Interview - Artist - Glockgal

Artist of the MonthInterview with Glockgal

Artist of the Month Interview for December 2007 - Glockgal
by Annie

Glockgal is our artist of the month! She has done so much for the Qudditch Pitch besides just being a our interviewee.
She particpated in our fundraiser. She drew Featured Story of the Year cover art, and she's been very supportive of the site. She's a super great gal as well as a brilliant artist!

  1. Which HP character is your favorite to draw and why?
    Ahhh! It's gotta be a tie between Harry....and all the Weasleys. They count as one, right? One family!

  2. What other artists inspire you?
    Every single fanartist who I've given feedback too; they are too many to name, because there are so many to admire. In terms of fine artists, I think I am more a fan of styles, like. I love art nouveau, anime, American comicbook, fantasy/sci fi/gaming illustration, vector, watercolours....

  3. Who is your OTP? Tell us why.
    I don't really have an OTP because it's kinda fun to draw everyone with everyone. :D But if I HAD to choose, I'd say Arthur/Molly.I can't see them with anyone else. They're like the Homer and Marge of the HP world.

  4. How do you find inspiration for your commissions
    From the commissioners themselves! It's their enthusiasm and excitement that makes me want to draw and make it pretty and (hopefully) please them.

  5. When did you first start drawing?
    Like every other kid in the world, I drew from a young age. But I really only turned it into a hobby when I was a teenager and got into comicbooks

  6. What medium do you prefer?
    Hee, right now, it's a toss up between watercolours and digital. There is so much I can do digitally which makes it fun to explore. And watercolours are just so fun and delightful to work with!

  7. Do you ever wake in the middle of the night with something in mind that *must be* drawn right then?
    I've definitely stayed up or had trouble falling asleep because I needed to draw. Tonight being a good case of that!

  8. So what other fan artists out there do you appreciate the work of?
    I have tried to compile a list but it is infinite and always incomplete. The beauty about the fanart community is the amount of different viewpoints and styles are introduced and how much I can learn from every single artist I see.
    It is especially lucky to be in the HP fandom, because fanart is so prolific and there are always new artists debuting.

  9. Which character is the most challenging for you to illustrate?
    I think Dumbledore. I don't think I've gotten him right yet. It's probably partly because he's old and I tend to draw everyone like they're 16-years old,
    but I think it's also that imbibing him with that air of mystery, kindness, dignity and power is really really difficult for me.

  10. How long does it take to go from line-art to full-color pieces?
    OOOH that depends. Sometimes about 3 hours, sometimes a couple days. It all depends on how keen I am, I suppose!

  11. What is the craziest commission request you've received?
    AHAHA despite all the fandoms I've drawn for, one from years ago still takes the cake: a naked, possessed Sinbad, with a naked Old Man of the Sea astride Sinbad's shoulders,
    gleefully forcing Sinbad onto a desert island. Or something. And I had to draw it profile. It wasn't easy trying to hide old-man-peen, hah ahahah!

  12. If you could draw anyone in the world, whom would you love to have the opportunity to sketch?
    Ron Livingston. I fell in love with his face in Office Space, before I really knew who he was. But this man has the perfect skin tones of pale white, pink and blueish-purple-black that I LOVE
    incorporating into drawings. And with his black hair and big liquid eyes, he's like a walking, living Concept Artwork.

  13. Who is your favorite Harry Potter Character?
    Still Fred and George, definitely. My god, I love those boys.

  14. If you were trapped in a room with your favorite character what would you want them to wear while you sketched them?
    I'd make Fred wear an ill-fitting unsexy dress (that would inevitably be strangely sexy because it's on *Fred*) and George wear a pinstripe 70's style casual suit.
    And they'd have to have AWESOME shoes. And possibly hats. And the suit would also be somewhat wizardy.
    The dress would just be a modest sundress of some sort, definitely cotton. Okay, I'll stop now. ;D

  15. When you're doing a commissioned piece from a specific story how much research do you put into that story?
    I think most people know that when an artist takes a commission, they're doing work and therefore have to take their 'fangirl' hat off for a bit.
    That said, I would get as much information directly from the author as possible.
    Even if I do have time to read the story, sometimes I'll miss a detail or interpret something differently so it's always best to get all the specific info straight from the writer.

  16. Are there any situations or characters that you just refuse to draw?
    Yes, I do! Mostly just squicks - bestiality, infantilism...probably anything that involves naked!Dumbledore.

  17. What is your personal favorite piece that you've done?
    Ahaha, I don't think I have one

  18. What is your process for taking commissions?
    Taking? right now I have a lovely queue that I'm working my way through and once I've got that done, I'll start approaching the people on the waitlist.
    And once that's done, I'll ask if anyone's still interested and keep my fingers crossed!

  19. In the process of drawing how much do you depend on someone else's vision of what the character's are in a commissioned piece?
    Probably as close to 100% as I can get. Of course there's gonna be some artistic license due to my own limitations, but I strongly believe in ensuring I get every detail that the commissioner requests.
    If they want to give me room to play, I...well. I'm not very creative, so I'll sneak onto their livejournal and poke around and try to gather more info on their interests.
    In sekrit! Shhh!

  20. If you could sketch the captains what type of sketch would you do?
    Ahahahah whatever they want!! But if I had to be creative, I'd do extreme and classy simplified cartoony versions.
    I love sketches of real people where the art is very simple, very clean and very snazzy.