1 - Could you tell us a little about yourself, and when did you find that you were interested in creating Digital Art?
My name is Arthur Henrique, I’m 29 years old and I'm from Brazil.
I've been interested in art since when I was a teen, but I caught attention in digital artworks because of video games and card games, and I always wondered how they make the artworks, but I never digged it until I was in college doing Graphic Design.
In college, I always drew on the chair and in the class notebooks. I drew mostly my teachers and classmates.
I learned a little about photoshop in college and then I started trying digital painting on my own. I started learning with other people on You Tube and some tutorials from Feng Zhu, Marc Brunet and Artgerm. As I was progressing in digital art, I started taking orders from many people in college, friends and family, but it was only after I started taking orders all over the world that I decided to quit college to pursue a digital art career as a freelancer, and here I am.
2 - How did you end up joining DeviantArt?
I've been on DeviantArt I guess since 2012, but I didn't have an account, I only used DeviantArt to download some artworks that I liked at the time, I found DeviantArt by searching artworks from Video Games and Card game (Magic the Gathering). And in 2014, I created an account and started posting my work.
3 - What is it that attracts you to Digital Art?
I think that all art mediums are great; I did years of traditional art before digital, when I've learned a bit of photoshop and got a tablet, I found out that digital saves you a lot time, you can also achieve many results quickly, and can be a lot cheaper for a beginner artist. Also, digital art leaves you room to experiment and try new stuff without spending on your supplies; I think that was what attracted me the most when I was in college.
4 - Your gallery is filled with beautiful artworks. Could you tell us about the process that evolves from an idea, into the finished artwork that you upload?
In fact, I try not to have any ideas on what I'm going to paint. I kind of have a set of subjects that I like to paint, most of them are related to nature and captivating facial expressions. I like to experiment with different compositions and colors on the sketching phase, and when I'm painting, if I want to make something different from my sketches, I just follow my intuition; it’s basically trial and error.
5 - Which are your favourite artworks in your gallery, and why do they hold a special place in your heart?
I actually think I don't have any favorites, because I've learned with every single one I did, but I guess I can mention 3 with a special meaning for me: 'Kori', 'Under the Trees' and 'Alina'.
'Kori' serves as a reminder for me to never stop experimenting with new approaches and to find new ways to start a painting.
'Under the Trees' was a special commission for a father of 3. Something different from the usual and can be fun to make.
'Alina' is a painting of my sister. Since she moved out to another state, having a painting of her is reminding me that she is always close and I can always contact her where ever she is.
6 - Which other artist(s) do you admire on DA?
The list is pretty large, but here is a few I would like to mention:
Aenami, Angel Ganev, Apterus, Artgerm, Avvart, Blunell, Dave Rapoza, Dimary, DjamilaKnopf, Elena Sai, Fernanda Suarez, Marc Brunet, Razaras, Selenada, Vurdem
Thanks to ArthurHenri for taking part in Feature It Monday's Guest Interview!