Frequently Asked Questions
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Q: How long have you been doing art?
A: I have been doing art all my life. The earliest that I can remember was when I was 3 years old and I would draw a lot of Disney Princesses. Most of my art then looked like Aliens.
Q: How long does it take to complete a piece of art from start to finish?
A: Depending on what the piece is like say a Full Piece or a Sketchy Piece; Digital or Traditional, it can take from a few hours to days if not weeks. I use to rush my pieces but now I want to take my time and enjoy the work I'm creating.
Q: Were you self-taught?
A: Define Self-Taught. Being self-taught means you have no outside sources of being taught other than from your own knowledge or knowledge you pursue or without some type of formal training. I like to say I'm self-taught but no one is FULLY self-taught. Most of my knowledge is self-taught but I did have art classes growing up from public schooling; and I did go to college to major in Graphic Arts and Gaming Design though I didn't get passed my basic's in College do to being forced right back into them when I was suppose to have different classes at that time. I can say I really didn't learn much more than what I learned in public schooling. Do I think you need to go to college to be successful? Absolutely not.
Q: What's the best advice you got for your art & what advice would you give to those that are just starting or already into their art journey?
A: Art is defined by its beholder. What may be truly beautiful to me may not be to you such as a simple or abstractly drawn piece. What we need to remember is that we are all work-in-progresses and some do better faster and younger than others. We are all our own worst critics. The most I can say is try not to compare yourself to others and I know it can be really difficult to not too--because I do it too--but focus on improving your skills and your process; and you will go far.
Q: What work do you most enjoying doing?
A: Usually drawing females due to them having more curves than males, however, the past several years I have been focusing on drawing the male anatomy too so that I am versed well in both anatomies. Portrait styled pieces were my normal throughout my life however getting into College they were trying to force me to drawing fuller bodies and backgrounds and the like which I was very uncomfortable drawing. Now I'm still trying to untrain my brain from that mindset that was being forced upon me. It's been several years and I am still struggling with it.
Q: What themes do you pursue?
A: Mostly my interests. I like things that are Fantasy based but have something real-world tied to it. I still don't feel like I have a theme but Fantasy is where I would put it.
Q: What jobs have you done other than being an artist?
A: Currently I am pursing being a Content Creator that involves being a Streamer on Twitch, creating videos on YouTube & eventually opening up an Art Shoppe, Patreon/Ko-fi Page and doing Commissions for other Streamers for Emotes and other such things. I am currently working as well part-time in Retail (2014-present time). It's not an easy job but it has opened my eyes to learn about what you are providing to potential customers and making sure you are knowledgeable enough to provide the best information to them.
Q: Why art?
A: Art has always been an outlet for me. It helps me with my emotions and allow me to process the issues I'm going through in my life. I am glad to have my art to help me in those times because something beautiful can come out of my emotions.
Q: What is an artistic outlook on life?
A: Seeing the beauty in everything and being thankful for what you have in life. Some people don't get a lot of opportunities and others it seems like they are being handed everything. Taking a step back and looking from the outside in can give you perspective in life.
Q: What memorable responses have you had to your work?
A: I've had a lot of folks really enjoy my art and love with how I combine certain aspects with pieces that I've created. As an example, my Black Panther Tribute piece was done digitally and lots of folks said they loved the simplicity but aspects I brought from the Black Panther movie & Chadwick Boseman's work into the piece. He was a King in his own right after all. Wakanda Forever.
Q: Is the artistic life lonely? What do you do to counteract it?
A: Yes in some sense it can be lonely. Not a lot of people will understand why you are so passionate about being an artist or doing art in general. You have to block out the negativity to make it your job if that is why you are doing it. I'm actually encountering this with my Partner as of right now of calling my other job it. Yes granted, I am not making money from it which is what he believes makes it a job is if you earn money from it so he is just calling it a hobby. For most this may be the case but for me it is not. I love my art and I love making videos, streaming and answering questions or making things in-game like Character Creations for your enjoyment. That is what makes me happy and that's why it takes up a lot of my time every week. Eventually I will earn money from it but I don't wanna lose the special spark from it.
Q: What do you dislike about the art world?
A: With the art world my problem lies within people who do not think art is a job or that our time isn't worth that much or even the people who don't have an open mind to everyone's art just because of how it looks. DO. NOT. JUDGE. A. BOOK. BY. ITS. COVER. Open your third eye and take in the charm and beauty of everyone's work. You'll be surprised how much you like a piece for certain aspects you didn't realize it.
Q: What research to you do?
A: When working on a particular piece or subject or several different subjects, I like to research to make sure I'm following somewhat closely to the subject but then give it a twist or more to my liking to make it my own in my pieces. Figuring out how to add "plot twists" to subjects can take several days of sketching or less to create a beautiful piece.
Q: What is your dream project?
A: Creating Art Books of my Art & mostly selling my art to those that enjoy my work, and also working with companies that I enjoy and having my art displayed on their stuff too. It's ambitious but it's a idea. I'm sure I have other dream projects but I don't wanna lay them all out.
Q: Professionally, what’s your goal?
A: Professionally I'd like to sell my art in an Art Shoppe and have pieces in people's homes because then I'll know all the struggle and hardships I've endured was for not and I'll feel accomplished that someone loves my art other than my family. :')
Q: What do you use? Traditionally & Digitally.
A: Traditionally, I prefer Graphite Pencils and Charcoal with Sketch or Office Printer Paper; however, I am working on Watercolors, Gouache and Inks with Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper as I enjoy other artists' pieces that come out with these mediums. I still have a long way to go in getting better with these mediums. Digitally, I use Clip Studio Paint and my UGEE 1910b Drawing Tablet. I use to use Photoshop Creative Studio 6 and Paint Tool Sai but paying for a program monthly was a bit too much money out of my pocket. Clip Studio Paint is a great one-time payment program that you get free updates too and its a great alternative to Photoshop and Paint Tool Sai. i am so happy other artist friends recommended me this program and the transition from Photoshop to Clip was fairly easy just had to retrain my fingers on hitting the right hotkeys.