a. My Art Practice & Me
b. Life as an art student
a. My Art Practice & Me1. What tools and supplies do you use?
For my digital painting I use Paint Tool Sai & Adobe Photoshop CS6 and for tools I use a Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch tablet (medium) and a 17.3" Acer Laptop with Windows 7. For sketching and concept work I either sketch in one of the programs I use to colour, or on paper with a 0.5mm or 0.7mm mechanical pencil.
For traditional work I love to use acrylic paints, acrylic polymer gouache, chalk pastels, mechanical pencils, prisma colour pencil crayons, and pine wood. I'm also a big fan of crafting, upscaling clothing, and jewellery making.
2. What are your settings/What brushes do you use for digital painting?
I mainly use the brush tool, and occasionally the water tool on default settings. The following are my custom brush tool settings, I've put them here because this is the one question I get the most, and because I'm constantly tweaking them and messing them up. :-S
Size x0.1 - 4.3
Min size 36%
[None] Dens 50
[None] Tex. 95
Colour Blending 7
Opacity mix 0
Keep opacity Yes
3. Do you take commissions / paid work?
Yes I do, for questions about my commissions, please read my commissions journal before asking.
4. Do you take art trades?
You can ask, but 99.9% of the time I will turn them down because I'm very busy. I can count on one hand the number of art trades I have ever done.
5. Do you take requests/commissions for any virtual currency like points?
No and no. I only work for real currency, I am a human being that needs to eat, pay rent, and tuition, please read my commissions journal for more information about them.
6. What sort of art training/education have you had?
I'm currently taking my BA of Fine Arts with a major in Illustration at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, which is a minimum four-year university program. Other than that I'm mostly self-taught with a few misc art classes here and there.
7. Can I draw fanart of your characters / designs?
I get this question quite a bit, I'm fine with this, and I really love to see how others portray my characters! I only ask that you do not trace or copy one of my illustrations directly, that you don't claim the design/idea as your own, and that the artwork is not used for commercial purposes (this includes prints.) If you wish to draw one of my characters in a sexual or violent situation, or anything you think I might have a problem with however, you'll need to ask my permission beforehand. You think this would be obvious, but I've had somebody take a little wide-eyed bunny child I designed when I was a wide-eyed child, and draw him shooting somebody in the face.
8. Can you make a tutorial about...?
I don't really feel qualified enough to make tutorials at this point in time, plus there's pretty much a tutorial by some amazing artist for anything and everything I could possibly make a tutorial for. I do have a tip though for the people who ask me about anatomy/body tutorials: use reference from an actual anatomy book, take a life drawing class, learn how the muscles and joints of the human body works. Don't try to learn from cartoon sources, as they are already stylised and the anatomy is not accurate. This isn't a bad thing, but if you take something which is already stylised and try to learn how to draw bodies from it, it will look even less like the original thing.
9. Why do you put a watermark on your work?
I unfortunately have so many people misusing my artwork, either trying to sell it or posting it places without my permission, that a small transparent watermark has been my choice solution. I watermark the artwork I upload because it makes it of unsellable quality, and if people decide to upload it places without giving me credit, it links back to me.
10. What inspires you?
Ahhh everything does! Everything, everything and everything! I'd say the things I find the most inspiring of all are concept and landscape art by other artists, Celtic Music, Final Fantasy XII and Children's books.
11. Do you do artwork for charity/volunteer for a good cause?
Yes and no. I love to, I have, and I do as much as I can. However, because I have so little free time right now, and because I have a lot of expenses I have to pay for, the amount of charity and volunteer work I can do is very limited. Please don't hesitate to ask though, if it's for a good cause I will try my best to help out.
b. Life as an art student.
1. Hi there, I noticed that go to Emily Carr University, and I'm interested in applying. What is it like to be a student there?
I would describe Emily Carr as being like a Hogwarts for artists. All the people are wonderful, open minded, and inspiring artists, both teachers and students alike. You'll make lots of connections with artists and people in the industry. The course load s about 30% academics and 70% studio classes. First year is called Foundations, which is pretty much a general year where you do a variety of artwork in a variety of mediums, before moving into a major in 2nd year (or 3rd year if you decide to go into Illustration like me).
There's lots of opportunities to get your work into galleries, publications, and lots of free of super discounted workshops. Concept art workshops, we hoasted a comic convention with free workshops, free yoga, meditation, and life drawing twice a week, there's an art gallery in the university, we get lots of artists and industry speakers. You also get at least 30% discounts on art supplies from Opus anywhere in the province, and possibly the country, there's a digital printing doc with professional printers to help you out, and a library full of art books, references and publications.
If you have any other questions that I haven't covered here about me, my work, anything related to Emily Carr, or life as an art student please feel free to ask! If I feel the question could help other people I will add it to my F.A.Q as well. If you would like me to look over and give you feedback on any piece of visual art that you have done, or ask me advice on anything art or artist related, please feel free to do that as well. Noting me is probably the best idea as I get a lot of comments and often miss some.