Currently an assistant animator at Rauch Bros. Animation, Guo is fresh out of the School of Visual Arts.
The Advocate: How do you pronounce your surname?
Polly Guo: I’ve heard it pronounced several different ways, so it doesn’t matter too much to me. My two preferred ways are “G’whoa” and “Go.”
What tools do you use to draw?
I use a Wacom Cintiq 12WX. I used to exclusively draw in Paint Tool SAI, which is my favorite brush in any drawing program ever. Nowadays I use Photoshop CS5 because it has a great brush and pressure sensitivity settings.
What brush do you use to get your lines?
I use the default brush settings in Photoshop CS5 and SAI Paint Tool.
Where did you go to school and would you recommend it?
I went to SVA for animation, which I would definitely recommend. It’s a great constructive environment with great teachers. SVA is very relaxed in workload, however, compared to other art schools, so it’s ideal for people that are very self-motivated and are willing to take the initiative.
Do you take commissions?
Yep! You can email me at [email protected]. Prices depend on complexity and what the drawing will be used for.
Can you teach me how to color like you? Or ink? Or draw? Or give me art advice in general?
You need to start life drawing, experimenting, reading books and blogs, studying and analyzing other artists, and figuring out what works instead of just what looks pretty. Work hard and study intelligently and thoughtfully.
How can I get my hands on a copy of Houdini and Holmes?
At the moment, they’re not for sale. Sorry! They’ll be back in the near future as soon as I get some time. I’m planning on doing some edits and releasing a digital version too, for those that are interested.
What is Strongman and Pianist and when is it coming out?
It’s my work-in-progress comic about two music hall men that fall in love. It’s going to be released for Web in full color with hopefully a print version and some extras for those that are interested. I’m very busy trying to make money and support myself, so I can only work on it in my free time. When it’s going to come out is up in the air, but it will probably be some time later this year.
Who is your favorite Green Lantern?
You can see more of her work at Pollums.com