Alrighty, I'm still catching up on messages here, but am happy to have them! Also: tonight, if all goes well, I'll continue streaming my Bladewind Pinup on Tigerdile. We had a really good turnout last night - thank you for joining me! I'll post a notice if/when I stream the project again.In other news, I took the following meme from SpartaDog. If by chance you have not seen his gallery before, check it out, he is also open for commissions.Do you prefer traditional drawing, or digital?
They both have merits, but given my short attention span, digital works better for me.How long have you been drawing?
Well, I think everyone will say that they doodled one way or another since they could hold a crayon. But as for taking my art more seriously? Probably not until I was 10 years old and my parents sent me to a school to learn watercolor painting.How many classes have you taken?
I learned to paint in watercolors as mentioned above over the span of a couple of years - it was a fun thing for a kid to do, and if you have kids I'd recommend it! I've taken lots of art history/appreciation courses when I studied 3D animation for video game design, and I hated it. I found that while I excel academically in almost all other areas (I'm a nerd and proud of it), trying to make my creativity manageable and predictable is impossible.Do you have a DeviantArt, personal website, or art blog?
All of the above, see below:What’s your favorite thing to draw?
You probably think I'd say Bladewind
, right? Wrong; she is a real pain in the ass to draw. I like to just make up creatures on the spot. Especially, ones with really elaborate heads
.What's your least favorite thing to draw?
People.How often do you use references?
For every image in which I work. I recommend everyone do this in order to improve. If this means you have to find basic poses to trace over to help familiarze yourself with anatomy, go for it. I do this a lot.Do you draw professionally, or just for fun?
Fun. How much time do you spend drawing on an average day?
None. I may go days, weeks, months, and one time even a year without drawing a damn thing. Are you confident about your art?
For me, that's a silly question. Other artists may disagree, but if I were confident about my art, I wouldn't be downloading references all the time or concerning myself over how I could be better.How many art-related blogs do you follow?
A lot.Is it okay for people to ask you about your process?
Yes. If other artists didn't share some of their techniques, we'd have a hard time learning on our own, wouldn't we? Almost everything we do as artists are rooted somewhere in another artist's work - whether it's inspiration, color theory, or references.Do you prefer to keep your art personal, or do you like drawing things for other people?
Try and make me draw for other people - it's hard. I will take commissions and enjoy them, but I have to do it on my own schedule.Do you ever collaborate with others?
Yes, I like it and am always open for new opportunities. This fosters healthy artists relationships, bolsters community, and gives us all an opportunity to learn.How long does an average piece take you to complete?
It depends on how obsessed I am feeling. I've taken 6+ months to finish a piece b/c I wait for the right inspiration or go back and obsess over some minute detail. Other times I will spit out something in a couple of hours.Do you draw more today than you did in the past, or do you draw less?
Unpredictable; more than I have in the last year? But less than I have years past.Do you think you’re justified in giving other people art advice?
Justified? No. I will offer advice when it is requested. I will not push myself or my opinions on others. I don't like it when it happens to me, and I wouldn't burden someone else with it.What are you currently trying to improve on?
Everything. In the last few months, I've been focused on speedpainting.What is the most difficult thing for you to draw?
Poses that actually make sense. Lots of people throw floating characters out there: Here's a cat anthro leaping through the air, here's a wolf anthro grinning menacingly, here's a fox anthro trotting along. Do these mean much to you? They don't to me and I know it's an area I need to improve in. I want to ground my characters in an environment or at least give them some tangible existence. Lately I've been doing busts/speedpaints and warm-up sketches so there's a lot of "floaties" - but in my more serious works you will see my attempts to build something around that character (an aura or fractal, a grassy patch, etc.).What is the easiest thing for you to draw?Figaroo
.Are you confident that you’re improving steadily?
When I get around to drawing, yes. Am I steadily improving - no - b/c when I'm not drawing (which is often), I'm not improving. I may make observations and log them away, but until I execute them I don't consider it an improvement.Do you draw more fanart, or more original art?
Original.Do you like to draw in silence, or with music?
I'm very sensitive about sounds and I am often more content in silence b/c I equate silence to peace.For digital artists: what program(s) do you use?
- Autodesk Sketchbook Pro: Sketching, underpainting.
- Manga Studio 5: Inkwork, some coloring.
- Paint Tool Sai / Alchemy: Limited use.
- Adobe Photoshop CS6: Sometimes I complete entire projects in Photoshop alone. If not, ALL my projects undergo finishing in Photoshop.
- I want Corel Painter. I used to have it and lost it years ago. If you have it and want to get rid of it, or know where I can find a cheap version compatible with Windows 7, please contact me.For digital artists: how many layers does a typical piece require?
A bajillion. Sometimes I make duplicate layers and put them in back-up folders in case I change my mind about something or am in a different mood next time I return to it.For traditional artists: what medium do you like most? (Pencil, charcoals, etc)
I used to quite enjoy pastels. But these days it's mostly ink, possibly with watercolor washes.What inspires you to not just make art, but to be a better artist?
Other artists.I feel like my answers to these questions may give off an aura of assholiness - that was not my intention. I am hoping my answers may be helpful to those who read it. Thanks :>
Also, feel free to grab this and post it. I'd be interested in others' responses too.