Strange times abound. I’ve been occupied with juggling a script for a new graphic novel and my body’s recent urge to sleep through everything. Still, the deadline moves ever closer… and the struggle to be a little productive during a crisis continues.
I came across this artist meme today and I wanted to do it! I used to do a lot of these back in my teen Deviantart days, before I moved to Tumblr and Twitter. Now that I have my own space to indulge in these activities, I may as well! It’s good to have some fun now.
- Do you prefer traditional drawing, or digital?
I work mostly in digital nowadays – but I am gradually restoring my habit of doing sketches and studies with a pencil and sketchbook.
- How long have you been drawing?
Since very young, at least from the age of 6. I started approaching art more “professionally” at around 12 to 13.
- How many classes have you taken?
I never went to art school or official art classes. I sometimes read tutorials or watch writing masterclasses, but I don’t think that’s what the question had in mind.
- Do you have a Deviantart, personal website or art blog?
*opens my arms and spins around* You’re here.
- What’s your favourite thing to draw?
Cop-out answer: my OCs
Not cop-out answer: Really experimental compositions with my OCs, or an emotional sequence
- What’s your least favourite thing to draw?
Concrete jungles. Robots. Cars.
- How often do you use references?
Whenever I need them.
- Do you draw professionally, or just for fun?
I used to draw for fun, then transitioned into drawing professionally. I want to balance those two out in the future.
- How much time do you spend drawing on an average day?
It varies a lot. There are periods when I hardly draw (like right now; I haven’t drawn for weeks besides the occasional commission, and that’s because I’m devoting my energy to writing and dealing with pandemic stress), and periods when drawing will be the only thing I do all day for weeks at a time (like after this, when I finish my script for a new GN, and when I have to get started with concepts for Alexander Comic).
- Are you confident about your art?
Generally, yes. I’m happy with my voice, though I feel I am in a transitional point of my career/life where I’m ready to pursue a new stylistic direction. Not a total revamp, more a levelling up.
- How many art-related blogs do you follow?
I wish blogging and RSS feeds are more like what they used to be. I hardly follow blogs. A lot of Twitters though.
- Is it okay for people to ask you about your process?
This is what this blog is for! I am very open about my process.
- Do you prefer to keep your art personal, or do you like drawing for other people?
I deeply enjoy making portraits for other people and their pets, and working with art directors. Illustration is an easy passion to share (as long as I am compensated fairly, obviously!). But with my comics and stories, even with an editor and publisher, I make them primarily for myself.
Basically, as an illustrator I’m generous and as a storyteller I’m cautious.
- Do you ever collaborate with others?
I have! I co-created a two-book middle grade series, and worked with clients on their projects.
- How long does an average piece take you to complete?
- Do you draw more or less today than you did in the past?
I feel like I draw less than I did in the past. But the reality is, since 2016 I’ve produced 800+ comics pages plus commission work. Which is a lot. Maybe I think draw less because I don’t make purposeless art anymore; art that exists for the joy of existing.
- Do you think you’re justified in giving other people art advice?
When they specifically ask for it or if it’s on my blog. I spent a long time figuring this career out for a reason, yanno. All that info has to go somewhere.
- What are you currently trying to improve on?
Anatomy, but not to draw anatomically accurate bodies. It’s so I can create expressive, yet grounded bodies for the benefit of my character acting. I am also generally looking to pivot my style into something more mature and stylistic and nuanced.
- What is the most difficult thing for you to draw?
Besides the least favourite things to draw? I struggle with turning my bodies around in motion. The spatial map of bodies in my head isn’t very good lol.
- What is the easiest thing for you to draw?
Again, OCs. Or random cats and girls.
- Do you like to challenge yourself?
Yes! That’s one of the big reasons why I am an artist! I used to do targeted illustration challenges for myself as a teen. Since I started TWIDI however, all of those challenges have been through producing comics – which is great, but not very efficient.
- Are you confident that you’re improving steadily?
Yes, I suppose. I’m craving for huge improvements though.
- Do you draw more fanart or more original art?
- Do you feel jealous when you see other people’s art, or inspired?
If I see art that really stuns me I don’t feel jealousy. It’s more like positive anger at how people can be so galaxy-brain with their vision and execution and draftsmanship (Oh my god!! How!! How can they be so good what the hell) . And that anger drives me to improve.
- Do you like to draw in silence or with music?
With music. Though sometimes I forget when the album is finished.
- What programs do you use?
- How many layers does a typical piece require?
Less or around 10.
- What inspires you to make art, or be a better artist?
Because I enjoy art? And I enjoy the challenge of improving my artistry and my craft.