By the wonderful ShaQuaVara
To tag 13 people...hmm...Lingondraken
....I don't really know anyone else off-hand who is active and wasn't tagged already, but feel free to do this! The invitation is open.1. For how long do you draw now? And how often?
I've been drawing since I could hold a pencil, and I have distinct memories of that day. I was 4 years old. So...19 years? Not bad for a 22 year old, I guess. I draw nearly every day, in some form or other, though recently it's been more note doodles than actual finished pieces due to schoolwork. With my job this summer I haven't had a lot of down time to do so, but I chip away at bigger works. Most have been posted.
2. What's the part that you struggle most with? And how do you deal with it?
I struggle with dynamic poses and backgrounds. I love nature so much, and want to do Her justice so badly, but it just flops every time XD I don't have the eye for suggesting detail rather than literally portraying it, and my lighting skills leave much to be desired. I get brave enough to try, and it works out ok, but it never turns out how I want it to. For poses, well...I draw flowy lines and hope they go somewhere 3. What's your current favourite drawing/painting/other piece of art and what's your least favourite one? (you may link it)
I just love how the stylized background turned out, and how vivid the colours are.
It's just...messy, and not at all representative of the feeling I was going for.4. Do you draw just for fun or is it your job/do you study it?
I considered making it my career path, but then realized that it would take more inspiration than I had to give, and would bleed my spirit dry. So, it's just a hobby, but in many ways, it's my medium through which I keep in touch with myself. If I'm not drawing regularly, chances are I'm not doing well.5. Any favourite artist?
Ohhhh boy...well, I've always adored Bev Doolittle, and her horse paintings. I honestly think she's the reason I fell in love with aspen trees. On the online community, I love the work of ShaQuaVara
, and jesterry
. There's so many more, but those are the ones that come to mind right now.
6. What's your spirit animal?
First off, I want to say that I disapprove of this term being as trivialized as it has been. For example, seeing someone doing something you can relate to and calling them your "spirit animal" or other such nonsense is incredibly disrespectful towards Indigenous and Native American groups who actively use the term to describe a part of their spirituality, which has been violently marginalized and repressed for centuries. It's wrong to just bandy a term about, that people have died for the right to use in earnest, for cheap amusement. So people throwing it around to be trendy or funny rubs me entirely the wrong way.
But, I do have animals that come to me in dreams and in real life to point me in the right direction when I'm lost. The most powerful ones are the Horse, Wolf, Dragon, and Magpie.7. Is there something you absolutely love/hate in this world?
I love pretty much everything about the world. If it's alive, I love it, in a way that doesn't approach the kind of love I've felt for other people. Earth will always be my support and my refuge.
The only things on my shit-list are deliberately harmful people and possibly ticks. I HATE those things. Like. Why???8. Future or history, what do you think is more interesting and why?
Both are fascinating, but history has always had a kind of romantic appeal to me that makes me feel grounded. I know, I know, there is nothing new under the sun and things are, more or less, how they have always been, but stories fascinate me, and history is chalk full of them.
The future? It hasn't been written yet, and things can always go any which way, and so it is intriguing, but not more than the past, in my mind. Whatever will be, will be.9. If you could choose your own superpower, what would it be?
I've always thought shapeshifting would be pretty damn nifty. 10. If you had 3 free wishes, what would you wish for?
1. For my friends to stop suffering, for those who do
2. For people to realize that everything, absolutely everything, is connected and that whatever harm we inflict will ultimately come back on us
3. For a horse. Yep, that's it.11. What was your best experience here on DA?
Meeting the friends that have stayed with me for years and years, guiding me and keeping me company through thick and thin <312. ....and what was the worst?
There was one time someone took it upon themselves to harass me and my friends. That sucked. I was like 15 though, so I don't think my reaction to it now would be the same.13. How do you think the world will look like in about 100 years?
Honestly? I'm not terribly optimistic. Either society has to change the way it operates, or Earth will change it for us, and since humans are such champions at agreeing on things despite differences, I'm thinking the natural hammer will fall long before we pull our heads out of our collective asses. Even humans can't evade natural carrying capacity, however hard we try.