An Interview with Amitai Plasse
Tell us a bit about yourself.
Ami (Ahh-Mee), short for Amitai, born and raised in NYC. Working in advertising, mostly in Interactive, as an Art Director to pay the bills and feed the hungry mouths at home. Its often a bit soul sucking, but sometimes I get to cut loose a bit.
What first made you want to become an artist?
I just always liked to doodle. From my earliest school days the margins of my notebooks were filled with Tie Fighters, Wolverine and Eddie of Iron Maiden fame. When I got into teenage years I started in on some graf and that got me keeping a book and drawing even more.
Please describe your creative process (how, when, materials, etc).
Most of my work starts in the sketchbook, or whatever else I can find to doodle on at the time – the bar tablecloth, the meeting brief, the catalog i just got in the mail from Pottery Barn – and then I try and figure out what else to do with it. Blog format is awesome for just posting sketches which then pushes you to draw more. I draw most everyday on the Subway now and whenever else I have a moment. I also like to draw/paint on pieces of found wood, old magazines and other found objects. I often prefer that to drawing on nice clean empty pages. That’s why I usually use the Moleskine with the storyboard template, even though I almost never keep it in the box. Often I end up using sketches as teh basis for digital pieces drawn in Illustrator and sometimes Photoshop.
What are some of your current projects?
Besides my work-work crap, I’m working on an animated short called Elevator Mosh, I’ve posted an early rough trailer here:
I have this series of graphic little germs that I’m doing some fun things with:
I’m trying to put together a book of my subway drawings http://amiunderground.blogspot.com
and 500 other things….
What advice would you give to artists who are just starting out?
Well definitely draw as much as possible. Get a sketchbook that you are comfortable dragging around (doesn’t have to be a Moleskine!) and draw as much as you can. Public gathering places and transport are awesome places to draw people, doing a lot of quick loose sketching really gets the juices flowing and gets you really comfortable with the all important hand, eye, brain connection. And don’t ever be afraid of doing a bad drawing, what doesn’t kill you just makes you stronger. Also, try and put yourself in situations where there are people to learn from. I’m not much of a joiner, but I’ve definitely benefited from working closely with other creative people, both in drawing inspiration as well as learning and fine tuning applicable skills.
Who are your favorite artists on skineart.com?
I think everyone who posts on a regular basis is pretty dope, I like Honolulu Dog Fight.
What are your portfolio sites/blog?
Besides creating fantastic artwork, what are your other hobbies?
Raising my 3 little germoids at home is pretty much all I can manage outside of creating and the occasional beerventures with friends. I used to play BBall, hit museums, movies, etc…maybe one day I shall again.