Tell us a bit more about yourself and what do you do?
I have often wondered that myself: who am I? I guess I’m just a sort of normal guy, a nerd really. I love reading; fiction, non-fiction, comic books, shampoo instructions, you name it. I also have a thing for movies and old T.V. shows, especially animations and sci-fi, but my real obsession is art, all things art, and the role of artists as well as what motivates them.
What are you currently working on?
Recently I’ve been focusing heavily on illustration, both traditional and digital. Between my commissioned illustration work and a full-time job as a Creative Director, I’ve managed to squeeze in my latest ongoing project: Apocalypse Meow!
What is your project, “Apocalypse Meow!”, about?
It’s all about this mutated cat named AyEm (short for Apocalypse Meow… A.M. ay-em, AyEm) the Zombie Slaying Cat who wonders the Mutated Earth to find answers to the Cataclysmic Apocalypse: an event where the whole Earth was showered in Radio Active Meteorites, mutating everything and everyone into new forms, sometimes amazing (like AyEm) and sometimes horrific like Zombies or Manimals.
What was the inspiration behind this?
The inspiration for all of this has been the epic wave of entertainment that we’ve been enjoying in this age of technology, shows like The Walking Dead (as well as the comic book), RPG’s like Fallout (and Skyrim), Cartoons like Adventure Time and Animated Shows like Attack on Titan (as well as the Manga). Also, the countless brilliant comic books and graphic novels that I consume regularly (support your local comic book shop). All of these franchises are epic and (I feel) don’t compromise on creativity or vision to reach an audience. In the past, I’ve been too heavily focused on making what I think other people would like (as I’m sure a lot of artists or people in general do) but with this, I feel inspired to make stuff that I specifically like. Stuff I want to read or put up on my walls, a huge project that I can nibble on for many years to come.
Thank you for your time Walt and all of the best from the Pixelsmithstudios team 🙂
Written by Ruan Smit
Ruan Smit started Pixelsmithstudios with the vision of creating a new design orientated environment of sharing, learning and expertise development amongst local Animators,Illustrators,Game Developers and VFX artists in South Africa.