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What tools do you use?
"When I want really clean lines in a piece, I do most my line art in Systemax Paint Tool SAI, I also use it for details like rim lighting and such. I do all my sketching, coloring, shading, cropping, effects and finishing touches in Adobe Photoshop." Occasionally I use Corel Painter for fun or just for a different feel. Corel is good for colors and brushes.
How long does it take you to finish a piece?
"I don't spend a lot of time on lines, I usually go right in to the painting. It should be known that I paint really comically slow, like crazy, you'd laugh if you saw it, when are you going to finish that thing, slow. it takes me forever to finish a piece, however, once a piece is done, I stick it on my desktop as the background for a while and I just sit and look at it every now and to see if it feels comfortable or if there's anything I want to change and if I like it, I leave it as is."
How did you become an artist?
"I grew up getting kicked out of school for drawing in all my classes. Now it seems that they want me to go back to school for it. Life is funny that way. I've always loved art. It's just something that I've always done. It just comes out of me."
So far, how have you been developing your skills?
"I drill myself every day. I choose a part of the body or aspect of my art that I am weakest in and practice it all day until it becomes natural. I teach myself to draw anatomy by looking at examples and drawing it properly over and over a million times, then a million more until it is fluid. Side note: It's taking me forever to learn to draw ears and noses."
Where does your motivation come from?
"Video games, people watching, I get a lot of inspiration by looking at other art and wondering how I would do it differently. Most of my ideas however come from daydreaming. I actually never know exactly what I'm gonna draw until my pen touches the canvas. It all kinda just comes out unless I'm doing a commission or particular character. Then I always go in with a plan."
What are some things you struggle with as an artist?
"I struggle mostly with finishing something. I'm always wanting to add to it and change it around after I look at it a few days later. I have tons of stuff lying around waiting to be lined and colored, literally like 50 pieces in my unfinished folder right now. I hope to finish them all someday. I don't really procrastinate but I tend to do one thing then start another while I'm in the middle of it. It would be easier if I could just stick the the piece I'm drawing. lol I also struggle with some portions of anatomy and perspective in figure drawing. Hands are tough for me when they're in certain positions.
With that said, what is your biggest weakness as an artist?
I SUCK at backgrounds. I hate them, I hate doing them. I hate everything about them, but they make the piece look so nice. I have no desire to ever be a background artist. But I would like to be better at them. Drawing houses and buildings and trees is hard for me. I don't like having to feel like I'm using a ruler every time I draw. But some of my newer pieces that I have on file have backgrounds in them so I'm gonna have no choice but to drill myself, study and get good at them and in the end, (though it will be tedious and I will cry about it, serious snot bubble tears, crying and complaining to everyone around me) it will be good for me.
What is the most common quote from your mom?
"Is that another booby picture?"
What are some parts of the body that you love to draw?
"I love drawing feet. I also love hips and booties and legs are a close second. I can spend hours just drawing hips and booties. (and I do!) Eyes are fun sometimes they really pronounce the character and add soul to the piece but as in the rest of my life, I always like to be more about what the body is saying. I love the art of body language and each position says something else."
Do you have any tips for other artists out there?
"My biggest tip I can offer to any artist starting out but mostly I see this mistake in other professional artists, is: practice variation in your subjects. Make every piece look and feel different and make every character's face and features different from the next.
What are some of your favorite artists and genres?
"My favorite artists are Jackson Pollock, elsevilla, Paul Richards, loish, and reiq, in that order. I've learned a lot from them and watching how they work. I also enjoy the work of Slugbox, mldoxy, punipaws, bara-chan, dinmoney, Ahmed Aldoori, Sara Tepes and so many others."
What are some of your favorite writers and books?
"J.R.R Tolkien has to be my favorite writer of all time. Favorite book would be "The Hobbit". I also like Anne Rice when I'm feeling more edgy and I read a lot of Sylvia Browne books and stuff about psychic abilities. I'm psychic so, yea. I also read the bible every day."
What do you listen to?
What is your motto?
"life is art, when you turn around and look at the big picture, you see that there's no stroke out of place." -Me
What is your favorite website?
"If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it.
Anything you want to, do it.
Want to change the world?
There's nothing to it." -Willy Wonka
Joined 12 November 2017