It's 4 am and I feel the need to do a faq journal for future reference. ( This is full of stuff that I've been asked at least once. ) Here goes.
Hi! What exactly do you prefer to be called?
Yo! Call me whatever you'd like. Nicknames are great. The ones I get most often are Julia, Jay, Doggy, crazy, Falcon, Fal, and Senpai. 'Hey, you, loser' also works, but that's more of a derogatory thing to say.
Can we communicate in a language other than English?
English is my strongest language, and I don't know any other languages fluently. I can, however, speak with you in less depth with Spanish, Italian, French, Croatian, and Korean. (And hopefully more to come.)
What do you do besides draw and lurk online?
Whoa, good question. I play instruments, learn languages, and sometimes go places. I think that's basically it.
Where does your username originate from?
It's my persona's name. No, I'm not one of those people that goes around screaming "I'm a doggie! Wow! I love dogs and dogs love me and I have fangs and a collar and I'm insane 4 dogz!!1" Ahaha, actually, this began in seventh grade when my best friend funCatty and I decided that we wanted to be a singer/artist duo. We picked the animal that best suited our personality/likes, added the Y, then added an adjective in front of the animal. And with that, our personas were born!
How old are you?
My birthday falls on July 29th, 1999.
When did you start drawing?
I started drawing from the time I could pick up something that could leave a mark on a wall. I did horrible stick figure drawings, moved to Sonic the Hedgehog art - all day every day for years - entered an anime phase, then ended up in a semi-realism and abstract phase. The end of my Sonic phase marked the start of my first digital art drawings. That was in ... around 2010. Mouse, laptop track pad, and Adobe Photoshop 7. I guess that was the final start.
What tools and things do you use to draw traditionally?
- Cheap 0.5 mechanical pencils. Everywhere. ♥
- Kneaded eraser ♥
- Set of about 12 graphite pencils
- Copic Multiliners of various sizes
- Copic Sketch Markers -- about 70 of them.
- White gel pens
- Prismacolor pencils and markers
- Cheap sets of watercolors
- Sketchbooks (50+ pound paper)
Which digital programs do you use to create your art?
- Paint Tool SAI
- Adobe Photoshop
- Adobe Imageready
What type of tablet do you have?
I currently use a Wacom Intuos 5 Medium. If I ever take my art to a professional level, I'll probably get a Cintiq at some point.
Do you have any tips for first-time tablet users planning to purchase a tablet? How is your tablet holding up?
I know this is something said often, but I'll say it again here: start with something small. A Wacom Bamboo is nice for beginners or those who want something inexpensive and simple. I also personally prefer tablets with larger pen-touch dimensions because it feels more efficient. I have a steadier hand that way. It does vary by person, though.
My Intuos has been ... needy of maintenance. Constantly. It was a pain to deal with at first, but I'm slowly getting used to it. When I first got it, I was always uninstalling and re-installing the drivers because they didn't want to work. A year after I got the tablet, the pen broke. It costed 60 dollars to replace. Always take care of your pen!! Around January, my tablet's port broke, so my father ordered a wi-fi pack. No more cords, but I have to charge the battery in a portable charger for camera batteries every 5 to 6 hours of use (in substitution of using a cord to charge the battery, which isn't an option for me.) Not fun. The tablet's performance itself is really high-quality, though.
Building on that, do you have any tips for beginning artists?
I think I'm going to edit this tomorrow with drawings from different intervals in my life. You will improve. Don't give me any of that 'I will always suck at drawing' stuff. That's a lie and you will stop improving when you stop trying.
You won't get better overnight. I mean, you can, but you won't go from awful to amazing overnight. Trial-and-error is a big part of drawing, too. You learn from your mistakes, so don't shoot for perfection when you draw. ( Which is tough for us perfectionists. )
Uhh ... don't copy other artists' styles. They can influence you and whatnot, but copying everything they do just to 'get better' won't help you improve.
Don't trace. Good God; same explanation as above.
Experiment! Move your pencil/stylus/pen differently. Splash on color in other ways. Try for a more unique concept. Be original, alright?
Why have you been so inactive?
On weekdays from late August to early June (excluding vacations and breaks), I'm at home from 5pm to 8:30am. During those fifteen-and-a-half hours, I need to do homework, attempt to eat, shower, sleep, wake up, then get ready for school. When you think about it, there's not so much free time in between. I spend about 70% of my weekend watching/learning stuff, reading, and drawing for a project in which I am a part of. I don't have so much time to draw for deviantART ( or myself ) anymore. Summer is the only time I'll be super active on here.
Do you do requests/art trades/collabs/commissions?
I only do requests if I say I'm doing requests. Which isn't very often. I don't have time for any of those, but I sometimes have my commissions open. I do trades with people at my general art level.
Can you donate me points or money for [insert event or cause]?
Most definitely not. Don't ask me for anything because that makes me not do it, haha. If I want to throw my money at somebody, I'll do it for my own reasons.
Can I add you on [insert site/app]?
Go ahead. If it's listed in the Contact Info box on my profile, then go for it.
Let's be friends!
It isn't a question, but I'm okay with making friends. Bring it on! Just please don't expect me to be 100% outgoing at first.
That's all I've got to say! If you have any more questions to ask me, then go ahead and ask. For now, I'm going to go enjoy the rest of my hour and a half of alone time.
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