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.


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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.


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Friday Feature – DrPStripes

This weeks Friday Feature is from DrPStripes

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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.


 

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Feature Friday – Falling-away-from-me

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

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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.

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Feature Friday – Pinkcollars

This weeks Friday Feature is from Pinkcollars

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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


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Friday Feature – Milkytreatt

This weeks Friday Feature is from Milkytreatt

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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


 

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