***Art Meme 2013***

Art meme 2013

I did this art meme back in 2013. I would like to do it again because some answers have changed but not many. Maybe I'll wait another year.

1. When did you get into art?

I got into art when I was around 12 years old. I was 12 when I started drawing Sailor Moon fancharacters

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because I got my hands on the Stars manga in Borders. When I went to Bolivia a few months later, I found a magazine with an advertisement for Sonic Adventure 2 Battle for the Gamecube. I wanted to practice drawing things other than pretty princesses so I drew him. And then I got kind of hooked, so when I turned 13 in August, I didn't want to draw anything except Sonic and his friends for about... 5 or 6 years.

2. What art-related sites have you ever signed up for?

I've signed up for deviantart and Pixiv since I started posting my art online, but I've stopped using those entirely. I post my art on my art blog and I love this method more than anything I've one before. It's simple, gives the best quality and I love how I can customize the way my art is displayed! I've blogged and written personal entries on Livejournal and tumblr!

3. Show us your oldest piece of art you have on hand.

There's this other one with my first OC (which is just Sonic with lighter blue fur and eye lashes.) and some of the Sonic girls, but I can't find it! So here's E-Mouse, a mouse band I made when I found out that I could speed up songs on Adobe Premiere.

4. What defines your artistic style?

I think right now, my style has a lot of frills, girl-y things, delicate things, and some bad-ass females. My girls aren't usually just thin, they have some curves (though they're still skinny? idk.) But I don't think anything should "define" anyone. I think really great artists don't tell themselves, "NO I NEVER DRAW THING." and just kind of go for everything. I think I'm someone that just likes to draw what she likes, whatever that may be at that moment.

5. Do you practice other styles/have you tried other styles in the past?

I don't think so? I do find inspiration in different artists over time, and I think that may show a little in my art, but I'd like to think that my art is original. When I sit down to draw, I usually just have my music and my art supplies in front of me.

6. What levels of artistic education have you had?

I took an AP art class in highschool. I didn't have to take any basics because my teacher felt that I would be ok if I just went into the class, but I wish I had. Now that I'm older I appreciate learning the basics, but I think it would have been wasted on me at that age. When I was 17, all I cared about was drawing what I wanted and had no interest in learning from anyone except from my art idols. I think I'm still a little like that, but I would really like to take a fundamental class now. 

I took Advanced Graphic Design at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia when I was 16. I took a Digital Media class when I was 17. I took a drawing class at PennState Abington when I was 18. 

I'm mostly self taught. I just love practicing when I have free time (or when I'm bored in class >.>)

7. Show us at least one picture you drew or sketched recently that you did not put on a public site.

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This is going to get it's own post soon. This is from the latest batch of sketches from my sketchbook that I need to upload!

8. What is your favorite piece that you have done?

Oh, this is tough.

Out of every single piece that I've done in the past, this has got to be my favorite. I spent a lot of time on it, and I love the coloring on it. Plus, it was my first digital piece that I felt looked professional enough to look official for one of my own original characters. I did this in 2011, and I think I can do better now, but I have yet to do something like this since then. I really love this one.

9. What is your least favorite piece that you have done?

I picked one that a lot of people seem to like but like... I don't get it. This piece got a lot of attention over a lot of other things I submitted on dA, but to me it's just a scrap. I feel bad that I submitted it as an actual piece and didn't treat it like a scrap.

10. What do you like most about your art?

I like how girl-y it is. Well, to me it's girl-y. Haha how do I explain this? Josh and I like to draw together a good amount, and his style is very manly. Like, super muscles and chins and MANLY MEN. I think my style is more delicate and pretty. I like how it's sketchy when it needs to be and clean when it needs to be. I like my digital coloring and I love my traditional coloring. I'm very proud of my art <3

11. What do you like least about your art?

I really hate how my eyes looks sometimes. Like, I can't get the character to look in the right direction XD Or sometimes I really mess up and they look cross eyed. I don't like how sometimes I can make something that took me hours look so simple and messy. I don't like that sometimes I can make my characters look like they have too much space between their eyes  (o   _   o)

12. Have you ever considered taking commissions?

I am not currently taking commissions.

13. Are you looking to pursue a career in art?

I would like to do something on the side. I'm passionate about pursuing Bilingual Special Education and I'm looking forward to getting my Master's in it when I go back to the States. I do also want to get my Master's in Illustration, but I don't think I'll be doing that for a while. 

All I know is that whenever I have business card printed, they will always say Deanna Martinez: Illustrator.

14. What do you like drawing the most?

I love drawing sentimental pictures to really sad songs. I also like drawing really pretty girls doing simple things, like drinking coffee or going on a walk. I love posing my characters, too! Something I find interesting is that I had way more poses to draw my characters in when I drew my anthros back in the day. Humans are hard to pose :/

15. What do you like drawing the least?

I hate drawing backgrounds, YUCK. Since I've gotten better at drawing males, I don't mind drawing them too much. Sometimes I even prefer drawing them more than girls... if the mood strikes.

16. Do you draw more fanart or original art? If fanart, what fandom do you draw the most of?

I definitely draw more original art. Through the years, I've either only done strictly fanart or original art. The fandoms I used to draw most of was:

Sonic the Hedgehog

Yu-Gi-Oh

Professor Layton

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and South Park

(um. My only straight ship was Sonic the Hedgehog what does this say about me)

17. What would you absolutely refuse to draw?

Gundam. Why.

18. What is your purpose for drawing?

I draw because I love doing it. No one pressures me to do it, no one dictates what I draw and I find it therapeutic. It's the one thing that I can feel extreme pride in and also feel very down about it. A roller coaster I love to be on.

19. What medium/program do you use the most in your art?

For the past two years I've been using digital mediums more, like Adobe Photoshop and Painttool Sai and I would only use my tablet when drawing pictures. Lately I've been using traditional media like Copic markers and watercolor! I like to work with both.

20. How would you rank your art? (poor, mediocre, good, etc.)

I rank it pretty highly. I've been drawing for almost ten years (this year makes it ten, woah.) and I think I've been going at a pace I'm comfortable with. In no way is it a quick one, but it has been a really enjoyable one. I've met people who have been inspired by my art and my methods, and hearing that I inspire anyone is one of my biggest accomplishments in my life. I don't think I'm the best, but I don't think I'm bad, either. 

21. Do you believe there is such thing as “bad art?”

I think that if you don't put time or passion into your pieces, it can be pretty bad. I think it's bad if a person only does it for attention or to get fame or money. I don't understand these methods.

22. List at least one of your “artspirations.”

Uh, one? Jo. (She is also my life-speration.)

23. What do you think you could stand to improve on?

Fundamentals. Like, drawing more things like feet, hands, eyes, etc. I don't want a realistic style, but I think it's good to practice realism to improve your own art, so you have more skills to work with and incorporate into your own pieces!

24. Do you have a shameful art past? (recolour sprite comics, tracing art, etc.)

Nope. The only shameful thing about my art past are things like this:

Mixing my OC with official characters e_e