|Where did you learn to draw?|
I've drawn for as long as I can remember, so most of my techniques are self-taught. In the beginning, all this was just for fun. However, I started taking my art seriously at the start of high school, I'd say. My high school really lacked in the art program, so I had to find classes elsewhere.
I'm lucky my father is a photographer/painter, who really helped me along the way, signing me up for all kinds of art classes. I now attend University of Dallas in Irving, Texas. I'm there as an undergraduate, majoring in art. Along with the required curriculum, I've taken Figure Drawing, the basic drawing classes, 2D and 3D design, Painting (with oils), and I've enrolled in Printmaking and Art History for this upcoming semester.
How did you develop your style?
To be perfectly honest, I wasn't aware I had a specific style for a long time. I realize my work is a cross between the cartoony and realistic, and what got me to this point was PRACTICE. I draw constantly; whenever and wherever I can. I've used tutorials here on deviantArt and referenced other artists' work. It's totally okay to adopt the techniques of an artist you admire. It’s basically how you start out. Heck, it’s how I started out.
The trick, however, is to not just watch one artist. Research MULTIPLE artists out there. Whether they use a medium that you enjoy or apply a style that you admire- try ‘em out! Take little things from a LOT of different people. Take classes, learn from the masters (Da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, etc), check out art books from the library. An artist absolutely doesn’t have to be contemporary for you to learn from them.
Also, since people keep coming to me about this- stop asking, start doing.
But don’t forget- have fun. If you’re not having fun, what’s the point? If you’re not enjoying yourself, you’re not making your style your own.
Have you ever had art block? One of those days where nothing you're making comes out right?
Every artist has their blocks, and I've had my fair share of them. It's natural and expected, so don't worry if it happens to you! You can always get out of a slump- it passes, I promise. To climb out of one, I suggest looking at good art, reading good books, listening to inspirational music, or watching good films. Maybe you just need to try something new, or you need to go back to the basics. Just push through.
What do you plan to do as a career?
One of my biggest role models is Glen Keane. What he's managed to do with animation is so inspiring, and it really motivates me to get involved in that field of work. I've considered Illustration, Fashion Design, among other things... but it all boils down to animation. I would really like to be a storyboard artist for a studio like Pixar, Disney, or Dreamworks. We'll see what happens. c:
How much time do you spend on a piece?
That all depends on the drawing, I suppose. When I'm messing around and just sketching out an idea, the initial sketch could take from 10 to 30 minutes. If i decide I like what i've done with the sketch or thumbnail, I'll polish it up with ink and get rid of pencil lines. That takes fairly longer, around a half an hour to an hour. Coloring, I've noticed, takes the longest for me since I use pencils. This last part takes me... hours. I lose track lol. I very rarely ever do all this in one sitting, but it's happened when i'm very inspired.
I'm notorious among my classmates for drawing very quickly, but everyone's different! Whatever pace you work at is perfectly alright, as long as it is ideal for you.
Do you use references?
YES. There is absolutely no shame in using them, and it will drastically improve your art if you do. For a very, very long time, I hardly used them- only when it was absolutely necessary. But I realize now how silly that was. Most of my drawings are what I pictured in my mind's eye first, but then I look up photos or I position myself in the same pose to reinforce my drawing, to help me get a more natural depiction.
What pencils/pens do you use?
I use trusty mechanical pencils for sketching. For coloring, I use Prismacolor Premier pencils. Normally, I use whatever pen is available to me at the time, but i know i need to break that habit. I really like ballpoint pens, but the Sharpie felt tip pen is incredible. I snatch those up like a maniac.
Can I color one of your drawings?
I'm perfectly fine with you coloring any line art of mine, but i must insist that you link me if you post my work on the internet or give me credit for the original work wherever you use it. I'm also alright with you using work of mine as a reference for a drawing you're doing, but again, you must give me credit. Don't steal my work and claim it as your own.
Do you take commissions?
Not right now, but I may again soon.
Do you take requests?
No, I just can't afford to anymore.
Do you do art trades?
It depends on the time and circumstance; I'll put up a journal opening up to them, or make an exception. But currently, I am not doing any art trades.
Are you willing to do an interview/blog feature?
Absolutely! I'm always willing to that for any publication, project, or online blog.
What books do you recommend?
I get this question a lot. So i've made these lists by popular demand! They're outdated now, but I'll always stand by them- burdge-bug.deviantart.com/jour…
What scanner do you use?
I have an HP Scanjet G3110 here at home, and a Canon at school. Not sure about the model for the latter...
What tablet do you use?
A Wacom Intuos4, the smallest size.
Who are Blaire and Prosper?
They’re characters my younger sister and I came up with, just for fun. Prosper belongs to AndThenYou and Blaire to me. AndThenYou writes about them here andthenyou.deviantart.com/gall… . We affectionately refer to them as Blosper. <3
I want to put together an art portfolio, what should I do?
My portfolio consisted of mostly pencil, charcoal and ink. I balanced it between conceptual drawings, still life and figure drawings. It’s important to have a good variety of works, so the person who reviews your portfolio can see what you can do with different subjects or mediums. Most schools will be very specific with their requirements in a portfolio, so you shouldn’t be too lost when putting one together for that. But if they don’t specify, around 10-14 pieces should complete your portfolio.
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