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Finally got around to actually scanning my sketchbook in instead of posting arty instagram shots. Here’s everything from the last month or so…I’ve really been trying hard to just draw something every day even if it’s complete shite, and I think it’s paying off. I feel like I’m getting back into the swing of things after a period of stagnation.
I want a story about French-Jewish young men in the early 1930’s just getting up to mischief and enjoying youth and beautiful things (and no heart-breaking ending).
mryellow77 said: Haha what’s your IG I’ll follow ya! I love your work
Thanks bro! I am @youngearlgrey everywhere
I watched Bedazzled last night in a fit of nostalgia and the two things that really stood out to me was how attractive Brendan Fraser was and how fucking amazing every one of Elizabeth Hurley’s outfits were despite this movie coming out in the midst of the great fashion depression of 2000.
- Are you confident that you’re improving steadily?
When I think I’ve stagnated, I look at my older work and I see even in the smallest ways I’ve gotten better. Sharper, more focused. Refined. I still have a while to go, but that’s half of the fun. I enjoy improving and it’s why I’ve stuck with drawing for so long. The fact that I could be even better in the future is really exciting to me.
- Do you draw more fanart, or more original art?
This is an interesting question. A lot of my artwork references things that most people aren’t privy to, a lot of inside references to things that are linked to memories or experiences for me and maybe on the surface that may come across as fanart in some instances, but honestly it’s just parts of myself. When I draw things that are “obviously” fanart, it’s still an idea and it’s me doing my take on it. I liken it to sampling in the electronic genre; you’re using a base idea to create something new.
- For traditional artists: what medium do you like most? (Pencil, charcoals, etc)
These days I mostly use pencil, pen (copic multi-liners) and copic markers!
Jeeeesus that’s just a few there haha!
- Do you ever collaborate with others?
I do indeedy! Back in February or so, I did this really cool spray paint thing with my friend Ben who is a super cool dude and illustrator. It was my first spray-painting attempt and kinda sucked but I had a blast!
- How long does an average piece take you to complete?
I used to be a lot quicker, but I’ve really started paying attention to my lines more and making things a bit cleaner, because I want to go for a sharper look. So at the moment, a finished drawing takes a few sessions (I’m also trying to not spend great lengths of time in front of the computer), and all up that would be maybe about 4 or 5 hours? Give or take?
- Do you feel jealous when you see other people’s art, or inspired? (Be honest!)
Jealousy is not a bad thing if you learn from it. If I see a really great piece of art that also has a good idea behind it, I’ll get jealous but then go into a wave of wanting to top that and do something even better. On the flip side, I am constantly inspired by a lot of contemporary illustrators out there and a lot of people on tumblr. I feel like the level of illustration and ideas that are being pushed out online far surpasses anything I’ve seen in local galleries or collectives. That’s not to knock what’s going on outside the online world, I just feel like I’ve seen some truly amazing things on tumblr.
- For digital artists: how many layers does a typical piece require?
- What inspires you to not just make art, but to be a better artist?
Trying to create what I see in my head, what goes on in my imagination and what makes me happy. I’ve talked about this a bit before, but growing up as an only child really left me with a lot of alone time, and I think I developed my imagination to kind of keep myself company. Conversely, I relied heavily on movies and television to sort of take me away from the blandness of waiting for my parents to get home. These things still greatly comfort me and I want to do myself justice by properly bringing them to life in my own way. If that makes sense?