Another artist I know did this survey, so I decided why not?
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I put it under a cut since it's pretty long!
Do you prefer traditional drawing, or digital?
I actually love both equally! Growing up as a 90’s kid, I was lucky to experience the best of both worlds. From classic Crayola Crayons, Mr Sketch scented markers (My favorite was Grape and oddly enough, Licorice.) and of course splashing around with watercolors. But I also got to dabble with the classic MS Paint, thinking I’m Picasso with that airbrush tool. And also Kid Pix whenever it was computer day at school!
I think all those experiences really shaped me into the artist I am today. I started “professionally” looking into digital programs like Photoshop and Painter when I was 13-14. I obviously love the full rendering of how my digital pieces look, but part of me can never truly let go of traditional either. It’s too satisfying.
How long have you been drawing?
From my previous question I think it’s safe to say I’ve been drawing all my life. I consider my first drawing was scribbling all over my sisters math homework at 4.
How many classes have you taken?
My first “official” art class was private lessons in 3rd grade. It was fun but very traditional “in the lines” kind of stuff. I then started attending summer camps at local college where I met who I consider my second mother, Mona Dunson (RIP), she taught many cartoon and manga classes there and eventually started offering private lessons once a month at her home. I did that all through high school and then became her apprentice once I started college.
I will forever be grateful to her for always giving me an outlet to be creative and shaping me into the artist I am today.
Do you have a deviantArt, personal website, or art blog?
As I type this I very recently left DeviantArt (I was on it religiously since I was 13 for fun but eventually after 15 years it just ran it’s course for me.) This year I created my own website cmaddams.com ,which was probably the biggest stepping stone for me. I’ve DREAMED of having a domain name since I was a teen.
What’s your favorite thing to draw?
Lots of blood and glitter! I also really like abnormal things like multiple arms, eyes, surreal scenery, etc. I REALLY love to challenge myself!
What’s your least favorite thing to draw?
I’m not a huge fan of realistic portraits and “traditional” fine art. I grew up in the Bible Belt and that was the only “exceptional” art. I feel it’s too “stay in the lines” and “copy the masters”. (I remember a professor at my college getting VERY offended by me saying this, which was funny because they were one of those artists that I feel just copy the masters or trends.) And from my 4 years of taking art history, the ones who normally draw out of the lines and push the limits are the ones starting art movements, while the “ass kissers” are left in the shadows forgotten. Like nah fam, I’m good!
How often do you use references?
It depends. If I’m REALLY wanting a specific pose and want to make sure I’m anatomically correct with it, I’ll look for stock photos of hands or whatever. But for the most part I try to just draw from my own head.
Do you draw professionally, or just for fun?
Both. It started out as just for fun as a kid/tween, but once I got the hand of it I realized it was what I was meant for. Now I’m making a fairly decent living off it and hopefully can do it full time one day.
How much time do you spend drawing on an average day?
Since I’m a full time college student and working a day-walker job, I do my best to work around those schedules. Dome days it’s a full blown 8-12 hours, some days it’s only 2-4, and some days none. I always tell myself to do SOMETHING every day, even if it’s just a little bit at a time. There’s also days where even if I’m not drawing or painting, I’m still doing things working around my business. From looking for local gigs, signing up for zines, updating my site and online store, taking professional photos of my merchandise, running to the post office for online orders, making templates for buttons and stickers that I print off and make by hand, counting stock, and the list goes on forever.
It’s no joke that this is very much a full time job. I’m very tired. But I do my best to try and give myself at least one day out of the week for myself.
Are you confident about your art?
There are good and bad days for me. Getting sentimental I’ve grown up having terrible self worth issues so there are times I compare myself to others and wonder what I’m doing wrong or why I can’t work as fast as others. But looking back at where I used to be and how much I’ve grown as an artist and never gave it up, I have to say I’ve come such a long way.
How many art-related blogs do you follow?
SO MANY! From artists I love and admire, to various tutorial/tips blogs, etc.
Is it okay for people to ask you about your process?
Of course! Just fair warning, I’m a snarky sarcastic teacher. I like adding a little humor to my teaching.
Do you prefer to keep your art personal, or do you like drawing things for other people?
I prefer to keep it personal because a lot of times I draw how I feel. Art has been a huge escape outlet for me to express a lot of deep emotions I didn’t understand and drawing it helped me figure them out. I still do that to this way. Or I try to create surreal dream like environments so I can mentally escape. But every now and then I don’t mind taking commissions or doing gifts for people. Just don’t expect them to be as deep.
Do you ever collaborate with others?
I used to do collabs. I don’t mind them as long as it’s with someone I trust or feel like I can vibe well with. But I’ll be honest, I’m not that great of a team player because artistic differences can REALLY make you butt heads with people.
How long does an average piece take you to complete?
Depends on the medium. Simple cute paintings can take a few hours, other a few days or even weeks.
Do you draw more today than you did in the past, or do you draw less?
Recently a lot more. Not as much as I’d like but hopefully once I graduate and hopefully have a more art based job I can do more.
Do you think you’re justified in giving other people art advice?
I mean I already got people asking me for advice already. I’m still learning myself, but I tend to give brutal advice.
What are you currently trying to improve on?
Anatomy, more structure in my pieces and variety in body types. Also I’d like to do more “full” pieces. Like with full backgrounds and stuff.
What is the most difficult thing for you to draw?
My more complex psychedelic works. It’s so hard getting out what I see in my head.
What is the easiest thing for you to draw?
Faces and expressions.
Do you like to challenge yourself?
Gosh yes! You can’t ever learn if you don’t!
Are you confident that you’re improving steadily?
Absolutely! I just recently started training myself to work with cleaner sketches. I have a terrible habit of having rough sketchy stuff where it’s hard to see what’s what. Now I’m getting EXACTLY what I picture!
Do you draw more fanart, or more original art?
Both! I prefer original but there are some things out there that are so unique and dear to my heart that I feel tributes are nice or something would look good in my style!
Do you feel jealous when you see other people’s art, or inspired? (Be honest!)
Absolutely both! The artists who inspire me I keep dear and try to learn from them. As for jealousy, I think it comes from insecurity, or sometimes outrage. There was this one time I felt jealous about someone who wasn’t doing art professionally as long as I was, and as soon as they started they IMMEDIATELY got a following, meanwhile I was still stuck at 50 followers. But I feel that jealousy can be a lesson. Instead of looking at it like, “What do they got that I don’t?” look at it as, “What are they doing right to make it work so well?” And I realized they were more active and present, when I was more doing pieces for months at a time.
Nowadays I don’t feel very jealous anymore because my own efforts are paying off. Just be true to your style, figure out your limits and it’s okay to ask for help and advice. Jealousy is a natural emotion, but use is as a motivator. Not a downer.
Do you like to draw in silence, or with music?
Always background noise!! I listen to music (I always have various playlists ready or whatever theme I’m going with.), various horror/murder/true crime/paranormal podcasts (God I love podcasts!) or I’ll put on Netflix, Hulu or Crunchyroll and catch up on some shows while I work.
For digital artists: what program(s) do you use?
Photoshop CC (mainly for brushes and structural stuff), Paint Tool SAI, and I recently got Clip Paint Studio and I’m in LOVE with the sketching process!
For digital artists: how many layers does a typical piece require?
I…..lost count actually. Sketches normally take 2-3 layers, lines take about 5+, and coloring maaaybbbe 32+ and that’s not including a background.
For traditional artists: what medium do you like most?
I REALLY love my prismacolor markers and pigmet liners! Been working with them since my teen years and I just LOVE the how smooth and crisp they are! I got introduced to white pens a year or so ago so now a lot of my traditional pieces are even better!
For traditional artists: How do you usually start on a big piece? (Light sketch, colored lead, sketchpaper, etc)
I keep a small notebook specifically for rough drafts or on the spot ideas I need to roughly sketch out, then start on the real draft with a pencil.
If it’s an acrylic painting I just start painting over it. (I take pictures on the way in case I forget something.) If it’s an illustration I outline it with ink (normally prismacolor liners of various sizes.) erase the pencil then add colors with markers, colored pencils, watercolor, etc.
What inspires you to not just make art, but to be a better artist?
Honestly I try to find inspiration everywhere. From spooky surreal things, my Pagan spirituality, aesthetic blogs, etc. But to be a better artist? Again, getting sentimental, my art teacher and mentor, Mona Dunson is a big motivator. She died a year ago and there were some things she never got to do. I wake up every day trying to tell myself, “If I give up now, would Mrs. Mona be proud of me?” I wanna make my mentor proud and let her know that it’s because of her that I’m where I’m at now.
Another motivation is my father. He was an artist. He tried to go to Los Angeles and unfortunately got into some bad habits which ended up killing him. Once I graduate, I’m moving to LA with my boyfriend and I keep telling myself as I clutch to my dads favorite scarf, “Alright dad! We’re going in for round two. And this time we’re gonna do it RIGHT!”
Thanks for chillin with me and reading all of this!