Artist of the Month for June and July 2007 – _odella_
- Which HP character is your favorite to draw and why?
Hands down, Hermione. No particular reason why I choose her above all other HP characters, but I do enjoy drawing females more than males. There's something about the softness and curves of women that always translates well in art.
- What other artists inspire you?
Hmm.. Mucha for sure. Also alot of the Pre-Raphealites, such as Waterhouse and Sir Edward Burne-Jones.
- Who is your OTP? Tell us why.
They have somewhat of a Jane Austin romance feel about them. When I came into the fandom, I started out reading this pairing, and even though I've branched out quite a bit since then, I guess you never forget your first love. :)
- How do you find inspiration for your commissions?
Most of the commissions I do are for people requesting art for their own stories. I will always read whatever fanfiction my commission is based on and find my inspiration there.
- When did you first start drawing?
I've been drawing since I can remember. I haven't been able to stop yet.
- What medium do you prefer?
Pencil and Ink. I use plain old mechanical pencils and ballpoint pens for my drawings. Even though I have drawers filled with all sorts of fancy art supplies, these are my favorites. I used to color my drawings using colored pencils or chalks, but I've since moved on to doing most of the coloring in Photoshop. It's a wonderful tool.
- Do you ever wake in the middle of the night with something in mind that *must be* drawn right then?
lol, sometimes. Most of the time when that kind of mood strikes me is after I've been reading. I can't count how many times I've read a story and half way through think "I have to draw that!" I love drawing scenes from fanfiction that I enjoy.
- So what other fan artists out there do you appreciate the work of?
Oh, there's so many.... leelastarsky, glockgal, gnatkip, caladan, lillithium, hooh, mudblood 428, vikingcarrot, marquise...and that's just the tip of the iceberg. There's so many amazing artists out there, I could fill up pages of them.
- Which character is the most challenging for you to illustrate?
Even though I draw him quite a bit, Snape still give me trouble when I draw him.
I have tendency to make him look too "pretty". I'm working on trying to make him a bit more canon looking.
- How long does it take to go from line-art to full-color pieces?
From preliminary drawings to full coloring can take me sometimes just a few hours to several days depending on how detailed I want to get with the piece.
- What is the craziest commission request you've received?
Hmm..I don't really think I've had any really crazy requests. I think the art I end up doing for myself tends to be nuttier.
- If you could draw anyone in the world, whom would you love to have the opportunity to sketch?
Probably David Bowie or Alan Rickman. They both have very interesting faces. But to be perfectly honest, I doubt there will be any drawing happening, as I would be too busy swooning over them like a schoolgirl with a crush.
- Who is your favorite Harry Potter Character?
Snape! And yes, I believe he's really still on the good guy's side.
- When you're doing a commissioned piece from a specific story how much research do you put into that story?
Quite a bit. I want the art to resemble the story as much as possible, so I will either read the story, or at the very least the chapter the scene comes from. I'll also contact the commissioner to get any specifics that may not be listed such as clothing, certain scenery, etc.
- Are there any situations or characters that you just refuse to draw?
I don't draw any chan or any really hard squicks such as beastiality, etc. If I draw an adult piece that takes place in a classroom or such, I make sure that my characters look of age.
As for characters, there's no one I refuse to draw, but you probably won't ever see me draw Hagrid or Dumbledore. Mainly because I have trouble making the older characters look "elderly" enough.
- What is your personal favorite piece that you've done?
I think my favorite piece is a simple portrait I did of Snape and Lupin. It was very no-nonsense and I think it came out very nice.
- What is your process for taking commissions?
Well, I'm usually contacted by the person who wants a commission, and if I have any open slots on my commissions list, I add them to it. Then they will get back in touch with me with the details for their commission, and I let them know the specifics such as price, etc. I usually try to work my way down the list of commissions in the order I recieve them, but on occasion I'll sometimes jump ahead on a piece if I happen to get a burst of inspiration on a certain idea.
- 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?
Well, first and foremost I want whoever is commissioning to get the most out of thier idea visualized. I work hard to make it exactly what they want to see. That being said, I am hindered by my own limitations of my art skills, and I let people know that I'll try my best to give them exactly what they want, but if I'm having trouble getting a particular aspect of the art isn't working out, I may have to tweak it.
- If you could sketch the captains what type of sketch would you do?
Probably just a plain ol' pencil and ink sketch. Black and white lineart is still my favorite type of art to do.