Some questions, I borrowed from Loish’s FAQ. They were so interesting, I couldn’t help it.
I’ve known her art for such a long time and she is definitely someone I look up to as a person.
The internet always gave me inspiration. I look at pictures and then an idea or a theme pops up in my mind. On deviantart my main inspirations were Saimain, Sakimichan, Yuumei and Deejuusan. Especially the last two are the people that I look up to the most. They don’t only create images, they also write stories and combine word and art to something truly magnificent. I also get inspiration from anime and Disney movies. And, of course, fantasy literature.
Developing one’s own style
I don’t think I’ve ever spent a second thought on how to achieve my own style. Believe me it just happens!
Whether it’s anatomy, faces or animals. As you practice drawing, your hand becomes more stable and you become more comfortable with drawing in a specific medium. That’s my experience. But, most importantly, it’s your journey! Feel free to experiment, take your time, find out what you like to draw most and just draw it. It’s the passion and the way to get there which you should enjoy the most and it’s what will keep you going.
How long do I take
Oh, how much I hate this question… It’s like putting your amazing art into plain numbers. Unfortunately, it’s still significant at some point, if you want to work as a professional. It takes me 3 to 5 hours to draw a simple artwork without much background. Works that are more detailed vary from 20 hours up to 40 hours. Sometimes even open end :D
I use Photoshop CC and a Wacom tablet. To start out with a simple tablet without a screen can be a struggle, but it’s the best thing to get started! I also created a brush in Photoshop that I use constantly; I hardly use any other brushes. They can be helpful, but they often don’t work for me. I use Adobe Illustrator or InDesign for my Logo and editorial stuff.
Sorry, if that’s not what you expected but my answer is experience and intuition. I just feel what I have to do. As art is a matter of taste, I do not really know what to say about my coloring.
For Photoshop keyboard users: I (Eye-Dropper Tool) and B (Brush Tool) – repeat about 10.000 times ;)
Opacity: I often use something between 30 – 60%
It’s nice to watch them, but everyone has their own way of drawing and I don’t think copying some specific techniques is my way to get better. I would rather look at some art that I feel inspired by and figure out a way to combine specific ways of drawing (like choosing an interesting color or light setting) with my own art and in my own way. I also use many different references at the same time. I don’t see many artists talking about watching tutorials, so why should you watch and read so much about tutorials?
Drawing every day/ art blocks
If I would draw 24/7 I would have had a burn-out long ago. I think it’s also why I hardly have art blocks. I’ll take things slow. I have some days in a week that I only use for drawing. But, there are others only for friends or doing workout. The social media pressure of seeing other amazing artists posting regularly and having to grow as an artist is very strong. I highly doubt that a person can draw nonstop and still feel at peace with oneself. For me, human life is all about balance. That’s what my father always used to tell me and that’s what I am telling you!
People need a certain contact to the outside world in order to be sociable.
A personal example: I used to draw a lot back in school as I had more free time in general. I have am suffering from chronic backaches since then. Why? Because I never did any workouts, because I kept going when my body screamed at me to stop. So now, I have to do sports at least 2 times a week in order to not have any pain.
There is also the case of one of my favorite artists, Yuumei, who injured her hand and couldn’t draw for a long time. Aside from her, I know that there are more artists suffering from health problems out there!
Therefore, in my opinion, drawing daily is nuts. You need to take breaks. Be it the weekend or the time after you have finished a big project. Please don’t ignore leisure time! Your inspiration will thank you.
If you have to draw because you are paid for it, try to organize yourself and set times where you draw and where you don’t and stick to them!
If you do not make enough money with all these breaks, I have to tell you that your pricing is way too cheap!
BE AWARE THAT YOUR OWN BODY HAS LIMITS!!!
Using my art
You can always use my art for personal purposes: as a wallpaper, tattoo etc. If you post it on social media, please credit so people can find me, if they want to.
You are not allowed to use my artwork for commercial reasons in any way. Do not sell my art without permission! If you are unsure or interested in commercial cooperation, you can always contact me. :)