FAQ

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General

Can I commission you?

Absolutely! My commission info can be found here. Or, if you’re not looking for a custom job, you can check out the prints I have available on Society6.

Do you have any prints for sale?

Absolutely! Right here on Society6.

How do you do these sketches so quickly?

I think the thing that helps most with speed is to not think too much about what you want your painting to be before you start. Try starting with some big, high contrast shapes, and look at it like a Rorschach test. Whatever you see in it, start pulling out the shapes and colours to make that idea clearer. If you don’t see something right away, just scribble out some new big shapes, it should only take a few seconds. Try not to zoom in as you work, keep looking at the big picture and don’t worry about details. I rarely use undo, I think it’s better for speed to just keep painting over mistakes and let wonky or misplaced strokes become the underpainting for what you do next. These suggestions are just things I personally do, though, as long as you limit yourself to a certain amount of time (probably less than an hour to make it practical to do daily) you will eventually develop a method for getting something done in that span of time.

How do you make your time lapses?

The software I use to make them is Screenflick on Mac, and Debut on Windows.

What advice can you give to someone learning digital painting?

Just practice daily! Even if you aren’t at all happy with the things you produce, keep making stuff anyway. Better yet, if you aren’t satisfied with what you’re making, take the chance to deconstruct why, and try to improve those areas. Put your work up next to that of artists you admire. What elements of those pieces are working better than yours? How can you improve those elements in your own work? If you do that daily and make small changes in your technique, eventually you’ll develop a style you’re more happy with. The key is just to do it often, and iterate quickly. Focus in on one thing from the previous day that you’d like to improve, and dedicate yourself to making that one element the absolute best it can be. Maybe it’ll take a while before you notice a significant change in your style, but you’ll develop countless tricks and practices along the way that will help make you faster and more efficient. Even if you don’t feel like sketching one day, just take 15 minutes and try to do something. Once you have your routine established, the loop of self-criticism and improvement can become almost automatic, and it feels great when you get to that point!

What artists inspire you?

There are tons, but here are a few of my favourite links.
Daniel Dociu
Kekai Kotaki
Tom Scholes
Noah Bradley
Blinck’s YouTube
Feng Zhu’s YouTube

What brushes do you use?

In addition to default and custom ones, I’ve made use of Blinck’s Brushes and Marc Brunet’s Brushes.

What tools and software do you use?

I use an Intuos 4 tablet and Photoshop CC.