Q:Are you published anywhere? Your work is amazing! I love it all, but the Firefly likenesses spoke to me. Thank you for sharing your talent!
Yes, I am, publications, prints, apparel. Thanks for your kind words!
Q:I see that you use a lot of sharp angular shapes with the rendering of your characters, is that a conscious stylistic choice or just kind of where your sensibilities gravitated to?
Not quite a stylistic choice, it’s more of the way I see things. I like to break up the plains, almost in a sculptural way.
Q:Follow-up regarding pen types - specifically, beyond brand, what are the colors for those gray-tones, and what size tips do you prefer?
Warm grey, values between 10% - 90% Tip size are standard for the Prismacolor markers.
Q:What paper do you like best for colored pencils?
I usually don’t work strictly with colored pencils. Most of the time I use them over acrylic paint to enhance the painting. In that case my favorite is to use a gessoed illustration board which gives it a nice texture. If I’m looking to do pure color pencils only, I’d go with a slightly colored / textured paper like Canson Mi-teintes.
Q:I have copies of pencil drawing by an r hendrickson the pics r of the 1800's people in wooden bath tubs do u know anything about them
I get this question a few times a year. I’m not the artist and I’m sorry but I have no information on him. I believe they are older pieces long before me. Sorry I can’t be more help!
Q:Drawings, paintings, any sort of art. Like if someone asked you to draw a certain character?
Paid, yes. Don’t have the time to do non-paying requests.
Q:What's your spirit animal?
Q:Do you use Copics?
I don’t. I mostly use Prismacolors for my marker work and a couple other brands for finer details.
Q:What music do you listen to?
Currently a ton of Lana Del Rey (kinda addicted), Metric and I’ve been listening to the Lorde album the last couple days and really love it too!
Q:Is there an art medium or style that you haven't tried yet but want to?
Probably digital. I played around with it a little years ago but it never really grabbed me. Now the tech works a lot better and can be used in very similar ways to the way I traditionally paint.
Q:What is your favorite movie? What is your favorite book? If you had a superpower for 24hours, what would it be?
Favorite movie - I’d have to go with Blade Runner at this point. It’s just one of those movies that did everything perfectly. Every single frame of that film is constructed like nothing else.
Favorite book - That’s a tough one, I haven’t been reading much lately and there’s a lot I’d like to get to. 1984 has always been a favorite.
Superpower - Definitely teleportation! Flying is cool but teleporting is where it’s at!
Q:What is your process of working?
First I’ll start with a pencil drawing that is relatively tight, followed by an underpainting. I’ve mostly been doing my underpaintings recently in greyscale but you can do it in color as well. The point of the underpainting is to have a value painting of the final art. Then, I like to airbrush a base coat of my colors in. I keep the paint transparent at this stage so that the underpainting is visible. It’s important that you never lose the original drawing and underpainting. Once the basic colors are in, I begin painting in my highlights opaquely with a brush and colored pencil and finish the details.
There might be a post in my archives on this topic that included pics. If not I’ll get around to a step by step process in the future. Hope that helps!
Q:Have you ever done an art trade?
I have before. It’s fun to do sometimes.
Q:Why are there no Starbucks in Gta V?
Haven’t noticed, I spend too much time at the Vanilla Unicorn.
I’ve been pretty busy lately so I haven’t had the chance to post much. Here’s a couple paintings for the Star Wars Galactic Files 2 from Topps. Expanded Universe Y-Wing Pilot Leia and a Leia in Hoth battle gear from a deleted scene from The Empire Strikes Back.
I’ll post a couple other pieces tonight as well. If you’d like to ask some questions tonight, feel free!