Ep.101: Nick Runge on why it’s important to draw and paint every day

Hey, guys! In this episode, I am chatting with Nick Runge, a watercolor, oil and comic books artist originally living in LA. He is most known as a portrait painter, describing his art “abstracted realism”. In the past, he worked for IDW and Dark Horse.

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Key Takeaways

“Just keep painting! It’s like an exercise, it will suck some days and it will be great other days, but the most important thing is to just paint something, anything.”

  • Nick did illustrations and comics stuff for 11 years before he decided to move from Colorado to California, and from commercial illustration to fine art
  • Nick’s vision/art style is a combination of as many details and abstract shapes as possible. He uses a realistic base and then mostly abstract shapes and colors. It is never photorealistic or too tight
  • Nick recommends attending conventions and making friends with talented people who are preferable, older so you can learn from them
  • Nick wishes he knew not to worry so much about what some people think about the art style. It’s good to learn techniques here and there, but you absolutely need to have a good foundation.


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Special thanks to Nick for joining me today. See you next time!

All artworks by Nick Runge, used with permission

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