HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT PARTICIPATING IN THE BANPRESTO WORLD FIGURE COLOSSEUM?
SA: It is a great honor for me to have been selected to participate in the Colosseum. I admire the clean work that my fellow competitors do–they are skilled craftsmen, and I am happy to be included amongst them.
TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND AS A CREATOR:
SA: My background is comes primarily from film and television production with a season of fine arts sculpting with 3D printing. I currently teach digital sculpting and 3D modeling at a university in Salt Lake City, Utah. I am passionate about appealing characters and toys.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FEELINGS TOWARDS ONE PIECE?
SA: I am ecstatic about the opportunity to participate in this competition. I enjoy the character styles of One Piece and I look forward to creating a piece to represent my chosen character from the show.
PLEASE EXPLAIN A PRODUCT, WORK, ETC. IN WHICH YOU WERE INVOLVED THAT HAS A SPECIAL PLACE IN YOUR HEART.
SA: As a gift for the anniversary of meeting my wife, I designed a dual bust of myself and my wife. It was a very heart-felt gift and it is very sentimental for my wife and I. Because of the significance and the meaning behind the piece, it is special to us.
WHAT DO YOU VALUE AS A CREATOR? WHAT ARE YOUR OWN RULES FOR CREATING?
SA: As a creator, I love to create and be creative. I love honesty and integrity coupled with hard work. I don’t know what to say about rules other than they ought to include fairness and honesty.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTER IN ANIME, COMICS, ETC.?
SA: My favorite comic character has always been Spider-Man. I find his use of super-human ability highly engaging. I also like that even as powerful as he is, he’s human and mortal, but also has the heart of a hero. He is a hero because of his selfless aid of the people of his city.
WHAT IS YOUR IMPRESSION OF JAPANESE FIGURES OR CREATORS?
SA: The Japanese are amazing artisans. The work your artists produce is admirable and I am honored to be part of this Colosseum.
HOW IS YOUR ENTHUSIASM FOR PARTICIPATING IN THE BFC? TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR FEELINGS TOWARDS SCULPTING?
SA: I have always loved creating art, and sculpture is my favorite form of artistic creation. I have pushed myself to develop my skills and talents to be the best I can be, and I am excited to compete as part of the Colosseum.