Yes, finally the FAQ nobody in particular has been impatiently waiting for is here XD
I tried to cover everything you asked me, and to merge some questions. I also re-phrased most questions so they'd be understood better or shorter.
If there's still something you'd like to ask, or you think I didn't covered well, please tell me.
I specially recomend you the 'Odd Questions' at the bottom if you want some laughs (I'm cruel, yes)ART
How long does it takes you to finish a work?A:
Depends on the type of work; a fully colored, half-body character art with simple BG, I'd say 3-4 hours (split)
Something more complicated, with several characters and BG could take 6-8 hours.
But it's hard to say, 'cos I split my work a lot; a batch-draw soem stuff, then I paint, do other stuff go back to painting, etc...Q:
How do you choose your color scheme?A:
Based on the color theory I learnt; it'd need a loooong explanation (I think it's worth to make a tutorial someday) But it's based on complmentary (opposite) colors. You can find info here >> [link]
Also, I have the self-imposed rule of avoiding black, white or grey. They're neutral "colors" (or 'no colors' at all) that express pretty much nothing color-wise and can make a picture look dull (though some artists make take advantage from this and implement it to their style, like Kazuma Kaneko, the main artist from the Megaten series)
If I need to paint white, black or grey, I just choose a dark/light or greyish color, but laways with a % of color.Q:
What programs do you use to draw/paint?A:
Before, I used Corel Painter, but's an expensive program, with some bugs and lots of unnecessary tools and options. You can get great results, but definitely not worth $300 (or the almost 500 euro it costs in Europe
Seems they assume it's just for rich artists that'll have lots of profit with it. Not true.
Currently, I use [link]
Tool SAI) The results are equal, or even better than in Painter. The options are much more simple, and it has just the necessary tools for painting. You can still customize a lot, creating brushes, etc... if you need to. And the most important, it's aroung $30 or $40 That's a much more reasonable price, and it's worth it.
I also use Photoshop for editing (never for painting. It's results tend to look plastic-like, and it doesn't blends color like Painter or SAI; just adds it over) It's a greta program for editing, but again not worth the almost $700 it costs. Again, they assume only pro people with lots of profit uses it, and they want a share in advance Q:
What tools do you use to to draw/paint?A:
-Normal paper notebook for random and design sketching
-Drawing rough paper sketchbook for illustration sketching
-0.5 H/HB Mechanical pencil (for the rough sketching)
-0.5 B Mechanical pencil (for finishing and linearting)
-Normal paper (not a notebook) for comic sketching
-Pigment black ink pens (0.05, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, 0.5, 0.8)
-Black edding 1200 (for filling)
-PC: Windows XP, AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4200+, 2.21 GHz, 2.00 BG RAM (It's got a few years, but as long as it doesn't lags at painting, I'm okay with it)
-Graphic Card: NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX (<<-- I have not much idea on all this. But this card has given me trouble =_= )
-Screen calibrator: Power Strip (Now this in IMPORTANT If your screen is not properly calibrated, what you see in screen will differ GREATLY from what you print, so it's importand to have a good screen calibrator tool or program to match the screen color with the printed color, so you don't have bad surprises. Usually screens look too light by defeaul, so prints will come out too dark)
-Tablet: Wacom Intuos 3, A4 size
-Scanner/Printer: Brother DCP-315CN (I honestly don't think the brand and type matters, as long as it scans and prints well)Q:
Do you use references for poses?A:
Usually no. If a pose doesn't comes out, I may look for reference for it, but rather than copy a photo I'd rather look for several, study them and build the pose based on them. Q:
Do you make your comic works traditionally or digitally?A:
Depends on the comic, since I've tried several stuff. If it's drawing, I always do it traditionally.
For inking, I tried digitally, but's too slow. I prefer traditional inking better.
I edit digitally (that's it, adding screentones, correct contrast, add the text, ect)Q:
Have you made any art tutorials, and where can I find them?A:
Yes, several. I have a link to them on the top of my journal O_O In case you still can't find it.... >> [link]Q:
Will you do more tutorials?A:
If I think there's something else that may be interesting to cover in a tutorial, and I get the time for it, yes. But I've pretty much covered all the main stuff I do alredy.Q:
Any recomendations for improvement?A:
Draw as if there's no tomorrow XD (no joke) Draw daily or as often as you can.
Study anatomy, almost at medical level (bones, muscles, etc...)
Watch as many art as possible; don't stick to 1 artists, and copy him/her. You'll only manage to be a mediocre copy of an alredy existing artist. Try to learn from several, take stiff from here and there and build your own style.Q:
Do you have any prefered tutorials or books for art lessons?A:
Not really. I'd rather avoid art text art books as much as possible. There's some theory you must learn, of course, but it's best if someone explains it to you, and you work on it right away. Reading a 1257 pages book on art and not drawing will take you nowhere.
On the other hand, art books are always good to have (picture books) You need to build as much visual reference as possible, so get anything you like or you think may be useful, like clothes books, architecture books, etc....
Having one or several anatomy books will be pretty useful as well. There's many art anatomy books to choose from I guess. Pick up one with as many visual reference as possible; one with bones and muscles drawings, explaining how it all goes and works on their different layers.Q:
Did you take art lessons?A:
Yes, I studied in an art school for 3 years. I finished some time ago.
I've also taken more random lessons since I was a kid.Q:
What got you into drawing?A:
I don't know. I've drawn all my life, even before I can remember (so says my mother)Q:
For how long have you been drawing?A:
As I said up there, all my life.Q:
Which type of colors do you prefer?A:
I had a prference for blue/purple before, but lately I changed to blue/green and adding more oranges, yellow and red/pink.Q:
What inspires you most to draw?A:
I'm not sure O_O I get ideas pretty randomly, so Idon't think there's something specific.
I usually make stories ideas while listening music, and later build them looking for reference and stuff.Q:
How do you plan out your stories?A:
Pretty randomly; I get an ide at random, and If I like it I develop it while listening music.
When I finally get to write it down, I make a full research on anything that may help me on it (myths, history, etc...), and when I gather the data, I write it down.Q:
Is there any specific type of characters you find easier to draw?A:
Before, girls were easier to draw for mw. Now I've gotten used to draw pretty much any kind.
I'm still horrible at drawing animals though T_TQ:
How much time do you spend drawing per week?A:
Around 20/30 hours I'd say. Depends on what I have to do.Q:
What do you do to when you get an artblock?A:
I don't think I ever had one O_o There's times when I'm tired or I don't feel much like drawing and I do something else. But I never went through one of those art blocks that last days or months.
If I have something to draw I do it. If not, I do something else. Maybe it's a matter of being stubborn?Q:
Is there something from your style that you'd like to change?A:
Not right now. I want to improove, of course XD
Usually my style changes have been progressive and slow-paced. As I see new styles out there, I add this or that to mine, most of the time without noticing.Q:
Is there any style you'd like to try out but you didn't yet?A:
In the art school they taught us pretty much anything out there, so I think I've tested most stuff (watercolor, acrylic, oils, pastels, colored pencils, carbon, markers, etc...) After all that, I decided I felt more comfortable with digital.FANDOM
Fandom-related questions ('cos fan-talk is fun
What fascinates you most from the Suikoden universe?A:
That's hard to say; Suikoden universe is so gig and carefully crafted that's hard not to like it. But what I usually like most from any story, is the characters; they can make you get inmersed in a story if well done, or make you feel unrelated and distant if not.
The characters in Suikoden are usually carefully build, with intense backstory and development and I think it's a big part of what made the series so great.
The fact that some characters' stories span through several games, so you can see them back, is also something great that makes you stick to the series with each new game. Too bad the new staff doen't seem to realize Q:
What got you into the Reborn! fandom? A:
The pretty fanarts from DA. I though the characters looked pretty cool, specially TYL Mukuro.
I started watching it without much expectations, and before I knew it I was adicted XDDQ:
What are your favorite pairings from Katekyo Hitman Reborn? A:
Too many lol. Let's see; my most faves would be Dino x Hbari, Mukuro x Hibari, Mukuro x Tsuna, Dino x Tsuna (I wish there were more doujinshi and fanarts of this one T_T)
, Hibari x Tsuna.
I also like Dino x Squalo, Xanxus x Squalo, and Mukuro x Fran seems cute too. I like Mukuro x Chrome also for aesthetic purposes XD And Gokudera x Tsuna 'cos Gokudera's dedication to his boss is so cute and funny XD
KHR is such a BL gem lolQ:
Why do you like Dino so much? A:
Because of the combination of overconfidence and overwhelming clumsyness. The combination kinda did work perfect for me. If he lacked the clumsyness, I'd hate him, though. Wich that overconfidence he'd be annoying. And with just clumsyness and no real confidence ans skills he'd be Longchamp Naito =_= . . .(And Amano's design, of course XD I like those tattoos. There's not that many people that looks good with them)OCs AND ORIGINAL STORIES
Questions about my OCs and storiesQ:
Will you ever make a sequel of (I)Logic?A:
Originally, the story was just that (what I've submitted), but seems it got somewhat popular XD People seems to like the characters. So, maybe someday I'll use the core to build something larger. Who knows (For now, aside from The Tengu from the West, I have 2 more large stories inmind)Q:
Which is your favorite OC?A:
XD Dunno. OCs are like your kids, no? Choosing would be cruel. But, I have a soft spot for Creid and Dian, for being amongst the oldest.
I also like much Koen, for his back-story.MISCELLANEOUS
Misc questions that I didn't know where to put lolQ:
What country are you from?A:
Spain. Is posted in my profile *_* XDQ:
Is manga popular in Spain?A:
I'd say not much. It has a decently large banfase, but it's not something you find anyone follows. Most people still thinks is something 'freak' and that all manga is either violent or porn :/ Is not as 'underground' as it used to be, but not widely known.
Still, Miyazaki's movies, for example, are well known and liked, and I think more people started to have a different vision of manga here.Q:
Why are you so awesome? (by ~hotarujaejae
If you say things like this, people will know I'm paying you to praise me lolQ:
Will you marry me? (by ~hotarujaejae
Is that legal in your country? (In mine is XD)Q:
Where do you get so much time to draw?A:
I have no life!! lol (Matter of applying all the free time you can to draw)Q:
Has art helped you in any moment of your life?A:
O_o No, I think.... Q:
Can I make fanart/fanfics based off your OCs and settings?A:
Yes, if you credit meODD QUESTIONS
Weird questions I've been asked at some point in DA (for real =_= )Q:
Would you draw for free for me?A: Q:
Do you know any good places to stay in Spain?A:
. . .What? O_o Q:
Can you give me the full resolution version of all your arts to post them in the net and make profit out of them?A:Q:
Can I use your OCs for my own stories?A:
Can you give me private art lessons?A:
. . .
I guess not?(Specially considering I live in the other side of the world, I have a life, I'm not good teacher, it'll cost you a lot AND I don't want to)