracks, I need to concentrate and really see the color as they are (therefore the dark room)

What do you like the sound of? Why so?
All of the above and specialy ocean waves! it is so realxing! I get a lot of peace and it kind of “reset” all of the stress I’m having at the moment.

If you have online portfolio, what is the URL?
http://reevolver.daportfolio.com/

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