Our Interview with Sebastien at Kosept

February 14, 2013 at 12:03 am | Posted in Art, Interview, Star Wars | 1 Comment

As a companion piece to our highlight of Kosept’s Star Wars art, we decided to dive a little deeper into the artwork by asking the artist himself. From inspiration and challenges, to upcoming projects, Sebastien shares a little about himself and his amazing artwork.

What inspired you in your Star Wars pieces?

Sebastien: As a graphic designer I naturally find inspiration anywhere around me but mainly in the street (graffs, street-art) and in extreme sports (snowboarding, surf, etc.). I also take my inspiration from Star Wars toys and statues. I collect them and even created a Star Wars-merchandising specialized website with friends of mine (www.mintinbox.net). I love to draw from toys photos and often use Gentle Giant busts, Kotobukiya statues, Sideshow stuff for that.

Can you describe the process you went through to create them? (for example, did you sketch them first, add color last, what programs did you use, etc)

S: I start taking pics of a toy or statue or I browse it on the internet if I don’t have it. Then I pencil-sketch what I aim to and draw the shapes I’ll use. Afterwards, I rework the photo with the software “Illustrator” and mix it with the shapes I previously created. Little by little, the drawing is shaping, sometimes easily by itself, sometimes on a utterly different direction than the one I had in mind.

How long does it take you to create each?

S: It can take me between 8 and 24 hours of work so the range is quite wide. However, I never create a piece in one go and prefer to work by tiny bits, a few minutes here, one hour there, depending on the inspiration, than I stop. It allows me to step back from the creation and do a better job in the end. All in all, between the preliminary sketch and final drawing, it takes roughly one or two weeks.

Of the Star Wars characters you depicted which was the hardest?

S: I think IG-88 required the more work as I had to use several statues and toys pics to recreate the position I wanted.

In pure creative terms, I think Boba Fett was the most difficult one. I had to try a lot of different graphic style to find what I was aiming to.

Are the bounty hunters your favorite Star Wars characters?

S: Not really, I prefer Twi’leks, especially Aayla Secura (wink) but I found it more interesting to work on a series of characters such as the Bounty Hunters. They have the specificity of offering a wide range of races, costumes and very different graphical universe in shapes and colors.

Do you have plans to do more? I’d love to see some Sith or Jedi.

S: I still have Dengar to do in order to complete the series. I think there might be others in the furture, perhaps a female Jedi, just because I’m a pin-up girls lover.

Will you be heading to Star Wars Celebration Europe this year?

S: Yes, but not as an artist. I’m going there to promote our website www.mintinbox.net, we’ll have a booth. I think we’ll print a few Bounty Hunters drawings exclusively for the event. One will be able to get some of them by passing by the booth, I’ll be thrilled to dedicate them.

We want to thank Sebastien for taking the time to answer our questions and we look forward to seeing what he comes up with next! You can check out all of Sebastien’s creations at www.kosept.com and you can see all of his Star Wars creations here.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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