Friday Feature – Dockman19

This weeks Friday Feature is from Dockman19

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1. What compelled you first start drawing and creating?

I can’t really say what got me into art and drawing. It’s just something that’s always been a part of my life. I simply can’t remember a time when I didn’t like drawing. My mother told me once that I’ve drawn pictures since I could pick up a crayon. As a child those crayons were like a box of magic wands, with them I could conjure all manner of places and characters. They aloud my imagination to come to life. I was only in the 3rd grade when I started showing off my drawings to my class mates. The popularity and attention that fallowed only encouraged me to draw more and improve.

2. Do you have any future plans for your artwork?

As for my future plans for my artwork, what I want most of all is to get better. I’m never 100% happy with any picture I draw. The 1st thing I see when I look at my drawings is the mistakes I feel I’ve made. I would also like to work more with digital art. I’ve been trying to mix it up a little by coloring my sketches on the PC. It’s definitely something I need to work on. Oh and of course I want to make stacks of cash just drawing pictures all day.

3. What sort of media do you use to create your artwork? How long does it take you to complete a piece of artwork?

My weapon of choice is a Paper Mate Sharpwriter #2. If you didn’t know they are cheap disposable mechanical pencils. They’re the same color yellow as a wooden #2 pencil and you extend and retract the led by twisting the tip. That along with some plan old printer paper on a clipboard is how I get things done. From start to finish it takes me anywhere between 2 to 6 hours to complete a drawing depending on how detailed or complex a piece is. Sometimes when I’m really into a picture I’m working on I’ll get lost in the details and shading. When that happens I have to just stop myself and call it done before I ruin it.

4. What inspired you to draw? Do you admire any other artists?

What inspires me to draw the most is people. It could be artwork they have made, a story they’ve written, or it could just be the person themselves. When someone has inspired you to create a work of art and you show or give it to them and they truly appreciate it, that hast to be the best feeling ever. The artists who have inspired me the most would have to be, Boris Vallejo, H.R. Giger, and Hieronymus Bosch. Oh and I have to give some love to the one artist everyone knows Bob Ross. What would the world be without happy bushes.

5. Do you have any tips for any aspiring artists – beyond the usual ‘practise daily’? (These tips don’t have to be art creation related.)

To anyone who wants to be an artist and is just starting out, my advice to you is. Draw, paint or create what you love. After you develop some skills then branch out to other things. You can practice drawing apples all day every day but if you hate apples and just want a banana, you’re wasting your time.

6. What is your fondest artist memory? (eg – An art trade you were really proud of/pleased with, your first commission, etc)

My fondest art memory is when I was in 5th grade. Our art teacher submitted a bunch of our projects to a state art competition. There were thousands of works of art there and my mom took me cause one of those works was mine. I remember walking through and seeing all the beautiful things people had created. I started to feel way out of my league, I was just a kid after all, what chance did I have of competing with all these amazing artists. Then we came to the section for my school. All I wanted was to see my project hanging up with all the other great artworks I’d seen. Then there it was, a sheet of construction paper that I had bent and glued pipe cleaners to. I did my best to create three flowers in a flower pot. It was hanging low on the wall almost on the floor. And what was this? Someone had stuck something on it. I ran over to it kinda upset that somebody had ruined it. I knew it wasn’t the best but why would they do this. Then I realised what it was. A purple ribbon with gold letters. “Mom, what does it say?” she knelt down next to me and said “It’s an honourable mention ribbon. It means the judges liked it.” As far as I was concerned that ribbon was way better any gold trophy for 1st place. Wish I still had it.

7. Anything else you would like to tell our readers?

One last thing before I go. No matter what your skill level is, it’s not how well you draw that’s important, it’s why you draw that really matters.

Many thanks to Dockman19 for taking the time to answer these questions for the Friday Feature and if you’d like to be featured on the blog then please, don’t hesitate to get in contact.