F.A.QI) When did you first start drawing?
I've been drawing ever since I can remember. As a child I would only ever leave the house if I had a pack of crayons and a drawing pad with me. I would even take my box of art supplies to restaurants!II) Are you self taught?
Yes. It's just something that has improved over time with practice, and by the time I turned 12 I began experimenting with programs such as Photoshop, which is how I learned to translate my traditional art techniques to digital.III) What program and tools do you use?
Adobe Photoshop CS5, Wacom Intuos 4 large, Derwent 9B - 9H pencils, Derwent Coloursoft pencils and usually 130gsm - 170gsm paper.IV) Do you prefer traditional or digital medium?
I prefer traditional, but being a perfectionist and a procrastinator, I tend to produce more digital art than I do traditional, mainly because even if there is the tiniest accidental, irreversible smudge on a traditional project, I lose all motivation to finish it!V) Do you use reference photos for your work?
Sometimes yes, sometimes no. I like to keep an element of realism in most of my images, in which case I tend to use a variety of references to achieve accurate anatomy, tones and lighting.VI) Where do you get your inspiration?
Usually just my mind. My imagination tends to be constantly ticking, so whenever an idea pops into my head I either write down the concept or quickly sketch it out so as not to forget it. I've managed to accumulate quite a significant amount of sketches and scrap pieces that I'd love to turn into finished products in the future, but unfortunately my mind moves faster than my hands do!VII) How do you deal with artblock?
This is when I tend to seek out inspiration and actually go looking for it. I'll usually browse fashion and couture images in particular. (Don't ask me why, I just love how avante garde some of it is.) Even if I just force myself to doodle or sketch, I just try to push myself to keep going.VIII) How long does a finished pencil drawing / digital painting take for you?
Most of my work takes anywhere between 8 and 16 hours, depending on the level of detail.IX) Are you available for commission?
It depends entirely on the project. If you are interested in propositioning me for a custom piece of art, please email email@example.com: