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Why Newgrounds? LeviRand interview

Today’s featured Why Newgrounds? creator is LeviRand

 

What do you create? Art, cartoons, music, games, etc?
I stick to a mix between illustration and animation.


What inspires you to create?
Everything. It’s hard to pinpoint one source of inspiration, especially with art. An interesting shaped can, or building can become a spaceship, a smudge on a wall can be the basis of a logo design, an interesting looking person can be the start of a character design. Everything is relative with inspiration.

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How do you keep yourself motivated? Do you work in short bursts of inspiration or do you have a daily routine?
I regrettably work in small bursts. Not necessarily because I only have small bursts of inspiration though, I’ve gotta pay the bills ya know? And my art isn’t getting me there yet, so I can only do it when time allows it.


What do you do when you hit a creative block?
Keep going. The only antidote for creative block is to push through it, even if what you get done during it is total rubbish.


How do you deal with trolls online and in real life?
It depends on the troll. I do what I can to not let it take a negative path. While some people are simply unkind, a lot of people who are considered trolls are really just having a good time in their own way, so I try to play off of it. The goal is to do your best not to let it affect you negatively, and welcome the exposure.


Have you ever created something you thought turned out pretty bad but then when you posted it online everyone else liked it more than your favorite creations? Why do you think that happens?
Haven’t we all? I think this mostly happens in moment where the work that you find bad is made in some form of haste, and your favorite pieces are your favorite pieces because you worked so hard to make them happen. Sometimes it the raw, unintentional passion that goes into a quick piece of art that people relate to.


Has rejection ever affected your creative process?
I think rejection is inspiring. It’s fuel for what to do next.


What is the best advice you ever received?
Find your wings, and fly.

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What do you do when you’re not creating or posting on Newgrounds? Do you have a job? Are you a student?
I work at a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company, creating generation forms that enhance productivity for employees. It’s nowhere near what I want in life, but if you do everything to your best ability, it can only move you closer to your goal.


What does the internet mean to you?
Information. Everything I’ve ever learned worth while has come from the internet. I don’t take classes, I google. Anything you want to learn is at your fingertips thanks to the internet, you just have to know how to find it.


Why Newgrounds?
Because Newgrounds is real. Its not cluttered by garbage for the sake of publicity. Don’t get me wrong, there’s some questionable content on this site, and a handful of artists that don’t treat it how they should, but you won’t find another place on the web that’s more focused on the people creating content. There’s no bogus algorithms that force you to create what’s “in”, and there’s no pressure to do things for someone else. Newgrounds is the most genuine site for creatives I’ve ever been a part of.


What is your favorite accomplishment? Post a link if it’s available online!
In terms of animation, my first Front Pager: Millennials. It’s a silly mediocre cartoon, but I’m proud of it.
MILLENNIALS

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Do you enjoy sharing your work with others or do you prefer to go unnoticed? Why?
Both. Art is meant to be seen, but sometimes, creating work just for yourself is much more satisfying, especially if it’s a deeply personal piece that doesn’t need shared to have an effect on you.


What do you wish to accomplish with your art? Is it a hobby or do you plan on making it a career?
I want more than anything to make it a career, but I’m happy to do it as a hobby as well. I just want to make things.


Do you ever feel that you have to censor your creativity because you don’t want to offend anyone?
Yes, especially with where I work. I’m not necessarily concerned about offending someone as much as I am concerned about the wrong person thinking what I’ve made will offend someone. It’s the whole reason why I originally censored my Millennials toon. To me words are just words, they don’t hold much power, but communication can be everything, and words provide that, so it’s a fine line to walk along.


Do you have your own “style” or do you just make whatever feels right at the time?
A bit of both. I think my style is developing, and can use a lot of work, but I feel like I’m getting closer and closer to a genuine style of my own.


Do you believe it’s important to get good reviews and have lots of followers or is just doing what you love to do enough to justify your work?
Both. Only because I don’t think a good review necessarily has to be a “good” review. I take criticism wherever I can get it. So if someone feels strongly about a decision I’ve made with my art, and they just so happen to write a negative review ripping it apart, I welcome that. It’s a road map for what to do next.

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Do you ever find yourself limited by the materials that you have available?
Absolutely. This is the primary reason why I took the job at the company I did, and did whatever I could to move up in the ranks. It’s a sad fact, but money is a basis for everything. I work a job I don’t necessarily have a passion for, but it’s allowed me to afford the tools I need to do what I love. My only goal moving forward is to begin networking, because people are just as important as funding.


What advice would you give someone just starting out?
Do what you want. Find what makes you happy and never stop pushing to reach that goal. Practice as much as you’re capable of practicing, and think outside the box to find your path to getting what you want.


Where can we find out more about your work? Post links to your Newgrounds page, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, website, or anywhere else we can find you on the web!
Newgrounds: LeviRand
Instagram: @LeviRand

 

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