More questions about my process and such can be found in this journal:
answers you never asked for
•Do you do kiribans?
Yes. Unless I say otherwise, I do a kiriban every 10,000 page views, on the 10,000th page view (for 100000 views, 110000 views, and so on). I don't post reminders when one is coming up nor do I have it listed anywhere on my page. It will just be assumed that my watchers (and the conscientious people who bother to read FAQs ) know about it. If a kiriban number comes and goes without anyone notifying me that they caught it, I'll just assume that it was missed and move on. You must be a watcher of mine to win.
To win it, you'll need a full screen shot with the pageview count on my homepage plus a visible time stamp somewhere on your computer screen. As for the prize, it'll will be something modest but fun like 50 dA points, a fan art request, or a free sketch commission from me. You'll just have catch a kiriban to find out!
•May I request a critique from you?
I always feel a little weird giving critiques since I'm no expert myself. But I'd be happy to take a look at a deviation of yours and offer what I can. As with most things on dA, I can't promise that I'll do it right away. But I will do my best to get to it as soon as possible. Please note that I leave requested critiques in the comments section instead of "officially" through the critique function. Sending me a link to your deviation as a note instead of as a comment would be appreciated (and will decrease the likelihood of me forgetting it).
•I'm a writer on a budget, new business owner, etc. and can't afford to pay you for a commission. Will you work for free or for exposure?
No. I can appreciate your position and understand that we all gotta hustle for that paycheck. Unfortunately, it's for that very reason that I can't afford to do commission art for free. I sincerely wish I was in a position to help out everyone without charging. But it's difficult and time consuming enough to turn a profit as a freelance artist as it is. I don't want to sound mean or self-important but imagine contacting a plumber, caterer, or other service provider and asking for free stuff since you can't afford to pay for it. That wouldn't be fair to the plumber. Thanks for understanding.
I'm fine with people using any of my art as their icon as long as you credit your source by linking back to me in your comment signature. Something like "Icon by ThreshTheSky" would be great. To use my art as your user icon outside of dA, please ask first. I almost always say yes but want to know where you'll be using it beforehand. Thanks!
•Why do you make so much fan art?
I've been drawing since I could hold a drawing utensil. According to a somewhat trustworthy source (namely, my mom), my first art was created on a Magna Doodle. I started playing around in Photoshop around a decade ago but didn't seriously pursue digital painting until late 2011. I took some traditional art classes in high school but didn't have time to take art classes in college. Joining dA has really motivated me to practice more and try new things, which is something that I really needed after essentially cutting art out of my life for years.
And please don't feel like this is meant to discourage comments or questions. If there's something you wanted to know that's not covered, ask away.
*somehow missed this forever ago* O.o
WOOT SPEARMINT. I like vanilla mint stuff. =w=; I dunno why.
It is crazy to me that you are relatively new to digital painting, but you're as good as (if not better than) anyone who has been to art school for years. I'm just so blown away by the level of your talent and skill. x_x
"I add people to my watch-list because I like them and/or their art" STAHP YOU. x////////////x;;
But it's so puzzling to me! xD I even watch your scraps, and I have no idea how one got past me..... Ngeh! I even missed several of your features. D: Whyyyyy...?
xD;; Honestly, I don't really think you need any "formal" education. You've made your system work really well for you, dearest.
x////x;; Oh, you charmer. And your tagline dares to claim that you're not likable.
Anyway, I do have an actual question, promise! I have had a commission from a friend to paint their Dog, I was wondering what type of brush/setting you use on your cat paintings, as it's a great fur effect and I have zero fur experience!
I use Cs6 and a Mac too, so, so far, so good!