29 8 / 2014
As no one sent me any numbers for that artist ask thing I figured I’d just fill it out (even if no one cares!)
1. Do you prefer traditional drawing, or digital?
Well, I definitely draw digitally more often, especially now that I have my surface pro 2 and can draw right on the screen. I really like drawing both ways though, they both have their advantages and disadvantages and I’m happy as long as I CAN draw.
2. How long have you been drawing?
As long as I can remember. I was encouraged in elementary school by a really great teacher who saw potential in me. I always had the support of my family too. Being an only child in an area where driving was needed to see any of my friends I had a lot of time to spend drawing (and reading and playing video games)
3. How many classes have you taken?
A lot. Seriously, I took just about every art class I could in middle school and high school (in high school I took fine art, commercial art, drawing 1 and 2, jewlery and metals 1, world ceramics, ceramics, an independent study in ceramics), a summer course on animation at a local college (it was, at the time, the PA school of art and design and I took the class while in high school), I took a basket making class and caligraphy class over the summer while in middleschool, and then I went to art college where I took massive amounts of classes.
4. Do you have a DeviantArt, personal website, or art blog?
I used to have a DA but I deleted it earlier this year as I never really used it and I don’t much care for how the site worked any longer. My personal art site is kittyhawkillustration.yolasite.com but it needs some updating. This is my art blog.
5. What’s your favorite thing to draw?
Probably character designs. I do a lot of them both in my free time and for jobs.
6. What’s your least favorite thing to draw?
Mechanical things, I find them rather complicated. I’m getting better with them though and I’m sure that I’ll eventually not mind them one bit.
7. How often do you use references?
Quite often. Reference is a tool like any other and it’s important to use when you’re drawing something you’re unfamiliar with, something complicated (like hands or strange poses), or as a simple refresher to your memory as to what something looks like.
8. Do you draw professionally, or just for fun?
Both. I’m a freelance illustrator by trade and I also draw a lot for myself as well.
9. How much time do you spend drawing on an average day?
I try for at least an hour. If I’m working on a job it may be much more then that, and if I’m working multiple jobs (like I am now) it’ll be even more.
10. Are you confident about your art?
Confident enough to do it professionally and at well above minimum wage.
11. How many art-related blogs do you follow?
Too many to count. All but a small handful of the almost 300 blogs I follow are artists.
12. Is it okay for people to ask you about your process?
Yeah. It can be useful for people to see how other artists work.
13. Do you prefer to keep your art personal, or do you like drawing things for other people?
I like drawing things for other people when they pay me or when they’re my friends. Sometimes I draw things for my friends who also pay me. I don’t have time to spend drawing free things for people I don’t know (unless for a worthy cause like Rian Sygh’s gender reassignment gofundme campaign! Where I’m drawing art for people who donate)
14. Do you ever collaborate with others?
Sometimes, but not often unless you count freelance in which case all the time.
15. How long does an average piece take you to complete?
Hard to say really. With the jobs I’ve been taking lately about 3 to 4 hours I believe. It honestly depends so much on the size and complexity of the piece and I don’t know if I really have an ‘average’ type of piece.
16. Do you draw more today than you did in the past, or do you draw less?
Another hard thing to judge. I definitely draw less for myself then I did when I was growing up. I also draw a lot more for work then I did in college (where most of my art was for class assignments and not myself or profit)
17. Do you think you’re justified in giving other people art advice?
I think so, sure.
18. What are you currently trying to improve on?
My style in general (I want to push the fluidity of my art which I worry is somewhat rigid) and drawing men which I’ve always had trouble with.
19. What is the most difficult thing for you to draw?
Well, with reference I can draw just about anything fairly easily but without it would probably be machinery, especially things like vehicles.
20. What is the easiest thing for you to draw?
Women/girls and most animals
21. Do you like to challenge yourself?
Generally I try to, though I don’t do it enough.
22. Are you confident that you’re improving steadily?
Yes. I can look back at work from a few months ago and see all the problems with it which means my taste and eye for stuff is improving.
23. Do you draw more fanart, or more original art?
Original though I do like to occasionally draw fanart since it’s generally thoughtless fluff (which is good for the mind to do sometimes!) If it’s fanart with me it’s likely sailor moon (at least recently)
24. Do you feel jealous when you see other people’s art, or inspired? (Be honest!)
Oh, sometimes both! Haha. Really though, it depends on a lot of things. If it’s art like I want to draw it’s usually a mix of both, especially when the artists is younger then I am! If it’s something that I’d never do, like marble sculpture or highly realistic work then it’s just inspiring. If it’s amazing comics it’s also just inspiring (since I want to make a comic and I’m still learning my way)
25. Do you like to draw in silence, or with music?
I do both. When I work on jobs I often listen to music, listen to podcasts, or put hulu on with something like X-Files. When I draw for just me I don’t usually put any tv or movie on but I will often listen to music.
26. For digital artists: what program(s) do you use?
I almost exclusively use firealpaca though I do use GIMP for somethings as well.
27. For digital artists: how many layers does a typical piece require?
A lot. I usually do a sketch layer, and then make adjustments on another and build up layer after layer for all sorts of reasons. I often flatten together layers as I work too though.
28. For traditional artists: what medium do you like most? (Pencil, charcoals, etc)
I like to sketch in pencil but I also really enjoy using watercolor and acrylic paints.
29. For traditional artists: How do you usually start on a big piece? (Light sketch, colored lead, sketchpaper, etc)
With small thumbnails on separate paper. Then I rough out in pencil (with either normal or blue lead depending) and go from there depending on the final medium I plan to use.
30. What inspires you to not just make art, but to be a better artist?
Personal satisfaction maybe? I mean, most artists seem to create to fill a gap in their verbal communication skills or similar. I’m pretty introverted so don’t often really showcase a lot of what goes on in my head and heart to people in general so I can use art to give an idea of that sort of thing. I always strive to be better at my craft to both share that part of myself more effectively and because I want other people to feel looking at my work the way I feel looking at art I love.
25 8 / 2014
The annual wizard battle draws near! -A test of might and magic, sorcery and summoning, chants and charms, weapons and will!
-Anyone with a twitter account can participate.
-Voting and victory notifications will take place on twitter. This blog is simply to organize, inform, and x-post.
-To enter you must create a wizard through any means: drawing, painting, pixels, 3d modeling, sculpting, knitting, etc… as long as you can submit an image of it. It can be any type of character you can think of as long as they wield some type of magic, magical item or magical ability. Be as creative as you wish!
-Submit an image of your wizard HERE with the name of your wizard and your twitter handle. Submission deadline is September 9th.
-Wizards will be divided into 1on1 battles in a randomized bracket. The images of the 2 battling wizards will be posted on twitter. Spectators will be given 24 hours to pledge their power (vote) for one wizard. At the end of the 24 hour period the votes will be tallied and the victorious wizard will be announced. The victors will proceed to the next round.
-The final four contestants will be awarded the title of MASTER WIZARD. The last wizard standing receives the title of ULTIMATE WIZARD and is granted immortality. Actual prizes may be a thing if there’s enough support. we’ll see. ;]
THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT IS SEPTEMBER 9th!!!
Once all the entrants are received and the bracket is complete I will post an official start date. You are strongly encouraged to drum up support and publicity for your wizard. Build a persona, post images of your wizard training for battle! I’ll reblog and retweet as much of it as I can.
Tag all of your wizardry related posts with #wizardbattle2014
See you on the plane of battle.
I don’t have a twitter…but my husband does
19 8 / 2014
Going to livestream my progress on one of my donator pieces for a contributor to Rian Sygh’s gender reassignment surgery gofundme campaign!
Feel free to watch here
13 8 / 2014
purr-annas said: Hello I donated to Rian's GoFundMe campaign and would love a sketch from you if it's possible. My donation proof and character reference pictures are tagged on my blog as "fauxboy". If you accept, please draw in any format you'd like, I'm cool with everything. Have fun with it, and thanks for your time! My cat's name is Harley-Quinn by the way!
Awesome, I’d be glad to!