I am capable of a variety of genres. My favorites are surreal and fantasy, where I can play with characters I have been creating since 1998. My approach changes depending on whether I am working digital, traditional, or artisan.
I have used digital art since my family first got our own computer, around 1990. This is not as impressive as it sounds since it was basic MSPaint-type programs. Around 2003, I received copy of Paint Shop Pro 7, and immediately knew that the digital medium was right for me. I have since moved on to Adobe Photoshop CS2 and primarily use that program. I like to explore the tutorials here on deviantart and see how others teach people to make art.
My main source of influence has been my friends and fellow roleplayers. They feed my drive to draw and paint, and I cannot thank them enough for being in my life, for more reasons than just artwork. I have had less interest in the masters than what was comfortable with some artists. Van Gogh moves my brush strokes in traditional work and I have liked Jackson Pollack because he buried alchemy symbols beneath his paint. This is a fascinating mystical approach to artwork for me. The artists who have influenced me far more than the masters have been amateur artists that I found on the internet at least a decade ago. I cannot list them all since they are so numerous, among those artists are: Adelle Crowe , Cara Mitten , and many more.
I cannot remember the first character I made. I have made characters my entire life and often find old characters in drawings I made while in elementary school. The core influence of my character-making, I think, stems from encouragement I received in elementary school. My teachers encouraged my storymaking and illustration and sent me to a publication station where we made our own books.
All of the characters on my deviantart are roleplaying characters, they have extensive histories and a couple of them have been with me since 1998. Making art with them can be a spiritual experience; it is when I can spend time with them and communicate without spoken word. They have been given so much life that they often act all on their own. I am reluctant to show their stories at the moment; until then, I remain aware that my paintings of them are vague of their stories. My earlier works just show poses, which helped me understand their appearances. Later, I like to show them in action. My hope is for the viewer to invent his or her own story. My goal is to stimulate creativity in others: I do not just want people to see a pretty picture, I want them to think and invent in their minds.
I post as much of my artwork as I can on deviantart now. Much of it is old and considered less than stellar. I want to show the honesty of my work, how far I have come and how it has matured along with me. An illusion exists in the art world that I wish to dispel, and it's that the artists have always been great artists. The truth is, most of them don't show their unfinished works or sketches, and are often ashamed of them. My wish is to encourage creativity in others, and through that I want to show that it's okay to suck at first. I also like to see my own progression and keep it on record.