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1. Tell a bit of yourself, and about how you became an  artist that you are today?
Wow, hello! Thank you very much for considering me to be featured here, I’m flattered! I’m alu, I’m a college student attending UC Davis and I’m going to be studying something very boring haha. I don’t really consider myself an artist, but in terms of getting interested in drawing, I never really liked drawing until I bought a tablet last October. I’d have to honestly say that it was joining tumblr that got me into drawing seriously (kind of) after seeing so many amazing artists here. 


2. What inspired you to become an artist?
My parents didn’t let me watch many cartoon shows (Asians, let me hear you holla back.), so I grew up with a lot of storybooks and novels. One of my favorite books when I was younger was Alice in Wonderland and I remember just being so totally amazed by the illustrations in it and thinking, “Who could think of these creatures and these characters…?” It just totally gave me this amazing feeling of bewilderment and joy. I couldn’t fathom the idea of being able to transport words into a beautiful illustration. Gah, thinking about it now still gives me goosebumps. 


3. What are the tools you use to draw with?
Bamboo tablet and like a lot of people, paint tool SAI. I’m not great with technology so its simple interface is really great for me!

4. What is your most favorite subject to draw, And why?

Animals! I love drawing animals because I feel like there isn’t really a “correct” way to draw them. For example, I’ve never seen an elephant or an armadillo, but when I take the mental image that I have and then draw it, it somehow just seems…right. It’s my imagination and it just somehow works, in my opinion! I also really like drawing black stockings…HAHA. 
5. Can you share abit of a process in creating your artworks?

I usually just come up with an idea, sketch something out, use a gradient bg, and start slapping on blobs of color! Then sometimes if I’m feeling really classy, I’ll shade haha! I’m not talented or patient enough to do lineart, but I feel like this process works for me! 


6. Do you have any things you can share to fellow artists?
Don’t be afraid to deviate from what you’re normally comfortable with or draw something simple. Simple is great.

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1. Tell a bit of yourself, and about how you became an artist that you are today?

I’m an art student and I basically just draw a lot. I got where I am now by drawing tons.



2. What inspired you to become an artist?

Nothing really inspired me to start drawing for fun, I’ve done it since I was a wee babby, but I started drawing anime in particular because of Legend of Zelda (more specifically, my friend showing me fanart of the games which I was then compelled to copy lol). Other such predicable things as pokemon, Rurouni Kenshin, and Inuyasha followed, and now I keep drawing anime because it’s just really fun to draw that way.



3. What are the tools you use to draw with?

to finish things, I use a combination of Corel Painter, Photoshop, and sometimes SAI, but mostly Painter. doodles are done in whichever program I have open at the time.



4. What is your most favorite subject to draw, And why?

I love drawing my OCs the most, most of whom are somewhat androgynous males who are gey for boyz and like to float around in white space. I go through phases though, too, so sometimes I draw tons of pokemon and sometimes I draw lolis, in addition to aforementioned boys. But yeah pretty much all I draw are my OCs (unless pokemon)

5. Can you share a bit of a process in creating your artworks?
Pencil sketch, scan it in, underpainting with rough colors and shadows in Photoshop, paint over it and refine it in Painter, then back to photoshop for final processing.



6. Do you have any things you can share to fellow artists?

Draw a lot! >8|

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1. Tell a bit of yourself, and about how you became an  artist that you are today?

I am finally a graduated university student with a major in Illustration/Animation. I’ve been working as an artist at Gaia Online since 2007. I’ve always loved to draw since kindergarten and watch lots of animation. I knew it was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life and am glad I managed to pursue it to this point.



2. What inspired you to become an artist?

I had an older cousin that did some art in high school while I was in elementary school. I’ve always looked up to her and wanted to become like her.  My love for animation and comic (particularly disney, garfield, anime and manga) also helped spur that dream of becoming an artist.


3. What are the tools you use to draw with?

Wacom Tablet, Photoshop, Paint Tool SAI, sketchbook, 0.5mm mechanical pencil, felt tip marker, ballpoint, gray markers, the list goes on….



4. What is your most favorite subject to draw, And why?

People. I like to draw expression, give them life, think about their backstory, imagine scenarios for possible stories, etc. Background is my weakness, but I’m growing an interest in doing more background work.



5. Can you share abit of a process in creating your artworks?

I draw really rough on paper or on Photoshop to get down gestures. And then paint on top of it rough and then clean it up as I go. Sometimes I do lineart. But they slow me down. If I have trouble with a pose, I would normally take photos of myself in the pose for reference. Most of my stuff on tumblr are process work. So you can see how far I get at a certain time frame.



6. Do you have any things you can share to fellow artists?

For those who want to become professionals, don’t stick to one thing. Always experiment. Be flexible with your skill sets in style, subject matter, etc. And always keep drawing :) Thanks for the feature!

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1. Tell a bit of yourself, and about how you became an  artist that you are today?
Hey there! I’m not sure who suggested me, but thanks! ;7; <3I just recently turned 18 and just finished high school, currently I’m planning to take the major of game designing! I guess when it comes to art, I’ve always enjoyed watching animated cartoons, or reading comics/graphic novels. If it’s about drawing then I always had that sort of interest ever since I was a kid… I used to draw on sand, and on the wall even though they looked horrible if I tried to remember orz Then I started to draw more on paper and books, and from there I just kept on drawing and making comics during school hours. Afterwards, I started to browse online for more drawings, and joined sites like Deviantart/Smackjeeves where I found lots of amazing artists! Now I do more digital artworks and I hope to have fun and improve! 


2. What inspired you to become an artist?
For me, the term “artist” isn’t really what I would use to describe myself… I definitely love drawing though! But I rarely call them as artworks, and I generally prefer to use a looser term like drawings/doodles instead! Back then I always enjoyed watching american cartoons, but at one point I started to read manga, and there was something about the story-telling and character development that I found to be really different from cartoons! I immediately thought that one day I also want to publish my own manga, and sometimes I’m a bit lost but I really hope someday I can achieve that! 


3. What are the tools you use to draw with?
I usually do most of my drawings digitally, so I use Paint Tool SAI, and use Adobe Photoshop to add the finishing touches! I use a Wacom Bamboo Tablet.


4. What is your most favorite subject to draw, And why?
OYAJI-/KICKED umm let’s see~ I can honestly say that there’s a lot! It really depends on my mood and what I’m currently interested in! :D But I guess they are mostly humans, and ranging between the age of teenagers to adults. I also love to draw couples because I enjoy thinking about body languages- That, and I’m just a total sap when it comes to romance.. v//3//v I also love to draw shounen/action-y type of characters because I also like dynamic action and movements! Oh, and I love drawing original characters as well! <333


5. Can you share abit of a process in creating your artworks?
Mm I’m not too good with explaining stuffs;; But my work process is pretty general! I begin with a rough sketch… My sketches are very messy ;-; So sometimes I end up having to clean it again and have difficulties with the next step, which is lining. Then from there I just create separate folders if there is more than one character, and divide the layers, my process is pretty much straightforward! Then afterwards I change the layer settings in Photoshop, like if I wanted to add a glow I would add a blur and so on! ’ v ‘


6. Do you have any things you can share to fellow artists?
Never give up for something you’re passionate about! Definitely you should always keep drawing if you love it, it can be your work, hobby, anything goes! ‘7’ Oh, and don’t be afraid to dream high, you never know what’ll happen in the future! When it comes to tips to actual drawing, I guess a general advice would be to allow constructive criticism once in a while. Also you should know which parts of your drawing that you want to improve, and the ones that make your style unique and you want to keep. Another would be to try going outside your usual comfort zone! Like for example, I think one of my weakness is composition, so I try to draw more group pictures to improve myself in that part, even though I used to dislike it now it’s my favorite thing to draw.

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Name: Sarah Chan
Website/s:
DA: http://chancake.deviantart.com
Tumblr: http://chanface.tumblr.com



1. Tell a bit of yourself, and about how you became an artist that you are today?

I graduated from University last year, majoring in Animation. Having said that, I don’t actually animate a lot and spend most of my time drawing fanart and doing other unproductive things.

I picked up digital media tools when my father switched his medium from copics to Photoshop for his freelancing work. The tablet we had was a cumbersome Omnipen: no pressure sensitivity, huge as heck and the stylus was attached to the board by a cord. At the age of 9 I played around with this tablet on ms paint and photoshop, with my dad teaching me a few tricks here and there. Later on I eventually discovered the wonders of the internet, stumbling upon artists such as Chibi-Rinku and kurokumo.

At first I opened up my own art site- of course, I had no visitors. I later joined deviantart where I was constantly inspired by many other artists, discovering fandoms, Japanese fanartists and whatnot- I had become completely absorbed into the world wide web, where I realized I had much, MUCH more to go with my art and thus I began striving to become just as good at all these artists I admired online.


2. What inspired you to become an artist?

Both my parents were/are commercial artists, so it was almost inevitable I’d become interested in the same field. I was fed an abundance of cantonese-dubbed anime as a child, and I eventually started drawing huge ugly snails (for those who might know: Itou from Nangoku Shounen Papuwa), until I grew a collection of these that my mum decided to buy a clipboard to keep all these abominations in. That clipboard of drawings was the beginning of my commitment towards the hobby of drawing.


3. What are the tools you use to draw with?


I used to sketch my lines on paper, scan it in and colour on photoshop, but nowadays from start to finish I use Photoshop CS3 all the way.


4. What is your most favorite subject to draw, And why?

Whatever character(s) I’m obsessing over, I particularly enjoy drawing comical situations which allow me to illustrate ridiculous expressions. Why? I guess I’ve always enjoyed drawing anything in a light-hearted manner. I’m afraid of drawing things too ‘beautiful’ or ‘ideal’, seeing that I draw in an anime style, it’s very easy to fall into that kind of habit, and I just can’t emulate a ‘serious’ mood in my illustrations since I’m not a very serious person to begin with. No matter what subject I draw however, I’m actually more excited about the colouring more than anything.



5. Can you share abit of a process in creating your artworks?


My drawing process is not complex nor very different from your average amateur artist.

I’ll begin with a rough sketch on photoshop, depending on how neat my sketch is (or how lazy I am) I may use the sketch as my final lineart, or I will create a new layer and redo a cleaner lineart. I don’t render  most of my illustrations these days, so all I do is decide on a colour scheme (I like using limited colour palettes these days), then I use the magnetic lasso tool and fill colours in with the paint bucket tool. Each element of the picture is usually divided into separate layers (skin, eyes, hair etc.) so if I decide to change my initial colour scheme (which happens a lot), I can easily select these layers and simply fill it with a different colour or toy around with adjustments > hue/saturation in the image menu.

Most of the time I’ll realize I am still dissatisfied with my colour scheme and I would create another layer on top of everything with a blending option of either ‘overlay’ or ‘colour burn’, and fill that layer with a solid colour of orange or yellow, then I’ll play around with the opacity of that layer.


6. Do you have any things you can share to fellow artists?

Art is not a race, enjoy it like a nice stroll in the park. There’s no finish line, only an endless road with many different paths you can choose from

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