Interview with fellow microscopist/illustrator, Vince Kamp
I begin with a call-out to the world-renowned microscope stage developers: Linkam Scientific. Many industries require the ability to accurately perturb material or biological specimens with temperature, shear, tensile stress, exposure to radiation, humidity, etc.; and the Linkam crew enables viewing of microstructure via optical microscopy and many spectroscopic methods while doing so. Rheologists and biologists alike adore their fine craftsmanship. Linkam's products are available in the U.S. from many dealers including the McCrone Research Center (Walter McCrone was a famous "chemical microscopist" responsible for analyzing the pigments within the Shroud of Turin). Check out the Linkam online TV channel for more:
SEL: Vince, how do you construct your paintings?
VK: As far as my process is concerned, well I sketch everything in pencil and then scan and import into PS. I block in background colour and then block in my characters, I work from dark to light and use only one brush, a sort of splatter brush that mimics a traditional brush, set to 90% opacity and use pressure sensitivity on my tablet (wacom cintiq, 12") [SEL: Cripes! I want one of those!]. I have messed around with water based colouring pencils and oil pastels but not for my online stuff.
- ImagineFX example tutorial, from sketch-to-color in PS
- Death Dealer tutorial
- Other ImagineFX PDF Workshops
SEL: Your style is perfect for a kid's book, I can't wait to see how Leo the Robot Slayer emerges. Does any work inspire this style?