I suspect you have questions.
If you can't find the answer here, feel free to reach out to me!
How long have you been making art?
I've been creating art for as long as I can remember.
In 2016 I started to pay more attention to my process, and tried to push myself out of my comfort zone. I also started to watch more speed paint videos, tutorials, attend workshops, and sought out meaningful critique.
Did you go to art school?
HOw often do you draw/paint?
Yes, I'm serious.
What software do you use?
I use a good mix of software. I'll sometimes use SketchUp to help me set up a scene after it's been thumbnailed, but before I paint it out. I use a mix of Manga Studio and Photoshop to paint and ink.
What kind of tablet do you use?
I use a Wacom Intuos tablet.
How do you get smooth line art?
I think the secret to smooth line art is to work quickly.
A quick hand has less room for shaking, and if I need to come back and erase a line later, I can do that.
In my mind, it's better to sacrifice perfection of line length to gain a better line in itself, even if I have to do some extra clean-up later.
What resources do you use?
I'll be making a full resource list soon. :)
What can i use your work for?
Can I share your work on other websites?
Absolutely! Just make sure to link back to either my website here, or one of my active social media profiles. I'd also ask that if I've already posted that piece on that site, to share it from it's original source instead. It helps more people find my work.
How do you paint fur?
Oh man. This is the question I think I get most.
I know I've said it before in the past, but I'm going to make a tutorial. I'm actually already working on it, so you should see it available soon.
How long does it take you to finish a painting?
It really depends on the painting.
A good estimate is between 6 and 12 hours for things that are more completed. For something more loose and painterly, 3-6 hours is a good general range.
Someone is stealing your art!
Can I have you send me a message to let me know?
Most websites won't remove a piece unless the original artist submits a takedown request, so you don't need to worry about reporting it.
I go through once a month and submit a bulk DMCA notice to any parties involved. Most of them react quickly and politely, so no worries.
Can you make a tutorial for <insert subject here>
I generally only make tutorials on subjects that I feel comfortable in myself. I'm always happy to lend a hand, but I don't want to guide anyone in the wrong direction.
For example, I've taken commissions for more than 10 years. I've got a lot of experience in those situations and a lot of advice to share, so I was comfortable making a tutorial about how to get started.
I'm not an anime artist though, so I wouldn't be comfortable making a tutorial about how to draw anime art.
Are my prices okay?
I get this question a lot anymore.
That's really up to you and your clients.
If you find yourself not getting work, you should try to find out why before making any changes. Is your portfolio concise? Does it show off your best work? Do you seem like an organized person? Are you friendly toward other people? These are, in my experience, factors that are more important than your prices.
Remember, cheap art doesn't mean good art in the mind of many clients. They'd rather pay more to make sure they're getting exactly what they want, than pay less to get a rush job from someone who doesn't know what they're doing.
Know your process. Know your limits. Know your audience.
And don't undersell yourself.
How can i get more commissions?
Same as above.
Develop a solid portfolio to show potential clients what your work looks like. It's okay to have more than one style, but make sure your portfolio is consistent and organized.
Develop a following. This could mean going out of your way to help others, give solid critique on their work, and be part of the community. Networking is more about making friends anymore than business relationships, I think.
Finally, make sure you look professional. Have a solid Terms of Service. Know what to expect in a contract for commercial work. Have an idea of what a production pipeline looks like, and know your own.
Then, get your work out there. Apply for jobs, be confident, and deliver polished work to your clients in a timely manner. You'd be surprised how much help you'll get from world of mouth.
Do you have any original characters?
Some from other franchises (like my Dragon Age Inquisitors), some of my own creation for projects I'm working on.
Do you have any projects of your own?
What do you do in your spare time?
Spare time? What's that?
Haha, but seriously. In my spare time I like to play with my kid, walk my dog, read, and go bowling (I'm terrible at it, but I love it). I also love swimming and lounging.
What other artists inspire you?
Nathan Fowkes has been a huge influence on my work recently. Chris Oatley, Therese Larsson, Charlie Bowater, Matt Rhodes, Lois van Baarle, Lie Setiawan... there's a lot of really fantastic artists who inspire me.
What kind of movies do you like?
A huge mix!
Marvel movies are big for me right now. I also love the LotR movies, Harry Potter, almost everything Dreamworks - there's a lot of great movies.
how can i contact you for a commission?
It's really easy!
Just send me a message here.
Make sure to include a general idea of what you'd like, any reference you have, size, deadline, and the intended use.
I'll get back to you with a quote quickly.
do you do art trades?
Sometimes, but rarely.
I'm normally too caught up with commission work to do trades, but keep an eye out on my social media pages. Sometimes I'll have a free weekend where I'm feeling inspired.
Do you take requests or do free art?
Sometimes I'll do a Follower Appreciation Stream where I'll take a few quick requests. Keep an eye on my social media pages for when they're coming up.