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Can you go to art school if you can’t draw?

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I have been in art school a few times. But you never know, you could go at the same time and still learn the same amount of things. So yes, I could, and that’s one of the things I like about it, I’m at home in my head. In the beginning, when I was working, I could do that. When it comes to drawing, it’s pretty much the same thing. But the other thing I like about it would be that if I’m really sick and I can’t do other things, I can just sit there and draw and I can put the paper away. I don’t have to worry about the paper as much. I don’t know if it’s something that I’d want to do over again, or it’s something that I really need to focus on this year.

But as for drawing, I’m just trying to get better here; I don’t really care what happens at all.

Your wife is an animator who did a lot of the animation of Avatar and Princess Mononoke . In your last interview with GQ, you were saying you could still find time for animation now that you’re working.

That’s absolutely right! I have my office at home, it does take up a lot of space, but the room itself is big enough so the space is not that much. So I really love the office. I love it.

Do you draw more lately?

No; I draw at home very little for the most part. I just do more drawing with my hands. I don’t really draw much of anything other than with hands. So when I do take commissions it’s mainly just with hands. Sometimes, there are commissions from animation. And usually it’s a big deal — if it’s a big deal, it’s usually an animator.

I know that you have been animating some in the past. But I know that you’ve also been illustrating for some, and do you continue that relationship with that?

I started illustrations and that has continued to this day. It’s one of the things that I can do — I can start something — and then I can end something or stop it because I’m no longer actively working on it. So for me, it’s still an avenue to do things. I love drawing with my fists, and I love drawing with my fingers. I love to draw, which is another thing — I could never do anything else. I don’t know