Stock & Resources
1. You have been on DA for 9 years and your work has come a long way, but what first brought you to DA and what keeps you here ?
9 years ago I didn't have that many friends with whom I could share my art and hobby outside of the internet. While my family always supported me and my art I also wanted feedback from other (unbiased) people as well.
And I saw many great pieces of art always being posted on DA. So one day I just took the courage and signed up as well.
I admit there are good times and bad times here on DA, but the good times outweigh the bad ones.
What makes me stay is the opportunity to stay in touch with my (online) friends, exchange ideas with a great community, the possibility to share my art with a lot of people of varied interests, skills, tools of trade. I learned so much from the experience of other artists via tutorials or questions they replied to.
And I hope to learn much more in the future, too. That’s why I’m staying here. To share, learn and help and for all the other things that come with the community spirit that make DA a unique place.
2. The majority of your art is fantasy in nature or theme... do your influences reflect this or are they quite different (who are a few) ?
My main source of inspiration and influence is by far the vast Dragon Age universe. I get influenced by the original games as well as fanfictions. Many of my friends play the games and write fanfictions and thus we often have the same topics to talk about.
I am also really interested in Medieval European history and the way people lived and how it changed over the course of history. I have the luck to be able to share my ideas and thoughts with great people on and off DA.
The combination of fiction and history and its possibilities is what influences me the most in the moment.3. When using stock for a piece what typically comes first, the idea or the stock pose ?
I can unmistakably say: It depends.
Sometimes I see a stock picture and it sparks an idea.
And sometimes I have a picture idea and just don’t get the sketch working with me. In such cases I start looking for stock. Sometimes I just need body parts like hands or feet. For that I use my own camera (or iPhone for simplicity, really). Sometimes even a mirror is enough. But sometimes I need to rely on the help of online stock images for more complex poses... I am so glad DA offers such a great collection of stock pictures provided by so many talented stock artists! Sometimes it requires some digging but in most cases you find something helpful.4. What do you look for in stock and reference pictures ?
I don’t really know because there are a lot of aspects that speak to me when looking for pose references. Often I prefer plain stock pictures like Null-Entity
provide them because I can get the pose without being “distracted” by costumes. And the character sketches can then be dressed to my liking.
I don’t need the best lightning or the biggest resolution as long as I can see the pose and can create my stick-figure sketches with their help to get the anatomy right.
But sometimes “costume stock” like for example provided by faestock
is very helpful to get the proper feeling for how the fabric flows or folds or moves around the body in motion.
Stock with some requisites is great, too. LaLunatique
has some really awesome pictures in her gallery. And syccas-stock
provides great “action” poses and fantasy themed stock pictures with horses and weapons.
I don’t own a bow or a sword or a gun and have no clue how to handle one. It’s 11pm at night and you want to know how it looks if someone rides a bike? Stock pictures help a lot to see such tools “in action” and draw them properly. 5. A lot of your work involves couples and sexual themes, also the mixture of who is "leading" the scene is very varied, what is your mind set when planning and creating these pieces and do you think having a woman's perspective make them any different.
In most cases I try to tell a story with my pictures. I am no writer and I want to get my story told with the pictures I draw. Or I got a scene from one of the stories I’m working on with friends. The characters often interact with each other in my head before I can draw them. And even while drawing them they are still giving opinions and pictures often turned out really differently to what I planned because I realized while sketching that one of the characters would respond differently to what I had planned.
As for my mature art: I just can’t deny the beauty of a female body (and they are easier to draw in my opinion...)
Love is also something beautiful and I like to let my characters experience all kinds of love from the innocent just-holding-hands to the passionate-tumble-between-the-sheets.
When drawing nude women I try to still show that they are strong and independent characters and not just toys or supportive characters to underline the male hero. I am not sure I am always succeeding in showing that – but I surely try. If anything, sometimes I just like the opportunity to not having to worry about clothes and textures and how fabric moves around the body.6. You recently drew several pieces for a Calendar, is there anything else you do/are planning relating to your art outside of DA that we may see in the future ?
This year I sadly had to abandon my calendar project due to real life and my job interfering with the creation process. Art is and always will just be a hobby of mine and has to back down to the real life needs. MY plan for the future is: one day I really want to manage to finish 12 pictures for a calendar.
Other than that I realized in the past that my life tends to interfere with “bigger” projects. So I think I will just let myself be surprised with what the future will bring and for what I may use my art. 7. If you could guide or offer the stock community one thing from an artist’s perspective, what would it be ?
Sometimes simplicity is the key. I know that I am not only speaking for myself – sometimes a simple standing pose or a “daily life” scene is what some of us are looking for. Such daily life scenes are often very hard to find. There are occasions when I find numerous pictures of fighting couples in so many variations while I would just like to see a simple hug of a standing couple (maybe from various angles to understand the anatomy).
Other than that... I think the stock artists here on DA are amazing and wonderful for providing so many inspirational pictures for all the various kinds of art! And I just want to say thank you! I can honestly say that they saved some of my characters facing (more) severe anatomical issues.I would like to offer my thanks and a big hug to Chenria for being kind enough to answer my questions and agreeing to be interviewed.