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name: Richard
surname: Luong
year of birth: 1983
country: USA


The King In Yellow
by Butttornado


Q1: When did you start making art?
When I was 5, drawing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Q2: What does inspire you?
All art, I know it’s vague, but there is a lot of truly great art out there, and I am just a small spec in the grand scheme of it all. I am proud to be able to contribute whatever I can.

Q3: What are your techniques?
I use photoshop as my main tool. I am still using CS2 on Windows XP. I can’t seem to let the interface go :)

Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
I love to tell a story in character designs or the illustrations themselves. My favorite art always sucks me into another world. I hope to do that with my art too.

Q5: What is the main color of your art and why?
There isn’t a main color really, but if I had too choose one, it would be warm tones like red. Even if it isn’t the majority color in the illustration, I think that accents of red create a lot of drama.

Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
Everything. LOL. I am in awe of all the great work out there. The one thing I would want to improve on most though is story telling. I think that no matter what style you have, being able to tell a story is what sells a piece of art. At some point I want my art to be as simple as possible with abstract strokes and color yet still telling a story. I think as I get older and more experienced, my confidence will grow along with my ability to be bold and tell strong stories.

Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
My artbook which I plan on launching a Kickstarter for in a couple months probably. Long term though, I want to work on an independent point and click adventure game with my wife.

Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of Butttornado.
Creative, Horror, Passion.

Q9: Show us (link) your very first work. Describe it from techniques till feelings.
I don’t think I have it anymore. My very first photoshop illustration was a drawing of apes from the planet of the apes remake. All that art was lost long ago though.

Q10: What did change from your first work till now?
My color theory and brush strokes are much better than before. A lot of it has to do with confidence and experience.

Q11: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
I love life. I am blessed with a wonderful wife and being able to make art for a living. I love to make art, but to be honest, it’s not always easy. Sometimes trying to be creative can be stressful. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. There is frustration when I am working on an image and I can’t get it to look right. But the the high that I get, when I please a customer or create something that I am proud of feels like nothing else. I will be doing this and loving it for my whole life. I am truly blessed.

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