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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.

It's 2015. Let's hope it's better than 2014

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 5, 2015, 8:56 PM



Convention Status


MAGFEST: 23-26 January, National Harbor, MD
Table stuff fell through, so I'm just going for the video games and music

Katsucon: 13-15 February, National Harbor, MD
May go, may not. If I do, it will likely only be for a day.

BronyCon: 7-9 August, Baltimore, Maryland
Submitted a request for a table. Won't know whether or not I got it until mid-March.

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.



Wanders in, looks around, winces and cringes in disgust. Bluh… I really have let this place go haven’t I? Resigning himself to the task of making things less dusty, proceeds to knock the dust off.

…is this thing on? Meh… let’s do this anyway…

So yeah, I’ve pretty much ignored this space since… August? Yeah, looks like August. There are a variety of reasons for that, but they mostly boil down to me not really caring that much about DeviantArt as a general thing. On one hand, it does make it easy to check up on the folks you watch/follow. Really good about that actually. However, posting stuff; whether it’s a journal or actual artwork is not as streamlined as it used to be…and certainly not as streamlined as other sites.

…ahhh, who am I kidding? I’m a lazy fuck and I haven’t done shit…

So there you have it. Now onto that whole annual reflection thing along with New Year’s Resolutions and whatever else I do or, rather, expected, this time of year.

First, let’s start with the assessments of my goals for last year:
:bulletblue: Improve my Attitude: Meh…
I think this is a combination of a plateau and some regression. Yes, in some ways I think I’ve made progress, but in others, not so much. Certainly not the phenomenal progress that I had by this time last year. I mean, in some ways I just feel more… hardened I guess? Like a lot of the fluffy good vibes stuff just seems to not have the effect it once did. Maybe it’s because I am more mindful, but at the same time, just don’t have any fucks to give. Or maybe I have just accepted the fact that I’m a worthless fat piece of shit and that’s all I’ll ever be. Maybe I have not realized this, but have decided to stop trying. I don’t know. Maybe outside of the occasional bright spot, 2014 has been waffling between forgettably neutral and terrible. Admittedly, not as terrible as some other years, but bad enough that I’m glad to see it gone and will try to not dwell too much on it.
I think I need a lot more improvement in this area, lest I actually end up falling backwards. Slow progress is better than no progress at all.

:bulletblue: Do More Fanart: Meh...?
I still have a hard time doing fanart. Admittedly I have done a bit more work in this regard, though about half of what I’ve done is posted here, some pieces on my tumblr and the rest in the bowels of my computer that I may do something with, but will most likely not. Yeah lots of improvement needed here, but I just haven’t been able to get myself to care enough about anything to draw stuff about it.

:bulletblue: Improve My Art: Meh...?
Maybe I am my own worst critic. Maybe I just haven’t been putting the hours into the craft that I should be. Or maybe the work I have been putting into my craft is based on Graphic Design (as that is my actual job and I do quite a bit of it) rather than sitting at an art table pretending to be able to draw…so I guess there is some progress being made, which is a good thing.  

:bulletblue: Make A.R.C. Studio A Thing: HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! …oh, wait, I was serious? Well fuck…
Ok, in all seriousness, this IS something I wanted to make happen. Unfortunately, the cool printer I got needs more than a little work that I am neither qualified nor equipped to perform…and I do not have the funds lying around that I can put to getting it fixed at the moment. So this thing gets put on the back-burner.

:bulletblue: Be More Social Online: Yeah… no…
In some ways I have been, I post stuff to my tumblr and I make stupid videos of my MechWarrior Online matches and post those to YouTube. Not sure if that actually counts as being more social though…

Now, that is how I feel I stand on matters going from last year into this year. I’m sure some folks will disagree, or not. Who knows? I guess now this is the part where I throw together some new resolutions and see what happens.

Improve My Attitude: Yeah, I think I’ve had a pretty shitty attitude in general lately. Not entirely sure what’s caused it. Maybe I’m just sick and tired of being ignored or overlooked and have, instead started growing a spine and giving no fucks. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, I don’t need a poor attitude and shitty self-esteem, so I need to work on this still.

Do More Fanart: I said it before, I’ll say it again… and just as likely it will be summarily ignored. We’ll see.

Improve My Workflow: There are things I want to be working on, that I *SHOULD* be working on that I have not been actively pursuing as I should. As much as I enjoy MechWarrior Online and Guild Wars 2, I really think I need to spend less time doing those things and more time on things such as Arcanum Flux, other projects and my work with Starlight Studios.

Improve Posting Habits: Whether it is actually paying attention to my DA journal or actually posting content, I need to get better about this. I mean, if I don’t post shit anywhere, how are people going to know about it? So I think instead of focusing on cultivating some sort of online presence or whatever, I should prolly just worry about posting stuff, whether it is my personal work, writing or my stupid MWO videos, the fact of the matter is that I need to spend more time creating and posting content. Plain and simple.

So there it is, my resolutions for 2015. Let’s see if this pans out better than 2014… Luna knows that I’m glad that 2014 is over and done with…



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AnimeFreak40K
has a low Idiot Tolerance!
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
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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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AnimeFreak40K Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks ^_^
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Overthelakepancake Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome, hope you had a great day^^
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AnimeFreak40K Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm saving any real celebrations for Friday because i have to work in the morning :D
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WorldofTanks Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014
Happy Birthday ^^
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AnimeFreak40K Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Appreciate it :D
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WorldofTanks Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
^^
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Noshoba Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
www.deviantart.com/art/Cadence…

See MLP in Battlemechs lol
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AnimeFreak40K Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh, yeah, I know that guy's work. IIRC, the mechs that he's using in the artwork is for a game he's working on.
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Noshoba Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well they are cool chuckles. Played a few battletech games with him online
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AnimeFreak40K Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yeah they are.

How do you play BattleTech online? I mean, I play MechWarrior Online... but that's about all I know about that's out there.
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