— what made you decide not to go to art school any more?
I get a lot of questions about art school. Whether it’s asking me if I go to one, why don’t I go to one, what do I think about them, etc. This pretty much sums it up :)
I didn’t really decide not to go to art school. I never went and I never really had an interest in paying so much money for a private art school. The great thing about art is, having a degree and getting good grades is great, but its your actual work and skill that says volumes about what you can or cannot do. It lets whatever future employers you’re hoping to work for or with know what you’re capable of which says a lot more than a piece of paper with grades on it. If you’re not looking to become a freelance artist, most employers prefer at least a Bachelors degree in your field, so paying all that money to add the word Fine Art to that degree doesn’t appeal to me. I go to a quality university with a quality design and art program. I am learning a lot, getting great internships, and developing my craft, and I am confident enough in my work and skills to think I stand a chance out there in the real world :)
Private art schools are great, especially if you are interested in pursuing a specific craft that is not offered at any normal university, or at least a good quality one. But I just don’t want people to think that if they want to pursue a field in some kind of art that the only way they can make it is if they pay for a private art school. Money is usually a factor for students and I just want people to seriously consider their options.
asked : Is it ok to edit your pictures and then credit you or just not at all? Im not interested in doing it but I like some of the new things people come up with and I think any ideas can help improve or just put a new twist on an artists work.
I’m going to say not at all. If someone wanted to edit my illustrations for whatever reason, I’d feel better if I were contacted first, but I’ve never gotten a good feeling from finding one of my illustrations edited and/or credit removed. Part of that could be because they were complete surprises that left me feeling robbed, but I just see no reason to edit someone else’s art. I will say that asking beforehand gets rid of any disrespect, but my answer will more than likely be no.
If you are inspired by someones work or just think it would look cool another way, you can always create your own version. I’ve seen a lot of esqueleta fan art where someone would create their own purple haired esqueleta instead of editing one of mine to have purple hair instead, that seems way better to me.
Also, if the edits were some sort of collaboration that I could approve of/be involved in, I see no problem.
If someone were to ask me permission to get one of my illustrations tattooed on them, I would not mind if they tweaked or edited the design (based on my art) for their tattoo since it is going on their body permanently.
perfectly ok :) just send me a pic when its done! my only requirement :)
asked : Hello, I just wanted to say that I'm totally in love with your art, it inspires me to be more creative with what I draw, and get better at it. When did you start drawing?
wow, thank you love :)
I started drawing at a very young age. I remember drawing a really cool and surprisingly accurate charizard in 1st grade when pokemon red came out on the gameboy (i used the cartridge as a reference), thats my earliest memory of drawing with an actual time period attached to it. But my real inspiration was Sailor Moon. I would watch an episode, get inpsired and practice drawing all the Sailor Scouts. I just HAD to draw them once I saw them!
Sailor Chibi Moon/Rini was my favorite :)
asked : I absolutely LOVE your artwork. It's just amazing and unique and beautiful. What inspires you and what do you do when you get an art block? x
thank you love! what a good question :) my inspiration comes from just living I guess. I used to try to force myself through art blocks, but it doesn’t work. nothing good ever comes out of it for me and I just make sucky things.
I just keep doing what I’m doing. doodle a little when I feel like it. trekking through the internet I can find so much inspiration and so many ideas just by sitting on my ass for hours on end.
but don’t ass sit for too long. I go outside. I try to remember my dreams. And whatever happens happens.
I get art block a lot because of my busy schedule. There is a 6 month gap between my first and second Ellie illustrations because of it. But a few weeks ago, I sat down with my sketchbook and sketched out Ellie and all her friends in one sitting. It just happens for me.
find inspiration from your life and surround yourself with interesting things and people :) that’s my advice.
asked : what's your coloring process like? I just started switing digital coloring styles up and it's fun? layers or watercolor or digital, i can't tell from yours, but it's quite pretty and natural.
thank you :) I do a number of things, which is why it takes me forever to finish one illustration :|
Lately I’ve taken a liking to using scans of handmade paper as a background in my illustrations to add subtle textures, which I guess is why it comes off as natural.
After scanning my line art, I use photoshop to select the lines, then place them over the image of the paper, using it as a background.
From there I just do anything I can think of with my tablet. I paint and erase a lot and use tons of layers! I usually use multiply or normal settings with a low opacity, but I’ve been experimenting a lot lately with different settings :)
asked : how would you feel if i were to get one of your original artworks as a tattoo? the ellie piece really stood out to me, i saw the w.i.p. on my dash and then the one you just posted & it's beautiful. i adore your style.
wow. thank you :) i do not mind people getting my works as tattoos at all. i just really appreciate when people ask me first, I will more than likely say yes, but it’s just nice to get a heads up :) also, if you do one day go through with it, i would love to see pictures of the final product :)
asked : Hi! I was just wondering when you started drawing/painting.
And if this is a hobby for you? Or if you'd like it to go further than that?
You probably get these questions a lot.
And I also have an art tumblr! zebrabreadart.tumblr
I started drawing around the time Sailor Moon was being aired on Cartoon Network’s Toonami and I was old enough to understand how awesome it was… I’m going to say I was about 6 years old. Drawing and obsessing over the sailor warriors was what got me going :)
Art is currently my secondary major in college so it’s not so much a hobby as it is a passion or yearning to draw. I get sad when I go without drawing for long periods of time.
I am currently studying graphic design so hopefully that goes somewhere :)
thanks for asking!
asked : I love your art! Curious to know if you're studying and if so what and also how old are you xo
Thank you :D I am currently a student at University. Not a super cool art school u_u but there’s a pretty good art department :) i’m a psychology and studio art double major who needs to get started on her portfolio so she can change that studio art to a graphic design concentration :O. I am currently 19 years old but i turn 20 this month on the 23rd!
asked : Hi there^^
I love your work!
I was wondering the technic you use?
Is it a mix of hand made? or/and computer?
Hello n_n thank you for the lovely compliment! Well, my technique, i guess is…
1. I draw everything by hand with paper (usually from my moleskine) and ink them with drawing pens (i think the brand i use is called Sakura)
2. I scan my drawing into my computer
The third step is a toss up, depending on whether i am going for traditional or digital work. so i…
3. Photoshop the shit out of it (getting rid of the background so only the line art stays) and color it! or just touch up the colors that are already there.
So, yes, it is usually a mix of handmade and digital :) i’m not good enough with my tablet to sketch straight onto my computer all the time, and i love the options Ps gives me with coloring and effects :)
asked : Where are you getting your prints done, online, or locally? And what's the approximate cost of the prints? I've been trying to figure out my best route for making prints, but I always get caught up on all the options.
Well love :) i got some GREAT advice form miss Rose Wong about setting up a print shop, and her method will be mine as well for now. I ordered my prints online, which is surprisingly common, and I am having them sent to me to approve them, then sent out to customers who buy them.
Cost depends on the type of print, the size of the print, and how many you are getting printed. There are a lot of different kinds, but the most affordable one in my opinion were Matte prints. Glossy or Giclee ones were more expensive, which is probably why my society6 shop prints are priced so high.
BUT! i know there are more affordable places to go in person (no shipping costs) like Staples to get prints made.
asked : I didn't immediatly see that idandego were three words without spaces. So I read it as one word. Then, being a psychology nerd myself, I saw what you were going for. It actually kinda sounds cool as one word though, so even though I know what it means, I still like to say/read it as one word.
Now, I've always wondered, why did you not include the superego?
when i first chose that as my tumblr url, i thought… i hope people don’t think it’s one word like eye-dand-dee-go, then i thought… that sounds kinda cool… then never thought of it again!
i only chose id and ego originally because i thought the words flowed together well, and i also liked the contrast between the idea of the crazy id who is balanced out by the ego. besides, idegoandsuperego would’ve been to long and waaaaay confusing i think.
however! my personal blog is -superego.tumblr.com! see what i did there :D someone took the superego url (and isn’t even using it!) so i had to add the hyphen. it’s not very personal at all though… it’s just me reblogging things i like/support. this blog is much more personal.
asked : How do you feel about others printing you work and coloring it in themselves? Not as in taking your art and claiming it. But just recreating? Or fan art purposes I guess.
good question :) weeelll love, if by printing you mean with an at home printer or something, i’m ok with that :) just not art prints though, i’m going to be opening up an etsy sometime in early march soooo i prefer not doing the latter (idk which one you meant). as for coloring my lineart, i have no problem with that if it’s for personal stuff, like for fun, but i’d prefer that if you do do this, you not post it online or anything to anything with it that would remove credit. obviously you are not an art thief :) but art theft is one of my biggest fears/concerns as an artist who posts her stuff online, so i hope you understand this personal preference and where i am coming from.
i honestly imagine coloring in things of your own creation would be a lot more personal and fulfilling, but i understand what you’re saying. we all played with coloring books :)
i can tell you are very sincere and you have no idea how happy i am that you actually came to me with this question n_n. thank you so much. and if you do some idandego colorbook coloring, i would like to see it through email maybe :)