Man, talk about not doing anything with the tools you're given. I don't seem to ever...EEEEEVER do anything other than post art here. And, strangely enough, I'll respond to these tags. Why? Well, I guess to get to know my art bros and to get my art bros to know me. So, I was tagged in this by Shellsweet and am always looking for chances to interact and respond to talented (and adorable) artist. Here we go.
First, the fine print:
1) please re-post the rules and questions!
2) answer at least 5 of the questions!
3) tag as many people as you know, there is no limit! (just tag someone QwQ)
Questions for the artist:
1) why do you draw/paint?
2) what do you draw/paint, and why?
3) how long have you been creating art, and what sparked your passion?
4) what forms of art block do you usually get?
5) what causes your art block? how do you try to break the block?
6) what/how do you wish you could draw/paint, other than what you draw/paint now?
7) who are the artists that inspire you, and why?
8) do you like drawing for others, or just yourself? or both?
9) do you like the artistic style that you have created? why or why not?
10) small challenge! post a "then and now" picture! an artwork that you created in the beginning of your artistic journey compared to how you draw now!
Good? Good. Let's rock.
1) Why do you draw/paint?
There are tons of reasons.
Fun. Creative outlet. Working out the ol' brain goo. But I'll bring up the most prominent one as of late: To feel good. Sounds strange considering I'm my own worst critic. But it's true. The distraction from everything else. The feeling of creating something from nothing (in the aspect of a blank page anyhow). Of all my reasons, the biggest is if I do something that inspires or sparks with someone else, be they fellow artist or otherwise. I'm at the point where I want to leave something for others to enjoy. Be it a drawing, doodle, photo, memory, inspiration, or my encouragement. I do for me by hopefully doing for someone else. Kinda like a weird self service hoping to service another...I guess.
2) What do you draw/paint, and why?
Comic book stuff. Cartoon stuff. Pinup stuff. Because every bit of those has molded me into the giant manchild/weirdo/dorkchop that I am. I look to my heroes in the business of each and hope I can do the same for some up and coming manchild/weirdo/dorkchop.
3) How long have you been creating art, and what sparked your passion?
As long as I can recall holding a crayon or marking device. Not sure what inspired it, but my longest running memory was my mom reading the comics page from the daily paper with me.
4) What forms of art block do you usually get?
I'm familiar with the leveling system to a degree. Stage one would be not being able to finish a piece on time due to constant re-works. Two, unable to get the image you have in mind in physical form. Three, getting so engrossed with the idea that nothing you do matches up and suddenly everything you've done is garbage no matter how much time you've spent or how much people love it. Four, being so uninspired you can't even sketch or exercise without giving up suddenly. And five, the one I've suffered more than I care to mention, not even being able to force yourself to sit down in front of whatever medium and work something out.
I usually get forms two and five most often.
5) What causes your art block? How do you try to break the block?
Exhaustion. Depression. Finishing a piece and seeing all my mistakes after it's done (over analyzing it, basically). I try to break the block by stepping away for a while...day...month...hell in 2004 I stepped away from art for three years. Not recommended, by the way. To better help the block breakage, I look to my heroes and art bros work to help inspire me. Most often than not, riling me up due to extreme jealousy! HOW DARE THEY BE SO AWESOME! I'LL SHOW THEM!
6) What/how do you wish you could draw/paint, other than what you draw/paint now?
Oh man we're going to be here all day. No, no I'll make this a quick answer before I drive myself into a spiral.
What?- More detailed stuff. Especially in color and shading.
How?- More like the artist who are doing the lineless color and finished paint look. God that'd be awesome.
I'm okay with a lot of what I'm doing, but I still feel like there's a whole world of art I'm missing out on due to lack of skill/patience.
7) Who are the artists that inspire you, and why?
I could talk all day about the big names that have molded me to become what I am.
Chris Bachalo, Adam Warren, The Kubert bros, Akira Toriyama, any and all that have ever worked at the Capcom art department.
But I've talked of that before and I'm sure I'm not alone. But let's talk people I know. Personally.
SpazChicken has inspired me constantly throughout my arting. Not in his work, but his words and belief in me. Can't really repay a lot of it. He's why I'm even doing it still now, really.
DarkArtist81 also falls into that category, but he's taken such a strongly different path since my days arting with him, I find he's inspiring me in a different way nowadays.
gregbo is more my rival in a way. I'll never be on his level or do the things he's done, but I've done so much work with his art due to my ties with the con that I have no choice but to soak it in and try to find a way to reach where he is. It's like he's challenging me without even knowing it every time I have to do things with his art. And I love it.
Shellsweet is the closest I've come to finding a potential superstar in the making that I can think of. She's this adorable little ball of positive energy and talent that I've had the privilege of knowing. She inspires me by surprising me every time she post something new. Every time I speak to her about her art or my own. She just genuinely makes you feel awesome every time. Be it with her words of encouragement or with her rad art. I get the feeling I'm going to be telling people "I knew her when" stories one day.
Speaking of "I knew her when", There's FallenDarkRain too. Another "why aren't you a big star yet?" situation. I can't even say I get as much inspiration from her as I do pure jealousy!
8) Do you like drawing for others, or just yourself? or both?
I do my best work when I know it's for someone else. Even if I know it's to be seen or admired by someone else.
9) Do you like the artistic style that you have created? Why or why not?
Kinda, yeah. I mean, I've got a groove I've molded for myself and how I project things on paper. But I always feel like I could be doing better. My style doesn't really translate a lot of what I want extremely well at times. That'd be my main complaint I guess.
10) Small challenge! post a "then and now" picture! an artwork that you created in the beginning of your artistic journey compared to how you draw now!
Hmmm. Let me see.
Here I don't have a lot of my "old old OLD" stuff largely because a lot of it has been lost. I gave a lot of art away as a kid.
In terms of traditional art, here's a piece I did in 94.
And here's one I did in 2015
And for poops and giggles, the oldest digital piece I have (start to finish in digital) here from 2004.
This would be the most recent start to finish digital I've done.
Alrighty then. All done. LET ME TAG YOU SO YOU CAN DO THIS TOO BECAUSE WE SHOULD ALL SUFFER HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
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