STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Currently Attends Digital Media Arts College (Digital Media Arts College)

Tell us about yourself: what is your current occupation and what was your journey into this?

I currently attend DMAC (Digital Media Arts College). I’m finishing up my Freshman year and my field of study is Animation. I ended up at DMAC because I was granted the full ride scholarship after winning first place in the annual High School Senior Scholarship Competition. I am eternally grateful for this opportunity as I have aspired to become an extraordinary artist ever since I could hold a pencil. I have struggled with financial issues my entire life as my family was never well endowed in that aspect, therefore it was life changing to be able to continue to expand my education knowing my hard work paid off.

At DMAC, the curriculum is split up into two categories: animation and graphic design. These two career choices dictate much of the world around us that many fail to see. The classes and professors are preparing us by teaching us that no work is easy and if we deem it as such we are not fit for the industry. These careers are not fun and games, they require hard work, no sleep and dedication. They teach us this in order to be fully prepared for the industries we hope to become a part of one day after graduation. My motivation stems from continuing to create original ideas to generate reactions from the masses and making a living out of this, a living out of what I love to do.

You work in a variety of traditional media. Do you have any favorite tools and techniques? Can you explain what they are and why you prefer them?

Artists need inspiration to create, my inspiration to draw certain ideas I have come from various sources. However, my inspiration to be an artist in general cannot be labeled. I just know it makes me happy and it makes me feel at peace.

Aforementioned, artists gather inspiration to create their own creations. Artists look upon other artists’ style and create their own as they grow. I have gathered inspiration from the styles of artists over the years but, I have my own particular style that has been morphed through this. I have gathered inspiration and techniques of how to paint, to outline, hues, contrasts, subject matter and mix it into my own style.

You’re a student at Digital Media Arts College, as well as a graduate from G Star School of the Arts. What are some of the most frequently asked questions you receive from your peers when it comes to gesture and figure drawing?

There really isn’t a print and set process of how I create my art because as an aspiring artist, I change my techniques in order to better myself, see which I prefer, which I don’t, which takes longer or not. To give a basic idea however, I sometimes look for inspiration by looking at art from other artists on instagram or a social media platform of the sort, get an idea, sketch it out sometimes digitally or traditionally, whichever I prefer at the time, utilizing photoshop, manga studio or paint tool sai, paint it with dark colors first and overlay it with the highlights and lighter colors as I feel that makes the image pop out more. I enjoy and prefer using these programs as their brush options and tools are extremely useful, and as an artist I can mend them and use them to my own advantages, they are almost limitless.

 

What are the challenges of drawing costumed models compared to nude figures, and do you have any advice for tackling these?

Beginning anything in life is difficult. It was challenging creating digital art at first as these art programs have an overwhelming amount of tools and features. To tackle these challenges i watched youtube videos, looked up certain features on google, asked my social web community. Sometimes, I winged it and tried to learn by myself because sometimes laziness takes over.

And how about the challenges of gesture drawing compared to life drawing – what should artists be focusing on when capturing gesture, and how should they think differently?

There were points in my life that I have fallen victim to hopelessness and fear. I couldn’t bring myself to draw or do anything I loved because I was feeling lost. I have learned to fight this and breathe. To accept what’s happening around me that I cannot change and continue to move forward rather than sit in despair. Breathing, finding comfort in people I love, music I enjoy, doing things that make me happy. A rather adept strategy to push myself without feeling forced.

 

When it comes to digital artists looking to hone their traditional skills – where would you recommend they begin to sharpen up on the fundamentals?

Of the various influential people in my life who have shaped me as an artist, I look upon previous instructors of mine but especially, my former high school animation teacher. An individual who shares the same motivation and dreams I have, who supported me and believed in me even when I started to give up on myself. My family who has been there for thick and thin, supporting me and my choices. My friends have been influential on me as well. There was a girl I met in high school who I still talk to now and then and I follow her on her social media accounts who draws profusely well and I look up to her very much.

Artists often fear the blank canvas. What are your tips for getting the brain flowing with ideas, and breaking through the barrier?

There were points in my life that I have fallen victim to hopelessness and fear. I couldn’t bring myself to draw or do anything I loved because I was feeling lost. I have learned to fight this and breathe. To accept what’s happening around me that I cannot change and continue to move forward rather than sit in despair. Breathing, finding comfort in people I love, music I enjoy, doing things that make me happy. A rather adept strategy to push myself without feeling forced.

It’s also common to hear the phrase, “I wish I could draw”. What is your advice for those non-believers? Do you really have to be born with an aptitude for drawing, or can anyone do it?

Of the various influential people in my life who have shaped me as an artist, I look upon previous instructors of mine but especially, my former high school animation teacher. An individual who shares the same motivation and dreams I have, who supported me and believed in me even when I started to give up on myself. My family who has been there for thick and thin, supporting me and my choices. My friends have been influential on me as well. There was a girl I met in highschool who I still talk to now and then and I follow her on her social media accounts who draws profusely well and I look up to her very much.

 

Finally, do you have any top pieces of advice for artists starting out in traditional figurative illustration?

The top pieces of advice I have for artists starting out in traditional figurative illustration would have to be to continue to draw. Draw whenever and wherever you can. Practice drawing people around you, things you don’t normally draw or using tools you don’t normally use as well. Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone will better you as an artist indefinitely.