Curtis has a really unique illustrative style, his characters have a cozy roughness to them, and are generally pretty adorable. Being one of my friends in graphic design at Conestoga College, he was nice enough to answer some questions for me about his creative process.
name: Curtis Soldink
age: 21 *Ed note: Curtis had a birthday a few days ago (happy birthday!) and he is now 22!
current location: My room, on my crescent.
hometown: In the city of Kitchener. Province, Ontario. Country? Canada of course.
educational background: High-school so far. College shall come soon.
aspirations: My main aspiration is to be a concept artists for a game company. Or if that doesn’t work, an illustrator.
at this moment you are: Typing out all my responses to these lovely questions you have supplied!
explain the work you do in three words: Cute, simple and fun.
what do you not want to do in your professional life?: Ohhh jeez, this question. Well, since I am in Graphic Design (you should know that because you sit 2 rows behind me…or if you want to keep the magic, I don’t know you!) I would dislike anything math related and such. I know I will have to deal with math and such later in my life, taxes and such, but I will cross that bridge when I get there.
what would you do if money was not an issue?: Probably laz’ around in my mansion while throwing money to the shark gladiator fight that is happening before me. Man… shark gladiator fights are the best! But if you want a more down to earth answer I’d stay in my house and draw while jamming out to tunes and not going to a part-time job. Yeah, I’m a very interesting fellow :/
biggest personal achievement thus far?: Getting over 300 notes on a little gif animation. Another? ok. Almost getting all the cataclysm heroic dungeon achievements in WoW; that was pretty ballin’ and a good time had with friends.
piece of literature has impacted/influenced you the most?: One book that influenced me quite a lot was Enders Game. That book was amazing. When my older bro gave me that book on Christmas I groaned and begrudgingly accepted the gift. Since this was during my 12th year in high-school and I had spares to waste, I decided to give this book a chance. I was not disappointed! This book helped spark an interest for fantasy/ science fiction and, later, the Futurism movement. Dang! That book was the bomb!
what do you listen to/read/watch/eat for inspiration?: What do I listen to for inspiration? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FD5u2TO-f8&list=FLBvfhosD0vfKGH5VIf8bbKw This. This song helps me get in the mood for illustration so much. You know what? let me just name off a few music artists that get me inspired: Ryan Hemsworth, Rustie, Wave Racer, Snorlax, Savant, CID RIM, Obey City, Machinedrum… and so many more!
what do you do when you are blocked creatively?: I like to stop what I am working on and turn on some games. Many ideas can surface while you are distracted from your actual work. In fact, I’m gonna play some games after I respond to these questions… yeah.
your favourite coffee shop?: Tim Hortons obviously. Or, as we like to say in Canada “Timmies run!”
your biggest fear?: Going blind *shivers* Would make what I want to do in the future null and void. 2 scary 4 me!
something you want to learn: Would love to know how to paint in both acrylics and oil based paints.
best piece of advice you have received: "Draw what you want to draw!" ~ everyone who cares for me - 20XX
You can check out more of Curt’s work at http://durhamcalorific.tumblr.com.