Feature Friday – Pinkcollars

This weeks Friday Feature is from Pinkcollars

Artist showcase! Share with us: Your favourite images

 

1. What compelled you first start drawing and creating?

I just really loved art and I’ve always drawn on paper since i was a kid and i was like hey im a really good artist on paper; lets do it digitally, so then I got myself a nice wacom bamboo<3

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

I’m not really sure! I kinda wanna do something with it but it all depends on how I work right now and how I deal with the problems I have now before I get to that point.

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 wacom bamboo medium and it USUALLY takes up to three hours or more for a single lined/shaded fullbody!

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

OF COURSE, I admire other artists. What ARTIST doesn’t? I have too many to say but I can say that I love a lot of artists on furaffinity. I think I was inspired to draw by characters I saw in games/webcomics/stories/etc ❤ And I always wanted to draw em

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 let ANYONE tell you what you can and can’t create. Don’t let anyone dictate your art but yourself.

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

Gooodd.. I think my fondest artist memory was buying my first adopt. He was the cutest thing ever.

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

Don’t give up when you hit art block! You’ll always get past it<3


Many thanks to PinkCollars 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 – Milkytreatt

This weeks Friday Feature is from Milkytreatt

Artist showcase! Share with us: Your favourite images

1. What compelled you first start drawing and creating?

I’ve always drawn with a mouse in MS Paint on a very old computer of mine. I’m unsure what compelled me to draw but I found it very fun to mess with the tools. As I got older, I began taking my art more seriously and began to look into tutorials and references, as well as other art-tools in order to help me achieve a better future with my artwork.

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

I hope to someday become an art figure in the eyes of others that when they see my art, it makes them happy. I’d love to someday work for a big gaming company, such as Nintendo or Blizzard Entertainment, as a concept artist. I’d love to create characters for games, as well as develop game art such as scenes and backgrounds.

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 Paint Tool Sai and a Wacom Bamboo Splash tablet!! It doesn’t take me more than a day to create a piece of art if I work at it all day, however I realize that I don’t take the time to really detail and plan out a piece. I want to be one of those artists who have amazing backgrounds in their work, detailed shading and glowing, as well as interesting facial expressions and poses.

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

At first, it was to pass the time as I didn’t have internet on my computer when I was younger. However, when I first joined DeviantART in 2012, a friend of mine drew using dA muro. Her art inspired me to take my art more seriously and work at improving. I do have a few inspirations to this day who are illustration artists and I absolutely adore and envy the work they make. Each piece is so thoughtfully constructed and beautiful to look at, I hope someday I can match the potential they worked so hard to achieve.

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.)

Aside from practice practice practice, let yourself make mistakes!! If your first sketch doesn’t come out the way you wanted it, don’t delete it! Continue relining those sketches over and over with new sketchmarks (on a new layer, preferably) and continue until a sketch comes out the way you wanted it to. It’s also extremely helpful to use references. There’s tons of Pinterest, and you can use Google for model poses to if you’d rather a real human pose instead of a drawn one! Tutorials are very helpful, especially if you want to add more details instead of having everything flat-coloured. Trust me, these things go a looooong way in the longrun.

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 first realized just how much my art has improved over the years. It truly inspired me to continue moving forward with my art, and the thought of: ‘Wow, look how far I’ve come. Just imagine how much further I can go with improvement!’ just really motivates me to continue drawing, no matter what. Although I hit art block a substantial amount, that won’t ever stop me from moving towards my goals and dreams. ❤

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

Please don’t give up!! Don’t let others dictate your work. If you’re proud of a piece, BE PROUD! Even if someone else doesn’t like it, don’t let that stop you from creating more. Nobody is born an artist. We work to reach that title, regardless of our skill levels. If you aren’t the best right now but you love to draw, then you’re an artist! Continue working and working until you reach that skill level your inspirations have. Keep moving, keep going. I promise you’ll enjoy it. <333


 

Many thanks to Milkytreatt 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

 

Artist showcase! Share with us: Your favourite images

 

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.

Blog Feature – Abaddon and Teal

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Hello everyone!

I wanted to give some exposure to one of the blogs I read on a regular basis.

It’s titled Abaddon and Teal and is about  the adventures of Warmaster Abaddon (Warhammer 40K) and his pet cat Teal; as well as some other strange misfits  the rest of the Warhammer 40k Primarchs and associates!

If you couldn’t tell by the feature artwork, it is a comic that isn’t to be taken too seriously, but is still an enjoyable and funny parody – probably because of the lack of seriousness factor.

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As you can see, the characters are presented in stick form, but if you’re familiar enough with the main characters of the Horus Heresy (and why would you be reading a 40k related blog if you’re not?) then the simple individual traits make the characters obvious enough. And if you get confused, there is always the handy who’s who page to refer back too!

The story itself is presented in a variety of ways. There are some mini series within the comic; such as ‘Through the Keyhole. Or episodes of a longer story arc, like ‘Crusade’ but most of the posts are one-off funnies!

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It’s a wonderful little read, if you can get ‘into’ it and I admit, I was somewhat skeptical at first, but it has totally grown on me and I look forward to seeing updates from it in my Reader.

So, why not give Abaddon and Teal a try for yourself, see how you get on with it!

Enjoy~

Friday Feature – Dawby’s Doodles and Dithering

Hi Gang,

I am really excited to actually be able to write my first Friday Feature.

I approached Dawby via their twitter account – I don’t know if you can actually IM on WordPress – and asked if I could feature them on my blog, and excitingly, they’ve agreed! So bare with me if this feature is a little ropey, it’s the first one I’ve written for this blog (And hopefully the first of many)

img_1989-1Everything I appreciate about art is displayed in Dawby’s blog! That might come across as a strange statement, saying someone else’s blog something that sum up how I feel about art, but it’s so true here. If I could start my own artistic journey again, I would find absolutely no shame in following in her footsteps – and I feel absolutely wonderful to be able to see their artwork growing and the ideas that they have and share with us. Once
upon a time, I started a Masters Course in Design and Art Direction, I’ll admit for the first time here, I hated it. It was part way along the discussion of why an artist painted a sky blue that I realised how much I hated it! There is no need for that stupid discussion around artwork. Maybe, that artist painted the sky blue, because the sky is actually blue!?

img_1986-1However, it did make me realise and think one thing. Art shouldn’t be this high-brow, elitist subject. Most people have the ability to pick up a pencil and make marks across a page. And it is exactly this sentiment that makes me appreciate Dawby’s works and blog all the more. The enthusiasm to create and improve what she is drawing as a self taught artist. And this enthusiasm shows in the near daily updates (Which I look forward to seeing in my reader) and the exerts that express their opinions on the art piece.
I first came across their blog through the WordPress reader (which is an amazing tool img_1979-1when it comes to finding like-minded people) and they were drawing a series of houses and I liked their quirkiness and the colours used on the drawings. There is a magic in their creation and I love the personality that the houses have because of the choices that Dawby has made when creating them.

Dawby is on a wonderful, expressive journey with their art work and I find myself looking forward to her updates more and more to see which steps they take next and I really hope that you find as much enjoyment in their art and blog as I do.

Much Love
Jenn

Pimping Feature Friday

Hi Gang,

I hinted at this in one of my previous posts, but it’s not very much active! I’ve sent out a couple of ‘starter feature requests’ to some fellow artistic bloggers, but I would love it if some people I am not following would like to get involved as well.

I have added a form for a ‘Friday Feature’ on my main menu bar, and I am looking for other artists to feature here on my blog.

I know, as a whole, blogs are meant to be personal and for the most part this blog still is. Yet, I also feel that the blog so far has been deeply impersonal and as a means to get away from that I would like to share the works and words of others who are in a similar field as myself – namely the creative, visual, arts – so, if you would like to have a post on my blog dedicated to you and yours feel free to fill out the (very brief) form and I shall write up something completely positive about you, your blog and your arts.

Much Love

Jenn