Illustrator and Concept Artist
Who is Ryan Bittner?
“My name is Ryan Bittner, I’m a concept artist with a primary focus in fantasy monsters and environments. I’m currently a senior at Laguna College of Art and Design where I major in game art. Also, I greatly enjoy helping others get into the world of art. Whether it be tutoring or giving advice online, if I can make it easier for upcoming artists to succeed then I will.”
“If you could only show us one project of yours, to describe what you do, which one would it be and why?”
“I did a project for this small digital card game a short time ago. The prompt for the card was an ooze creature that dwells in swamps. I hadn’t really done anything like this before, but I figured I’d look for reference and figure something out.
Not sure how, but the composition just kinda came really naturally. Additionally, the lighting and translucency of the monster paired with the detail I put into this piece made it stand out from some of the other pieces I was doing around the time.
That being said though, this piece remains one of my personal favorites, and I strive to approach my new pieces in the same way. And come on, it’s a monster! That’s probably my number one subject matter.”
“If your friends or co-workers were here, what would they tell me about you?”
“If my friends were here they’d probably tell you that I’m a bit of a goofball, and likely mention my work in one way or another. I can’t say I stick out too much amongst my close friends, I sorta opt for being quiet but upbeat. I’ve heard before that people think I do a good job of keeping the mood positive, so that’s my hope!”
“What chapter in your life, did you enjoy most?”
“I think I grew a lot throughout college, many breakthroughs artistically and socially! I’m very introverted but was kinda forced into socializing a tad more because of the people I’ve met here, who I appreciate greatly! As well as learning a lot of new art skills, some of which I can’t imagine I would have ever picked up otherwise. It’s overall been a great experience and just such a different era of my life.”
“What does the process of coming up with new ideas look like for you?”
“The process of coming up with new ideas regarding my work is usually quite natural, though sometimes I can force it a little. I really enjoy pushing myself to work. That sometimes leads to burnouts or just lack of creativity, which can result in good things, but most of the time nothing at all. I think it’s this pushing myself that strengthens my ability to come up with new ideas however.
Though often times I can go on a hike or even just looking at art online that will spark a sudden idea or concept. I can then immediately explore those in the form of painting. It’s not a one hundred percent refined process, but I’m getting fairly good. Some days I can just start painting and see what comes out of it, other days this doesn’t work at all. But it’s better to try and fail and all that.”
“What kind of advice would you give someone who struggles to come up with ideas?”
“My advice to someone who struggles creatively would be to try something else, or even just take a break and watch a movie. It’s so easy to pull inspiration from other places. You shouldn’t always feel the need to sift through your own thoughts to find something special. Otherwise just start making what you like, regardless of how cool or original it is, sometimes you might find there’s more to what you’ve already got.”
“If you could give your younger self any art advice, what would it be?”
“If I could give younger Ryan any advice, I’d likely tell him to just do what he enjoys and possibly tell him to pick up a painting tablet and Photoshop a little earlier than I managed to stumble upon one.
I’m fairy happy with how things have turned out in the present though. I can’t imagine I’d change a whole lot, even if I did give my younger self a long list of things to do differently.”
Remembering an artist’s name shows that you care. It’s not all about the artwork, but also who created it! If you could ask Ryan Bittner any question, which one would it be? Post it in the comments down below!