Happy Halloween everyone! Here is a special interview with ChrisCold
Interview with visaga Have you ever studied Art at school or University? Are you self taught?
Nope! Self taught in digital art but have a private tutor for traditional art. How do you become a artist? What appealed to you the most about being an artist?
Just draw! There's not really a procedure, anyone can be an artist. I love how I can influence people through my works and share my ideas. What is the process you go through when starting a piece of work till it's final state?
First I plan an idea in my head, when I've thought it through I sketch. Clean up the sketch. Then I color over the sketch and get base colors down. On the same layer, I do details.Why draw monsters or draw artworks relating to sins? Where doe's your inspiration come from in your work?
Ehh it's because I'm sort of a bitter person because I get exposed to the dark sides of adults. I guess it's something that consequently influences my works. My inspiration comes from my thoughts and experiences.What is the main software you use and why? And what would you recommend for learning artists?
Photoshop CC, because it you can do awesome custom brushes! I recommend Photoshop for anyone. If it's too difficult then Paint Tool SAI is good too. What would you consider the fundamentals in drawing art?
Anatomy, perspective, sense of depth, color theory, and backgrounds/landscapes. How did your art style devlop?
I don't know, has it developed?? I guess I became happier so my art has gotten happier.. actually, not really.Is there any advice you could give to learning artists? Is there any learning materials, artists, books or references you would recommend?
Yeah, look up to a better artist, it helps with my improvement! Errr everything by Andrew Loomis is good.
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and zephyo.tumblr.com/Have you ever studied Art at school or University? Are you self taught?
No, I never studied art or anything art-related. When the time came to decide where I want to go to college, I still wasn't doing art, well maybe just starting out. For a long time I wasn't even sure if I should pursue it seriously, I just slowly got into it more and more.How do you become a artist? What appealed to you the most about being an artist?
Well, the first thing I wanted to do and started doing was space art. I still like the genre a lot, space imagery can be very enchanting and unique. I guess I just saw a few images of space art somewhere and was attracted to them at first sight. I also wasn't really that much of an arts person before, as in, I didn't go to museums or galleries or anything like that (I still don't
), so it was definitely something new for me. What is the process you go through when starting a piece of work till it's final state?
It depends on many things, I guess. If it's a personal illustration, I can do whatever I want with it, I can experiment and improvise or I can stick to the original idea I had when I started it. For commissions I almost always do quick sketches for the clients to look at, so they can see where the image is headed, that way it's also easier for me in case I need to change anything (would be much harder at later stages). Why draw monsters and fantasy landscapes? Where doe's your inspiration come from in your work?
I guess once I figured I could probably try out new things and break away from my usual space-related themes, the first thing that came to mind is to try and tell stories (with the help of my art). I'd like to think of myself as a storyteller, at least I never had many problems coming up with a short plot for anything. So that's the root, I think, all those fictional things are a byproduct of me thinking about some imaginary world in my head.What is the main software you use and why? And what would you recommend for learning artists?
When I was starting out with digital art, the first thing I was using was GIMP (it was free) for linux. Only later I got Photoshop, and I guess that's the program I would recommend, at least I don't have any trouble with it. However, I'm sure there are some alternatives out there, I just never got the chance to explore them once I settled with PS.What would you consider the fundamentals in drawing art?
Well, as I said, I didn't study art, so I can't say I should preach about fundamentals.
You need to have a sense for composition (basically, where to put what).
You need to understands how shapes look/work, this also includes perspective because perspective is just the way shapes deform.
And color and light. How do you create texture in your work? Fer example, your 'Enter Shadowgate' or 'Snow-Cloaked' works.
In 'Enter Shadowgate' I used a few photo-textures applied to brushes, just to get that additional grip from real life rocks, I didn't really have time to do everything from scratch, as we were really behind on the work of Shadowgate.
'Snow-Cloaked' started out as a study of a photograph, it's completely done from scratch, but because I could rely on something for reference, it wasn't that hard getting the textures done properly. In the end it's about how much time you are willing to spend on minor details, they aren't always necessary.Do you have a set colour scheme when starting a piece of work?
No, I'm usually very random with my colors and end up making them up as I go. I might have a general idea, like “ok, that demon will have red fire coming out of his mouth...” but other than that, no specifics.Is there any advice you could give to learning artists? Is there any learning materials, artists, books or references you would recommend?
There are a lot of free materials and useful tips/tutorials online. You'll have to look for whatever it is you need. I can say that I know great artists who never studied art, and I know really bad artists who have art degrees and can't paint at all. I never spend a cent on any learning tools (of course, I'm by no means a master), but I believe it's perfectly possible for anyone to learn how to paint or draw on their own.
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