Friday Feature – Dockman19

This weeks Friday Feature is from Dockman19

Artist showcase! Share with us: Your favourite images

1. What compelled you first start drawing and creating?

I can’t really say what got me into art and drawing. It’s just something that’s always been a part of my life. I simply can’t remember a time when I didn’t like drawing. My mother told me once that I’ve drawn pictures since I could pick up a crayon. As a child those crayons were like a box of magic wands, with them I could conjure all manner of places and characters. They aloud my imagination to come to life. I was only in the 3rd grade when I started showing off my drawings to my class mates. The popularity and attention that fallowed only encouraged me to draw more and improve.

2. Do you have any future plans for your artwork?

As for my future plans for my artwork, what I want most of all is to get better. I’m never 100% happy with any picture I draw. The 1st thing I see when I look at my drawings is the mistakes I feel I’ve made. I would also like to work more with digital art. I’ve been trying to mix it up a little by coloring my sketches on the PC. It’s definitely something I need to work on. Oh and of course I want to make stacks of cash just drawing pictures all day.

3. What sort of media do you use to create your artwork? How long does it take you to complete a piece of artwork?

My weapon of choice is a Paper Mate Sharpwriter #2. If you didn’t know they are cheap disposable mechanical pencils. They’re the same color yellow as a wooden #2 pencil and you extend and retract the led by twisting the tip. That along with some plan old printer paper on a clipboard is how I get things done. From start to finish it takes me anywhere between 2 to 6 hours to complete a drawing depending on how detailed or complex a piece is. Sometimes when I’m really into a picture I’m working on I’ll get lost in the details and shading. When that happens I have to just stop myself and call it done before I ruin it.

4. What inspired you to draw? Do you admire any other artists?

What inspires me to draw the most is people. It could be artwork they have made, a story they’ve written, or it could just be the person themselves. When someone has inspired you to create a work of art and you show or give it to them and they truly appreciate it, that hast to be the best feeling ever. The artists who have inspired me the most would have to be, Boris Vallejo, H.R. Giger, and Hieronymus Bosch. Oh and I have to give some love to the one artist everyone knows Bob Ross. What would the world be without happy bushes.

5. Do you have any tips for any aspiring artists – beyond the usual ‘practise daily’? (These tips don’t have to be art creation related.)

To anyone who wants to be an artist and is just starting out, my advice to you is. Draw, paint or create what you love. After you develop some skills then branch out to other things. You can practice drawing apples all day every day but if you hate apples and just want a banana, you’re wasting your time.

6. What is your fondest artist memory? (eg – An art trade you were really proud of/pleased with, your first commission, etc)

My fondest art memory is when I was in 5th grade. Our art teacher submitted a bunch of our projects to a state art competition. There were thousands of works of art there and my mom took me cause one of those works was mine. I remember walking through and seeing all the beautiful things people had created. I started to feel way out of my league, I was just a kid after all, what chance did I have of competing with all these amazing artists. Then we came to the section for my school. All I wanted was to see my project hanging up with all the other great artworks I’d seen. Then there it was, a sheet of construction paper that I had bent and glued pipe cleaners to. I did my best to create three flowers in a flower pot. It was hanging low on the wall almost on the floor. And what was this? Someone had stuck something on it. I ran over to it kinda upset that somebody had ruined it. I knew it wasn’t the best but why would they do this. Then I realised what it was. A purple ribbon with gold letters. “Mom, what does it say?” she knelt down next to me and said “It’s an honourable mention ribbon. It means the judges liked it.” As far as I was concerned that ribbon was way better any gold trophy for 1st place. Wish I still had it.

7. Anything else you would like to tell our readers?

One last thing before I go. No matter what your skill level is, it’s not how well you draw that’s important, it’s why you draw that really matters.


Many thanks to Dockman19 for taking the time to answer these questions for the Friday Feature and if you’d like to be featured on the blog then please, don’t hesitate to get in contact.

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Art Trades

 

Since moving house and returning to the world of art and dA, I decided to do a bunch of art trades – and here they all are!

If you’d like to know about any of the individual characters or pieces of art, please let me know and I will be happy to tell you who the characters belong too~

It was wonderful to be able to draw these for people and get back into the swing of drawing while in the new house.

 

Life updates and all that fun stuff.

The move into out beautiful new home went really well.

More or less as soon as the removals company got everything onto the lorry, we got the call saying that everything had completed on the solicitors end and we could pick up the keys for the new house.

All the boxes have been moved in and we’re currently going through the long process of finding a home for all our possessions – a much longer task than I had first figured; but seeing as my husband has taken the laddo swimming, I thought I would steal away a precious few minutes for myself rather than stare blankly at another box wondering where I could put it’s contents.

Already, I am feeling much more vibrant and ‘alive’ and I think it’s thanks to the fact that I can sit somewhere with natural light and where I can hear birds singing in the garden.

I feel really lucky that we managed to get this place – and we’ve already got some wonderful plans in mind for the garden as well as the house itself.

I’ll take some pictures and add them to the post tomorrow; really I’d like to share some ‘Before and after’ pictures of the house as we ‘do-it-up’ and make it ours.

While I was offline, I thought about the future of the blog – and how it has changed since it’s first conception all those years ago. Less and less is it about my Fangirling and the characters I love and adore. we’ve moved onto artwork now and how this place has become a hub for sharing my own art as well as that of others – which is something I would like to continue doing; but I’d also like to get a bit of focus on just the ‘daily life’ things that I’d just… like to share and write about. Like the house, how my garden is growing and my little family too; I’ll have to think about how to format it and have another little ‘play’ with things over here over the coming weeks and months.

Friday Feature – DrPStripes

This weeks Friday Feature is from DrPStripes

Artist showcase! Share with us: Your favourite images

1. What compelled you first start drawing and creating?

Both of my Brothers and Cartoons on tv.

2. Do you have any future plans for your artwork?

Right now I’m a College Student Doing Concept art. So when I’m finished, i might either go to UTD or Do a Webcomic or all together.

3. What sort of media do you use to create your artwork? How long does it take you to complete a piece of artwork?

Mostly Sketchbooks, Flash cards and Tablet. It would take me Less than 2-3 hours to make something good.

4. What inspired you to draw? Do you admire any other artists?

Yes I do! Whom i Admire is Newspaper Comic artists, Talented Furry artists, Manga Artists and Cartoonists.

5. Do you have any tips for any aspiring artists – beyond the usual ‘practise daily’? (These tips don’t have to be art creation related.)

The usual Follow your Dreams, But don’t take things or life seriously. Enjoy what you love a lot, Be Weird!

6. What is your fondest artist memory? (eg – An art trade you were really proud of/pleased with, your first commission, etc)

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7. Anything else you would like to tell our readers?

Anyone can be a artist. but don’t be like the bad ones who do it for Views, Horniness, think they’re cool or the best, or for Attention. Be yourself and be creative.


 

Many thanks to DrPStripes for taking the time to answer these questions for the Friday Feature and if you’d like to be featured on the blog then please, don’t hesitate to get in contact.

Friday Feature – Qwaychou

This weeks Friday Feature is from Qwaychou

Artist showcase! Share with us: Your favourite images

1. What compelled you first start drawing and creating?

I’ve been drawing all my life, I was born with tonsillitis, so to keep me quiet my mother would have me color in books or draw to keep me occupied.

2. Do you have any future plans for your artwork?

I used to have huge aspirations, but my health has demoted me to hobby artist. I do want to do some badge work, as we already have a laminater and small laminates.

3. What sort of media do you use to create your artwork? How long does it take you to complete a piece of artwork?

I like to use bristol cardstock and I use micron inkpens and prismacolor pencils. It takes me about 10-12 hours from concept to finished piece.

4. What inspired you to draw? Do you admire any other artists?

I get inspiration from many things, from fashion magazines, to artist pose files. I admire many artists, too many to name, but I would have to name Xa-Xa-Xa  on deviantart as a favorite.

5. Do you have any tips for any aspiring artists – beyond the usual ‘practise daily’? (These tips don’t have to be art creation related.)

Get your hands on a good anatomy book, that is the thing that I see most artists struggling with is proper anatomy. Use references for aspects of your art that you have problems with, even I still have problems with this, as I need to work on my backgrounds, so I should be using reference for some landscapes.

6. What is your fondest artist memory? (eg – An art trade you were really proud of/pleased with, your first commission, etc)

Wow, where to start, I remember my first ebay auction for my artwork, probably 25 years ago? I’ve been a guest at some conventions, and I won a ton of their contests for tshirt and program cover designs. I won a couple awards during my anime convention days, and I used to win a bunch of coloring contests when I was a kid.

7. Anything else you would like to tell our readers?

Draw for yourself, don’t draw what you think people want to see, when you do that, it becomes a job, and it shows in your creativity. Art is individual, draw what you want to see on paper.


 

Many thanks to Qwaychou for taking the time to answer these questions for the Friday Feature and if you’d like to be featured on the blog then please, don’t hesitate to get in contact.

Outfits – No Glow

No Glow Outfits

Because my scanner is all packed away due to moving house, I decided to tackle the mammoth task of getting my main characters their outfit references done.

I thought I would share No Glows on here first.

I really enjoy the influences behind this character – that being Gorean Slave silks, Bellydance outfits and Harem style clothing.

I’m not sure when I decided that this was a good aesthetic for her, but I think it works~

The base I’ve used for these outfits is by Lockworkorange on Furaffinity – it’s made doing these clothing references a lot easier than first imagined!

Feature Friday – Falling-away-from-me

This weeks Friday Feature is from Falling-Away-From-Me

Artist showcase! Share with us: Your favourite images

1. What compelled you first start drawing and creating?

My mama! I don’t remember how old I was but I remember her painting with watercolour for one of her college courses and I thought, “I like that…” Ha! My earliest memory of creating was when I was five or six and I stayed up ALL NIGHT creating a story book. It was a story of a cat and dog falling in love and starting a family…I KNOW, RIGHT?! I drew and coloured like 25 pages of this messed up story and I wish I still had it! I was ever so proud.

2. Do you have any future plans for your artwork?

Nope! I used to draw A LOT. Sketching, inking, scanning, and colouring…I honestly miss it all but at this point I do not have concrete plans except for sketching when I am inspired.

3. What sort of media do you use to create your artwork? How long does it take you to complete a piece of artwork?

Pencil and paper! Back in the day, Photoshop was my main media but since I moved from my parents x amount of years ago and there is a subscription for Photoshop…well…some things just change. Plus I don’t have a scanner, boo. A sketch could take me up to an hour or so – depending how detailed I wish to make it. I definitely (and sadly) do not have the creativity that my teen self had.
If I am feeling rather inspired, oil paints! When I paint, I ALWAYS put in a musical. I don’t know why but it is my go-to background noise.

4. What inspired you to draw? Do you admire any other artists?

Well, I suppose it goes back to seeing my Mom paint. I liked the idea of creating something and saying, “I made this.” I have always struggled with words and explaining stuff so to be able to transmit something to paper that comes from my mind is liberating.

I admire(d) so many artists! I could make a big ol’ list! For time’s sake, my earliest admiree (is that a word…?) and inspiration was Kristin Eriksen aka Twira from deviantART. Her art…my goodness I cannot even explain it. It was beautiful and personal. I wish she had continued to stay but alas…

5. Do you have any tips for any aspiring artists – beyond the usual ‘practise daily’? (These tips don’t have to be art creation related.)

I know you said beyond “practice daily” but practice!!! I remember how I first drew figures and it is SO laughable! I kept at it and improving by analyzing how other artists pulled off drawing this or that and it worked. I made it my own and found my style.

On a more personal level: It is okay to say no! I will never admit to being the greatest artist in the world but I do not think my art is too bad. When friends, family, even randos see what I draw…I am bombarded with “requests”. “Omg, will you draw me like that?!” “You have to design my next tattoo!” “I would like you to draw my grandchildren.” “Here is a picture of my pet/child. Paint it!” UGH! No!!!!! This is something that drives me BONKERS!!! I draw for ME. It is a little hobby of mine that I like to keep to myself.

6. What is your fondest artist memory? (eg – An art trade you were really proud of/pleased with, your first commission, etc)

deviantART days. Man, the friends I made on that website…My deviantART days were some of the best days of my life. The support, the laughs, the trials, the encouragement. Like right now, I am reviewing my old journals and reading through the comments…it makes me teary and longing for those times again. I will never forget them or the people I bonded with.

7. Anything else you would like to tell our readers?

Don’t stop! I made this mistake and now I am struggling with finding my “mojo” so to say. I used to be able to draw for hours and hours without a thought in the world. And now…it is like a permanent artist block…almost. I get my moments of inspiration but I cannot help but wonder where I would be now if I had not stopped.

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Mint and Pertwee – Being Stupid.

Many thanks to Falling-Away-From-Me for taking the time to answer these questions for the Friday Feature and if you’d like to be featured on the blog then please, don’t hesitate to get in contact.