Sorry, but I'm just really curious: How long does it take you to draw? I really love how free and "messy" (in the best possible way!) your work is, and I wondered if speed drawing is the key, but I know appearences can be deceptive. I tend to get too caught up in little details in my own artwork, and find the freedom in your artwork really inspiring :)
Now that’s an interesting question!
It really does vary from piece to piece, and definitely what kind of mood I’m in. Sometimes I really have to push myself to get a drawing out the way I want (and even then I end up bitterly disappointed sometimes haha!), and it’ll take me hours of redrawing (which is something I know you’re not supposed to do but I do it anyway) until I finish. But then other times I’m hit with such a surge of inspiration that it just sort of pops out and it’s there. I kind of liken it to what Michael Jackson said about his songs; it just fell in his lap, almost near-completition. That’s when you know you have something good on your hands!
The best advice I can give is to just go for it - just draw, don’t judge yourself. See what comes out! And that drawing will lead to other things. Definitely don’t let yourself get caught up in the details until you’ve completed your final sketch and you’re happy with where things are going to be and etc.
I’m doing a bunch of prints this Monday coming to send out to those who have contacted me so far with interest, so if anyone else is still interested in getting a print of this:
Or any other piece you see on my tumblr, please contact me ASAP so I can send more copies out with the first bunch that I’ll be printing and mounting! There are a multitude of sizes available and once mounted, they are ready to be framed directly. We’re also printing from a high resolution printer onto semi-gloss paper, so rest assured the quality will be good!
Prices can be found here, and I ship to anywhere in the world for $10-$20 dollars, depending on location. :)
Hey I love your Michael and Whitney on a cloud drawing. I've been seeing it everywhere but your signature was cropped. It took me awhile to track down your site. I wanted to say that it is very sweet and just so cute. I love it. -Christi B.
Thank you so much! There’s no much I can do about people cropping my signature out, but most people seem to know where it comes from which I’m glad about!
as far as life drawings go, should I try google and just draw like body forms and shapes and stuff?
Try as best as you can to go to a life drawing class! A lot of art schools or just places like community centres or even cafes in the city offer life drawing sessions for really cheap prices, like around five bucks. You get to sit there for two-to-three hours with a variety of models (depending on what they’re offering) and that’s basically the best training you can get. What you see with your eye in real life is completely different from a photo; it’s all about viewing the depth.
Your drawings make my day every time I see them :D please keep doing them, they really motivate me as a artist :D do you go to a college to learn what you do? do you have any inspirations? (other than Amazing Michael Jackson :D) and is there anything I can do to grow as an artist? I apologize if I ask too many questions XD
Aw wow, thank you so much! I just can’t even believe that someone is motivated by me because 1) I am the biggest procrastinator ever and 2) I’m still learning and growing as an artist and I honestly don’t even think I’m all that good yet! But it means a lot to me to hear this kind of stuff. <3
I’ve done 6 months in an Animation degree (wasn’t my type of thing) and I’ve just completed two years in Illustration in Melbourne, and right now I’m hoping to finish that up in a general Visual Arts degree back here at home in Sydney. Studying art at University/college is one of the BEST things you can do to further your development; not only does it give you techniques for coping with deadlines and projects, but things like going to life drawing a couple of times a week are just so invaluable as an artist and will help you grow more than anything else you can do for yourself. I cannot stress enough how important life drawing is; you need to learn how to draw what you see in front of you before you start using your brain to conjure up images. It’s like adding to your virtual store in your memory, the more you draw from real life the more you’ll remember it and be able to use it later on.
Oh boy this is getting long sorry LOL! Inspirations….definitely Al Hirschfeld, Jamie Hewlett (designer of Gorillaz and Tank Girl), Andy Warhol, up and coming illustrators like Annie Wu and Diglee…the list goes on! I kind of draw inspiration from everything, but Disney was an earlier influence as was Jamie Hewlett.
Thank you so much for dropping by and asking dude!
how do you get your drawing on the computer? Do you draw them on the computer or so you draw them on paper then scan it?
Some of my pieces are drawn on paper and scanned in, and others are done digitally using a drawing tablet. However using a drawing tablet is exactly the same as drawing on paper, only that you’re looking at the screen instead of what’s below you. It takes the same level of skill and hard work; so often I hear people go, “oh you do it on the computer? That’s not as good as pen and paper…”
Honestly, it’s exactly the same haha! The last little sketch I did was done on a drawing tablet. I don’t prefer one over the other, both have their good points and bad points - the bad points of the tablet at the moment being that I’m working on my laptop, and it gives you such a crick in the neck! Oy!
Or maybe someone should notice your awesome art and want to buy all of them for thousands of dollars, and you can become some kind of famous artist, lol
Haha! Oh man, I wish! This is why I get disheartened about that Thriller drawing (which I still stand by being a pretty throw-away type of drawing!) going around on tumblr with near 7000 notes now, but with absolutely no link back to me at all. People seem to like some of my work, but they don’t know that I was the one that drew it!
All of your work inpsires me to get back into my art. I miss being as creative as I used to be. Also, I run "China Love" aka janetdamitajo lol
Oh dude, I know that feeling! And then sometimes the thing that holds you back is, “am I still good? What if I don’t like what I draw!” type of thing. And let me tell you, that’s the hardest thing to get over. But just start small, just do some little sketches everyday and ease yourself back into it. I would LOVE to see your work if you pick it up again! Go for it dude. <3
Omg that sketch of (HIStory? I swear I know which photo it is) Mike you posted... I'm dead. The eyes are so real! You have such a gift.
Dude you totally guessed it haha! It’s this photo:
Man thank you so much for saying that though, for a while I really wanted to work on drawing eyes because I’ve been so lazy in the past and haven’t paid much attention to them. Drawing Michael’s eyes is the hardest though, they’re just so expressive!