Friday Feature – BoPhoenix

This weeks Friday Feature is from BoPhoenix

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1. What compelled you first start drawing and creating?

When i was younger, my eldest brother used to draw all the time. he used to let me sit next to him and watch him draw, traditionally and digitally, and even let me draw in his sketchbooks sometimes. as well as this, his girlfriend at the time used to let me read her comics and manga, and she would tell me that if i wanted, i could make my own comic one day. That was probably the start of my passion for drawing.

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

I do want my art to lead me into creating original comics, and hopefully animation as well, but otherwise i’m not too sure about the future for my artwork.

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 use both traditional and digital media. for traditional art I normally use just pencils, pens and paper, but sometimes I dip my foot into painting with watercolour and acrylics, and for digital art I use Gimp 2 most of the time, but I am testing other programs such as Krita, Painttool Sai, and FireAlpaca, although I only really use FireAlpaca to test making short animations. for traditional art, it can take from 20 minutes to two or three hours to finish a piece.Digitally, it takes me a little longer, more like two to five hours to finish, because I’m still practising colouring and shading techniques.

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

My inspirations mainly consist of my eldest brother, cartoons I watched in my early childhood, speedpaints online and art galleries that I visited a lot when I was younger.
I definitely admire a lot of artists, both classic and modern, and try to vary who I follow to make sure I get a real sense of varied styles and personalities to work from and develop my own style around.

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.)

my tips would be:

  • Don’t look at artists that have more skill than you as a threat or a reason to put your own art down. use them as a teacher; look at the art you love and think “how did they do that? do i want to replicate that?” and practise the styles or techniques you want until you can draw it with your eyes closed.
  • Tracing ( for younger/less developed artists ), using references and how to draw books are your best friends. use them to your advantage but don’t trace everything and claim it. practise drawing with and without tracing/references/art books and you will develop artistically.
  • Draw not just what you love, but what you hate. In order to become a great artist you really have to be able to draw a lot. this includes cars, buildings, detailed backgrounds and plants and animals. Just drawing humans or cartoon animals/furries and ferals will limit you to just that thing.
  • Force yourself to draw different things, like what you see before you! go to figure study classes, draw in the middle of a field or at the top of a hill. It will benefit you, I promise!

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

I think my fondest memory was when I finally finished my first massive traditional commission and saw it hanging up in the cafe that asked me to draw it for them. I couldn’t help but feel thrilled every time someone walked in and took the time to look at it! It was in the style of a comic and, being a comedic piece, it made my heart warm up when they laughed at the silly jokes in it. It definitely made me feel like that commission was worth the hard months of drawing!

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

To any young artists who are doubting themselves or their art, or their future in art – keep going! Strive for what you want, not what others want from you. if you feel like you aren’t talented or good enough, change it! it’s within your power to make yourself into an amazing artist. be inspired by others, but also be your own inspiration. look back at old art and think about how far you’ve come, and how far you have to go. remember that no one is born a great artist; while some may be quicker than others, they all took time to develop.


Many thanks to BoPhoenix 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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Friday Feature – Horrorlandcop74

This weeks Friday Feature is from Horrorlandcop74

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1. What compelled you first start drawing and creating?

Firstly, I’ve liked drawing since an early age. I’ve always enjoyed making stuff too, be it decorating with stickers, glitter or making collages of my favourite stuff (mostly favourite tv shows and other media), cutting out and gluing onto paper, and recently, making digital collages/cut outs.

Also, like everybody else at school, I had art classes. All our art would be drawn in sketch books provided by the teacher, which she would then mark. Looking back at my arts and crafts book, I’m surprised I did quite well. I regret not having kept up my drawing from when I was 15 until when I started drawing again in 2014 (that’s 16 years!!)

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

My plans are to continue drawing and improving. I’d love to be able to do digital art someday, but first I need to improve my traditional graphite drawing, then stepping up to traditionally inking and colouring.

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 usually use pencil, paper, ink outliners and markers/coloured pencils. Sometimes I’ll dabble with digital stuff, but its pretty basic. The duration depends on what the art work is. I mostly do sketches, which maybe take 20 minutes. Sometimes I’ll outline them straight away, but a lot of the time I’ll put the pencil drawing away and dig it out a while later to ink and colour. I try to scan all my pencil/ ink drawings too.

If its a digital piece, I do a little bit everyday (about half an hour a day, then again it depends how big it is.) Usually it can take me up to 1-2 weeks.

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

Many things actually. When I was a child, I was inspired by my favourite shows and comics, mostly Disney and French cartoons. I drew my favourite characters. More recently, I was inspired by my daughter when she turned 2 in 2014. She was always wanting me to draw her favourite cartoon characters, so I picked up from there. This inspired me to revisit some of my favourite characters I had drawn/written fanfics of, and it was around this time (towards the end of 2014), that I went back on to deviantart. I’m very glad I did!

There are a couple of artists I admire, such as Tragicfangirl, Nightriver16, Shadow12177 and Irenei, all on deviantart. I met Tragicfangirl and Nightriver16 when I went back onto deviantart, and I’m glad I did go back when I did, otherwise I never would have met these lovely talented people.

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 only thing I will say is never give up what you enjoy doing. Continue drawing, even if you don’t think your drawing is good enough draw for yourself. And you will get better in time! Also, never let negative people bring you or your art down. Be positive and confident, and befriend other inspiring, talented artists who you can share stuff with and also learn from. I’ve picked up a few tips on improvement from my talented artist buddies.

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

There have been many with my artist buddies, but I guess my fondest memory is returning to deviantart and meeting my buddies Niky and Sandora, who like me were fans of Slappy the Dummy, I included both of them as characters in my story. That was a fun memory.

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

Thank you for listening, and remember: never stop creating!

Friday Feature – Dockman19

This weeks Friday Feature is from Dockman19

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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.

Friday Feature – CosmicCrayons

This weeks Friday Feature is from CosmicCrayons

 

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1. What compelled you first start drawing and creating?

I first started drawing because I had all these ideas for characters and cartoons but I needed a way to visualize them, and since I was just a kid I couldn’t Commission people, so I just decided to draw them myself!

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

Well I’m hoping to make a comic in the future! That’s all I’ll say for now~

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 use a Monoprice 10.25 x 6 Graphics Tablet, Paint Tool SAI, and FireAlpaca. It can take me anywhere from 2 hours to a few days.

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

My inspiration comes from a vast variety sources. People like Roman Dirge, Jhonen Vasquez, Maxwell Atoms, and Tim Burton are probably my biggest sources of inspiration.

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.)

Don’t be afraid to experiment with your art. Getting out of your comfort zone can lead to improvement.

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

In 2016 I made a drawing of Ren Hoek from Ren & Stimpy. I posted it on Tumblr and it actually got liked by Nickelodeon’s official “The-Splat” page. It was pretty cool!

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

I would like to thank all my friends and supporters. I honestly never thought I’d come this far with my art and I only have because my friends stuck by my side.


Many thanks to CosmicCrayons 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.

Feature Friday – Lirifox

Hi guys! This weeks feature is for Lirifox.

This is a series of posts that I would like to be a regular thing on here, so if you’re interested in having your own Friday Feature here, then please get in touch.

Artist showcase! Share with us: Your favourite images

Artist showcase! Share with us: Your favourite images

1. What compelled you first start drawing and creating?

There was just a click. I joined the furry fandom, had a friend’s tablet lying around and just started creating my own characters. I always looked up to all these great artists online and I wanted to be as good as them.

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

I’ve been drawing for almost 4 months now and I hope the future will bring me a lot of art related stuff! I’m planning to go to art school next year and I hope I can start taking commissions in the near future. I don’t consider my art good enough at the moment. So let’s hope I get better

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 use a simple, small Wacom tablet. I don’t know which one because it isn’t mine. Planning to buy a bigger one in the future. The art program I use is painttool sai. It’s a quite simple program, don’t think I’ll be switching to another program… like ever.

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

I admire so many artists! There are a lot of awesome artists on picarto that give me so much inspiration.

The artists I admire the most are:

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 don’t really have tips.. Kind of searching for art tips myself! Just… Don’t give up, alright? I want to see you all at the top!

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

Didn’t do any art trades (Altho I’m looking for people that do art trades atm) or commissions yet. I’m kind of proud of my improvement in art in general.

7. Anything else you would like to tell our readers?
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Many thanks to Lirifox for being my first Feature Friday Artist.

Home again

I am home now, from a vacation on the east coast. Staying with my parents is always wonderful – not only do we seem to pack so much into the time we spend with them, I always seem to come back home feeling refreshed (and I am sure they feel absolutely pooped in exchange!)

I sadly didn’t manage to get anything arty done while I was with them (Other than the start of a logo, which was shared in my previous post) but I did manage to get a bit of foraging done. They live on an absolutely wonderful coast line with shells, stones and other interesting looking ‘things’ that I am not even sure what they are. So, I am looking forward to having a play with some compositions on board in the next few days.

I also stumbled across another more formed composition idea, so need to get out the house and find some sticks!

I’ve also looked into setting up an etsy store – apparently, I already had one, so I am going through the motions of changing it all up so that the name fits with what I am doing now. It’ll take a bit more work yet, but I’ll hopefully have some paintings up on there to share with you all soon.

While I was away, I did a lot of reading, so I have set up another blog for book reviews. I thought I would share the link with you, in case that sort of thing interested you. I’d rather keep the two blog ideas apart. This will always be my main focus, art, but I enjoy sharing my thoughts on what I read also. So figured, why not!?

Also, I have been rather confused about what I have been sharing where as I’ve been trying to keep up with various places on the social media front. So, I have had to streamline and cut out a few of them. I am wondering if Twitter is really a good place for artists to share their works or if people have found Instagram more worth-while? I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions on social media for artists. What has worked for you and what hasn’t?

I’ll update with something visual as soon as I can.

Jenn

Finally, some finished works

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As you can probably tell, I’ve been somewhat inspired these past few days to keep trying my hand at abstract artwork.

It’s not really something I have considered before now, but I find that I am enjoying it more and more – even looking at others abstract works and seeing if I can figure out how they’re made, what techniques other artists have used and seeing if that could translate somehow to my own way of working.

I’ve also got some new ideas for nature inspired works – I know I still need to finish off the first one but it’s good to have more ideas in the back of the mind – so it’s all feeling pretty exciting at the moment.

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I am away from home next week, so I don’t think I’ll be able to paint but I should be going to a local exhibition so I’ll try and write about that instead.

I’ll also be looking into setting up some sort of online store in the non-to-distant future, as my studio room is looking rather full of finished canvas’ now and I don’t have the wall space to keep them all, so be on the look out for that soon!

Exciting times ahead!


Jenn