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Frequently asked questions
How long have you been drawing?I've been drawing for as long as I can remember. But it wasn't very consistent and until 2012 I haven't taken it very seriously even though I was already studying Illustration & Comic at Kassel University of Arts in Germany at the time. My first trip to a Comic-Con and first time being at the artist alley woke a great urge in me to get better and find a job in this industry. I have also collected all of my saved works and sketches from 1993 to 2014 in chronological order no matter how much I dislike them or how boring they are for the audience. So the young artist can see the non-sugar-coated journey of my art. This is the reality of becoming an artist - it is not always a straight line going up. You can see my old drawings here on Instagram or Twitter.
Where did you learn to draw?I was transferred to a school with an emphasis on art in 5th grade. We had art classes 4 hours a week until the very end of high school. We learned the basics of drawings, anatomy, sculpting, lettering, and some more art-related topics. Because I was a kid and a teenager I haven't absorbed all the information very passionately, but I managed to store some of the knowledge in my memory. In two last years of high school, I also attended designer courses at the private art school in Tallinn, Estonia. There we also did figure drawing, learned mechanical drawing, done plein air paintings, had HTML-, 3D- and graphic design classes. In 2012 when I decided to pursue the career of an artist I started to learn all the basics by myself with help from YouTube, artist friends, and also using all the additional information I could find. Although I had some art schooling in my teenage years most of it faded away with time because I haven't drawn a lot and wasn't trying to get better. Nowadays I continue to watch tutorials on YouTube and consume new information that can help me to grow even more as an artist. I also try to invest in art courses one or few times a year so I don't get stuck in my comfort zone and boost my art skills further.
What do you use for drawing?I use Clip Studio Pro, Photoshop, and Wacom Cintiq Pro 24 for digital illustrations. For my traditional art I use: Prismacolor Col-Erase Scarlet Red and Black (for sketches) Red 2mm mines from Staedtler + any mechanical pencil (for sketches) Copic markers (for coloring)
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