Today we’d like to introduce you to Ron Tsfany.
Ron, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Art has always been this ride of emotions. I don’t think there’s ever been something in my life that has taken so much priority, so much mental space, so much happiness, fear, and anger. It is the one thing I think about the most. It is the one thing I will not give up.
I believe everyone has a passion. Some may have several, some may have one with very specific qualities. Pursuing these passions is what gives us joy and satisfaction, which sounds simple in concept.
However, I was often told by teachers and peers that going after what you desire in life should not be my top priority. I was told the school system was more important, that I should be focusing on my grades and not my hobbies.
Thankfully, I did not buy into this mindset. I doodled and drew a lot as a child, designing and creating characters, stories, and environments. It became clear to me that I want to be an artist in the entertainment industry when I grow up. Since then, I have been practicing, drawing nearly every day and gaining new motivation as I find out more about the world of art. In January of this year, I got accepted to ArtCenter’s Entertainment Design track and will be starting my second term in the fall.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I am a concept artist, illustrator, and character designer. I love the power that stories and characters have to manifest values, struggle, and triumph. I aspire to capture the same feeling of wonder that other visual storytellers managed to give me throughout my life. I have made it my life’s goal to create memorable characters that will inspire others.
If nothing else, I hope to inspire other artists to improve in their craft, as other amazing artists have inspired me. Seeing professional artworks and learning the stories of the artists behind them shows me that my goals can become reality, and motivates me to keep pushing towards becoming the best artist I can be.
Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
Art school is not a must to become a professional! Plenty of my idols and peers have secured fulfilling jobs and careers without a formal education. I can tell you from personal experience that, even though I attend an art college, most of my growth has come from independent study. People such as Kienan Lafferty, Marco Bucci, and Stan Prokopenko have tutorials and discussion videos on YouTube about everything from how to draw hands to how to not give up on your art. These guys and many more are great teachers that you can learn from for absolutely free.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I post very frequently on my Instagram! You can follow me at https://www.instagram.com/artsyyellow/. I also have an ArtStation: https://www.artstation.com/rontsfany, where I present my more professional work. I am currently accepting commissions as well! Private messaging me on Instagram is the best way to get ahold of me.
- Website: https://www.artstation.com/rontsfany
- Phone: 17702985561
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/artsyyellow/