Fan Art Spotlight: Brian Farrar

“Honestly, I’ve been drawing fan art of my favorite video games ever since I was a child. I still remember drawing Sonic the Hedgehog and trying to copy it from the Sonic 3 instruction book.

I create video game fan art because I really enjoy drawing and I also enjoy gaming. One of my favorite things is to combine them and either draw fan art of the current game I’m playing or just create a piece of one of my all time favorites. I enjoy drawing Zelda art, Megaman, Mass Effect, Minecraft, and Skyrim.

My favorite medium is either pencil and ink, or just digital. I tend to do most things digitally these days, but I really enjoy the look I can get from ink on paper.

My creative process starts with me fumbling around a blank page for a while before I come up with something. I’ll sketch random shapes and forms until I think of something more concrete. Other times, I already know what I want to draw. I may be inspired by something I saw in a game (or online) and I’ll jump right into sketching. Then, I’ll “ink” the sketch once I’m pleased with it and start shaping the final concept. After that, I’ll start to color and this is where it gets complicated. Sometimes, I color in a cel-shaded style because it’s much faster and my particular mood fits that look. The alternative is to color in a more painterly style, which is VERY time consuming as I don’t do it very often. Once I’m happy with the colors, I’ll add some finishing touches such as color correction, light glares and reflections, and occasional background work. The time span for each piece really depends on its complexity. On average, I’d say it takes about 6-8 hours.

Here are a few of my favorite fan art pieces created by other artists: Peach Redesign by JimboBox, Samus by Mr–Jack, and Humble Indie Bundle V by JenZee.

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What makes my fan art different? It’s probably partly to do with my interest in the fan art I draw, and the other is due to my style of drawing. While other people may draw similarly, I like to think that there’s a unique quality to my style.

During any creative blocks, I play games to loosen up. Lots and lots of games. Usually, it comes back just after a week, but I rarely lose my creative flow. I try to constantly feed my brain with artwork of other artists, video game media, movie concepts, and sometimes, music.

For those of you who want to pursue art, here’s my advice: if you really truly enjoy art, do it. You’ve probably heard this before, but if you keep at it as much as possible, you’re going to get better at it regardless. Your hand muscles will get better with the movements, and you’ll figure out new ways to approach a project. Also, do your research. ALWAYS be on the lookout for things that inspire you. Browse other artists work, and watch movies that will give you ideas. Some of my role models include Stanley Lau (Artgerm), Reinaldo Quintero (Reiq), and Patrick Brown. Their art has helped shape my work and I hope my art inspires you to think outside the box.

And here’s one fun fact about me: if there’s one thing that I cannot live without, it’s probably Soda. I’m addicted.

You can check out my work at my website and it has links to all my other social network pages. Also, I have a Patreon page where I post exclusive artwork for supporters of my work.”

-Brian Farrar aka @art_blaster

Thank you again for your time, Brian and thanks for stopping by! If you want to stay updated on more Gamer Compatible reviews, you can follow us on Twitter: @gamercompatible or on Facebook: @gamercompatible.

Game on! And signing out.

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