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Concept Art Student Interview - José Sánchez Chaves

Jose Sanchez

Can you tell us a bit of your art background prior to VANAS?

I studied Fine Arts at Universidad de Costa Rica, where I majored in Graphic Design. On those years I learned the fundamentals of design and drawing. Later after my graduation, I had the chance to get lot of experience working as an illustrator for several companies in Costa Rica and abroad.

 

What were your motivations to take the program?

I have been in love with animation since I was child so I decided to focus my art skills towards the entertainment industry. For me the idea of having a job creating worlds and characters is simply fascinating, I really can’t imagine such a perfect thing. And that is why jumping into Concept Art was the next logical step in my career path.

52499b6d-8a69-494d-8345-d899f770bb7a.largeHow has VANAS helped you?

VANAS helped me out to understand the importance of ideas and design in concept art, even more than artwork itself. It was great to learn the technical details involved in the visual development process and how studios work today.

"The idea of having a job creating worlds and characters is simply fascinating"


Can you mention some A-ha! moments during your education?

When I realized that being a Concept Artist gives you the chance to be some sort of a “universal designer”, turning yourself into an architect, vehicle designer, industrial designer, engineer, set designer, graphic designer, fashion designer, film maker, actor and so.

"Being a Concept Artist gives you the chance to be some sort of a universal designer"



 

How do you compare your art skills before and after VANAS?

My art skills were good at the beginning but usually I spent a lot of time resolving final pieces, after VANAS I achieved more speed, confidence and a better sense of design to communicate ideas. After VANAS I also improved my skills to work on really small but important details.


What was your favourite class and teacher?

"I really want to thank Mario and all teachers at VANAS"

I loved environment design classes, because I learned about the huge power of landscapes in storytelling.

Is there anything you would like to add?

I really want to thank Mario and all teachers at VANAS for all the help and support during this experience.
I just can’t wait to engage with my next art project.

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