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AF40K Q&A

Q: What do you use to create your art?
For my lineart I use .5mm pencils with either regular office-supply graphite or blue-lead. In both cases I prefer to use 110lb cardstock, but regular printer paper works just as well in a pinch.

For digital work I use Photoshop CS5 or Paint Tool SAI, depending on what it is I am working on.


Q: Where do you purchase your materials?
In the event that I need pencils and paper, I usually go to office-supply stores, such as Office Depot or Staples. If I need blue lead, I normally order that online from Pentel (art supply stores are notoriously out of stock). For my other artistic needs, I either go to Utrect or Plaza.


Q: For your traditional artwork, how do you manage scanning your work? Do you feel the brand/type of scanner makes a difference?
For the time being, I use an HP Officejet v40 (…which is about 12 years old now). This is why I don’t have anything from sketchbooks or stuff from art class posted; there is no way for me to scan it in.

As far as the hardware is concerned; no, it doesn’t make a difference. The only thing that matters really is how large your scanning area is.


Q: How long does a drawing take, in all your chosen mediums?
Depends on far too many factors for me to answer easily. Some sketches have taken me a few minutes while there are some drawings I have lost track of how many hours I’ve put into it.


Q: How often do you draw?
I *try* to draw a little every day…even if they are mindless doodles when I should be taking notes in a meeting.


Q: Do you have any tips for lineart/coloring?
Yeah, draw and color. If you have a digital art program, don’t be afraid to screw around with stuff. If you don’t and money is not an object, do the same thing with any manner of materials of your choosing.


Q: Do you sketch your drawings and trace later over them for lineart or do you use the same page/layer?
Yes.
Ok, seriously, it really depends on the situation again. I’ve sketched out ideas only to expand on them further on the same page because I liked what came out, others get entire new pages. Sometimes I will work a sketch, take it to a light table to make some cleaner lineart, only to take that to the light table again 2 or 3 more times before I’m satisfied.


Q: Do you draw with any tutorial-style guidelines when you begin?
While I certainly apply the concepts I have picked up from a number of tutorials (such as setting up a skeletal structure/framework), I avoid a lot of tutorials like the plague unless there is a specific effect that I am looking for. I don’t need my work to look like it came from the exact same cookie-cutter styled colorist.


Q: How do you get over an artist's block?
I usually take four or five steps to the right (or left) and then press on.


Q: What is your favorite thing to draw?
My favorite thing? Mecha, armor, weapons and atrocities…what appears in my gallery tells a different story. You see, I am actually pretty good at the stuff I like to draw, but I need to get better at the squishy stuff (and I’m not necessarily talking about female body parts).


Q: At what age did you consider/begin getting into art?
No idea. I’ve been doodling and drawing ever since I could remember. That may be a painfully common answer, but it’s true.


Q: Did you ever attend art classes/school/academy/college? Did they benefit?
Yes; I took the required classes in high school, but I also took some basic classes through the Art Academy of Cincinnati for a painfully brief time and a number of courses through University of Maryland University College. And yes, I do feel that the more consistent and recent classes have helped me a lot.


Q: Did you ever try to adapt to someone else's style or start with developing your own?
I think I have always had my own style. Even when I was a lot younger when I traced pictures from video game manuals, they still looked different from the picture I traced from. Never could figure it out really…


Q: What types of color combinations are your favorite to experiment with?
Hmmm… well, I can’t say for sure, as I really don’t color too often.


Q: Do you prefer digital or traditional? Does either have an easier skill level/set of benefits over the other?
I prefer traditional, as that is where I have the most experience. I am working to change this by doing more digitally, but that doesn’t come overnight.
Both mediums I think have their own learning curve, and you can do things in one medium that you can’t do in the other. So I really can’t say if one is better than the other. It all comes down to personal preference really.


Q: Are you happy with your current level of art? Do you wish to improve?
Fuck no, I’m not satisfied! I am always looking for ways to get better. Of course actual execution is another kettle of worms and I need to put the time into that… which I have been lacking lately. But I do what I can…


Q: Do you plan before touching a layer/sketchbook, or make it up as you go?
A little of column A and a little of column B.


Q: What kind of tablet/sketchbook do you use?
For my digital work, I have an Intuos 4. Traditional stuff is pretty much regulated to whatever is within reach.


Q: What digital painting program do you use?
Paint Tool SAI and Adobe CS5


Q: Do you feel supported with your artwork? How do you deal with the choice of life/school/work/parental advice when pursuing your art?
Not really, no. I get very little feedback from my friends, and my parents can’t be bothered to give a damn (the ones that are still alive anyway).

Right now, work and school go hand in hand, with life and art taking a back seat to them. While I don’t decline going out with my friends in favor of art…I often bring my drawing materials with me.


Q: Do you listen to music/watch TV/read while drawing?
WinAmp is always running when I am at my computer. Enough said. If I watch anything, it would be fellow artists as they stream, but that is rare because it is a distraction.


Q: Who/what are your inspirations that you feel show in your artwork?
Most “Old School” anime (mostly stuff from the 70’s through the 90’s) has been an influence. Some artists like Joe Mad, Newt Ewell, Masamune Shirow and Fred Perry have also added some influence to my style as well.


Q: What have you done in order to obtain the financial necessity to purchase your tools?
I work, duh.


Q: Do you do requests/trades/commissions? Do you have a link that explains more in depth?
I very rarely do requests. I have done one or two at conventions, but I have to remotely feel like doing it. I would do trades if I felt that someone would want to trade with me. I offer commissions when I am at conventions.


Q: Do you have any final words for me?
Reality is for those who can’t handle √-1.

Katsucon? More like Katsu-Gone!

Journal Entry: Sun Feb 16, 2014, 12:45 PM



Convention Status


MAGFEST: 2-5 January, National Harbor, MD

Katsucon: 14-16 February, National Harbor, MD

BronyCon: 1-3 August, Baltimore, Maryland
Applied as a Vendor

Otakon: 8-10 August, Baltimore, Maryland

Any other conventions are pending time, money and interest.




I DO take requests in that I will entertain any request. Whether or not I will actually work on the request is another matter entirely. The fact of the matter is that a request is just that: a request; something that you would like to see me do. This said, I am under NO obligation to do it at all.

If you're still here and want to request something from me send me a note or email and then wait. I will either do it or I won't. If you ask me whether or not I got your message about the request, rest assured that I have and that I have at least skimmed it over and am considering it. Good ways to ensure that I will NOT do your request include, but are not limited to:
- Requests that are outside of my interests (take a look at my gallery and faves to get an idea of what those are).
- Requests that put my characters outside of what they normally do or suggest that they behave differently than how they normally would.
- Badgering, pestering or otherwise being a nuisance is a quick way to see your request sent to a quantum singularity never to be heard from again...you are on my time and I've got stuff to do.
- Should a request actually get completed, you accept it as-is. Period.
- Friends, family and business partners get special dispensation and are far more likely to be considered. Those people know who they are...and no, just because you are on my 'Friends' list here or are watching me does not make you my friend by default.

If you find that these terms are unreasonable, then put some money on the table and commission me. You will find that I am MUCH more reasonable and FAR more inclined to bend over backwards for you.



My first Katsucon was in 2007, the first of three years it was at the upscale Omni-Shoreham hotel in Washington, D.C. I had been attending the convention regularly, even planning a lot of events about attending it every year. I actually met a lot of new people, caught up with folks I had met only briefly before, gained a greater appreciation for art and have met some of my best friends there.

In fact, I remember a lot of good times at the convention, and even the bad times were matters of idiocy and silliness that led up to the con itself, and seemed to be made all better when the convention actually happened…for the most part.

This year I did not go to Katsucon, mostly because I simply cannot afford even a 1-day pass. I just cannot shoulder those unnecessary expenses. While I am no stranger to financial woes, and even having experienced them in the past, I still managed to make sure I could attend Katsucon. This year was different for me. In the past, I would move mountains to make an appearance… crappy finances? Fuck it! I’m going anyway!

I think the main reason why I had this shift in mentality was because I realized that while my primary reason for attending has not changed (I love hanging in the Alley and seeing various folks!), the subject of that reason did.

Let me elaborate…

Artist Alley is, in my opinion, no longer what it used to be. What Artist Alley used to be was a means for people who genuinely loved and enjoyed anime a means to show it off. A way for them to practice their craft, either as a hobbyist having fun or a way to gain skill and hope to catch the eye of people in the industry. Now it is simply an avenue to make money such that people use Artist Alley conventions as a means to make their living – this is not a hobby for them, it is their job (or, at least, their primary source of income).

Let me be clear on this, I find absolutely NOTHING WRONG with making money, for artists charging a fair price for their skill and products. There is nothing wrong in trying to break even or even making a profit! Where I start taking issue is the mentality of the process, the intents that are put in place and how they are executed. Many of those in the Alley any more have the general view of ‘money first, hobby second’.

Again, let me reiterate, I am not opposed to the act of making money. But I do take issue with the underlying mentality of many who partake in the Alley. I mean, it seems that anymore, Artist Alley is less like a place for hobbyists to gather and collectively show their love and enjoyment of an art form or fandom through their various crafts and more like a miniature Dealer’s Room. In fact, there are a number of people who, by all rights should be in the dealer’s room, but are not simply because it’s cheaper. Not economically viable (as in, they would be hard pressed dealing with the competition there), but simply cheaper.

Because of this mentality shift, I am finding it difficult to actually care about attending Katsucon…or any anime con for that matter.

Some folks have attributed this to a sort of ‘con-burnout’ or something like that. I can easily see the logic held there. It could also be that because of my depressed finances, I feel that I cannot have the fun that I’m used to having, even if it’s simply due to the fact that the matter is weighing on my mind to the point that it subconsciously interferes with my ability to just enjoy the moment. I could also argue that I’m old and remembering ‘the good old days’ and still have a very strong sense of idealism and favor things based on how they should be rather than accepting them as they are.

…or maybe it’s a combination of all of these things… or none of them…

Regardless, the end result is the same: I did not go to Katsucon this year and I really and truly do not feel any significant loss or regret. In fact, the only thing I seem to feel on the matter is that I don’t like the fact that I feel nothing on the matter…



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AnimeFreak40K
has a low Idiot Tolerance!
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Current Residence: My own little world somewhere between the State of Insanity and the State of Confusion
Favourite genre of music: Stuffs...some techno, Heavy Metal, J-Pop, J-Rock...y'know...Anime Stuffs...
Operating System: Windows 7
Skin of choice: my own? but only because im attached to it at the moment
Favourite cartoon character: you just HAD to ask that one didnt you?
Personal Quote: Sanity...is for the WEAK!
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:icontetrisman64:
Can you do a request for me?
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AnimeFreak40K Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Check the journal under the "Commissions Open" stamp.
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:iconramue101:
Thank you for the Ilama BTW. :)
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AnimeFreak40K Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Not a problem ^_^
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:iconramue101:
Your welcome. :) (Smile)
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:iconm00nr4ynight:
thnx for the Llama!:D
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AnimeFreak40K Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Not a problem ^_^
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:iconrammtomm007:
Thank you for the llama.
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