davidhuyck asked: What's your favorite pshop brush for line work?
Hey David!! I use a modified version of the ballpoint pen brush from Kyle T Webster’s brush-pack: https://gumroad.com/kyletwebster#HKgA
I use a couple others for specific stuff, but that’s the main one! That’s the one you’ll notice in recent drawings and sketches.
dragoblah asked: Is there a game/book/comic universe you really like? What attracts your interest the most in it?
I like stuff where you can see layers of history being piled up and destroyed and painted over again. Nausicaa, Book of the New Sun, Shadow of the Colossus, that type of stuff.
I like anything where information that is pertinent later on is seeded in early. Like, hearing about some place or thing or person early on, in passing, and then interacting with that thing later. I like when the world is fully conceived. Song of Ice and Fire does that really well. Mass Effect did it really well, too, until the third one.
autumnmcleod asked: I'm teaching myself to illustrate, and while I'm learning a lot, I'm also super overwhelmed by the amount of things I need to learn! Is there a particular area (like color theory or line-art or composition) you'd recommend I focus on first? (P.S. I really love your style!)
Concept, obviously, but as far as technical stuff is concerned? Composition. That’s the bones of an image. Everything else just sits on top.
dianacastle asked: I love how all the items/props in your art are so varied! How did you collect such a wide variety? Do you get a lot of prop/item inspiration or ideas from specific big sources? (like upgrading home magazines, or just item lists from fantasy games?)
I have a lot of reference folders with images from games, movies, other illustrators, etc.
I feel like a lot of it is just varying parts of different templates, honestly. Like, ok, I’m drawing a sword. Now I take into consideration a few things: what kind of sword is it? One handed, two handed, bastard, short, long, curved, etc. General shape stuff. Who made this sword? Who’s using this sword? Where was it made? How old is it? How good is it? Is it ornate or simple? Is it utilitarian? Was it made for this person or was it salvaged or scavenged or stolen? What kind of culture was behind the making of this sword? What materials did they use? What is this sword used for? Slashing? Piercing? Bloodletting? Is it elegant? Is it brutal? Is it magic? Decide on enough of those and the rest kind of figures itself out. I’m not reinventing the wheel, here, just being specific.
aggroscene asked: Do you draw straight digital or scan in traditional line drawings? If so, any scanner recommendations? I haven't bought one in 8 years & don't know what everyone uses to transfer pencil/ink to digital anymore.
I draw totally digitally, now. When I need to scan stuff, I have a Canon CanoScan LIDE 80 that I’ve been using for eight years or so that is pretty good. I still have to make a lot of post-scan adjustments, but them’s the breaks with any scanner.
bitnjer asked: What's your starter Pokemon?
Pretty sure I’ve started with all of them. The last game I played was Fire Red Omega, and I started with Smoochum.
kwonshell asked: How was your day?
Super good. I ate a big salad and got really good coffee and a chai cookie and beat the Pokemon game I was playing and listened to podcasts and watched last night’s Boardwalk Empire and it’s been super nice outside.
imaginationshow asked: I often find it frustrating going from sketch to finished illustration because the picture often looses a lot of life/energy/heart on the way. Have you had similar experience? And if so, do you have any tricks to get around it?
Yeah, if you figure out how, you let me know. That’s the great mystery. The closest I’ve gotten is to labor over the sketch/underdrawing for as long as possible — as long as it takes to get it perfect. After it’s right, draw the final as fast as possible, trusting the prep work that you’ve put in underneath and let your muscle-memory take over.
terrymaranda asked: Working pro-bono or stupid-cheap for publicity? (I know it's a soft spot for a lot of illustrators.)
Do you want to? If you want to, do whatever you want. I’ve done work for free if it seemed fun. Often times I’d rather just do something for free than for stupid-cheap.
johnnyvureblog asked: Have you ever considered hiring/collaborating with a writer(s) on one of your stories? If so, how have your experiences with that been? I've considered looking for help in the writing side of things for a while now and would like some insight. Thanks, keep up the awesome work!
No, I never have. Doesn’t interest me. I’m way too much of a control freak. If I’m doing both the writing and the illustrating, I’m the only one responsible if it’s good or if it’s bad. I like having all that control and burden. That said, I ask friends who I trust as writers and thinkers to edit my own work after a draft is done. I brainstorm with friends. But yeah, I’d never want to illustrate someone else’s writing, no matter how good it is. Writing and drawing, for me, are linked very closely together.
thirstydude asked: Did you ever play Faxanadu? Man, that game was awesome.
I didn’t! I didn’t have videogames as a kid, not until I could afford to buy them myself. I was pretty much bound to whatever games I could play at my friends’ houses.
dearmasha asked: Do you ever find yourself stuck drawing really similar character designs when brainstorming? Do you do any exercises to keep your aesthetic fresh when it comes to things like that?
I don’t do any exercises, I just keep huge reference folders and try to vary where I’m coming from for each design. Thinking about materials and textures and shapes.
iananan asked: pathfinder or 4th Ed. ?
4th, but I might try Burning Wheel soon.
alkarinque asked: Favorite fairytale trope? Favorite item of clothing to illustrate? If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
Favorite item of clothing is hard…coats and vests, maybe. I love it all. Best fairy tale trope is definitely the Dark Forest. I’d have Jubilee’s powers (party powers).
paintcel asked: What would you say are your three biggest influences in regards to your art?
As in, artists? Miyazaki, Mignola, Moebius.