Friday, October 18, 2019

Artist Interview: Abigail Grigg

Hey Poptropicans! We're back with another artist interview, this time from Abigail! She designs a whole lot of the awesome store items that are added every month, and she's hard at work on the new Zomberry Island content to come! Without further ado, let's jump into some Q's!

Q: How long have you worked on Poptropica?
A: This month actually marks my first year working for Poptropica. I was hired as an intern last October and then pulled on for fulltime work this earlier this year. It’s been a big year filled with lots of learning and fun opportunities.

Q: Do you have a favorite Poptropican? How about a favorite Island?
A: I have a lot of love for Amelia. I love adventurous female characters, especially when they’re wearing goggles and aviator gear.
I might be biased but I really love Reality TV 2. Not only is my first island to have worked on, but I have a lot of love for animals and the safari aesthetic. I love running around and seeing all the animals and landscapes, and I was extremely excited when I heard about the idea and what it entailed.

Q: What kind of artwork to you make when you're not working on Poptropica?
A: My personal artwork is a mix bag of various styles and ideas, it’s a bit of a mess. I’ve got a webcomic called "King and Lionheart" that I’m constantly working on. I also love creating characters and creatures, so I tend to spew all sorts of new designs when the inspiration strikes. I’m also working on my own personal indie game with a team of colleagues. I have tons of ideas that I like to mess around with, and there isn’t enough time in the world for me tackle it all.

Q: What's your advice for young artists who'd like to go pro?
A: Experiment and try new stuff! I spent most of my time in art school trying out various disciplines, softwares, mediums, and styles. It’s through trying out different things did I discover my love for storytelling, game development, and illustration. I went to school wanting to become the next Disney animator only to realize that animation wasn’t my passion, and instead found interest in other mediums. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and get messy with new things, it’s the best way to learn what you’re into and what you don’t want to do.