ABOUT MY ART


Inspiration

For as long as I can remember, I've been a fan of animal and anthropomorphic animal characters. I have been drawing since I was a little kid. And of course I watched a lot of cartoons / animated movies that fascinated me a lot, which made me start to draw the characters that appeared in them. Some of my favourite films and animated series I started drawing fanart for were for example (screenshots from the movies/series):




  • The foxes of "The animals of Farthing Wood" (TV series)
  • The wolves of UFA's junglebook (TV series)
  • Balto (movie)
  • The Lion King (movie)

Eventually I started creating my own characters and stories. A few years later I almost completely stopped drawing existing movie characters and concentrated on my own characters and artwork for other people. I'm often taking part in projects, both public and personal ones, and also display my artwork in art shows at conventions.

My inspirations to draw? Things that I love, like certain species, characters, sceneries, situations, favorite movies or series or books. The possibility to create worlds, express my feelings, illustrate situations, make others smile, laugh or cry (in a good / artistic way). The best ideas I simply get from life, and keeping my eyes open - there are so many inspirations out there, and I always note down every idea I have, no matter how silly it may seem at first. Also trying out things is a lot of motivation for me.



Styles and expressions

I like all kinds of different drawing styles - both realistic and stylized/toony ones. Usually I prefer a nice mix of both - animals with realistic elements such as fur or anatomy, but with "toony" expressions (playing with facial expressions and body language is something I very much enjoy). I guess my drawing style is somewhere in the middle and also varies depending on my mood.

I always preferred anthropomorphic animals that have more the appearance of an animal rather than a human (digitigrade legs instead of plentigrade, paws instead of hands, mane instead of hair, etc.). I'm also very fond of hybrid characters (mixed / fantasy breeds) and their unusual colour variations.

What's also very important to me is the atmosphere, the meaning, the emotion, and/or the story behind a picture. I love funny pictures with a good joke or pun in it, as well as deep emotional pictures. A simple landscape or an animal's portrait can be beautiful, but usually it's the anthropomorphic touch/expression that fascinates me the most.



Digital or traditional

I do like both ways - digitally (with a computer program like Adobe Photoshop), traditionally (with real media), or a mix of both, like drawing the sketch with pencil and then coloring it digitally.

Both ways of coloring are appealing to me and have their advantages and disadvantages. For real media, it requires a different knowledge (how to work with a brush, how long it takes colors to dry or how the colors blend, etc.), as each material works differently. And of course you have a nice original piece of artwork at the end.

For digital art, you have way more possibilities to play around with colors, effects, filters, shadings or backgrounds, as you can easily edit them later (using layers) or adjust mistakes. You can make several prints and easily adjust the sizes, but you don't have an "original" at the end (of course you can limit prints to make them more precious).

Both ways of drawing are fascinating, and it's always good to not stick with one style only. I enjoy the variety of creating things - digital art (including small animations or simple 3D) and traditional art, as well as sculpturing or working with fabrics (fursuits or plush animals).



"What do you draw?"

I like drawing a large variety of furry art, but primarily feral characters (walking on four legs), but also bipedal anthro characters (walking on digitigraded legs). Mostly I draw canines, felines and hybrids, however I also enjoy drawing dragons and most other furred creatures (there are only a few species that I do not enjoy drawing, like apes, pigs or marine anthro characters). My favourite species to draw are wolves, foxes, snow leopards (big cats in general), martens and opossums. When it comes to backgrounds I prefer natural environments.

I haven't drawn (m)any humans so far, as I simply don't enjoy drawing them (however I like watching animated movies with humans, including Japanese anime). Other themes I am not very experienced with and don't enjoy drawing for example are technical things like machines, robots, engines, cars, complicated buildings, etc.

Sometimes people ask me if I draw Pokemon or other copyrighted characters. If I like a character (for example Lion King), I may do that (fanart / all credits given). However I am not going to imitate other people's styles for a commission.