Grady Frederick is a concept artist and illustrator based in Montreal. While still finishing up his studies, he has already began to work on freelance projects with companies like Cirque du Soleil and Mercury Filmworks.
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Tell us about one of your favorite personal projects.
One of my favorite personal projects is a piece called “Hearth and Home”. This was a fun and challenging exercise to design a dwelling using influences from 2 different ancient cultures – in this case Roman and Chinese. I had so much fun preparing for this by sketching and studying shapes and structures from these cultures and really understanding what makes them unique. It was also good practice to push my 3d skills a bit further. Combining the styles was tricky, but once I had decided on my final design it was so much fun to set it in the landscape. I have always been attracted to warm cozy houses sitting in cold harsh environments.
What is the best art advice you’ve ever received?
Create what you love! I have heard this advice from many people I look up to, and it will never get old! It sounds simple, but while you are learning you may feel the temptation to follow what is trending, or what you’ve seen other “famous” artists draw. It’s important to stretch your design muscles and learn new things, but this should all fit into your overall area of passion. For example if you want to design characters, life drawing and anatomy study may feel tedious for you but it is necessary to refine your skills and push your characters to a higher level of quality and depth. It is important to practice what truly interests you because it will show through your work and that is what will ultimately define your style and appeal as an artist.