Concept artist Clinton Felker creates fantastical characters using his sketch pad (not an iPad in case you’re wondering). His recent interpretation of what Star Wars characters would look like if they lived in Feudal Japan has been doing the rounds in the blogosphere—with good reason, they’re amazing. Here’s Samurai Boba Fett and how it got created. Clinton sells prints of his artwork online via his blog.
Why are you doing this? I do this because this is who I am. I live and breathe this stuff. Money was never the driving force of getting into art. But I feel if you put a lot of energy and passion into what you love to do money will become a byproduct. The real value is the craft. It’s a form of therapy for me.
What inspires me? My parents inspire me. They have worked hard all their lives to raise me and my sisters. We weren’t wealthy at all. But my parents made me feel like I was. Drawing was something I did a lot as a kid because we didn’t have money for toys. I just so happen to have made it my occupation as I got older.
Do you have one tip for other aspirant creatives? Never stop believing in your craft. If it makes you happy to do it then do it. Never listen to negative people. They are usually hateful for a reason. Always remember the people who helped you along the way. Believe in yourself and everything will fall into place.