Q:What other art materials or subjects do you hope to experiment with my friend? *hugs*~r
Hey you! Digital is probably the thing I’d like to experiment more with. But I’m definitely more of a traditionalist and much prefer wet media, paper and board. Entertainment subjects are always fun but it’s nice to get away from it at times, so hopefully more of that! :)
Q:You do some great work with pop culture. Who are your favorite characters to draw?
Thank you! Lot’s of Star Wars characters, Yoda, Boba Fett, Vader. I’ll be doing some more with Game of Thrones characters, they’re a lot of fun, and some new ones coming up!
Q:Hello :> haw have you been today? :>
I’m good, thank you! How is yours? Sorry for getting back to this late. :)
Q:I love both prints amazing work, what media did you use watercolours
I’m not sure which prints you mean but they are either watercolors or acrylics. I can be more specific if you mention which ones, thanks!
Q:No, Answer the question.
:) Now I have to know who this is!
Q:Hi Hendeickson, I was just wondering if you have any advice for someone who feels they are stuck and don't know what to do in order to improve their art? Have you ever been in such a situation before? Much thanks for your time. =]
Getting stuck happens to all artists all of the time. Taking a break from the work helps a lot. Watch a movie, listen to some music, change up the subject and step away from it for awhile. Come back with a fresh mind and new ideas. Find new places to draw on for inspiration and get excited about and your work will be fresh and improved.
Q:Amazing work! What media do you generally use for your black and whites?
Thank you! It depends on which black and whites you’re looking at. For my painted pieces I use acrylics, more specifically I’ll use a watered down black gesso. When working with markers, I use warm grey with values from 10% - black. Thanks!
Q:Why is Star Wars for your favorite art?
While I do enjoy creating Star Wars art, I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s my favorite. I have a lot of fun doing it and look forward to working on projects as they come my way. Star Wars does seem to dominate my work in recent years mostly because it’s the type of projects I’m involved with. However, I prefer creating work mostly within the entertainment genre and all things involved!
Q:Okay I love you and your art but I can't seem to wrap my head around your 'underpainting' tehcnique where you paint the underpaint in monochromes with acrylics, What I don't understand is how you add the colors in, was it acrylics too or watercolor?
Thanks, that’s always nice to hear! People do wonder about my color stage so here is what I do. I like to lay in my base colors thin so I overlay them using an airbrush with acrylic paint. It also helps in blending colors nicely. Once I get my colors in and am happy with it I will go in with a paintbrush to build up paint and details. You don’t have to use an airbrush to do this, it’s just something I’ve adopted over the years. You can paint the same way using brushes. I’ve added a pic to illustrate the steps. 1. Underpainting 2. Airbrush color in 3. Paintbrush opaques and details
Thanks for the question!
Q:Hello Robert! You are so awesome! I love your shade mapping and how you do your drapery, specially on your Bettie Page piece. That's acrylic? right? The underpainting technique looks so cool, I should try that soon. Thank you, Tokwa.
Thank you, Tokwa! Yes, I primarily work in acrylics, from the underpainting to the final color. Underpainting is great because it keeps your original drawing and values there once you start building up paint. There’s nothing worse than starting to lose your drawing under paint and having to redraw it in. For my work, the underpainting is the most important step. I know if I nail the underpainting I don’t have much to worry about in the later stages of the painting.
Q:I love your art so much, and I love Star Wars also! I wanted to ask you what is your art process because I love the color of your last piece. Have a good day xx
Thank you, anon! You’re very kind (you should really let me know who you are), I’m glad to hear you like my work so much, it means a lot. My process is pretty straight forward. Here’s a post that shows a step by step of a previous piece. While this is for a trading card piece, it’s the same process when working on larger art. Materials wise, I mostly use acrylics for colors, brushes, airbrush and colored pencils. I may make a post in the future covering the materials and tools I use. If you have any other questions, let me know. Thank you, have a good night!
Q:Your Artwork is Pretty AWESOME! I checked your website too! wow! keep up the good work! & Have a lovely Day! :D
Q:Ok I'll ask it.. this isn't necessarily my question alone, but it is for everyone who want to know; how do you get into the sketch card business? Do you send some pictures of your cards to.. say Upper Deck or Topps, or do they find people via art profiles? I knew you made art before doing sketch cards. Another question: is art school really necessary? I find myself asking this question because I'm not ready to spend 70K in a 3-4 year art school.
I would definitely suggest doing some sample cards that you can show to Topps and Upper Deck. There are also some smaller companies around that would be easier to get into and would be a good way to get your feet wet. The best way is to contact the companies and send samples to them. You might not get a response right away but keep on them and send new samples every couple of months. Another good suggestion is that you should be on Scoundrel Art Community. It’s a great sketch card artist forum where you can post your work, talk with other artist, get critiques and creative directors from some of these companies are on the forums looking for artists. Give it a look!
Art schools, it’s tough to say. I know for me and the type of work I do and want to do, it was a good choice. Your abilities and knowledge will grow much more quickly. But is it necessary? I’d just suggest that you make the best decision for you and what direction you want to go in with your work. Thanks!