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Dominic Maximilian Foong: creative lead interview

We catch up with Dominic Foong, Lead Creative at Pen and Paper Studios, about his inspirations and latest projects…

Dominic's Site

Marisa

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you, what do you do, and where are you located?

Dominic

Hi, I’m Dominic and I am the founder of Pen and Paper Studios. I help my clients crystallize their ideas and turn them into evocative and entertaining visual narratives.

As the name goes, I believe all creative ideas start with sketching or writing using pen and paper. With the touch of a trained artist’s hand, a doodle can become a masterpiece. I like the idea of co-creating that with my clients.

Marisa

What inspired you to get into art? Who are your favorite artists?

Dominic

My love for drawing and painting started from watching Saturday morning cartoons. When shows like Transformers ended, I would relive those flights of fantasy by drawing my impressions of them. When I read my first BattleTech novel, I remember being fascinated when I realized someone made a living drawing mechs. One thing led to another and I found myself inspired by artists like N. C. Wyeth, John Park, and of course Craig Mullins!

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Burn it all down

Marisa

Tell us about your concepts and the type of work you love to make.

Dominic

I’ve always had a fascination with the fantastical and movies. Being able to create cinematic moments, like the two Roman-themed paintings shown here, is something I would love to do for as long as I can.

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Recon mech design for a personal project

Marisa

What tools and equipment do you use in your usual process?

Dominic

I primarily use a Wacom Intuos tablet to draw, paint and model. Photoshop is my go-to, naturally, but I’m starting to integrate Blender into my workflow. You can see the results from the city scene.

Marisa

What does your average working day entail?

Dominic

My working day begins with a moment for meditation and prayer to keep me grounded so I remain calm and composed whatever the workload. On certain days I head to swim with my buddies in the morning to wake my body up. Work begins immediately after and lasts till evening. I try to work on my personal project whenever I can to experiment with new techniques and workflows during the evenings.

Marisa

Which of your pieces or projects do you feel like you’ve learned a lot from? Could you tell us a bit about the work behind it?

Dominic

I’ve really learned a lot from finishing the city piece. Building some of the structures in a modular fashion so that I can block out the shapes and arranging the geometry to find the best angle for the shot, is very liberating and opens up to so many possibilities for a beautiful composition.

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Welcome to Rome!

Marisa

What are your artistic ambitions?

Dominic

I want to be able to see my own intellectual property on the big screen with my own set of toys made for people to enjoy and be inspired by.

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A design for the Gamestart Alyse 4.0 contest

Marisa

What can we expect to see from you next? Any cool projects we should look out for?

Dominic

More Rome stuff for sure! I’m currently also creating a sci-fi world with a writer friend of mine. We are in the midst of developing a story that is set in the near future that builds upon the current global political landscape. Expect to see SPACE FORCE and CHYYNA! You can check out updates via my Facebook page.