claviclesandconstellations asked: What is the process you take when creating a new piece? For example, do you draw it out in pencil, then line with ink, etc. or...? Also, if you do something along those lines, do you just go in after with an eraser and get rid of all the pencil, or how do you tackle that? :)
Nice to hear from you!
I go about starting and finishing a piece fairly differently each time, often only having pieces sketched in while finishing other parts entirely. I do go in in the end with an eraser and get out all the pencil, but I’m also careful not to smear the pencil too much with my hand while I work as it will stain the paper. Also, a lot of the time the pencil isn’t detailed at all and I go straight at it with the ink. Because it’s a little hard to explain, over the next few days I’m going to post some progress shots of a recent drawing. I hope this helps.
Thanks for your interest as always, happy ventures!
paintpotface asked: what kind of pens / media do you use - what pencils etc ? your work is outstanding - im in awe - i also love how you hold a pen <3 x
I use such a large variety of pens while working including but not limited to: felt tip pens, brushes, watercolors, markers, mechanical pencil (has a sharper line), gouache, acrylic, and am slowly branching into inks. I’m not a brand purist and am always trying out new drawing materials whenever I can afford to, which is why none of the above are specifics. There are maybe five brands for each category and I find that they all do slightly different things. I just try to manipulate them how I want to get the look I’m going for. There is always a mess of materials surrounding me.
Thanks for asking and for your wonderful compliments!
p.s. I hold my pen that way because I was fiercely stubborn as a kid. :)
jiggzy-b asked: What are your favorite drawing papers?
I really like working on Stonehenge, but recently have been branching out and trying new papers. I do a lot of mixed media so I find it’s smooth surface and density works well with a variety of materials, though I am always in search of new and better paper and have been trying a lot of samples out lately.
I hope that helps, thanks for getting in touch!
claviclesandconstellations asked: When you draw, do you use reference pictures for the various animals, etc. you're drawing? Or are you pretty good at drawing from memory? Also, really excited to see that new drawing you're working on once it's finished. I noticed a couple of animal skulls, and I love those (and drawing them)!
Thanks for asking. I do a lot of both. Sometimes an image is entirely from my head. This is great for when I desire something to look wonky or off, or want it to be more creative and flowing. Other times, I use reference photos all the way through. This helps the idea seem more realistic and tangible, and in that setting I find that the small hidden oddities seem even stranger and out of place.
The new drawing is completed but it’s for TWINNE Tee’s and I need to wait to release the final image to correspond with their T-shirt release, but it’s coming! I’ll have some more fun things to post in the mean time.
All the best,
cedarnouns asked: Is that gauze so you don't smudge? I'm a lefty and have a terrible time with that.
Actually because I hold my pencil so strangely, that gauze acts as a cushion for the nerves in my hand keeping them from tweaking out after a ten hour drawing session… Think of it more like protective padding. I try to keep those babies safe and am a big fan of preventative care. As far as smudging goes, I find a piece of paper under my hand helps, though is a little obnoxious. Maybe you could wrap a piece to your hand ;) . I bet there’s something us creative types could come up with!
All the best,
cristiijatib asked: what pen do you use to do the fine ink detail on your drawings ? they're amazing :D
Thank you so much!
I actually use a variety of pens— for details I mainly use the 005 micron and/or staedtler pens. The microns have a warmer ink, and the tip wears down faster, so you can get that brushy look if necessary. The staedtler have a bluer ink and the tips always remain sharp, so they’re great for longer lines and sharper textures. For my shading, I lately have been using ball point pens, as they blend so well. Another pen to look into are Rapidograph technical pens. I haven’t been using them as much lately in my personal work, but they have they most beautiful deep black, and are great for texture making.
andromedaftertaste asked: You're hella inspiring! I'm starting as a freshman for graphic design in New York this fall. You taught me how to work at your craft everyday, to draw ugly things and ugly faces to achieve that one masterpiece. Sometimes I get super lazy to even pick up the pencil. I believe even great artists have their grace period. Keep doing amazing works!
Thank you for all your kind words— the mere idea that I was part of any of your learning is such an honor. Keep up the hard work, and always try to bring yourself to your projects- those are your best tools. Keep in touch and thank you for sharing.
In what life could I have it better than this?
sexpertly asked: You truly do inspire me across a wide spectrum of art. I find your art beautiful and stunning and it just encourages me to go out and try a wide variety of new mediums and just see what I can do. Thank you so much for being an artist
Your statement gives me such beautiful purpose and value, so please take these words with all the warmth and embrace they carry: thank you.
universo-ajeno asked: Hello! My name is Christopher and I love your art!!! Do you by any chance sell any of the shirts you make?
I personally don’t sell the shirts but there are they are available from a couple different companies.
One is called Ambrose. It’s a nonprofit that works with high schoolers encouraging art creation and discussion. Their website is www.joyandrevolution.com
The other small company is called Twinne. They are based in Europe and specialize in tee’s created by a variety of artists. Their website is www.twinne.com
I hope that helped! If you have any further questions, please keep in touch.