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MortMorrison brings characters to life in many mediums. From traditional to digital, Morrison has something for everyone to enjoy. His work has been so well received that he has been asked to be a part of at least two charity artbooks (Kingdom Carousel – to help out the St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital and Yum!Jinka- to help out a fellow artist fund a study abroad trip in Japan).
Toonari Post (TP): What artists would you consider working with to do a piece?
MortMorrison (MM): I admit I never considered working together with someone else. Aside from some minor collaborations, I have never shared my work process with anybody. I would only consider a partnership if I could really trust that person and only if our art styles are similar.
TP: If there was any art medium that you wish you could master, what would it be and why?
MM: I would wish to be a skilled master of CG. I really want to become faster so I can do more work in less time and it won’t be so energy-sapping. That way, I may be able to make a living through my art.
TP: You are taking part in the charity art book project, Kingdom Carousel. Can you tell me more about how you became a part of this project? How did you choose an art piece to be used in the project?
MM: The organizers of Kingdom Carousel asked me to join their project. At first I had no idea, but as I became acquainted with the project I saw it was for a good cause and I gladly accepted.
According to Kingdom Carousel they intended me to do an animal themed picture. After long deliberation I chose once more the dog because I like those kind of characters. I was really anxious to meet the standard of quality of the project. I really did my best and luckily the organizers were happy with the results. I can’t wait till the artbook is published.
TP: You are also taking part in Yum!Jinka’s art book project and various animation projects. Can you tell me more about these projects and the role you play in them?
MM: Poiizu, the founder of Yum!Jinka’s Art Book initiated the project to raise funds for her trip to Japan. I appreciate the concept of reaching out for a goal with work and creativity. Besides, I was intrigued by the idea of anthropomorphized food.
My first animation project ever ”The incredible Dr Onozaki” was a student project I did in collaboration with a friend of mine. I did the overall coloration and animation, while my friend did the lines and storyboards. It was a hell of a lot of fun.
TP: What are your goals in life? Do you plan to continue art as a hobby or make it a career?
MM: I will do what appeals the most to me. It’s tough and complicated to turn a hobby into a profession. You never know if it is worthwhile or going to turn out well. I am also interested into 2D animation, 3D modeling and animation in general. I’ll let life surprise me.
TP: Do you feel that your culture has influenced you in some way that makes you different than other artists?
MM: I feel more fascinated and influenced by foreign cultures. They are interesting and I always like to learn more about them. In fact I can’t feel any difference between me and other artists. I feel just like everyone else.
TP: Can you tell me more about your background? What experiences brought you to be the person you are today?
MM: I have had a lot of good and bad experiences in my life, like everyone else. Of course they brought me to be the person I am today, but none of these events are worth talking about. It was and still is the support of my family and friends that makes me be satisfied with myself and has helped me to be the person I am.