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 ! I wouldn't have joined DA if you weren't on here! Thank you for sharing this video interview.
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?
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.
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 i'll try to stop comparing my art with other artist's art
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.
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 ^^
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.