Frequently Asked Questions
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What materials/equipment do you use?
- For originals: Hot and Cold-pressed Watercolour paper, various sizes and brands including Canson, Fabriano and Daler Rowney.
- For prints: Fastprint Gold 200gsm.
- Graphite pencils – Faber-Castell pure graphite, Derwent water soluble , Faber-Castell, generally HB-3B
- Coloured pencils – Caran d’ache watersoluble and Caran d’ache Luminance.
- Erasable pencils – Sketcher non-photo blue, Prisma col-erase carmine red
- Watercolours – Winsor and Newton, Van Gogh and Ecoline.
- Ink – Talens Indian ink, Schmincke and Winsor and Newton.
- Markers/pens – Staedler pigment liners, Kuretake Sumi Brush no22 and no11, Faber-Castell Pitt Artist, Tombow dual brush , Zig , Pentel Fude and Pentel Art Brush
- Kneadable eraser
- Waterproof art board
- Calligraphy/drawing Pen Holders: Oblique, Kuretake, Tachikawa T-40, Tachikawa T-36, Tachikawa T-25
- Calligraphy/drawing nibs: Kuretake (G, Saji, Maru japanese manga nibs), Brause, Zebra G.
- Camera – Pentax K10D
- Lens – Pentax 35mm, Asahi 50mm, Tamron 90mm
- Huion A3 Wireless light pad
- Printer – Canon PIXMA MG7751
What’s your process like?
I generally sketch out an idea first. Once I am happy with the concept and composition, I lightly sketch it on paper. When working with calligraphy, I usually use my light pad with lines underneath my paper to guide me.
Do you work from references or your imagination?
Before I start working on any art piece, it always begins with mental images. I spend many hours conceptualising ideas before sketching them out. Once I am ready to put my idea to paper, I always use a reference, either physical or a photo reference, to help keep everything in proportion.
How long did it take you to make that?
It depends! Anywhere from 3 hours for a small, simple illustration, to 25+ for a more complex artwork.
Inspirations & Influences:
Nature, or just about anything I see from my daily life. Oh! And Pinterest!
Were you artistic as a child?
Yes! I loved to draw with graphite, mostly. My drawings included many koalas!
Did you go to school for art? Do you recommend art school?
I did. I chose Art and Design for a year and later decided to study Biotechnological Engineering. I do recommend taking some art classes, it is very enriching. We should always be learning new things and new techniques, in my opinion.
How did you get started as an illustrator?
It all began with my love of calligraphy and from drawing embellishments. I enjoyed the creative process so much, that I ended up taking illustration more seriously.
Do you have another job?
Freelancing is my only job.
What is a typical work day like?
- Get up
- Feed my cat and canary.
- Clean floor and dust (the life of a pet owner)
- Watch TV, play on phone, check emails, social media, crochet
- Tidy house (clean down surfaces, plump pillows,etc…)
Is your art for sale? Where can I buy it?
Yes! I just opened at Etsy.
Do you do commissions?
Yes, absolutely. Leave me a message and we can discuss particulars.
Can I use your work?
You can only use my desktop wallpapers, for personal use. You cannot use any of my artworks for commercial purposes, and that includes previews.