risspittman asked: I am incredibly impressed by how "alive" your work is. It always seems to have movement and life to it, and your drawings are so dynamic. I am really bad at that and my images always look rather static and lifeless. I've been following your work since you were drawing Sonic FC's in the 00's and your work has gotten so much more dynamic over the years since then. Was this a conscious improvement? Do you have any tips or suggestions? THanks! I LOVE your work. ♥
thank you!! i’m glad to hear that you think my work has so much life to it, it is something i strive for. there was a period of time where i think maybe i focused on “good anatomy” and technical correctness in my art a little too much, and i found myself feeling like my work had become stiff and stale as a result, and i missed some of my older work, deformed as it was — at least it was more interesting!
not that trying to improve your anatomy skills is a bad thing in itself, but…it’s very hard to take risks and be truly creative if you’re preoccupied with making your work bulletproof. a few years ago, i started looking at more work outside of the anime/manga/comic circles — stuff that was a lot more freeform, not just idealized figures in perfectly painted scenes. it resonated with me a lot more, and inspired me to learn some graphic design basics, focus on composition and each picture as a whole rather than zeroing in on making each feature perfect, push my stylization more instead of worrying about my subjects holding up to real world physics, and so on. it’s been liberating! so i guess it shows in my work a little C:
i guess tl;dr: seek out totally new influences and don’t be afraid to experiment until you figure out what makes YOU happy!
i don’t know if my experiences are relevant to your own at all, but i do wish you the best of luck with your work!