A questionnaire seems like a great way to get to know a little more about other artists in the community, so here goes...
01) How long have you been on DeviantArt?
9 years (11th May 2006 apparently). I always think that I made this account when I was in college, but nope it seems that it was towards the end of my 1st year at university!02) What does your username mean?
slicedguitars was taken from a phrase my other half said to me when we first met in 2003. She called something "the best thing since sliced guitars!" and I fell in love with the odd little phrase.
Fun facts about the username: before I started university I worked for a law firm, during my interview I discovered it was the slicedguitars in my email address that got the attention of my soon-to-be boss. Also, deviantArt is one of the only places where I still use this name. Almost everywhere else I use some form of my old pen name T III ( t_iii / t-iii / etc). The reason for this is that when I got the chance to change my username here it turned out that there were already dead accounts using the name sadly.03) Describe yourself in three words.
Death Ray Enthusiast... no that's not it... Storyteller / Queer / Coder ... (or)... Comic Book Artist.04) Are you left or right handed?
Left handed, or as my dad would say cack handed. My handwriting is atrocious and I apologise to anyone who has ever had to read it.05) What was your first deviation?
I can't be certain due to so many clearouts over the years, but there are at least two surviving deviations from my first year (2006) that can still be found in my scraps. One is a sketch of Kato Marucci who, unbeknownst to me at the time, would become the main protagonist of my long running LGBT* adventure-romance comic book series Fera which launched online in 2009! The other is a collaboration between myself and my other half creating a couple of cute characters for a comedy comic strip series that we may revisit some day.06) What is your favourite type of art to create?
Comics! I've always loved storytelling (hell, I managed to base my software engineering/artificial intelligence dissertation on narrative theory), and I find that unique combination of language/illustration to be a perfect medium for me. I do wish that I were a little faster at creating pages though. When I'm not creating comics I'm probably sketching characters and (due to a joke that went too far) Tom Hiddlestons butt.07) If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?
Not so much a style, but I wish that I could master colouring. It's the one thing that I find most challenging, particularly choosing palettes and shading. I'd love to create something more vibrant which is something I always feel my work lacks. I suspect being slightly colour blind doesn't help. Also, backgrounds - I'd love to really get a grip on backgrounds/scenery, it seems to be one of those things where I'm fairly inconsistent.
As for mastering styles/techniques in general, part of the joy of art is learning, improving, and experimenting - there's always something new to master.08) What was your first favourite?
My first favourite was something by
which doesn't want to display properly for me today for some reason, but here it is:09) What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?
Mostly art styles that catch my eye so a lot of fantasy/sci-fi stuff, lots of character artwork, concept art of cities and distant lands, etc. I say this knowing full well that my favourites probably has quite a few pin ups. Comics, I rarely seem to favourite on dA - no idea why that is. I think I favourite fan art less than original content - partly because I'm not massively into fandoms but there are a few things that leap out at me especially things that I haven't heard talked about for a while such as #Ranma
1/2. At the moment I'm really into a game called #LifeIsStrange
Strange and there's been some gorgeous fanart inspired by it.10) Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?
I'm honestly not sure who that would be (although as she's my other half I have to say that
is of course my favourite person). It's a tough call as I follow a ton of very talented artists on dA, including many that are good friends and inspirations from the UK comic convention scene... Probably my current top three, if that's allowed, are
and an honourable mention for Naniiebim
who is not on dA but is a good friend and her artwork/comics are stunning.
Some of my current favourites of those pieces I've actually favourited on dA are:11) If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?
I've been lucky enough to meet most of my favourite artists/writers over the years through conventions, and somehow a bunch of them become really good friends like AnnaSCosplay khaoskomix fetishman DestinyBlue
and many others that would take all day to name.
I'm going to take the easy way out and say that pretty much, if I watch you on dA, it'd be pretty cool to meet you all some day. One person I'd very much like to meet though is
- he's based in the US so a little far for a quick hello, but it'd be cool to meet him at a convention over there should I ever get chance to travel across the pond. The main reason is that we started out making webcomics at around the same time and he was an early supporter of my comic and I of his (we even used to hide references to each others work in our comic panels). It'd be nice to be able to thank him for that in person. 12) How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?
deviantArt was the first real place that I posted art online, the encouragement and inspiration from others really spurred me on to improve and as a result (despite my BSc in software engineering) I now do comics and art as my full time gig which was a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. Not to mention the amazing tutorials and resources over the years that have helped along the way and continue to do so.
There have been many times over the years where I've crumbled for various reasons, and the support of friends, loved ones, and the art/con community have really helped me to put myself back together even in the most difficult of times. And I'm probably going to sound soppy as hell but I don't care, a big part of that was my other half
who introduced me to deviantArt all of those years ago, and is still my greatest pillar of support, inspiration, and companionship.13) What are your preferred tools to create art?
I mostly work in Photoshop CS3 with a Wacom Cintiq 12WX which may have been purchased with what was left of my student loans when I graduated from university. I will one day upgrade to a newer version of PS, and perhaps even move over to Manga Studio fully but there's a bit of saving up to do before then (at very least I need to upgrade/build a new PC first). For traditional I tend to use a non-photo blue mech pencil, sharpies, DR pens, and copic markers.
I do kinda miss working with oil/chalk pastels, and using actual dip-in-ink inking pens which I haven't used in far too long - I should probably do something about that.
For reference I tend to build rough sets in Google Sketchup, take an awful lot of photos, and have a shaving mirror on my desk for expression reference.14) What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?
Since I work digitally with a desktop PC/Cintiq it's oddly not that portable. I tend jot down things as notes/doodles in a sketchbook (with good old pencil or biro) whilst I'm outside/travelling etc. when something catches my eye and imagination. Then when it comes to actually creating art from that, shutting myself off at my desk, alone, and with some music or netflix playing in the background. My notebooks are filled with stupid little doodles for design ideas, character design elements, half finished script ideas, comic thumbnails, and in one case the relative position and statistics for a certain star system.
One of the most challenging places to create art for me is at a convention. There's plenty of inspiration to be had when someone asks you to sketch Tom Jones riding a Llama, and it's a joy to meet new people with interesting perspectives on the world and their varied imaginations. But drawing whilst someone watches is always a little intimidating, and without an undo button there's a little more pressure.15) What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?
There are plenty of memories - the various April Fools' pranks, some fun conversations on the forum, getting lost for hours browsing gorgeous artwork (and the random deviation link). But I think the one that most springs to mind is the first time someone surprised me with fan art featuring my characters
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