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Video Interview with Sycra

Journal Entry: Tue Jan 14, 2014, 9:43 PM

I did a video interview with Sycra (A great artist and a great contributor of the art community who runs a very resourceful youtube channel). We had a really fun time chatting about art. Enjoy!

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For those who wanna know a little bit more about me, you can find the interview here:…

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DamionS Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Nice video.
demoart Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Being American-born HK Chinese, it's real hard to find inspirational role models that I can relate to.  I can relate to the family obligations... pleasing your parents... cross culture interpretation of art... fine art vs pop art... career decisions... marriage... , etc! etc!  I'm sure that's a part of the reason why Jim Lee went to med school before ending up at DC. 

One thing I'd like to share is that I tried to surround myself with other aspiring artist friends and challenged them to draw 'outside' the box and to post to DA.  But they were too scared that someone would 'steal' their art or it wasn't good enough and they never reciprocated motivation back.  However, when I saw all the work ArtGerm had posted on DA, I thought to myself "only Stanley Lau can do that" meaning that; thieves can't steal your creativity, getting critiqued is the best way to improve yourself, and worry about motivating yourself before motivating others.

I will admit that I got put off with keeping up with this hobby because of the non-official and official Darkstalkers art contests, but watching this interview has renewed my esteem.  Perhaps having Relic being immortalized isn't the end of the world and maybe being in the 30s is not too old to try to turn this around as a career.

I'm so greatful you joined deviantART !  I wouldn't have joined DA if you weren't on here!  Thank you for sharing this video interview.
Artgerm Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Appreciate your kind words. Do drop by my dA chatroom on weekdays and interact with the likeminded artist.…
BlackUmbral Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
Wonderful interview!  Thank you for sharing it.
rei-baahk Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great interview. :) 23:19 was creepy tho.
SythMog Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Student General Artist
amoxus Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
 Wow! Two of my favorite artists. Looking forward to watching it. :happybounce: 
Modernerd Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That was some great info being shared, thanks artgerm, and sycra for the interview :)
GloriaFelix Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
thank you, you are always great and huge inspiration :)
Masquerade7 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Student General Artist
Completely inspiring!!!
REY-HAN Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This really was, inspiring :frail:
rashuvast Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Positivity will do greatness for a person OMG MOAR POEMS! 
This interview was so insightful w00t! 
I'll be spending my time sketching 5 hours a day from now on I love deviantART! 
And the mental sketches... wow, I hope I can get to this level one day I am a dummy! 

jellymeep Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Student Artist
I saw this yesterday, and it really has to be one of my favourite interviews. You are so damn inspiring Stanley. :D
madmagnus Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
I saw it a day ago, buddy. Very helpful and informative. Congrats on your success. :)
Bluefley Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Super insightful, thanks for doing this :D
geoartz Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014   Digital Artist
Stanley, thank you, I originally went to school for illustration but I wanted to do what you're doing for the stylized art and concept design industry, I have returned back to my roots at what I love, this video was awesome! You are humble my friend and thats why you deserve to be where you are now.

I screen captured that weird moment at 23:19 where your face morphs into an angry mask. Any reason? Test maybe?
Artgerm Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I think Sycra just wanna add a little fun
geoartz Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014   Digital Artist
That was kool, I remember one of my teachers at SVA would do little visual tricks to keep us on our feet to see if we were paying attention in class
RoninDude Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for sharing that! I very much enjoyed your thoughtful and inspiring words, and I will take them to heart. Thank you!
nunleyart Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014   Digital Artist
You are an inspiration to everyone here Stanley. Thank you for being brave enough to keep to your dream! We are so proud of you and how you represent us all here at Devianart! You make me strive to be better.
Mayleth Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Was really wonderful hearing your perspective :D
Taz-Master Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
I really enjoyed the interview and your unwavering confidence was inspiring Clap 
Ajanime22 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
This was so inspirational. Thanks for the words to keep pushing me forward. Keep up the great work and God bless. :)
Yuuza Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
at around minute 23 there is a moment where your face gets morphed with some face that looks creepy, did you do that to see if someone notices? O.o
aside from that, great interview :D i'll try to stop comparing my art with other artist's art
JNetRocks Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
I really enjoyed this.  Especially the part about loving your own work.  I think it's sometimes hard to stay positive when the community is so talented, but it all starts with your own point of view.

Thanks for that, and for taking the time for the interview. :)
Sharinku Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Student General Artist
I really enjoyed your interview and wisdom. Thank you for sharing your teachings and your views on art. The information is invaluable. Thank you. I'm not only inspired to draw more, but I also have the want to be more optimistic with my art and the world.
TracyWong Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This was a good interview and I learned a lot. Thank you, Stanley, for sharing your time and some of your knowledge. :hug:
Avondrood Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
Nice interview! thank you :D 
jpeg96 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
Oh my god
LeonardVindelStudios Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Got to see at least 10min of it before my access was cut off but just that alone was enough to boost my hunger to be a greater artist. thank you
Hedge-Dragon Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This video was an inspiration. Thank you both! ;u;
AceOfKeys72 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Omg seriously don't look 40. and lol awesome for the old school manga. I'm glad I took the time to listen to this. I had this in the background as I was on the computer and I found it very helpful. I think what hit me the most was about building a fan base early. I'll be honest I always believed my art had to be better before I could start exposing myself and I lacked confidence because I only started drawing seriously three years ago around when I turned 20. But after seeing this I feel a bit more confident to put myself out there, improve the quality of my work and enjoy being an artist ^^
xechon Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay! You got to do the interview! It was amusing seeing it being set up in the livestream :)
kadomaru Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Student Artist
Thanks fot giving it, it was so inspirational!, thanks!
dushka2001 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanx for sharing your wisdom! fantastic interview!
lighto-chan Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
How you answered those last questions blew my mind! You are a great inspiration to the art community!
MissHaileyJean Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Inspiring as always. :heart:

By the way, wth at 23:18?
qjs83 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
I love it awesome 
tripplejaz Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Wow. Man, I'm so inspired by this. I really admire your work Stanley, and I know a lot of other DA artists do too. I'm taking a few years away from college to pursue art, go BACK to the fundamentals, and continue to develop my style. I would really like to do this with your help, or maybe a colleague's of yours. The journey to becoming a better artist is tough enough, I'd rather not do it on my own. Any advice or help you could give would be greatly appreciated (watched the movie and found a lot helpful already!). I'm done with trying to take shortcuts to make my art better.
sameh-koko2 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014   Digital Artist
awesome :D
AJInu-Okami Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Everyone in the comments are glad that you got an interview from him.
illuminantur Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Student General Artist

I just saw it! It was really enlightening and helped motivate me to keep pursuing art.  Both you and Sycra Yasin have been huge inspirations, so thank you!


DoctorSoull Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
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