039 – Animating Video Games & Drawing All the Things with Aster


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Today’s guest is Aster, an incredibly talented game and comic artist from Mexico City. I found Aster by looking for an artist to draw my dog, Bowser as a Ranger in a few pieces. As you may or may not know, I am working towards opening an Etsy shop soon for D&D-themed pet merch like bandanas, bowties, and collars. I decided I wanted Bowser to be my mascot, and I needed someone who could draw him as a D&D character. Ruby from Possum Creek Games recommended Aster to me, and I fell in love with his art style. Three AMAZINGLY adorable pieces later, I am a fan of Aster for life. 

Aster tells the wild journey he’s gone through: everything from an abusive boss at 17 to working on Cartoon Network game animation to comics and commission work. Aster is one of the artists working with Possum Creek Games, and you can see his work in the upcoming Yazeba’s Bed & Breakfast, which we heard about in last week’s episode. We discuss balancing full-time work with freelance commissions, finding clients, finding what art mediums make you happy, and so much more. I am in such awe of Aster, and I cannot wait for you to hear about his journey.

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Time Stamps & Screenshots

  • 00:00:00 Introduction
  • 00:03:24 Doggo talk
  • 00:07:08 Aster Introduction
  • 00:11:22 Aster’s art & animation journey
  • 00:25:26 Balancing a full-time job with freelance work
  • 00:28:57 Finding clients
  • 00:30:55 Process for creating a new piece
  • 00:38:47 What has been the most challenging part?
  • 00:43:37 What has been the most rewarding part?
  • 00:44:45 Upcoming Projects
  • 00:46:52 Where can people find you?
  • 00:47:30 Wrap-up

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