= Frequently Asked Questions =
How long have you been drawing/writing? TL;DR answer – 3 proper years in drawing, 4 in writing of all the current forms I still do, and less than 1 for other art forms.
I’ve been making “art” since I first picked up a pencil and jabbed it at random objects. In terms of actually intentionally drawing, I started in early kindergarten, drawing mostly random squiggles and cartoon-esque animal doodles, copying from the art I was exposed to at the time, which was mostly of the easy but rudimentary style. I was also exposed to different methods of creating art, and from there picked up some of the skills I use more later in life, most importantly of all computer skills. However, due to some issues regarding time management, stress, and eventually just a pseudo-depressive state, I stopped making art entirely at age 10 when I was forced to transfer schools. After my exposure to Hetalia, coupled with my depressive state fading with my time and stress management issues, I began to draw the creatures known as mochis, and from there eventually got back into drawing, making new friends along the way and picking up some tips and tricks from them and improving drastically with each turn. In total, I would say I’ve been really properly drawing for around 3 years, but a little under 8 if you count the kindergarten years.
I first wrote my own creative work, ie. not for school, actually pretty early on in life. At age 6, I had started work on a short fantasy story that I eventually stopped, and by 8 had already written some parts of the original version of Orolia Chronicles and its subsets, from Starling to Fallen Angel, and I had a group of friends with which to do these with. Eventually, just like art, I got separated from them and stopped writing too, although I got back into it a lot faster than art. In total, I’ve been writing for around 6 years too, although most of the first few are kind of meh. Poems have been a thing for 3 of those, while stories and essays made up the bulk of the remaining 3.
As for painting and other forms of art, those are relatively new additions to my work spectrum, as part of my experiments into new media. That’s the reason behind the inexperience.
What inspired you to do so?
I was inspired to do art by my experiences in kindergarten. My teacher always encouraged us to be creative in art, so I did. I really enjoyed it. However, due to the issues I encountered after the switch, it killed my mood for drawing completely as art became a burden that made me different and unacceptable as a supposed “genius student” taking mathematics and science, and I stopped. I was brought back into drawing by a want to share something with other people in the fandoms I got into, and eventually that just became a want to create art again. It’s to Hetalia that I owe the thanks for bringing the wonders of art back to me.
Writing was always meant as a sort of destress mechanism, even more so than art. I was always smitten with books, having grown up in what’s probably a mini-library of children’s fiction, and wanted to write some myself. Eventually, I turned writing into a way to get my emotions out in a way that, although not everyone will understand all the time, they can appreciate. There have been some fanworks here and there, but not as much as normal non-fan short stories. So, I suppose reading inspired me to write, and to this day it still does, albeit probably not in the way most people expect.
What’s the cause for your current style in poems?
Actually, I have no idea. I used to write with perfect punctuation, but that was before the days where all I had was a Tumblr account and a want to share something with the world. Eventually, I started writing short things without the proper punctuation, and this remained only in poems and short personal work. It feels forced to add punctuations to most of my poems now, like they don’t belong. I suppose to some extent it was inspired by Emily Dickinson’s poetic style, which was the kind I had eventually picked up and read. (I do like some classical works, in fact usually much more than I like modern works. Even Wuthering Heights, which I have on occasion criticised due to the melodrama. I love the Brontë sisters.) But really, it was a complete accident.
As for drawing?
It was mostly experimentation and eventually finding a style I liked, which happened to be a blend between the anime and cartoon style, although it may be moving slowly towards a semi-realistic form too. I tended to take a few traits of art that I liked and experiment with them, ending with my own variation for the same thing my friends drew on their own characters. No real drive caused them to be like that, they just happened. The same goes with painting. To a large extent, practice and observation resulted in what it is today, and I am frankly proud of how far I’ve come since the very beginning.
What do you do outside of these?
The photographs I use for the featured images on this blog are all taken by me, and I do it only as a very casual hobby. I don’t invest in any photography tools, and the only filtering I do is what’s already available on the tools I use. Mostly I do pictures of scenery, flowers and buildings, which is contrasting to my usual style in drawing. I also sing classically, since my pop voice sounds too cutesy for my liking, especially due to the kinds of songs I tend to like requiring more mature sounding voices. It actually does irk me a lot. There have been multiple times where I try and fail to create music, probably because of my ridiculous rigidity towards instruments as a whole. I’m still a school student as well, so I have to learn and study my subjects too. Literary analyses are a thing I do in my spare time, which my English teacher has mentioned on occasion – I don’t take any subject to do with it, but apparently I’ve displayed enough interest to be recommended as a writer. I’m also on the school Chess team, although I won’t lie that I’m good at Chess, because no rhyme nor reason dictates my actions.
Any tips for an aspiring ___?
Simple – pick up your pencil, pick up your paper, and go wild. Don’t like the pencil, swap to something new. Don’t want to use paper, go for the camera. Prefer intangible things? Get out your nearest piano or other instrument, and make a rhythm or a short tune. Want to tell tales instead? Write a few words and connect them together. You decide what you want to do, and you do it. Doesn’t matter if it, to you, is bad. You’re making art, therefore you’re an artist. You won’t be good at your first attempt, it takes many people many tries to get to where they are now. Learn what you need as you go along. And hey, science could be an art too. Scientists
Well, how to become good at it?
Just keep doing the same process. Experiment. Watch and observe others in the field. Throw yourself out there, throw caution to the wind (within reason of course) and discover what’s you in the world of art. Perhaps, you’ve been working with pencil all this time, and it’s not exactly what you’re looking for. Try out new media, maybe one will fit you more, be what you want. Practice and eventually you’ll get more and more satisfied with your work. Or if not, just try again. There’s no harm in doing that, right?