Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well. I have been going through what is easily one of the hardest, toughest, most depressing moments of my life. I hoped to post this interview and finish up all my content from the conventions weeks ago, but I have been in such despair recently. I am terribly sorry for the delay and I hope you forgive me.
During my time at Comic-Con Africa 2019, I was able to conduct interviews with some amazing people. One of those people was South African artist Warren Louw. I bought a signed print of one of his artworks. I wrote a blog post detailing all the stuff I got at the convention, and if you have not read it yet you can check it out here.
Warren has been an inspiration to me ever since I discovered him and his work some years ago. He is such an amazing artist and is known around the world. He is such a cool person. I was able to interview him on the last day of the convention at his booth while people were buying prints from him. He was incredibly busy, to say the least, so I am glad he was able to grant me time to ask him some questions. So, please sit back, relax, and enjoy the interview.
How has your Comic-Con Africa 2019 Experience been so far? (I asked him this question on the last day of the convention)
Warren Louw: Honestly, Comic-Con Africa 2019 has been the best convention I have ever been to in South Africa yet. These conventions are only reaching higher and higher levels with each passing year.
You have done some work for DC Comics. What was it like working with them?
Warren Louw: My work relation with DC Comics is very positive. I have good relationships with a few of the guys there. I actually met a few of them when I went to the States. They are such an awesome bunch of people, and not just in a professional sense, but also just to hang together to go to a few of the pubs at night and wander the streets together. They’re an awesome bunch. I literally feel likeI’m part of the DC family.
What, in your opinion, is the most perfect superhero movie of all time?
Warren Louw: Without getting into too much detail, Wonder Woman (2017).
Between working and travelling, what do you like to do to de-stress?
Warren Louw: I took up going to the gym early this year and rock climbing. Right now, those are my two top choices in terms of how I like to spend my free time.
During your Live-Sketch Session, you mentioned that there were certain moments in your life where you were doubting yourself in terms of your art and sometimes even your personal life. What/who helped you push through those moments?
Warren Louw: Wow, that’s quite a difficult one to answer, but I would say, you know, once I eventually hit my rock bottom, whatever that was, I honestly knew I had no choice but to pick myself up. It gets to a point where you give yourself zero choice and no option whatsoever, and from there slowly but surely I was able to find the drive to just carry on.
If I run into an issue, if it’s fundamentally with my art or whatever, I’ll make sure to go online, search for references, do isolated studies just focused on what I’m struggling with, and then I’ll return to my artwork with newly-learnt skills, and then I’ll have a much easier time. Often I’ll reach a stopping point in my artwork where I just don’t know the fundamentals well enough, and even if I might go over it a hundred times, I’m not going to get it right because I don’t know the fundamentals or whatever. [In those situations] I just have to get back to whatever that fundamental is and learn it.
I would like to give a huge thank you to Warren Louw for graciously allowing me to interview him. It is always an honour to talk with him. I encourage you to check out his art at his DeviantArt account below:
Thank you all so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this interview. I have one more artist interview coming up, so please look forward to that. I hope you all have a fantastic day and I will see you all in the next blog post.