What got you into drawing in the first place, and what inspirations do you have?
I don’t exactly remember when I first started drawing, I think it was one of those “rainy day” books when I was little. From there I was hooked though I’d watch art programs on television and endlessly doodle on paper. Drawing was a chance to create a world I could fully view, being legally blind I only see the world in parts so being able to create a whole world I could see was very attractive to me (and still is!). I dabbled in a lot of different mediums including pastel and watercolour, for a couple summers I attended art school at the Edmonton Art Gallery.
In Junior High / High School I was inspired by Japanese illustration found in video games and manga. My love of illustration and fan art started here and I drew hundreds of pictures. Rumiko Takahashi was a big inspiration and I learnt much from her art style. I started collecting manga around 1992 or so. But there are a lot of other influences from that time period as well, too many to remember!
As I got older and began thinking about a career, I was quite interested in work that would let me do what I loved all day so drafting and architecture became my focus. I pursued this goal until my final year of high school (when I found out that the drafting program at NAIT wouldn’t take me because I couldn’t pass a colour vision test). I dropped out of Physics that week and for some time I was depressed. With my career plans changed, my art was put into hobby status and I shifted focus to computer programming (my other love) when I entered college I was too busy to continue drawing.
The first five or six years of my career I did very little artwork at all, the job I had found was very demanding and I just couldn’t find the time, my life was in constant work mode. When I wasn’t working I was drinking, heavily. The first five years of the 21st century are a bit of a blur for me now, it was a dark time.
Some time around 2005 I realized that I was going nowhere and very depressed so I changed jobs, I went from working 60+ hours a week to 37.5, I found myself with “free time” and so I took up my much beloved hobby again. It was painful, I could barely draw, it was like starting from scratch and very frustrating. I worked hard at getting my skills back, I decided that cartoon illustration was probably going to be the most fun option and ran with that. I went from site to site collecting works and seeking inspiration. I’ve always loved cartoons and so it wasn’t hard to find interesting stuff that I wanted to draw. I started drawing as much as I could and getting involved with underground cartooning culture. I was surprised that out of all the online communities out there the guys who draw sexy cartoons were the most supportive, so they were and always will be a big part of my profile.
Soon my art was actually taking shape and I was getting encouragement from others so I stepped up what I was doing and started looking for a decent site to post my work for feedback. At this time I was also looking for a place my best friend’s wife could post her art and that’s when I found and joined deviantArt. That same year (2006) my sister gave me a tablet for Christmas (which I still use!) that was the fuel I needed to really start learning. I picked up Photoshop and taught myself how to use it and really I haven’t looked back.
I have a lot of folks who inspire me: Rumiko Takahashi, John Kricfalusi, Tsukasa Kotobuki, Scott Wills, Keiji Inafune, Fernando Faria, Genndy Tartakovsky, Drew Gardner and so many more!
Like, how people think that artists are only friends with other artists.
Maybe you people who want to be friends with other artists should try the Derp way.
>See person you want to be friends with >Find contact information >IM them >Continue conversation as much as possible >eventually you…
OH DERP I THINK YOU MIGHT BE TALKING ABOUT ME!!
I think it’s easy to mistake shyness or introversion as something more sinister, but I think it’s more innocent than art elitism. I’ve never been refused/have refused to speak to someone on the basis of artistic talent, but often times it’s very difficult for me to keep a conversation going until I know the person better, regardless of my position relative to the other person. But Derp is right! If you wanna talk to someone, you should message them and have a conversation. And if it doesn’t follow through, then it probably wasn’t meant to be in the first place.
One thing I have seen in myself is some serious passive aggressive behavior. Part of this was due to my own issues with anxiety and just wanting “problems” to go away on their own. There was a time when I wouldn’t pick up the phone, be available on IM, log into Steam/XBox Live! or even reply to e-mail and not think too much about it but in the last couple of years I’ve realized what that behavior represented and how unhealthy it was for me (and how it was fueling some serious depression as well).
It’s something that kinda runs in the family, my dad does it so does my sister, but there’s this other extremely social side to me that really hates that and it’s also the side that I find easiest to expose to people I don’t even know.
It seems weird but I’m more open and approachable about my art to complete strangers than I am to those closest to me, I think it’s because those people matter the most and I’d be killed if they didn’t like what they saw…
Was supposed to play some Dawn of War 2: Retribution
Had to turn down free hockey tickets
But between not being able to concentrate, muscle pain and people just not RSVP’ing (thank you very much, I know when I’m not wanted) nothing happened.
I did play some New Vegas though, as a bad girl, aligning with Caesar’s Legion… it’s fun to punch things with the Power Fist, though I don’t know how I’ll keep my lesbian lover err follower (Veronica) now that I have to blow up the BoS bunker…
Ha-Hah! Punching stuff…
I also have been having a lot of crazy, crazy art ideas (like I don’t have enough work as is).
Speaking of art, somebody figured out the character I drew before, I couldn’t remember her name but I know I knew her, it’s Katma Tui the Green Lantern from the Duck Dodgers cartoon (how that get into my subconscious I’ll never know):
Despite sleeping all day I’m rambling and tired now… or wait that’s usual for me… time for more water and bed, I hope this is a quiet work week…