Are you open to commissions/requests?
I'm not currently accepting commissions at this time. For freelance inquiries, feel free to reach out.
Where do you get your products/merch made?
Sorry! I don't share sources for my products.
Where did you go to school?
I went to Ringling College of Art and Design, majored in Computer Animation.
School is expensive, do you have advice for people who just don't have school as an option?
Put it out there online and show the world what you can do! Figure drawing is always good to do. If there’s figure drawing sessions in your area, I highly recommend it. Depending on what you want to specialize in, there’s lots of courses online you can take that aren’t as expensive as school tuition but still gives you the same satisfaction as going to a normal school. (CG Master Academy is one of them!)
What programs do you use?
In school, I used a lot of Autodesk Maya and After Effects. Nowadays, Photoshop CS5 and higher.
What brushes do you use?
Brushes I use are ones I’ve gathered throughout the years from colleagues. You can find neat brushes from kylebrush.com! Currently, I make my own by using existing photoshop default brushes and tweaking them in the settings.
What tablet to do you use?
I use Cintiq 21ux & iPad 9.7in w/ Apple Pencil.
What about traditional media?
I like to use red col-erase pencils for sketching, pentel brush pens for inking, holbein acryla gouache for painting
What printer/paper do you use for prints?
Epson SureColor P400, There's many kinds out there, so make sure to do your own research to see what you like best.
Do you do tutorials?
Not currently, perhaps in the near future! Sometimes on instagram I put my process videos in the posts so make sure to keep an eye out for those at @gabbyzapata
Where have you worked? What did you do there?
My first animation job was at Digital Domain Animation Studios working as visual development, I then worked at Disney Mobile doing production art, and now currently at Disney Online doing visual development and management for social media blogs and other unannounced projects.
I want to work in animation/visual development industry, what are some tips?
This is a big loaded question! First things off, creating an online presence. I found that building a following is essential to getting connected with people in the field you want to go into. It's about showing your work out there and staying connected with people that have the same interests as you. Asking artists who are already in the industry, not necessarily recruiters. If you're currently in college about to graduate, reach out to artists that are currently doing what you want to do. Ask them questions, but remember to always say thank you!! A lot of the times, it's not always about the art, it's about getting along with your colleagues. Be polite and respectful as you would yourself.
Lastly, everyone's path is different, there is no secret ingredient to breaking in. It's trial and error for everything. What worked for me in the past may not work for you. The industry changes every day and you have to be able to adapt to it!
Who are you influences/Inspiration?
Mary Blair is a huge inspiration for her simple shapes and color sense. As well as whats around me!
What do you do to keep yourself inspired? What do you do when you have art block?
Don’t force it! Just let it be. If you’re having an art block, so be it. You’re mind needs to be distracted. Go outside, have a life! Enjoy the outdoors, go have experiences. Learn a new hobby, hang out with friends! Try exploring different mediums, dust off those paints you bought a long time ago and give them some use!
Do you have any tips or of getting better at drawing?
As many have said, keep practicing! I find that you create better artwork by having a life and not being constrained to it. Art should be fun and exciting! Without having experience, you'll be missing out on creating better artwork. As you have fun, try notice how the light hits the leafs on a Sunday afternoon, or how the color of your car is affected when there's dust on it. Ask yourself these questions and you'll get a better perspective on things when you create your art.
May I use your artwork for reference/wallpaper/icon/etc?
For reference, sure. But please don’t do a direct copy of my work- that’s not how you learn! Just be sure to credit my work. As for other reasons, that depends entirely on what you plan to use it for. Please ask me permission first if you're unsure!