What made you become an artist, and how long have you been focusing on art?
I started drawing when I was about 13. My aunt gave me a large sketchbook, and I decided I might as well fill it. After high school, I started to treat my work a little more seriously, and have been using it as a kind of “personal philosophy expression tool” since then.
From all aspects of art, what do you enjoy drawing most?
Technology and biology. Robots and plants, more specifically. I also like to include a sort of ‘religious’ feel to some of my work. Lots of symbolism, weird hand gestures, etc.
Your gallery includes both naturalistic and robotic pieces, fantasy and science fiction, and even combines them! Is there any reason or inspiration for you to focus on these and bring them together?
I like to have a balance between elements in my work. Taking disparate elements and combining them together in a way that makes sense. In a more conceptual level, I’m interested in where we draw the distinction between ‘natural’ and ‘artificial’. Is a beaver dam an artificial structure? What about a log house?
Are there any artists that inspire you, or that you look up to?
Absolutely. I’ve loved Justin Cherry’s work since I was young (www.iiiil0liiii.com/@ ) though he’s purged a lot of his older works that were my favourites from his website.
Other dA ones I really love:
Historically, I really like Christian iconography, art nouveau, Northern Renaissance painting, and religious art in general.
Is there anything/anyone that you really want to draw, and any techniques that you would like to try?
I don’t really do a lot of fanart type stuff, but I’d really like to do more work with decaying technology/infrastructure. I need to get a lot better at environment and architecture work.
Where do you want/plan to go with your art?
Art isn’t really a viable career option for me (I focus more on programming/IT stuff), but I plan to keep making it for the rest of my life as a hobby. I hope to improve my skills to do better justice to the images in my head. I would also like to do more printmaking.
Do you have a favorite piece drawn by another artist? Why do you like it?
Probably this one:
Loved it for a long time.
Do you have a favorite piece of your own? Is there a reason?
Probably this one:
I really enjoyed printmaking, and I think this one was a very effective use of the two mediums (etching and silkscreen). There’s a lot of symbolism in it and I’m really pleased how it turned out.
Which of your original characters is/are your favorite?
Probably the Dorain; the three-horned robot guy in the picture that won the contest.
If could only draw one last thing, and knew that the entire world would remember and revere you for it, what would you draw? Why?
Something that encompassed existence in harmony with technology and nature. A balance between construction and decay, living and inanimate, and chaos and order.