Deviousness Award Interview with cheeks-74

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What is this Awesome Achievement?
The Deviousness Award is an accolade which is traditionally handed out
on the 1st of every month to one truly outstanding deviant.

The Deviousness Award for April 2013 goes to cheeks-74.

Hi!  I am Sean "Cheeks" Galloway.

 I'm currently a freelance artist.  I first started off in comics pencilling on Marvel's Venom #13.  Later, I moved over to DC Comics to work on covers for Teen Titans Go! for 2 years.  Then, I made the jump into animation to work as the lead character designer for the Hellboy Animated movies, and Spectacular Spider-man Animated.  For feature animation I did a some viz dev work on DreamWorks' Mastermind and Disney Feature's Big Hero Six. My gaming work has been on projects as lead character designer for Leapfrog's Leapschool, and EA Sims Africa.  From time to time I do toy designs for Mattel and Hasbro.  I recently designed a sculpt for DC Collectibles' Batman B/W line.  Recent comic work is with my Table Taffy Studio for DC Comics/Blizzard's World of Warcraft's: Pearls of Pandaria graphic novel.  And on the side, I'm working with my TableTaffy crew on my projects: Bastion's 7, Gumshoes 4 Hire and Little Big Heads.  These will be Kickstarter projects coming out soon, so be on the look out! 

Hi Sean! First off, congratulations on being this month's Deviousness Award recipient. You're now in front of an audience receiving your award and is time to give your acceptance speech. What would you say in response to what can be read in your award?

Thank you so much!  Wow... It's truly an honor for me to receive such an incredible award.  I am humbled to have been selected out of a sea of tremendous, inspiring, and dedicated artists.  I am not me without you.  Thank you so much for your years of support in my growth as an artist.  I am forever grateful.

What would you say are the best and the worst things in the industry you work in? What do you enjoy and dislike the most about what you do?

Great question, and a tough one, too.  The best thing about being in the industry is that you can finally tell your folks you made it.  One of the cool perks is you get to work with peers you never thought you'd ever have a chance to.  The worst thing one can do is get complacent.  It's seriously too easy to get comfortable living the studio life.  Ya gotta keep in mind to keep the hustle alive because nothing lasts forever.  I've had many folks tell me to slow down, or man you're everywhere.  In all honesty it's nice to feel you've made it, but it's too easy to lose sight of who you are as an individual.  No one can ever predict when the rug will be pulled from under ya or the wave come crashing down on top of you, but you sure as heck can be ready for it.

Many people consider doing what you love for a living as the dream job. What would you say has changed since your days when you used to draw just for fun in the back of a notebook as a kid, to today that you do it professionally?

Let's see... I didn't get into the industry until I was 29 years old. So from the time I was kid to drawing until 29 it was simple, at my own pace, and whenever I was inspired.  Now, there are more expectations due to having a tier of approvals, and you have to be inspired by a drop of a dime.  It's seasoned me to be the artist I am today, and I wouldn't change it for the world.

"I met Sean at the San Diego Comic Con back in 2005 and we kept in contact ever since. We started working together on various projects at his studio "Table Taffy" over the last few years and our relationship has grown into a really strong friendship. Sean is one of the most hard working and determined people I have ever met. He is also a great mentor to me and the artists that work with him. He's created an eco-system at Table Taffy where we all feed off each others creativity and share knowledge about art and life that helps to make us better. Sean has an amazing sense of design, it's almost uncanny at times. He is constantly striving to improve and grow as and artist and he inspires so many of us. Sean is geniunnely one of the nicest people I know and I'm honoured to have the opportunity to work with him and learn along side him"

"I have had the pleasure of working with Sean for about four years, ten days and eight hours now. We talk, like... every day… it’s the worst. Haha Naaahhh Not only is Sean one of my closest friends, he is an AMAZING artist, and a ridiculously hard working guy. It's been great seeing Sean becoming a family man. Anyone who has met him at a con knows how creepy-nice this guy is. He is always sharing his blessings with his friends and family. He is one of the reasons many artists, including myself are on Deviantart. I wouldn't have known about DA until I saw him plugging it in several of his books and nod he's given the site during his interviews. Sean treats everyone with respect and dignity no matter who they are. The guy has a huge heart, and I’m lucky to have met him. Thank you, DA for recognizing Sean for those qualities. It couldn't have happened to a better guy. Congratulations on your Deviousness Award, Sean, you deserve it, bruddha!"


"To me, Sean has always been a brotherly mentor. I’ve only got to known him for a year, but he’s such a kind person. He’s a goofball most of the time and is so friendly to everyone he meets. Although he has an easy going personality, he never messes around when it comes to work. He’s so passionate about his characters, and the people he works with. He dedicates his days to work early morning and work way pass midnight. I don’t think he sleeps at times. Sean is definitely a hard worker, but he is also an amazing artist. I say this because watching him sketch at sonic speed, yet somehow still maintaining forms that correlate with each other in such a harmonious way is magical! I once thought his art works were simple (what a fool I was!). It wasn’t until I attempt his style; I realize there is something so complex in something so simple. Since then I have came to respected him even more. I definitely learned a lot more about forms and shapes from his art work. I am grateful to have him as a mentor."

Has the deviantART community influenced your work in any way? If so, how?

The DeviantArt community is family to me.  You build relationships whether communicating about art technique or about the stories your art trigger for one to open up.  It's also allows for those with similar interests to find each other.  Being an outsider growing up due to my nationality, DeviantArt is such a breath of fresh air.  Race and gender is nothing here.  It's about the art we wanna express.  As far as influence goes... I am person of many tastes when it comes to enjoying art styles.  There's always something in someone's work that makes me go... wow... why didn't I think of that.

If you could be any super hero who would you be? To add a twist to this classic question, it has to be from the opposite gender ;)

HAHA  Well...I would like to be the best person in the world.  Not as an artist but just as a person.  And, ok, the same can be said as a female, too. HAHA

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trenoops's avatar
Awesome, Congrats Cheeks on the Devious Recognition, well deserved.

Minato-Kushina's avatar
Thanks for sharing this great interview! :love:

Congratulations once more! :party: :hug:
JazylH's avatar
Well Deserved! Been watching Sean's work since I first came to DA & love every single one of his styles'. Plus he gave us one of the coolest representations of Spiderman. A feat not many can achieve. Congrats, Sean!
MamaLantiis's avatar
Great interview! FANTASTIC ARTIST! :worship: `cheeks-74
And I couldn't agree more with what Cheeks said, "wow... why didn't I think of that." - I have this moment every time I get on deviantART!
Lintu47's avatar
    Congrats Sean :clap:
RobertTrujillo's avatar
Congratulations Sean, beautiful work! And if what your homies say is true, cant wait to meet in person some day.
GentleLarke's avatar
Awesome Sean! I'm really glad. You're work is amazing and you really deserve this :iconhappyhappyplz:
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Astrikos's avatar
Awesome interview. :la:
Salvador-Raga's avatar
Congratulations bro!
EricGuzman's avatar
Congrats Sean!! You Deserved it!!
Ayame-Kenoshi's avatar
A very inspiring interview! :clap:
Onikaizer's avatar
Well done, Mr. Galloway!
Hamiltoons's avatar
Way to go sir! Well deserved!

I remember at the Boston Comic Con a couple of years back you came to my table and looked at my iPad caricatures and said that you really liked my sketchy style.

You're an inspiration man!
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Aphicrys's avatar
:clap: Very nice interview. What an inspiring story told about working ones' way up to the top.
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