Wow, I am flattered that you chose me for your selected artist ^__^ I will do my best to explain a bit about myself but it’s nothing overly fantastic or intriguing.
I started drawing whenever I could hold a pencil, so about four years old. I had natural talent early and found a lot of enjoyment in drawing and so I spent a lot of my time doing so. I drew a lot of Yoshi, Pokémon, dragons, dinosaurs, reptiles, cockatoos, caterpillars and monsters when I was young. I liked drawing in a cartoony style with texta (markers) rather than using other mediums or other styles/genres.Late in my childhood I explored the fundamentals of shading and realism and broadened my skills with traditional work. I also learnt how to do digital work at this time.
When I was in my early teens I was persuaded by my art teachers at school to ‘branch out.’ I am self taught but did art as a subject in high school. I don’t like drawing things that I don’t feel like drawing and dislike being told what I should and should not draw. So consequently, I focused on my fantasy characters in a few more mediums than usual but lacked emotion to my works or exploring my own style. It wasn’t until my late teens that I decided to branch out with themes, mediums and styles. Thus, my ‘illustrative style’ that defines me was born.
Now I’m focussing on trying to evolve that style and make it work with colour and over various mediums, which is proving difficult but rewarding. I’m inspired by music, dreams, nature and biology the most. I’m hoping to expand into larger works that are more traditionally based, especially painting which is my least favourite medium because it tests my patience like no bounds and I find it horrendously messy and expensive. I’m hoping to combine my love for art and biology and enter the Waterhouse Art Exhibition next year at the South Australian museum.
I was also given an opportunity to contact the museum and volunteer for them by drawing biological specimens, which are very important for scientific manuscripts and published journals. My university demonstrators were blown away by the drawings I did of my specimens while I was on my field trip, and saw a lot of potential in that area. In my spare time I like to draw fantasy creatures such as dragons and Pokémon (nothing has changed) and exploring realism to help hone in my skills.