“I’ve been an artist since I was 5 years old. I just really enjoyed drawing my favorite characters. As I got older, it became a serious passion. I wouldn’t say I specifically specialize in fan art, but I do it quite often because it’s more likely for people to find fan art as opposed to original art. It’s hard to create original work when you don’t have much of an audience to support it. I particularly enjoy drawing characters and worlds from franchises that I like. Regarding the medium I work in, I am specifically a digital illustrator. I use Adobe Photoshop CS5 and Manga Studio 5.
I try to make my fan work different by coming up with unique concepts, such as redesigning a character with a certain theme, or drawing something with a different stylization from the source material. When I’m not sure what to do next, or things just aren’t working out, I like to try something different. I try to do something new with every project as doing too much of the same thing can be draining and boring. It can take anywhere from 4 to 15+ hours to complete a small project, so keeping things fresh is important.
My advice for any aspiring artists: draw a lot. Draw every day. Draw for years. You’ve probably heard this advice over and over from literally everyone, but you won’t get anywhere if you don’t practice a lot. Study from good materials and start out with drawing from life, and things that are around you. Learn how things work in real life as it’s an important step to improvement. If you need help, a fresh perspective from teachers, fellow students, friends, family, and really anyone can make a difference. Challenges and mistakes are a normal part of life and should be cherished as a way to learn and improve. And lastly, do not be afraid of feedback and criticism. I’ve been doing this for years and I’m still nowhere near where I’d like to be. That being said, I haven’t lost hope and neither should you. If you’re really passionate about creating art, keep your spirits high, even if it’s hard to do. The end result will be worth it.
-The Skywaker aka @TheSkywaker
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