I am an illustrator living in Portland, OR.
I grew up in Michigan on the beach and am inspired by nature, dreams and mysteries.
What Materials do you use?
My typical process usually involves doodling something traditionally with graphite (.7 mechanical pencils are my favorite) and then I scan and paint in Photoshop (I use CS5.5).
I'm trying to branch out more lately though so sometimes you'll see bits of ink and traditional paint seep through!
What brushes do you use in Photoshop?
I change it up regularly. I tend to just download and try out various sets online and keep the ones that fit with my workflow. It's a bit hard to remember where they all came from or which ones I made myself. I stick to a lot of basics though. I prefer simple brushes with a tiny bit of texture.
How do you make digital pieces look traditional?
I use a variety of techniques. I try to always stay a little messy while painting which helps give a bit of spontaneity.
However I usually use 4 layers that help me;
What inspires you?
Everything. For personal stuff though, I really draw on nostalgia for where I grew up or things I seen growing up. I like being able to express internal things in a physical way and so I like to play with things I see.
My workflow is a bit weird with personal stuff because I don't usually go in with an idea. I just start drawing and let things form themselves. This usually gives things sort of a stream-of-consciousness or dreamy feeling which I think suits what I'm trying to say most of the time. But because of this I usually literally take inspiration from what's immediately around me like in a song I'm listening to or something out my window. It's surprising all the places you can get inspiration from!
How do you decide on color?
I actually had a VERY hard time learning how to use color. I still don't feel confident in it.
A big help to me though was for awhile I built color swatch sets in Photoshop by sampling colors each artist I idolized used. I would then pay attention to how they picked colors and why they did.
To be honest I still have many pieces that sit collecting dust just because I can't get the colors right. It's a learning process but if you stick with it and observe you're bound to catch on to at least a little bit of it!
As far as how I go about selecting it for individual pieces I usually doodle a very rough color set out and then do a lot of adjusting with curves and selective color layers in Photoshop before getting too into details. This helps a lot since I think I make a bunch of bad color decisions starting off haha.
How long have you been drawing?
I've been drawing my whole life. My mom and aunt are both big into art themselves so growing up they were hugely supportive and helped me out a lot. Even in kindergarten I would say I wanted to draw for a living and it never really changed. I don't think I ever had a day growing up where I didn't draw at least to some extent.
In elementary school I would even regularly make comics to show to the class every week. It's always been a huge part of my everyday life and so to imagine not drawing would just be weird.
I will say though that as I grew older the type of art I wanted to do changed a lot. I first wanted to go into comics (which would still be awesome), then I wanted to go into storyboarding and animation when I went to college and then partway through I realized I wanted to go into editorial illustration. It's an ever-evolving thing and as long as I'm able to do some sort of drawing and painting I will be happy. I'd love to try several things out at least just to see how it all works for me.
Do you take on personal commissions?
I do sometimes! I like to take them on when there's lulls between work, just ask via my personal email and I'll get back to you when I can. Price wise I charge around $40-60 for full paintings.
However if you're looking for something for commercial purposes please contact my agent; firstname.lastname@example.org