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World Wide Artits // Issue 2 // August 2010

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After our amazement of the success of the first issue of Web Art Gallery Magazine, we are happy to inform you all that the magazines second issue will have more to enjoy. And I will like to thank you all for reading and looking at our magazine. In this issue we have even more interview and great art work than out last issue. These great and amazing artist are the reason we publish this magazine. We love their work and want to show you them so you can enjoy it as much as we do. This issue we have two more amazing people work on the project. Wissam Moutan as the chef editor and Mohammad Hamayel in charge of articles and art listings. And currently looking forward to the full participation in out next issue to bring you even better and more interesting magazine. We are always looking for new talent and writers for our magazine, if you know of anyone that you would like to see there art work displayed or would like to have there article in Web Art Gallery magazine feel free to contact us at webartmag@ gmail.com with the subject line “suggestions” it will be our pleasure to look in to it. I also want to have a special thanks to every one that we interviewed and dedicated their work to be displayed in this issues magazine. Sadly we did not have enough room to place every interview and we also thank them for understanding and willing to stay with us until the next issue. We are still working on the layout and design of the magazine and are open to any suggestions and opinions, you can send them to webartmag@gmail.com with the subject line “feedback”. This month we have one single article, tones of interview, two tutorials, and our game section. We are looking forward in having a lot more. This is Salah Talhami thank you again for helping make Web Art Gallery Magazine what it is.

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Editor-in-chief Salah Talhami Graphic Designer Daniela Pinheiro Property MiniDesigns Fonts Impact, Gill Sans Printing Serise Expresso Copyright Web Art Gallery magazine Front Cover Katie Shanahan


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2. What is the Internet?

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4. Michal Bernat 40. Serena Verde

10. Dana Terrace 46. Katie Shanahan

16. T. Zang 54. Monika Jasnaukite

20. Elle Evans 60. Mohd Nizam Bin Jamil

26. MaĂŤva 66. Vladimir Wong

30. Amber Bumgardner


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WHAT IS THE INTERN The internet, what is the internet? Depending on whom you ask you can get a variety of answers. You can check the World Wide Web and it will tell you along the lines that the internet was an experimental network of computers used by the US military opened to corporations and public use back in the 80s. I decided to do my own digging on what the internet is and thus my adventures took me to the ancient and infinitely wise individual who shall remain known only as “Refried Noodle”. Walking into his hardware shop of archaic horrors he looked up at me from behind equally ancient hornrimmed glasses and greeted me. When I approached him with the question, he smiled and said to me, “You already have the answers you seek”. As I walked out of his dusty alley shop I looked around at the empty streets. Zoning out I could have sworn an aura of light befell upon me. The internet is like water, taking the shape of the container you place it in. It is used to share music, pirate movies, and video games, spread free information, and had become a podium for people to speak out. It became a place for millions of artists around the world to find a place to amaze and delight us, surprise and provoke

us to gawk in awe and think. Such a podium, such a place to express them is what can define the internet for the use of the greater good. Giving the artist a place to speak when only decades ago artists had to pull various strings in order for them to display their amazing works to the public, usually suffering from poverty due to the expenses involved in organizing such events. The artists of today should take pride in striding forward from the days of pure genius such as Da Vinci and Van Gogh into an equally bright tomorrow of names yet to be born. I don’t know what the internet was, but I do know what it is. And that is a gateway to tomorrow where we all have a place to express ourselves. I turned around to thank the ancient for the answer but the dusty little computer shop had mysteriously closed down. Perhaps that is another mystery to be solved another time, another place, and another adventure for this weary burdened writer. Signing off in the tradition and mimicry of Edward Murrough, Good night and good luck. Mohammad Hamayel


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MICHAL BERNAT IS AN ARTIST WITH A FANTASY ART, SCI-FIC STYLE. HIS ARTWORK ALWAYS DIFFERENT IS ALWAYS PLACES IN A DARK ATMOSPHERE MAKINGS HIS CHARACTERS STAND OUT.


So before we begin can you please introduce yourself? Tell us, who you are, and how long have you been creating these wonderful works of art? Hi, my name is Michal Bernat, a digital painter from Poland. I’ve been drawing since my childhood, but seriously I started when I got my first tablet, 3 years ago. Can you describe your artwork in your own words for the readers that have not have the privilege to see your work yet? My work is a mixture of fantasy art, scific, steam punk, etc. All kept in a dark and grim atmosphere. I’m trying not to lock myself in a specific “style” so often you can see in my artwork a knight with a revolver, or a future soldier with a sword. Do you conform yourself to a certain


style, and why? I love the specific feel of the “old fantasy” style. Without all this sparkly lights, tons of armor, and gigantic weapons, we can see in today’s mainstream. I admire artists like Justin Sweet or Karl Kopinski.They give this old fantasy new life, in a really great form. What are your tools of the trade? Usually I use a graphic tablet, and paint everything digital. It’s much quicker than traditional, but I started to appreciate the ways of oil painting lately. In October I’ll start studies on Fine Arts, so I will paint more with traditional techniques. Where do you draw your inspiration from whenever you start to work on a piece? I think the best inspirations are these

from the books or music. They’re clean, without any influences of other artist’s works, so they show your inside, imagination. But still, the most inspirations I get from the things I see. Paintings, photos, films, games, but even a specific weather or song title.You never know where you’re going to find one. Funny things are the boxes in online registration forms, with random words to rewrite. Sometimes you can get a really inspiring combination. Do you listen to music when you work on your art? And what is it and what your favorite thing to listen to? Yes, very often. I’ve discovered that the best tracks for me are the Soul Reaver soundtracks. Its not disturbing, but greatly stimulates the imagination. It’s not so easy to get it though, but it’s worth a try.

Do you have any artist in general that you look up to? Justin Sweet, Karl Kopinski, Frank Frazetta, Keith Thompson, Sergio Toppi. Do you prefer freelance work or do stick to a specific firm? Why? Well, I don’t have any other experience than working as a freelancer but if I have a choice I would like to work in CD Project Red. I like their approach to the concept-art. They really care about the design of their characters, and that brings great effects, just check the new videos from Witcher 2. What do you aspire to achieve? To be honest, I don’t know. I was thinking about working as a concept artist, but I’m not sure of it. Maybe Academy of Fine


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Arts will help find my way. If you can tell us if there is a project were you involved in? And what is it? Right now I’m painting images for a fantasy board game, doing some conceptart for GVS’s film, and collaborate with a sculptor (miniatures concepts). That’s why I don’t have much time for personal stuff. What do you think about web art galleries? Are they better then other methods of displaying art work? They’re easier, but are they better? It’s the best way to show yourself to the world, find a job, and learn something useful. But it’s hard to find someone in the gallery like deviant art, when there are thousands or millions of artists. That’s why I like art forums more. You can learn something, talk about your work, or compete in small contests, like CHOW on concept-art. org.

Only online sadly. My porfolio: www. pencileater. carbonmade.com , deviant art profile: www.mentosik8. deviantart.com , you can find me also on concetart.org and cgsociety,org, but I have to update my profiles there first. If you had any tips for people that are just starting to create art what would it be? Don’t give up? I know it’s silly, and everyone says that, but it’s true. It’s also good to find someone who will help, advice, or just show the mistakes. Assiduity is essential, but you won’t achieve much if you don’t know what you’re doing wrong. Contact Michal Bernat at mentosik8@ o2.pl

Can you please give us a list of links for people to find your art work? (Online or addresses)

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Inspired by Justin Sweet Karl Kopinski Frank Frazetta Keith Thompson Sergio Toppi.


DANA IS AN INSPIRING ARTIST AND ANIMATION STUDENT. AS TIME PASSES SHE DISCOVERS NEW STYLES AND INCORPORATES THEM INTO HER ART WORK, CONSTANTLY EXPANDING HER SKILLS AND STYLES.


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So before we begin can you please introduce yourself? Tell us, who you are, and how long have you been creating these wonderful works of art? My name is Dana Terrace and I am currently a second year animation student at the School of Visual Arts. I like Spanish accents and vegetables and long walks anywhere except the beach. I’ve been drawing since I could read the funny pages in the Sunday paper. Is the Sunday paper the reason you got in to art? Funny enough, yes it was. More specifically Jim Davis’s Garfield is what got me into art. My huge dream as a child was to be one of those newspaper cartoonists. It meant that I would get to draw everyday and make people laugh - I thought that was freaking

awesome! As I got older and started getting into cartoons and anime I thought “so this is like... Drawing for newspapers... But your drawings MOVE?! OH MY GOD”. It was the most random revelation of my life and that’s what got me into animation as well. Can you describe your artwork in your own words for the readers that have not had the privilege to see your work yet? It’s hard to describe my work as I don’t particularly have a set style. My influences are constantly changing and that can be seen in almost everything I create. I can barely keep up with myself sometimes. I like overly detailed backgrounds and simple characters. I enjoy working in dark earthy tones but I’ll also use bright, overly saturated colors as well.


Haha, I’m a crazy mess. You can never really expect what to see from me. Do you conform yourself to a certain style, and why? I definitely try not to conform to a certain style unless I am working on a project that would require me to do so (for example a film, a comic, etc). The reason I do this is because I get much too bored with one style after a while. I begin to feel impatient to move past one thing and go on to the next; I feel like I need to be evolving constantly. In a way, this has brought an interesting mix of ideas and influences into my artwork and has helped me grow as an artist. In another way I feel that it has held me back, making me too fidgety to focus on one thing. Because of this I’m always

working on a several different projects at a time, each demanding a different style of artwork, just so I can keep my mind in motion. If I get frustrated with one thing, I’ll just move on to the next! What are your tools of the trade? Generally I use ballpoint pens and ColErase pencils for sketching. I’ve always been terrible with pencils. I would draw and draw and draw and then realize that half of the drawing had ended up as a smear on my right hand. That’s why I love ballpoints and Col-Erase - they almost never smudge! My hands have been relatively clean ever since. For inking I like using Micron pens or mechanical pencils (which I later darken in Photoshop). And as for colors, they are almost always done in Photoshop. I do work

traditionally at times but I never post that stuff on the internet. Which do you prefer more to work on traditional or digital art? I can’t really separate the two. I love doing both. A lot of my favorite works come from a good mix of the two mediums. Where do you draw your inspiration from whenever you start to work on a piece? It’s tough to answer what I draw inspiration from when I create. Actually I don’t know how to answer this at all. I can tell you what has influenced me in my artwork but I can’t tell you what inspires me to draw other than my own drive to learn and improve. Well, if it helps any, every time I put to


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gether a composition I think “What would Drew Struzan do”. And though my artwork doesn’t exactly emulate his I can say for sure that seeing his stuff definitely drives me to create more and more everyday. Do you listen to music when you work on your art? And what is it and what your favorite thing to listen to? I’m always listening to music when I’m working on something. The playlists are pretty random. I have some old fashion rock and roll, some underground rap, techno, ambient, jazz, really anything that allows me to zone out while I draw. For the most part I like listening to movie soundtracks. It helps me visualize scenes and compositions and gets me excited for working on new projects.

Some of my favorite OSTs are from: O Brother Where Art Thou, Ghost Writer, Tekkon Kinkreet, Little Miss Sunshine, Slum Dog Millionaire, Sherlock Holmes, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Hollywood Land, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Fight Club, and a million others. I’ll spare you the list. Do you have any artist in general that you look up to? I admire many artists, too many to count, but I feel like I “look up to” live action film makers more often. I look up to Wes Anderson for being able to use dry humor and being able to set up fabulous compositions in his films. I look up to Polanski for his sheer originality and grit. I look up to Stephen Spielberg for being able to create a great movie out of almost any story line or theme (not counting Indy 5 - sorry,

buddy). I admire those people way more than most artists because I feel like they’re creating larger things than just paintings and doodles that take 30 seconds to look at. They’re creating wonderfully timeles pieces of art that take 2 hours to observe! That’s the kind of stuff I would love to make some day. Did you get any education other then art (for example I have a Business degree but love graphic designing)? Other than the mandatory classes I have taken in high school, I do not. I’ve always put my art before anything else knowing that I would probably fail at doing anything else, hehe. In a few years I will have earned my degree in animation and that’ll be it for me, baby.


Do you prefer freelance work or do stick to a specific firm? Why? Freelance work is nice for some quick, pocket money but I find it difficult to live off it when you’re an unknown artist slogging through the internet, looking for potential customers. It’s too sporadic. After college I suspect I’ll get a job at some studio for a while. But what I would really like to do is work for myself, set up my own studio, and start collaborating on films and projects. What do you aspire to achieve? I aspire to create animated movies. I don’t hope to work for Disney, Pixar, or Ghibli but for myself, create my own sort of ‘empire’ in the animation world. I want to create animated movies that everyone can watch with any genre. I want create thrillers, horrors, dramas, comedies; I want be able to make any story line into an animated film without having to pander specifically to one audience. If you can tell us if there is a project were you involved in? And what is it? I’m sad to say that I haven’t been involved in many projects yet. I’m young, barely in college, and frankly I haven’t had the chance to be involved in anything! Although I am working on a few short films

with my boyfriend that I hope to submit to film festivals in the future (but I can’t tell you anything about those I’m afraid). You use web art galleries on the internet to display your artwork, do you display your work any other ways, or even more traditional like in an art gallery? In high school I used to get the chance to put my work up in art galleries and those types of things but recently I haven’t been able to. I generally show all my artwork on the internet. What do you think about web art galleries? Are they better than other methods of displaying art work? I think web art galleries and online portfolios are a necessary thing for an aspiring artist (or any kind of artist for that matter) to have. It allows one to share their artwork with others, receive feedback, and learn from what others say. It’s also a pretty good form of advertisement. Unless your artwork is already featured on billboards and movie posters I can’t think of a better way to advertise yourself. Can you please give us a list of links for people to find your artwork? (Online or addresses) My personal online portfolio is currently


being worked on as well as my blog. My DeviantArt: http://crouching-kitty.deviantart.com My Twitter: http://twitter.com/DanaTerrace If you had any tips for people that are just starting to create art what would it be? Never give up, Never surrender, And never settle for less. To contact Dana Terrace : dana_gif@yahoo.com OR danaterrace.exe@gmail.com

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T. ZANG IS A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT INSPIRED BY MANGA AND IS EXPERIMENTING WITH MORE STYLES. T. ZANG BELIEVES THAT LINE ART IS AS IMPORTANT AS THE COLORS AND THE OTHER DETAIL IN THE ART WORK.

So before we begin can you please introduce yourself? Tell us, who you are, and how long have you been creating these wonderful works of art? Hi, I’m T.Zhang, also known as Aozorize online. I have been drawing for as long as I remember, art has always been one of my passions. Can you describe your artwork in your own words for the readers that have not have the privilege to see your work yet? Hmm.maybe I’d say “detailed”, with emphasis on line work. I feel like a person’s style is not only just how they depict forms/objects, but also defined by the flow of their line work. I think a lot of people see line art as the “shell” to hold the colors and shading, but I try to make sure that in my pictures, the lines are just as important as the elements that fill them. I think character/clothing design is also a prominent trait in my art. Do you conform yourself to a certain style, and why?

I certainly have been influenced by a lot of Japa- nese manga, and that is probably what my art’s “style” would be categorized as. However, recently I’ve been getting a lot of pressure to not draw manga anymore; mostly because it’s garnered a reputation of being derivative...I could go on forever about the subject. So I also try to experiment and develop multiple styles, though most of my experimentations don’t make it to the public view and I haven’t come up with another style I really like yet. What are your tools of the trade? I recently got an Intuos4 tablet, so often I will color my pictures on the computer using SAI, but I realized that nothing beats drawing the line art with a plain pencil and paper. It probably has something to do with my line art obsession. Drawing the lines traditionally just has an organic feeling you can’t get with a tablet. Where do you draw your inspiration from whenever you start to work on a piece? It varies; my inspiration comes from so


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many different sources, and sometimes very weird things. Once my sister was laughing at a picture on the inter- net of a scarily fat lady and I was inspired to make a character (much to my sister’s horror). I also have a massive interest in outfit/costume design for the characters I draw, and the inspiration for those can range from anything like fashion magazines to video games to cool machines. Do you listen to music when you work on your art? And what is it and what your favorite thing to listen to? Yes, music is basically a must for me! Some of my favorite artists are Gaingauge, Boom Boom Satellites, Capsule, Little Dragon, AvTechno... I listen to a lot of electronic, rock, house, alternative stuff, as well as numerous game/movie soundtracks. But I also like occasional cheesy pop songs... and my sister’s K-Pop. Do you have any artist in general that you look up to? Redjuice, Miwa Shirow, and Hyung Tae Kim prob- ably the ones I admire most. In

addition to Hyung Tae Kim I also have tremendous admiration for other Korean game designers such as Juno Jeong and MAXXSOUL, and artists such as Wayne Barlowe, Otto Dix, Salvador Dali and Jamie Hewlett have also influ- enced me. It seems a bit random, doesn’t it haha. Did you get any education other then art (for example I have a business degree but love graphic designing)? I’m still in high school (and can’t wait to get out of it), but I don’t think I’ll be going to art school. I’d love to, but I have a family that has high expectations for an Ivy League university. It’s a difficult situation. What do you aspire to achieve? I really want to become a lead game designer, or work for visual development inanimation. I just really look up to my favorite game/characters designers and aspire to one day be like them! Also I’d love to finally see my work in motion and in the context of an actual marketed production. You use web art galleries on the inter-

net to display your art work, do you display your work any other ways, or even more traditional like in an art gallery? I mostly display my work over the internet; I’m pretty sure that school art shows don’t count haha! What do you think about web art galleries? Are they better then other methods of displaying art work? I think web art galleries are an amazing way for artists to get exposure; I think the internet is a very powerful tool for connecting people and helping things become “known”. In a way they can be more convenient than the traditional museum art galleries, because the web is so widely accessed, while not everybody has the time to frequently visit museums anymore. Though having your work displayed in a museum has a kind of prestige and success that isn’t the same as an online gallery. Can you please give us a list of links for people to find your art work? (Online or addresses) I put most of my work on deviantArt:


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http://aozo- rize.deviantart.com/ But I also have a blog where I put my less polished stuff, doodles, sketches, etc: http:// max-dmg.blogspot. com

toon proportions. Do you mean you want some pictures of my experimentations in different styles? Because so far most of them are just sketches, rather than finished works.

If you had any tips for people that are just start- ing to create art what would it be? Draw from life--I regret not doing more of it ear- lier, and recently I‘ve been trying to catch up on life drawing. Observing the world really helps make your art more believable. It’s said you should get a good grip on the basics before you shape those basics into your own interpretations. But draw a lot of imaginary stuff too, or your art will become robotic. And also, draw all the time, everywhere! Have fun! If people don’t start to get tired of seeing you draw all the time, you aren’t doing it enough. You stated you are experimenting with different styles; can you give us some examples of what kind of styles you’re trying to work with? For different styles, I mean like western cartoon style or more exaggerated car-

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ELLEN EVANS IS AN AUSTRALIAN ARTIST THAT MIXES PHOTOGRAPHS FROM REALITY WITH HER FANTASIES TO PRODUCE PHOTOMANIPULATED ARTWORKS THAT LEAVE YOU WONDERING HOW THEY ARE MADE.


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So before we begin can you please introduce yourself? Tell us, who you are, and how long have you been creating these wonderful works of art? My name is Elle Evans. I live in Australia, by the ocean, on the north coast of NSW near Byron Bay. I work as a graphic designer and writer and started experimenting with digital collages in Photoshop about six years ago. I used to paint traditionally but only started to seriously consider myself as a digital artist when I joined Deviantart. com 12 months ago. There are many inspiring artists in the DA community and I have found a lot of support for my work and made many friends. Can you describe your artwork in your own words for the readers that have not have the privilege to see your work yet? I create compositions using individual photos and objects, combining them together to create a visual fantasy image. It is a form of photomontage since it also in

volves digital painting as well as manipulating the light, perspective and color to create a new seamless photographic illusion. Do you conform yourself to a certain style, and why? There may be a style developing and I do receive comments that my work is recognizable as mine; however I am still learning and experimenting with many different ideas and styles. It keep the art process interesting and fun. What are your tools of the trade? An amazing new 27 inch iMac computer, Adobe CS5 Photoshop, a Wacom Intuos 4, imagination, patience and a steady hand. Where do you draw your inspiration from whenever you start to work on a piece? Sometimes it comes in a dream or a memory, sometimes from words or a fairytale. Occasionally a stock image might

draw me to create a fantasy scene around it. I am also inspired by sensuality, fabric, texture, motifs, color, poetry, music, and the radiance of nature. Do you listen to music when you work on your art? And what is it and what your favorite thing to listen to? Music goes hand in hand with my creativity, I play guitar, sing in the theatre and have also worked reviewing bands for entertainment magazines. I always listen to music and love many styles; rockabilly, blues, folk, rock. Anything with driving bass or fabulous lyrics gets me in. A few favorites would include; Led Zep, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Neil Young, Stray Cats, Collective Soul, Indigo Girls and Aussie band, The Cruel Sea. Do you have any artist in general that you look up to? The Surrealists have always been favorites. Fantasy science-fiction artist Pat-


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rick Woodroffe was a huge influence when I was younger. On DeviantArt.com I am inspired by the art of Elena Dudina and Cindy Grundsten. Did you get any education other then art (for example I have a business degree but love graphic designing)? No! I did a year at Sydney College of the Arts straight out of school then went to work in design and publishing. I went back to uni and am about to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Design. I also still work as a freelance artist and have recently started to teach digital imaging. No. I think it is fair to say that for me it has ALWAYS been about the art! Do you prefer freelance work or do stick to a specific firm? Why? Both really, the variety and challenges of freelance work is terrific but the work often all comes in at once during my busiest times. The reliable wage that comes with working for a firm can be an advantage

working for a firm can be an advantage too. I can manage multiple creative projects but am not great at business management! What do you aspire to achieve? As long as I can keep learning and developing new skills and create opportunities to do more art, I will be happy. If you can tell us if there is a project were you involved in? And what is it? My work projects for the next four weeks include designing a book cover, a poster to promote glass art courses, a logo for a bakery cafĂŠ and a commission for a fantasy portrait work. I am also building my own website and publishing my first art book in between final uni assignments. You use web art galleries on the internet to display your art work, do you display your work any other ways, or even more traditional like in an art gallery? No, it has only been recently that I have felt that I have enough art work to start

to display. I would very much like to have a small gallery exhibition in my local area. What do you think about web art galleries? Are they better then other methods of displaying art work? They certainly can reach a great many people from all over the world and digital art looks great with the light behind it on a computer screen. It is a lot easier than having to get the colors right for print. However, you still need to be proactive, seek opportunities, network, be friendly and market yourself, whichever form of promotion you decide to use. What ways do you use social networks to your self ? The only social network I use is deviantArt. I originally joined to watch artists and to practice and contribute my own artwork. The pleasant surprise was finding so many friends. I love the community spirit, how members support each other with


personal projects, collaborations and new ideas. I also love how friendships develop that offer more personal comfort and congratulations. Having ‘art’ in common is a good starting point for conversation with like- minded people. Can you please give us a list of links for people to find your artwork? (Online or addresses) http://ellyevans679.deviantart.com/ ellyevans679@gmail.com (Website coming soon). If you had any tips for people that are just starting to create art what would it be? Do it because you love it. And do it for yourself, not for others or money...there is enough time to do that once you are in the commercial world.

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MAËVA IS A FRENCH ARTIST AND SHE DRAWS AND COLORS AMAZING MANGA ARTWORK AS A HOBBY.


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So before we begin can you please introduce yourself? Tell us, who you are, and how long have you been creating these wonderful works of art? I’m a French artist, and I started drawing since I was a child. I always loved drawing, it’s my passion. Can you describe your artwork in your own words for the readers that have not have the privilege to see your work yet? I like to draw esthetic characters, long hair, curls, laces, sometimes gothic pictures

(vampires, demons, claws, horns) and othWhat are your tools of the trade? er times very peaceful ones (angels, elves). Mainly watercolors, inks, paint, and few I paint mainly with traditional mediums acrylics (only for some kind of effects, be(watercolors/ inks), but I can do digital art- cause I don’t like to use acrylics in general). works too. I really like to play with colors! For digital pictures, open canvas and my old Photoshop 5!! Do you conform yourself to a certain style, and why? Where do you draw your inspiration Yes, my style was influenced by Japanese from whenever you start to work on a manga. Well, just because it’s the way I like piece? the most to draw. I tried to draw realisFor my original pictures, my ideas are oftic pictures years ago, and it was an epic ten random and confused... anything can failure! inspire me, a color, a photo, even a sound


or a simple sentence... really anything! I often start with only a sensation or an emotion, and I try to give it birth on the paper after. I do a lot of fan art too, so for those ones, of course, the inspiration comes from the original manga/anime but I like to give my own interpretations of the characters! Do you listen to music when you work on your art? And what is it and what your favorite thing to listen to? Yes, mostly OST from anime/movies/video games. I also like symphonic metal and pop rock artists. Do you have any artist in general that you look up to?

Ayami Kojima for sure (designer of the Castlevania games), she mixes grace and horror on her artworks, I love them. My other favorite’s illustrators are Nobuteru Yuuki and Inomata Mutsumi. I also like Tite Kubo’s artworks (Bleach), Eiichiro Oda (One Piece).

when I want and for whom I want. As I wrote, drawing artworks is not my main job.

Did you get any education other then art (for example I have a business degree but love graphic designing)? I never went to an art school, I learned all by myself. I studied law and history! And my job is law assistant!

If you can tell us if there is a project were you involved in? And what is it? Yes, in 2007 and 2009 I published 2 comics here in France. “Les efles de Miloria” (art + colors) and “Fleurs de fées” (art only). A nice experience and very important and interesting.

Do you prefer freelance work or do stick to a specific firm? Why? Freelance. Because I accept to work

What do you aspire to achieve? An art book maybe or an illustrated roman!

You use web art galleries on the internet to display your art work, do you display


your work any other ways, or even more traditional like in an art gallery? Long time ago, I created artworks for various fanzines (sold during conventions). I even had my own. Now I just draw sometimes for 1 fanzine owned by close friends ^^ I really lost my interest in having a stand and selling my stuff. What do you think about web art galleries? Are they better then other methods of displaying art work? I really like internet, it’s fast, simple, and easy for talking with people and having various opinions! Can you please give us a list of links for people to find your art work? (Online or

addresses) My site: http://kujakingdom.free.fr My DA: http://maevachan.deviantart.com and I think I still have some old fan arts online on games websites like RPGamers and FFartworks ! If you had any tips for people that are just starting to create art what would it be? Practice. A LOT! Especially if you want to do traditional artwork, because in the contrary of digital artworks, if you fail at coloring something, it’s over for your picture! So, you need to have patience, motivation and faith in yourself! Article from web art gallery.


AMBER IS A YOUNG ARTIST THAT INSPIRED BY HER SURROUNDINGS TO EXPRESS HERSELF IN HER ARTWORK. USING ANIME, NEGA AND MANIACAL STYLES OF DRAWING SHE PRODUCES AN INTERESTING DARK CARTOONISH STYLE.


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So before we begin can you please introduce yourself? Tell us, who you are, and how long have you been creating these wonderful works of art? My name is Amber! But call me Ayce! First off I’d like to apologize for my lack of personal information. I was always taught to not give out my information. Hee hee. Well, I’ve been doing art practically my whole life but I’ve never felt so confident until this past year. Can you describe your artwork in your own words for the readers that have not have the privilege to see your work yet? I think my artwork has a sense of uniqueness about it from common styles. I’m not saying my art is the best, I think it’s moderately good, but I love the style, I love drawing it and that’s all that matters. Love your art! Do you think loving your art work make a difference in the quality of your work? Does it give you a boost of self confidence? Yes! Loving your artwork both gives you a boost of confidence and pushes you to create more. If you hate it you might give up and despise it all together. But even hating could probably push you to do better, so you can love it. It all depends on the person really. Do you conform yourself to a certain style, and why? I actually have 3 styles Anime, Nega, and

Maniacal. Maniacal art would be the one seen in this magazine. Out of them all I have to say I probably enjoy maniacal the most. So I have to say I conform most to a dark, cartoony style because it’s awesome. What are your tools of the trade? I use multiple programs such as Macromedia Flash, SAI, and Photoshop. SAI was the cheapest and definitely my favorite of them all. Photoshop is mostly used for brushes and Flash is great for being lazy with line art. I also love to use colored pencils. Where do you draw your inspiration from whenever you start to work on a piece? I pretty much draw my inspiration from anything. I can look at a pineapple and come up with a picture about a sad girl with mental problems. I have to say looking at my surroundings would be my best inspiration. Do you listen to music when you work on your art? And what is it and what your favorite thing to listen to? Sometimes, and it really helps actually. I listen mostly to techno/industrial/trance. It’s amazing how it helps. Do you have any artist in general that you look up to? Definitely, I look up to not only public figure artists but also online artists as well. I’d have to say that the people I look up

to most would be Jhonen Vasquez, Keito Koume, Mizuki-chi, and Teru-chan. Do you prefer freelance work or do stick to a specific firm? Why? Freelance. I do commissions basically. I am always looking forwards to getting commissions. What do you aspire to achieve? I want to get my ideas and art out there in the world. I have comics and manga I wish to create soon in the future. I want to be known. I’m sure many artists want this as well. I FEEL YOU! You use web art galleries on the internet to display your art work, do you display your work any other ways, or even more traditional like in an art gallery? I’ve only gone so far as to have my art displayed in a gallery because of a club I was in once. But before that I had my art published in a monthly magazine called JumpShounen. I miss them... What do you think about web art galleries? Are they better then other methods of displaying art work? It’s probably harder to get “noticed” with those, but I do love them. They’re easy and fun. Can you please give us a list of links for people to find your art work? (Online or addresses) Sure thing!


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Anime: http://yakurashima.deviantart. com/ Maniacal: http://maniacalartist.deviantart. com/ If you had any tips for people that are just starting to create art what would it be? Well all I can say is to just do whatever flows from your mind and do the best you can. It’s okay to do silly simple things every now and then and even things that aren’t so great but what matters is how you feel about them. Don’t hate your art and enjoy what you do. Don’t copy and stay free hand! I hope that’s good enough. ^^

Do you prefer work on digital art to traditional? I love making digital art. Not because it’s easy and you have the undo button, but because you can do more and it comes out so beautiful. But Traditional can have it’s beauty too. If you were given a chance to produce a comic strip what kind of story would it be? Heh heh. Funny you should ask that. I have created a comic strip before and even a few test pages. My comic strips would most likely be comedy and I’d use my story Epicocity to make them. A fun

story of many characters all having their own tweaks and different personalities. It’s comedy based with only little drama. Are you planning to go to art school or follow a different path if you’re planning to go to college? I’d love to go to art school but all I can do is settle with a college that has major art programs of different kinds. Not what I want but it’s good enough and could help just as well.


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GABRIELLE IS A SKILLED AND TALENTED ARTIST THAT LOVES PORTRAITS. INSPIRED BY COLORS OR JUST FEELING, THE ART RISES UP AND STANDS OUT TO SHOW TRUE TALENT. So before we begin can you please introduce yourself? Tell us, who you are, and how long have you been creating these wonderful works of art? Well my name is Gabrielle, I am from the U.S. and I am 20 years old. I’ve always loved art, so I have been drawing since I was a kid, but I got really into it about four years ago. Can you describe your artwork in your own words for the readers that have not have the privilege to see your work yet? I would say my work is colorful and detailed. Those are two of my favorite aspects of art, so I often try to bring them out in my pieces.

Do you conform yourself to a certain style, and why? There are too many styles I don’t like to conform to just one. I love exploring new and different styles! What are your tools of the trade? I work in different media because I love to experiment. Some of my favorite art tools and materials when working in traditional media are Canson vellum bristol paper, mechanical pencils, Strathmore paper, charcoal pencils, Rembrandt soft pastels, gel pens, Copic markers & kneaded erasers. When working in digital media, I use a Wacom intuos3 tablet and the paint programs I use are Photoshop CS3 and


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Paint Tool SAI. Where do you draw your inspiration from whenever you start to work on a piece? My inspiration comes from a lot of different things. I could be inspired by a certain mood, a color combination, an idea, a style, another art piece or I could just “feel like drawing.� It really differs from piece to piece. Do you listen to music when you work on your art? And what is it and what your favorite thing to listen to? I do listen to music when I draw. I love a lot of different music genres, so I listen to anything from rock music to classical music. I also like to listen to audio books while I draw. Do you have any artist in general that you look up to? There are tons of artists that I look up to and that inspire me. Many of which can be found on deviantart.com. As for some well known artists from art history, I really enjoy works by Bouguereau, Jean-Honore Fragonard, Albert Bierstadt and Frederic Edwin Church. Did you get any education other then art (for example I have a business degree but love graphic designing)?

As of right now, I am working towards a degree in visual arts. What do you aspire to achieve? I aspire to create art that I love. There is only a hand full of pieces that I have made that I genuinely like and enjoy looking at, so my hope is that I will create more and more pieces that I myself am happy with. If you can tell us if there is a project were you involved in? And what is it? I am currently working on a collaborative digital painting right now actually. It is a greyscale portrait that I am working on with a fellow artist online. You use web art galleries on the internet to display your art work, do you display your work any other ways, or even more traditional like in an art gallery? I have had my art displayed in restaurants and in stores. I have not had my work displayed in an art gallery yet, but I hope to sometime soon. What do you think about web art galleries? Are they better then other methods of displaying art work? I think web art galleries are great! With having your work displayed online, it allows for people all over the world to see your art. Being part of an art community or having your work online also allows you


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to talk with other artists, exchange ideas and it allows you to easily communicate with people interested in your artwork. I wouldn’t say any one method of displaying one’s work is better than another. Displaying work in online galleries and displaying work in say a real life art gallery both have their advantages. Can you please give us a list of links for people to find your art work? (Online or addresses) ArtworkbyGabrielle.com Gabbyd70.deviantart.com If you had any tips for people that are just starting to create art what would it be? I would suggest that they go out and buy a sketchbook and just practice in there as much as possible. The best tip I can give is to practice, because you really learn more and more with every drawing. I would also suggest they make a sort of inspiration book and fill it with references, ideas, art pieces they like, color combinations, etc. This way, if ever they are stuck or are suffering art block, they can look at the book they made for inspiration.

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SERENA VERDE IS AN AMAZING ILLUSTRATOR, SHE TRAINED HERSELF TO ACHIEVE GREAT DETAIL IN HER ART WORK. HER ARTWORKS SHOWS GREAT REALISTIC DETAILS.


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So before we begin can you please introduce yourself? Tell us, who you are, and how long have you been creating these wonderful works of art? Hello, my name is Serena and I’m from Italy and I am a pencil artist mostly oriented towards human portraits and fantasy illustrations. I started drawing when I was very little, mostly because my father used to draw too. I immediately loved it and since then I always kept drawing, changing subjects and styles as the years passed by. I finally started illustrating seriously (and with “seriously” I mean with the purpose of improving myself) only three years ago. Can you describe your artwork in your own words for the readers that have not have the privilege to see your work yet? Let’s see... I’d say my works could be easily described as “semi-realistic”, since I try to stick with basic rules of anatomy and light rendering without bending them in any way, but yet, I never aimed to photorealism rendering, which I find quite boring and impersonal. Do you conform yourself to a certain style, and why? Oh, this question is kind of hard to answer! Well, I’d say no, I don’t...actually, I don’t even know if I can be labeled under


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a specific category at all since I never took existing styles as reference or model for my own works... What are your tools of the trade? Mechanical and wooden pencils on standard printing paper, I always use a 2H mechanical pencil with a 0,5 lead for the starting sketch, then start adding shading with wooden pencils, using the degrees I find more appropriate (usually I work in the 2H - 4B range). I ultimately add details and define the line art with a 2B mechanical pencil 0,5 lead or a well sharpened 4B wooden pencil. I was also used to paint with Photoshop years ago, but right now I only use it to retouch my pencil drawings. Where do you draw your inspiration from whenever you start to work on a piece? Almost all my personal illustration comes from a story I’m planning, so my inspiration sources are mostly the concepts I have behind my characters and subjects... but I’m also dramatically inspired by music, songs, poems... Yeah, ironically I get inspired by and all the kind of art that don’t involve images. Do you listen to music when you work on your art? And what is it and what your

favorite thing to listen to? Oh yes, I always do! Depending on what I have to draw and how I’m feeling I’m used to change music genres, varying from Rock, Metal, Folk, Celtic Punk and Street Punk. Do you have any artist in general that you look up to? Yeah, a lot, and almost all of them are artist I met on online art galleries like deviantART. Having to list at least some of them, I’d say without any doubt Diane Ozdamar (http://dianae.deviantart. com), Adele Lorienne (http://saimain.deviantart. com), Damien Mammoliti (http://damiem. blogspot.com) and Alice Picard (http:// bobbaji.deviantart.com). All of them have something I really want to achieve for my own works. Did you get any education other then art (for example I have a business degree but love graphic designing)? I never got any art education actually, I’m self taught. I attended the Liceo Scientifico, a secondary school specialized in scientific studies (I hated it) and also my university studies were very far from being artistic (oriental languages and engineering). Did your studies of oriental languages and engineering contribute to your art work in any way?


No, unfortunately not... It was just because I had to keep studying after the Liceo, but my parents didn’t really like the idea of me attending any kind of art school... so I just chose other things I thought were interesting, and kept art as an hobby. You said you haven’t worked on any projects; do you work in a different field then your artistic skills? No, sadly I’m currently unemployed, and all the works I did in the past were not art related... but I occasionally work as a freelance artist for privates, especially through DeviantART. Do you prefer freelance work or do stick to a specific firm? Why? I like working freelance since it gives you a lot of freedom, but I wouldn’t dislike working for a specific firm, even if I don’t think I have the numbers for that. What do you aspire to achieve? I’d love to become a professional illustrator, you know, book covers, novel illustrations... again, I really don’t think I’ve got the number for this yet. If you can tell us if there is a project were you involved in? And what is it? I’ve never been involved in any project until now.


You use web art galleries on the internet to display your art work, do you display your work any other ways, or even more traditional like in an art gallery? I displayed my drawings on art shows and galleries back in the past, but I mostly use web art galleries for my artworks. What do you think about web art galleries? Are they better then other methods of displaying art work? Web art galleries have a lot of pros for sure. Unlike traditional “physical” ways of displaying, they can reach a bigger audience and can be seen by people of different countries and ages, spreading the love for art among the youngest. Also, they help unseen talented artists to become known, and sometimes can give you good opportunities... I don’t know if they’re better than other methods of displaying, but they’re a good resource for sure!

If you had any tips for people that are just starting to create art what would it be? Practice, practice, and practice, reference a lot, from photos, real life, whatever you feel like, but try to avoid referencing from other people drawings unless they’re quite flawless. You wouldn’t want to add their mistakes to your own, would you? Also, don’t bask in other people compliments nor get discouraged by critiques, because neither of these behaviors will help you grow as an artist. And remember that you are never going to stop learning things. So, always keep practicing to improve your skills and don’t EVER think you’re done; self indulgence is not your friend you know...

Can you please give us a list of links for people to find your art work? (Online or addresses) I’m on MySpace and Facebook and also have a sort of personal site, but my main gallery is DeviantART for sure, it’s the only page I regularly update with all the works I do NadezhdaVasile.DeviantART.com Article from web art gallery.


KATIE SHANAHAN IS A YOUNG ARTIST THAT INSPIRES TO BECOME A GREAT ARTIST. WITH HER UNIQUE STYLE HER ARTWORK STANDS OUT, MIXING DISNEY AND JAPANESE TO MAKE HER OWN CARTOONY STYLE. SHE STUDIED ANIMATION AND NOW WORKS AS A STORY BOARD ARTIST, WHILE SHE STILL PRODUCES HER FUNNY COMIC STRIP WHICH SHE PUBLISHES ONLINE.


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So before we begin can you please introduce yourself? Tell us, who you are, and how long have you been creating these wonderful works of art? Hello! My name is Katie Shanahan, I’m a cartoonist from Toronto, Canada, and I work in the animation industry as a storyboard artist. I’ve been drawing since I was little, inspired by my dad who worked as a costume designer and always kept the best art books, comics and animations around the house. I love comics and while I enjoy making little goofy auto-biographical gag strips for the internet in my spare time, what I ultimately want to do is work on my own long form stories and create my own graphic novels. Have you studied in any academies? I studied animation at Sheridan College for three years, and graduated as part of the last year of the classical diploma pro-

gram before it changed over into a computer integrated degree program. What are your tools of the trade? These days I mostly work digitally with a Wacom Cintiq tablet-monitor, I have to work fast in TV storyboards and working digitally saves time from scanning (and has the plus of instant corrections... who doesn’t love the good old “undo” button!) When not at the computer I’ll work on comics and illustrations on Bristol board with red colerase animation pencils inked over with Tech pens. But mostly when I doodle or sketch it’s on super cheap lined paper, because that takes the edge off and frees me to draw anything without feeling guilty for screwing up an expensive sketchbook! Can you describe your style/styles for the readers who have not seen your

work? People have told me my style reminds them of a mix of Disney, Japanese anime and the crazed, zany work of John K (the creator of ‘Ren and Stimpy’). I hesitate to stamp a style on myself because I feel like I’m still learning and developing, but if there was one word for me I guess you could say “cartoony”. Do you conform yourself to a certain style, and why? I try not to, there’s still so much I don’t know about art and I don’t want to limit myself to sticking to one voice while there’s still so many directions I want to go in. If there’s a “style” I want to aim for it’s only to be able to draw with energy and appeal. A lot of young artists stress over having their own particular style right away, but what they really should do is set those worries aside and instead focus on the fun-


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damentals of good drawing. Focus on learning shape and form, anatomy, perspective, weight, lighting, value, line, color... try and soak in as much of everything you can. Surround yourself with the work of artists that inspire you and analyze what makes their drawings “pop” for you. Style will progress naturally as you develop your skills and through the influences of the kinds of art you like best. You shouldn’t be afraid of evolving. Was there a project in which you were involved? What was it? A recent project I’m quite proud of is a comic I co-created with my brother for the “Flight” Anthology’s 7th Volume. I was able to finish it while employed full time as a storyboard artist which was VERY challenging but I’m happy with the work we were able to put together in such short time. Regarding animation I’ve worked pri-

marily for children’s entertainment on series like “Johnny Test”, “The Secret World of Benjamin Bear” and “Super Why.” In my free time I work on an autobiographical gag comics called “Shrub Monkeys”, which I started out of a need for a drawing outlet and a place to experiment and do a little something for myself that wasn’t work related. Do you prefer freelance work or do stick to a specific firm? Why? I like freelance a lot more because it gives me the freedom to make my own hours and work from the comfort of my own studio. The only negative is you do miss out on the social aspect of working in an in-studio production house, so someday I hope to be able to work in a studio inhabited by other creative freelancers all working on our own projects.

Where do you draw your inspiration from whenever you start to work on a piece? A non-negotiable deadline and being able to pay your rent on time can be a GREAT inspiration to get to work! Because of the tight schedules on a lot of my animation projects, most of the time I can’t wait to feel inspired before I work, I just have to do it. A great method is to not think about starting it, but just pushing yourself into doing something for five minutes, and then you’ll fall into the pattern of the project and keep going. For my own personal work, I can be inspired by a lot of things; listening to a certain music piece, looking at the works of artists I love, taking a walk through the woods or around the city and letting my mind wander, watching an inspiring film or nature documentary, observing people, and just staying in-tuned to whatever


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images float around inside my head and wherever they lead me. Do you have any artist in general that you look up to? I have tons of artists I look up to! At the forefront right now is Bobby Chiu, an amazing concept designer and also a great motivational speaker with a focus on empowering the independent artist. I’m also inspired by the works of Johane Matte, Kei Acedera, Briane Drouhard, Brittney Lee, Emmy Cicierega... I’m motivated and inspired by the insanely talented young artists around my own age, they put the fear into me that I have to step up my game or get left behind! What do you aspire to achieve? I’m definitely going to create my own graphic novels for one thing; I’d also love to be a part of creating an inspirational and

compelling animated series some day. Mostly I just want to be happy and work on my own projects and be able to make a comfortable living that way. You use web art galleries on the internet to display your art work, do you display your work any other ways, or even more traditional like in an art gallery? The last time I had work displayed in an art gallery it was part of a high school project-final, haha, but I’d love to work towards having my illustrations in art galleries. I’d rather wait until I build up some original traditional pieces before I go that route though. What makes you use the internet to display your art work? It’s quick, easy, cheap, and you’re able to build up a great audience fairly quickly through the ease of internet browsing and

linking. It’s also a great place to share your process and get instant critique, so you can improve upon your work instantly. What do you think about web art galleries? Are they better then other methods of displaying art work? I think web galleries are a great way of getting your work “out there” and that’s a HUGE asset for artists, especially those of us just starting out who are still pretty unknown. Most people have internet so it’s a powerful way to advertise yourself to the widest audience possible. Magazines and art gallery showings are excellent too if you can get your work in them, they’re focused to a particular audience, just as many internet art sites are. I’d say try ALL avenues available to you, unless you prefer to keep your work exclusive to one particular method, but that’s all a matter of personal taste for self advertisement. Me, I


like to spread my work as far as possible to try and catch the interest of as many people as I can. A more established and well known artist might only need one place, and people will come to them. Can you please give us a list of links for people to find your art work? (Online or addresses) My art blog: http://ktshy.blogspot.com My deviantArt: http://ktshy.deviantart. com Did you get any education other then

art (for example I have a business degree but love graphic designing)? Nope. I’ve always had an interest in the back of my mind to head back to university part-time and pick up some literature courses, but right now I’m too busy to take on any extra schooling. If you had any tips for people that are just starting to create art what would it be? Be inspired and not discouraged by artists who are better than you, use that feeling like a fire to keep improving on your


own skills. Don’t be afraid to try something different, and don’t be afraid to fail. Failure is all a part of learning, as long as you make that failure a stepping stone and not a stumbling block. Most importantly, work hard to achieve your dreams but don’t loose site of the world around you, while you may find joy in creating your own worlds on the page/ screen, be sure to live your own life too!

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MONIKA IS A YOUNG AND VERY TALENTED ARTIST WHO LOVES NATURE AND IS INSPIRED BY IT. HER PENCIL DRAWINGS ARE BROUGHT TO LIFE WITH JUST SMALL AMOUNTS OF COLOR.


So before we begin can you please introduce yourself? Tell us, who you are, and how long have you been creating these wonderful works of art? My name is Monika, I’m 18 years old Lithuanian traditional artist. I love horses, all sea creatures, ladybirds, damselflies, snails and other mysterious living beings of nature. I also enjoy good books, movies and music, but art is the most beloved hobby of mine. As far as I remember my self I’ve been drawing all the time - since I was just a little child, although I got seriously interested in it only about three years ago. Can you describe your artwork in your own words for the readers that have not have the privilege to see your work yet? I can’t describe my art in several words, because I don’t have a particular drawing object or style. I enjoy drawing portraits, creating fantasy drawings, mixing some different techniques, spilling colored details in black and white pictures, putting few pieces together. The more challenging and crazy the idea is, the more it is interesting!

Do you conform yourself to a certain style, and why? No, I don’t. Because I get tired of making the same style drawings: it’s very relaxing after a few black and white portraits to draw a full of colors fantasy piece. I think If a had a conformed style, I couldn’t improve my drawing, composition and anatomy skills. What are your tools of the trade? My favorite tools are mechanical pencils, but I also like very much colored pencils, pastels. Sometimes I even take a brush and try to paint, however, it’s not my cup of tea. Where do you draw your inspiration from whenever you start to work on a piece? The greatest inspiration source for me is nature. It is always full of unique textures, forms, colors, objects and animals. I often keep a vision in my head of what I want to draw, but it always completely changes when I am composing a picture. So I guess the whole creating process for me is in-


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spiring by its self. Do you listen to music when you work on your art? And what is it and what your favorite thing to listen to? Yes, of course I listen to music! It’s an inherent component of creation! I adore symphonic metal and bands like Evanescence, Nightwish, Kamelot, Within Temptation. I also like soundtracks (my favorite so far is “Inception” soundtrack composed by Hans Zimmer) and instrumental/ambient/electronic music (for example “Hallo Waveforms” album by William Orbit). Do you have any artist in general that you look up to? There are a lot of wonderful artists, who inspire me. Jim Warren, Andrew Gonzalez, Marcos Rey, Alphonse Mucha and a remarkable lithuanian illustrator Sarunas Leonavicius are probably my favorite artists now. Did you get any education other then art (for example I have a business degree but

love graphic designing)? No, I didn’t get any, because I am still at high school :) Do you prefer freelance work or do stick to a specific firm? Why? I prefer freelance work. I don’t like to be constrained by some rules of orders, it cripples my work. What do you aspire to achieve? I honestly say that I don’t know. I think I will realize it in the future, when I will have more experience. I don’t think what will happen after five or ten years, I only work hard try to take a brand new challenge every day. However, my secret wish is to publish a book with my drawings one day! If you can tell us if there is a project were you involved in? And what is it? There were some projects at school, when I was asked to draw a poster or make a stand, but nothing more serious. But I hope to join some interesting projects in the future!


You use web art galleries on the internet to display your art work, do you display your work any other ways, or even more traditional like in an art gallery? Yes, I had an exhibition at my school with some other friends of mine. I don’t think it is old-fashioned: it is so exciting to see a real artwork, to examine each touch of a brush or a pencil. However, it’s very hard to get a chance to show your works in a real and serious art gallery, especially if you are young, unknown and don’t have any useful social contacts. What do you think about web art galleries? Are they better than other methods of displaying art work? It is a great way to show art, but it has some lacks too. In one hand you don’t have to be famous to show your works for a world wide audience, it is mostly free, comfortable - no necessity to pack and take somewhere your drawings, but in other hand a scan or a photo can’t convey the whole feeling and vision of a real artwork.


Can you please give us a list of links for people to find your art work? (Online or addresses) My deviantArt account: http://youngmoons. deviantart.com/ Portfolio: http://jaunimenuliai.daportfolio. com/ IllustratedATCs account: http://www. illustrat- edatcs.com/forum/member. php?947-youngmoons Facebook account:http:// www.facebook.com/#!/ prof ile. php?id=100000109458378&v=info If you had any tips for people that are just starting to create art what would it be? The only and I think the most important tip I would like to say: never give up work because someone doesn’t like it. I received some comments, in which people say that they don’t like how their beloved particular objects are showed in my work or complaining about my drawing style.Those people don’t know the golden rule “Don’t like it = Don’t watch it”. Only construc-

tive criticism should be appreciated, ignore other rude thoughts. Trust your heart, work hard and you will be noticed! As a young artist do you think you are taken serious about your art? I can say as yet it is only my hobby. Almost all my free time I spend on drawing. It’s very relaxing for me. I’m not sure about studies related to art, but who knows what can happen in the future. A lot of your work is black and white and then you add just a bit of color, and then you have fully colored art works which do you personally like more? And what makes you draw things one way or the other? My works are like my children, I love them all and it’s hard to say which are my favorites. I enjoy both mediums - graphite and colored pencils. Several years ago I was stunned by realistic black and white drawings, they were my first love and inspired me to start creating something

which Ilike that. Now I got a little bit experience, can use in coloring. I think it’s good to change medium from time to time; being routine or habituate to a certain style is not a very good thing. Different techniques gives new possibilities, new discoveries. I always wanted to be able to create compelling colored drawings and I`m in its learning process, which is always exciting for me.

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MOHD NIZAM BIN JAMIL IS A GRADUATED WITH A BUSINESS DEGREE BUT SO LEARNED THAT HIS PASSION WAS IN ART WORK. ANIMATION AND ILLUSTRATION WAS HIS NEW GOAL, AND TO HIS SUCCESS WAS ABLE TO LEARN AND START TO WORK IN HIS NEW FOUND PASSION.


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So before we begin can you please introduce yourself? Tell us, who you are, and how long have you been creating these wonderful works of art? I was a business student born in Sabah, Malaysia and used to work in a Marketing industry but somehow found out later that i’m more into arts, so I tried to be an animator instead which I fortunately managed to slip into. I’ve been drawing ever since I was small though I only really start drawing a lot when I was in secondary school. Can you describe your artwork in your own words for the readers that have not have the privilege to see your work yet? I love to draw cartoonish drawings while not entirely conformed to cartoon style since I read Marvel comics and learned to draw super hero figures from there. So I love combining these 2 elements together a lot.

Do you conform yourself to a certain style, and why? Conforming to certain styles took me years to find. As a small kid, I was firstly exposed to illustration and comic from Japan such as Dragon Ball. So from there my style tends to be manga-ish. As I grew older, i’m beginning to show appreciation more to style and shapes shown in cartoon western style. Now, I pretty much draw cartoon western style and a bit of manga in my drawings. What are your tools of the trade? My pc, wacom, and photoshop CS3. Where do you draw your inspiration from whenever you start to work on a piece? I have an art collection folder, mostly of it are western style drawings. I usually take a look before I start drawing. If I have a block, I’d always go out and try to see other peo-


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ple doing their everyday things and it always frees my mind a lot and make me start thinking. Do you listen to music when you work on your art? And what is it and what your favorite thing to listen to? Yes, mostly I listen to songs when doing illustrations. It helps me build up the mood and inspire more. I can listen to most music’s as long as it’s not too loud or ear piercing. When I do animations though, I tend to avoid music’s since it can disrupt the timing/flow of the animations. Do you have any artist in general that you look up to? I have several favorite artists but the most I really respected are Sean Galloway(Cheeks) and Simon Bisley. I love Cheeks because the shape and style he incorporated in his drawings and for Simon Bisley, the rough looking inking really got

into me. So I was hoping to develop my own style between these 2 great artists. Did you get any education other then art (for example I have a business degree but love graphic designing)? Surprisingly I have a business degree but I’m so in love with animation and illustration. Almost everything I have to learn by myself by looking for tutorials through the internet. After I got into animation industries as an animator, I was able to learn much more after that. Do you prefer freelance work or do stick to a specific firm? Why? Perhaps for the time being, its best for me to stick my current studio. I have so much to learn from the great people I met there. Maybe after I’ve learned so much that I can, only then I’d be a full freelance artist.


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What do you aspire to achieve? I’d always want to create my own IP, that is familiar both internationally and locally. If you can tell us if there is a project were you involved in? And what is it? Well, specifically it’s more to my studio’s project I’m involved with, but perhaps I couldn’t talk about it. You use web art galleries on the internet to display your art work, do you display your work any other ways, or even more traditional like in an art gallery? Mainly, yes, I put almost 90% of my artwork on the net because I’m more of a digital artist than traditional. I did put up my galleries at some convention I participated in, but I’m not sure if I could call that an art gallery. What do you think about web art galleries? Are they better then other meth-

ods of displaying art work? I think its more of a moot point, whether their better or not. After all certain medium of displaying our arts caters to distinctively different viewers. Can you please give us a list of links for people to find your art work? (Online or addresses) It’s njay.deviantart.com. It’s where I’m most active at. If you had any tips for people that are just starting to create art what would it be? Broaden your mind by looking at lots of different kinds of art as you create your own style. It will help inspire you a lot and push you forward.

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YOUNG VLADIMIR IS AN ARTIST BY NATURE EVER SINCE HE STARTED DRAWING AT THE AGE OF 3 HE KNEW HE LOVED HIS ART.


So before we begin can you please introduce yourself? Tell us, who you are, and how long have you been creating these wonderful works of art? Well I am an Asian dude with an attitude! but not really, I’m a simple high school, I’ve been drawing ever since I was introduced to TV which was like 3 years old, I still can remember my first ninja turtle doodle which I have drawn with my ma’s lipstick on the wall. Can you describe your artwork in your own words for the readers that have not have the privilege to see your work yet? My artwork is very ...miniature, but if they like sci fi, fantasy artwork, they might like it anyway. Do you conform yourself to a certain style, and why? Yes I do, I tend to draw in a small body big head kind of style, only applying all the detail of the actual life size, this style allows me to make gargantuan looking creatures


even bigger and basically, to make the main features of the character stand out. What are your tools of the trade? Wacom bamboo tablet, Graphics Gale for GIF animation cycle, Photoshop CS3 for editing, MSpaint for basic pixel work and Paint Tool sai for digital line art. Where do you draw your inspiration from whenever you start to work on a piece? I draw my inspiration from other media, such as cartoons, video games, comics, folklore and such. Do you listen to music when you work on your art? And what is it and what your favorite thing to listen to? Yes I do, music is a must whether in a drawing process as it allows you to keep yourself pumped up and motivated, I mostly listen to this http://www.deviantar t.com/users/outgoing?http://vip.aersia. net/vip.swf as it has some of the best tunes

from video games ever made. Do you have any artist in general that you look up to? I look up to other pixel artists such as http://fool.deviantart.com, I adore his work and recommend for everyone to check it out. Do you prefer freelance work or do stick to a specific firm? Why? I prefer both, work is work, it must be done well and on time in my standards, if I have time I’m doing a commission, if I will get hired by a certain firm I will still do those in my free time, art is an enjoyable work. What do you aspire to achieve? I aspire to become a professional designer, get a decent portfolio and work for the indie game company as an assistant or lead designer to create memorable characters and scenery for all to enjoy.


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If you can tell us if there is a project were you involved in? And what is it? I was involved in three different projects in the past two years however they both failed due to lack of activity caused by different time zones, I could only contact my team members only through online chats, the problem was that they always slept when I was on.... but there is still a webpage of one of my unfinished projects called Invasion Scale http://www.deviantar t.com/user s/ outgoing?http://dayvi.com/invasion-scale/ It was supposed to be a plat former RTS for iPhone, a marine vs alien sorta thing, with a story mode, different styles of game play and unlockeable content such as armory, customizable heroes and DLC’s. You use web art galleries on the internet to display your art work, do you display your work any other ways, or even more traditional like in an art gallery? What do you think about web art galleries? Are they better then other methods of displayingart work?

I prefer web galleries since they are al ways more open to a wider public, besides I’m too lazy to actually contact a real art gallery, and I doubt art galleries accept digital or pixel work, but I also carry my sketchbook with me everywhere to show some examples of what I can do with graphite, and of course to save an idea of a character design if it will randomly come into my mind. Can you please give us a list of links for people to find your art work? (Online or addresses) http://shwigityshwonshwei.deviantar t. com/ that’s about it, everything right here lads! If you had any tips for people that are just starting to create art what would it be? Tips for future artists, if people tell you that you have potential, and then put it to good use! Keep drawing, keep practicing, if you feel like the art piece is terrible, don’t give up, make a back up and try again!


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