Kevin Necessary

If people would like to contact you, how would you like to be contacted? (Email, Webpage) You can view my blog at . or my portfolio (I'm using a service
until I can get my own site up) at

What type of tools or media do you use?

Everything I do does eventually get finished through the computer
(mostly Photoshop, but I do use Illustrator quite a bit). However,
getting to that point differs by project. Sometimes I just use pencil,
or pen and ink. Other times, I'll throw in acrylic or ink washes, or
take photographs or scans of interesting textures. I'm not sure I have
a set style or technique — when I'm creating I use whatever comes to

Where is the place you would like to work or be an Intern if you had a choice?

I'd love to character design for a video game or animation studio
(Lucasarts and Lucasfilm, Pandemic, Blue Sky, etc.) Beyond that, any
design firm would be great. Right now I work for a newspaper doing
page design, which means I don't get the opportunity to do art. So any
place where I could draw and create would be fantastic.

Who do you think are the top character designers out there?

Brad Bird is probably my favorite character designer out there. I'm
also a big fan of Aaron McBride, Doug Chaing and Gennedy Tartovsky.
Also, I love the stuff that comes out of Craig McCraken, who's doing
Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends on Cartoon Network.

What are some of your favorite character designs which you have seen?

As stated above, I watch Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends almost
every night. The designs are so simple but so expressive. I recently
discovered the artwork of Tony DiTerlizzi, who did a children's book
called The Spider and the Fly. Brilliant black and white work.

What is your most favorite subject to draw? And why?

I love retro-future designs, and find myself constantly drawing little
characters in that style on the edges of my sketchbook. Things like
clunky robots and funky little ray guns. I think I have a longing for
a future that seemed futuristic. I also like drawing political figures
of both the past and the present.

What inspired you to become an Artist?

I wanted to be an artist ever
since I was exposed to the artwork of Ralph McQuarrie, who was the
concept artist for the original Star Wars Trilogy. I first saw his
work when I was 3 or 4 years old, right after Return of the Jedi came
out. I used to try to match the Star Wars coloring books to his
paintings (the books were based on his work). As I grew older I
stopped focusing on art and got a "real" job, as a page designer for
newspapers. But on a trip to the Art Institute in Chicago in January
of '06, I rediscovered my love for art and the passion for creating
art. I've spent the past year trying to build up a portfolio.

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