Carol Datura Riot is an artist working in sculpture and illustration. She has exhibited artwork in museums and galleries such as The Tate Britain in London and The CincinnaContemporary Arts Center, and has been featured on the cover of The New York Times Arts & Leisure section. This past year, Carol worked to construct set pieces for several fifth avenue holiday window displays in New York City. She has also worked in special events and visual merchandising. She is currently building custom props set pieces for the Harry Potter Convention MISTI-Con set to occur in May 2013 in New Hampshire. Links
Hi everyone. I'm still at the mercy of a very old computer so it is difficult for me to respond to comments and notes unless I am in school. But since I do have access to modern to computers at times I am trying to respond more to comments both here and on fanfic. I am able to read what everyone write and it means a lot. I makes me sad when I can't respond - my operating system is so old I haven't been able to update Safari in years!
Just a heads up to let everyone know that I have a very old computer and it doesn't interact well with a lot of websites including this one. I'm having trouble reading notes and responding to comments. If I don't get back to you please, please don't take it personally.
Sure! the best advice I can give you is to give yourself a lot of time and patience. When I was younger - my older brother could look at any photo and draw it perfectly. People visiting my house would ask why my parents had a photograph of cat woman on their wall, my Mum would say - "That isn't a photo, my son drew that." Back then, I could draw a little - but nothing like my brother. It wasn't until my junior year of college that I decided to devote a lot of time to learning to draw. I sat myself down and spent 3 months copying out of an anatomy book. It turned out, that when I really focused, I could draw just like my brother - in black and white at least. Some of it is natural talent, but the rest is just practice - and a little bit of magic as well. I still have trouble with faces. Sometimes I get lucky and it works quickly - other times it can take days. With my Loki drawing, I got him in two hours, but there is a Snape drawing that took me 4 days to get his face the way I wanted. Another bit of advice - art classes can be great - but don't let a teacher push you to draw in a style you don't like. It can be fun to experiment - but if you know what you like and how you want to draw, and they can't help you draw in that style - find the artist who do and figure out how they work. My first years of art school I wanted to do photo realism. All my professors wanted me to throw paint on a canvas with a knife. Finally I sought out Illustration classes. So that is my advice - that and have fun!!! And have good references to draw from. PS - if you're interested - I draw with a mechanical 5 mm pencil and when I really need to draw detail I use a 3 mm mechanical pencil. I almost always draw on bristol board because I love the texture!