FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What materials you use?
It varies depending on the project, but mainly:
Bristol paper, grid paper, charcoal, graphite powder, Q-tips to blend, pencils varying from 2H to 6B, mechanical pencils, scanner and photoshop.
What do you do in Photoshop?
Since charcoal and graphite powder tend to get a bit (actually, REALLY) messy, I scan my final drawings then clean up the smudges to achieve a crisper look in Photoshop.
I also add color and play with layers of textures as well.
How do you draw hair?
I focus on each strand and keep on layering - just how hair is. It's a very exhausting process, but very rewarding once it starts to come together.
I usually start with a very light graphite base, and draw the thin strands with mechanical pencils. The highlights are usually done in white charcoal and Photoshop.
Where and when did you study art?
I've been drawing since I was a kid, my mom would pack me a "drawing kit" (this includes the classic, Crayola crayons) when we would go out for family dinners. This really stuck with me - I still do the same thing till this day. I enrolled in the School of Visual Arts in New York as a Fine Arts major, but ended up switching over to study Graphic Design my 2nd year. I graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design in 2010.
How long does it take you to finish one drawing?
This also varies depending on if it's personal work or if it's a commissioned piece for a client. It takes at least 6 hours to complete one of my babes.
Do you have a YouTube channel, if not, do you plan on doing tutorials anytime soon?
Unfortunately, I don't have the time at this moment to make videos or tutorials (or have the equipment to, eek!)
Do you currently sell any of your work?
I do not sell any of my personal work, sketches and/or studies.
Is illustrating and designing a full-time job, do you get paid to do this?
Yes, I'm living proof that you can do what you love (and actually have a roof above you!)