How long have you been on DeviantArt?
Seven beautiful years.
What does your username mean?
AW08 - When I first came up with this nickname, to me, it was short of Anime Wallpaper 2008. This was how I was signing all my pencil drawings. In fact, on the bottom right of each drawing I would write 'anime_wallpaper2008'. I recall this also being among the very first email addresses I've had.
Now however, I recommend it as being ArtWork2008 as it sounds more professional and has a stronger meaning regarding my path as an artist. 2008 is the year I started working digitally, which is the way I embrace the most, although I do find pleasure in traditional arts, despite not having the time nor the needed circumstances to actually put those skills in use.
Describe yourself in three words.
Naive, ambitious and determined.
Are you left or right handed?
What was your first deviation?
First deviation ever posted here... I might be wrong, but it could be this one:
What is your favourite type of art to create?
If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?
What was your first favourite?
Hot-blooded Guilty Gear fan! Still am!
What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?
Lately I've only favorite'd artworks that resembled certain fandoms, that sparked memories, not necessarily them being masterfully done, although they were, in fact, really really great. Quality wasn't what I was after. But when I see a breathtaking piece that I fall in love with and makes me say "I gotta try that one day!" or "I want to reach that level/style!", then I save it in a folder in my PC. I believe in the past years I've gathered more than 1000 artworks from various artists. I always open that folder whenever I run out of ideas and I feel like having an art block. I scroll through all the thumbs and look carefully at all those pictures. They fuel me to evolve myself and do better each time.
Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?
of course! Who else? I've discovered his art while 'stalking' Roggles
for his Naruto based artworks. In fact he was my favorite artist. I was in love with cel-shading. And he was doing it so beautifully, so well balanced. When I came across puddlefisher
, though, his cel-shading level was way beyond that. While Roggles
is a stunning artist, whose gallery I continue to visit even today when I want to learn more about painting from his works, I am more devoted to cel-shading and that's where puddlefisher
won me. The dynamics of his work and how he literally plays with shapes and colors is something I'll never reach, because that is the do of a genius and I am no such breed. I do continue to learn from him and do my best in better forging my flat coloring abilities.
If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?
among many others! But at the moment he's the closest. He's just a few cities away from me, haha.
How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?
this man is a very controversial individual for a certain audience here on DeviantArt. I've been his colorist since 2009. We've been through a lot together. Being narrow minded as I am, there were many times when I didn't think things through and he had to put me to shame and prove me wrong each time. We had many arguments. I use to fight a lot for that matter, but still work together. He admitted at some point it's also because he has a rigid personality and it's a miracle I've stayed with him on this road this much time. He never thought there'd be someone to actually resist staying in contact with him, but I do. It's part of me and it's built me up.
The most wonderful thing this man did for me, which I need to make public, because at times I've received notes from quite a considerable number of deviant members curious to know how do I manage getting along with him, was when my mother was fired from her job, because bankruptcy. He lent me $2000 to put us on our feet until she finds something to work. Even at this day, shamefully, I still owe him a few hundreds of that, which I've started retrieving, now that I'm more stable financially. The few persons that watch us both and know him, I would like them to take into account that while he can be a really difficult person at times, he is able of such noble deeds.
What are your preferred tools to create art?
Preferred... Hmmm... Well I now use PaintToolSAI for inking, as the software is vector based and the lines are really really crisp. For coloring though, Photoshop is my best pal. Currently I use CC, which has some beautiful new features. That's it for the software side. Hardware-wise I use a Wacom Intuos Pro Medium Digital Tablet. I've also left home a Wacom Cintiq24HD, which I plan to bring to UK after graduating from university. Where I live now there's not much space for that mammoth.
What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?
Anywhere as long as I have my own music and no one's looking at me. The most satisfying drawing sessions are those when I feel really hateful towards certain individuals. Friends ask me to move on, but if I do I wouldn't feel like doing anything productive. That's the broken way I function. And I enjoy it. It generates self-confidence.
What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?
Before signing up for a dA account, I was using DeviantArt to search for artworks of different games and animes I loved at that time, mostly Shaman King. In my weird and lacking artistic knowledge I was drawing the cast of Shaman King as well as I could and knew. Used tons of beautiful artworks from DeviantArt as reference, until I finally felt fed up with it. I needed to step my game up and stop using references. That's how the drawing I linked above as my first deviation came to fruition. I admired how other artists were being commissioned. I never fathomed the thought I'd ever get there. Not in a million years. Despite knowing and believing that I kept drawing. It was fun. It felt good. And one day someone sent me a not wanting a commission from me. That felt so fulfilling. I remember the smile on my mother's face when I first told her. She knew my struggle and she kept supporting me.