1) I love both! There's little better than the feeling of laying down a good ink line on paper, or watching your watercolour spread in that perfect way, and seeing all the little imperfections emerge that make Trad. Art so wonderful and appealing. But Dig. Art has a lot of pros too, it being its adaptability and convenience, and the endless ability to edit/iterate. They both require a lot of skill to master, and I love that about them. There's always more to learn!
2) Like many, I was always a really crafty/creative kid, and I was one of those kids in elementary school who would share illustrations with each other and draw my own Garfield comic knock-offs. But I didn't start taking it seriously until age 13 or so, when I discovered the internet, was inspired by D&D 3ed, joined Elfwood, and started making my own cyberpets in the online custom cyberpet markets of the early aughts. I learned *SO MUCH* in those years!
3) I took art and ceramic classes in high school (in addition to band), but always balked at the idea of doing art in college. After a few years of general studies I finally decided to give art school ago, and did a two year fine arts diploma and finally my Bachelors.
I will say, though: Art school did *not* "teach me how to draw". It taught me a lot of very useful things (mainly how to think/conceptualize about art), but you still need to put the work in outside of it. 💪
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29) Traditional art is a tricky thing, and definitely benefits from as much preparation as you can possibly do. With my big watercolour pieces (Ex. https://rheall.me/portfolio/bouguereau-women/) I would always do preparatory sketches in a sketchbook, then properly soak/stretch my paper in preparation. Then I would make a light sketch, then start painting.
Sometimes I'll make a digital colour comp and use that as reference for the traditional piece. It's a lot easier that way!
5) Oh gosh, this changes all the time, but a few things that have always stuck with me: horses and thin, spindly-limbed animals (mainly canines and dragons).
You can see some old examples of those here:
I really like drawing animals, especially animals where you can really *see* the anatomy under the skin. So much fun to draw!!
6) Well, mechanical things are a big "uuugggh" for me, but so are rocks. Goddang rocks.
7) Not as much as I should, really! But if it's an important artwork and not just me scribbling around, I'll definitely use reference. Reference is your friend!
8) I have done. This is actually a difficult topic for me, since I wanted so much to be able to make a living off of my art, but when it came down to it I couldn't handle the responsibility and it really killed my creative drive. I've done commission work, storyboard work, concept art work, comic work… but yeah, I needed a break.
Now I just draw for me, whenever I can. :)
9) Honestly? I don't usually do any drawing every day anymore. I might sketch something once a week or two nowadays. When I was younger I used to spend hours a day drawing, basically any time I was home and not online or playing video games. I used to fill up an 80-page sketchbook each month when I was in High School!
These things naturally come in waves for a lot of people, and I might start drawing more again in the future… we'll see! A lot of things are in flux for me right now.
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