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Question time
Ok since some of this can be art related I'll post it here.


What's something you want to know about me and/or my art? The way I do something? What inspires me? What I eat for breakfast?

Go on, ask and I shall tell. I'm feeling quite bored and could use something to do XD

Current Mood: bored bored

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digitalis From: digitalis Date: February 12th, 2005 05:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Who are some of your greatest influences?
Do you consider yourelf more of a fine artist, or an illustrator?
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: February 12th, 2005 05:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Illustrator definitely. I really don't like the fine art community as I feel it is very fickle and I feel that Illustration provides more of a back story and doesn't necessarily have to cater to any particular "fad" (lots would disagree with me on this one but its just what I've noticed).

As for my influences, when I draw people I am /heavily/ influenced by the masters ie: daVinci and Michaelangelo (which is why I often draw cupid-style lips on my people XD ) and Norman Rockwell with his exaggerated movement and expression. There are also quite a few fandom influences though including my friend Reagan Lodge (plague_dog), kyoht just to name a couple.
wolflahti From: wolflahti Date: February 13th, 2005 02:32 am (UTC) (Link)
It has been wisely said that the only real difference between a fine artist and an illustrator is that an illustrator eats three meals a day and can afford to pay for them.
tengukun From: tengukun Date: February 12th, 2005 05:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I have been wondering... do you keep wolf hybrids by any chance? Some of the sketches I've seen you do look like a take off from life. :) Like a snoozing wuff.

Lessee... how long have you been drawing? What inspires you most? When you look at someone else's art, what catches your eye, or what do you find most interesting in it?
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: February 12th, 2005 05:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
No I don't own any wolf hybrids or large dogs for that matter. In fact it was at FC that I met my first wolf! I have a little wussy Bichon Frise and she doesn't provide much of a reference. Most of what I get my structure from is hanging around other people's dogs and watching documentaries on TV. Reference photos don't show a whole lotta range of motion so I like video clips and the like. Plus I used to go to a lot of dog shows when I was younger.

How long I've been drawing: Since I could pick up a pencil really. Lots of people drew when they were young, but they also did other things. My main passtimes were drawing and playing with my little ponies, oh, and dressing up like various animals and acting like them (teh furreeee), but thats about it really. >_>

What inspires me most: Music. Whenever I hear certain sounds they put certain pictures in my head. For example, some new age music makes me think of horses or misty forests, some punk music makes me think of dark industrial scenes (and my sketchbooks have quite a few robots in them to illustrate that mood >_< ) so really the tone of the music makes me think of "scenes" in my head.

Color really catches my interest when looking at other people's art. Color and lighting. I really hate it when someone has excellent structure but their color is very washed out or not interesting, which is why I'm always telling people to bump up the contrast or put in "interesting lighting" in their pieces, particularly when I'm doing Yerf apps. ;D
visioncrafter From: visioncrafter Date: February 12th, 2005 05:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
What do you hope to do with your art someday?
What direction are you trying to take it?
And... I've wanted to ask this for a while... You seem to be quite proud of your full color colored/pencil pieces... why haven't you done more of those recently? Just lack of time? Your bachaus (no idea on sp.) was *wonderful* btw... I'd love to see more like that come out of you... not that you/we know you're capable of that level! :3
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: February 12th, 2005 05:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hope to become a storyboard artist, even though I have a ways to go in terms of skill level. I really enjoy being a "quick sketch" and I love doing little mini-comics of things, so I think storyboarding would be right up my alley. Plus the idea of working with directors really tickles my pickle ;D

As for the reason I haven't done many full colored pieces, some of it has to do with the fact that I have this outstanding full color commission of a Weimaraner (someone's pet) I feel guilty for not doing, so until I finish that I feel bad finishing /anything/, but a /lot/ has to do with the fact that Bacchus and Golden Glare didn't sell very well. Bacchus got 100 which is barely minimum wage if you think about my hourly rate on that, and Golden Glare got $40 at best offer but hasn't sold as of yet, so its like, why should I put effort into stuff like that if I'm not getting compensated for it. To be honest I did those to sell, (although Bacchus was a labor of love) so I think after I get this commission done I'm going to do some full color pieces that /I/ want to do, and if it sells ok if it doesnt it doesnt. It does still really bother me that no matter how much effort I put into something I'm just a hack as far as monetary compensation goes. Yeah that's me being superficial but, sometimes ya can't help it ;P
visioncrafter From: visioncrafter Date: February 12th, 2005 05:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ahh I see and very much agree... I hardly every get to do color commissions because I actually do price at what I see them being worth! ;3
But that's just the way with people I guess... they'll take it for as little as they can get it with no thought about how hard it was to make the product...
Perhaps you should try something else besides furbid then, or put the minimum price at something you really want it to go for rather than letting it go or less... which is easier said than done, in fact I'm scared to try furbid myself yet...
Or perhaps try putting pieces in art shows at cons? Or in your local area?

Either way story-boarding sounds awesome! :D
It does look like a ton of fun... and does remind me of your sketchy's!
Good luck with that in the long run! :3
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: February 12th, 2005 05:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah I think I'm going to take xianjaguar's advice and start putting my stuff up in cons. Furbid doesnt do me much business and I'm going to start doing that just for commissions and the like. Right now I just gotta sit down and draw some stuff XD

Unfortunately I may have to back out of that snakefolio if I can't come up with a good composition. It would be one thing if the deadline was later, since right now I'm going to be pretty booked for awhile. Le Sigh =P
visioncrafter From: visioncrafter Date: February 12th, 2005 05:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ahh yes the all-knowing that is Xian... Who's advice I need to follow as well being the con-virgin I am! ;3 (AC this summer *woot*)
Awww nooes! Not the snake pofo. too... alas... but ya I'm having troubles with it as well! (repiles are suprisingly hard to draw!) Perhaps when we get out of school art will become easier... *or we can only hope* ;D
ungulata From: ungulata Date: February 12th, 2005 06:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
[curious] Indeed, what do you eat for breakfast? [/curious]

Please put on some Enya or some Brien Eno! *rubs hands in anticipation* As for the colour, perhaps take a cue from Ursula V. and sketch in colour, rather than stifle your "muse" through privation? Colour just for the halibut, not with sales in view.

Is there a strong military influence in your life or in your stream of consciousness?
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: February 12th, 2005 06:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Halibut? 0_o

Yeah I plan on just doing art for myself after I finish this last bit of commissions. I need to really figure out what /I'm/ interested in in terms of style and approach.

As for what I eat for breakfast, I rarely eat breakfast but when I do I have to have lots of protein as carbs tend to make me crash by 10:30, so cheese eggs and bacon omnomnomnom maybe with some biscuits and gravy if I'm feeling creative.

As for military influence, my grandpa was in the Navy (pearl harbor survivor) but other than that no. My dad was a cop though, and I work in a bulletproof vest manufacturer/factory so I deal with cops/police accessories on a daily basis. =)
ungulata From: ungulata Date: February 12th, 2005 07:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, hense Sarge. ^_^

Halibut == hell of it. Euphemistic joke. Especially appropriate when choosing the fish off the menu (after determining that the beef sounds like this: http://www.darinmurphy.com/class/madcow/ ).

I wouldn't abandon commissions and I wouldn't use a present backlog of commissions as a roadblock to random creativity. Commissions can give incentive to try different subject matter that is out of your 'comfort zone'. Continuing to generate creative stuff in all media without regard to "overdue" projects is good for maintaining ease of production.
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thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: February 12th, 2005 07:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
desertwalker From: desertwalker Date: February 12th, 2005 09:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
When did you officially begin going online with your art?
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: February 12th, 2005 09:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you don't count my Balto fan-art being on Itch.com back in the haydays of the Balto fandom ('97), then Junior year of highschool I believe, so that would probably bee...2001 ish?
talynwolf From: talynwolf Date: February 13th, 2005 12:19 am (UTC) (Link)
how'd you get so good at anatomy?
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: February 13th, 2005 12:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Practice, observation, but above all, I took classes. For example, in my VCL gallery there is a /distinct/ difference between my pre-figure drawing class art and my post-figure drawing class art. Such as:

Before:
http://us-p.vclart.net/vcl/Artists/Thornwolf/michagirl.jpg

Immediately After a couple of classes:
http://us-p.vclart.net/vcl/Artists/Thornwolf/wolftocolor.jpg
http://us-p.vclart.net/vcl/Artists/Thornwolf/citybeachdog.jpg

And that was within just a couple of weeks apart! Since then I've tried to improve by taking more classes, observing other people as well as my own body when I get a free moment *hey, Im in class and bored, might as well do hand studies!!*
talynwolf From: talynwolf Date: February 13th, 2005 12:34 am (UTC) (Link)
*Nodnod* I've noticed that with anatomy in my drawings. lol life drawing lessons are gude.. well most of them are apart from the first one 'cause I was scared.
From: silber Date: February 13th, 2005 04:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Do we have a moment of exhibitionism here? ;)

Why uniforms so often?
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: February 13th, 2005 11:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
because a plain clothes cop is boring ;D
From: silber Date: February 14th, 2005 07:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Guess that's a point =)
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thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: February 13th, 2005 11:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
No but I do eat chocolate cereal with half and half. GIVE ME FAT! *slork slork slork*
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thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: February 14th, 2005 01:51 am (UTC) (Link)
I like me some bovine nippage XD
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