Artist Interview with the Talented lost-tyrant
Thank you lost-tyrant for allowing me the opportunity to interview you, and providing the community with some amazing feedback about yourself and your art!
KovoWolf asks "Tell us a little bit about yourself! What first perked your interest in the Anthro community and Anthro art itself??"
Hey, My name is Rafael, I'm a lax American southern male. I like to draw concept art for character development and backgrounds weaponry design and characters are my specialty. Just wanna make something visually interesting and appealing.
Robin Hood, Disney's the Jungle book, Tale-spin, The Lion King. There was so much anthropomorphic influence at a younger age, I couldn't help but to be inspired by some of that. Especially when I would be on punishment, all i had access to was a book. I think this book called Disney's uncle Remus's stories. the artwork in it help me begin to understand hands, due to its simple hand drawings. That book was a good outlet for inspiration, while not being able to do nothing else. could at least sneak some drawings of OCs that were inspired by it. Honestly, I hated the way I drew my human noses back in the day, until I was introduced to Sailor Moon in the 5th grade, lol
KovoWolf asks "What is your favorite piece from your gallery? Why?"
My favorite piece, I dunno, I like pretty much all of them. But i might have to go with The image "Together", just because that has a lot of character concepts I like in it. When I look at it, I'm refreshed, I'm taken somewhere, I tend to start daydreaming.
Together by lost-tyrant
KovoWolf asks "How much of your art, would you say, is for aesthetic purposes (to be admired by the viewer), and how much is it about a message to the audience?"
I'd say like 97 percent is Aesthetic. I just like to draw print like works and concepts mainly. If i draw something with meaning, I will probably make something relating to a dream. Something heavenly or something. Always wanted to draw a picture that shows an all encompassing love.
KovoWolf asks "Where does most of your inspiration come from for your artwork? All your characters are breathtakingly portrayed as more real animals with 'human' traits. Where did this idea first come from?"
I like sci-fi and especially fantasy. I love the concept of elves and were-creatures, anything different or exotic and natural. I'm usually inspired by ancient cultures like Greek/Roman, Japanese and Egyptian, Native american. Also their Folklore and deities. I was inspired by games as well, like rpgs and platforms. Other artists inspire me as well. Thank you, I keep trying to make stuff interesting.
KovoWolf asks "Being an artist we always find ourselves improving and growing from our old works. What is your least favorite piece in your gallery? Have you learned a lot sense this piece artistic wise?"
I think The fat Dante picture is my least favorite- I felt I slacked off more toward the background upon completion of the piece. I think this among others are stepping stones to reach higher in understanding in general.
Hanging On by lost-tyrant
KovoWolf asks "What do you find most challenging about Anthro art or your art in general? How do you feel DeviantART has facilitated your artistic ventures? Has it allowed you to expand?"
The most challenging is always the pose really. I can place the character onto the background fine, but when it comes to poses, sometimes I'm just at a loss- Ill draw multiple attempts that are all off sometimes. DA has definitely. There are so many artists on it that are on par or above my level in every aspect. I can always look to the side of a deviation and gather good study material through that. Nowadays I'm floating around tumblr mostly.
KovoWolf asks "How long have you had a passion for Anthro art? Was there someone who inspired you? A group of people?"
You know how parents give you stuff to do when you are a toddler? I got some toys and stuff, but grandma put a pencil in my hand once to keep me from crying, that's what started it all. I got into anthro at like age 10, I didn't start to really shine until the end of high school though. Before i learned to color digitally, I would hang around VCL since i had nothing at the time but a computer. Now though, Jay Axer Influences me a bit. But im more into the mtg artists at the moment- Im trying to up my understanding for color, light and visual composition.
KovoWolf asks "Is there anything that you are working on, project wise / art wise, that you want to share with the community?"
I have a lot of schoolwork at the moment, and friends are in town. There is a plethora events going on to where my plans are on hold. I have a card game I'm trying to create, other than that I will keep trying to write information on characters I want to conceptualize. I do have a picture I've been wanting to do- I want to do a game character compilation picture, where various game characters come together to play games. Hadn't done a big picture in quite some time.
KovoWolf asks "Do you have any advice to offer future / current / aspiring Anthro artists?"
Stay enveloped within the community. Find an art circle online. If you aren't able to, just keep doing what you love to do. Never stop drawing, and look at all avenues of art styles, like old school Merry Melodies or Loony Toons. Disney, to artists on DA. There are a lot of references out there. You gotta stay focused. Regularly draw, like i mean maybe have a good couple of hour sessions every week to start, keep doing it whenever you have to wait, like on a train- have that sketchbook out and draw instead of texting.
Draw what you are comfortable with, the goal is to get used to what you draw/ get comfortable first, then move on. Find things you know you can draw, then find things that you might be able to draw- Tackle the little things first then slowly move on up. Before you know it, you'll look back and see an improvement. You'll see that you no longer get stumped drawin' that certain thing you used to trip up trying to draw.
Have patience and Enjoy it. Without that passion, itll be impossible to improve. Best of luck out there, you all! =3