year of birth: 1984
Q1: When did you start making art?
I remember sketching the animals from my zoo books when I was around the age of 5 or 6. After middle school, I didn’t pursue traditional art as it was never encouraged as a viable means to a living. It wasn’t until I was 23, tired of construction work and ready for a change, when I decided to take art seriously.
Q2: What does inspire you?
Not to sound cliche, but everything. Mostly though, life and death. There always tends to be some sort of destructive element or nature to my work.
Q3: What are your techniques?
I honestly don’t know that I have many techniques. I tend to try until something works. The techniques I do know of are: I like to prep my canvas with student grade paint, rather than gesso. I do this because it tends to smooth out the canvas better and quicker. I also use a retarding agent in my acrylics after the blocking in stages. This helps to prolong the life of the acrylics as well as make it easier to blend.
Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
Life, death and destruction are reoccurring themes. I try to take these concepts and present them in a more aesthetically pleasing way. Mostly for my sake, but also to keep the viewer interested, rather than moving away immediately because they typically find it unpleasant in nature to look at or contemplate.
Q5: What is the main color of your art and why?
Turquoise and magenta. I don’t really have a reason for why I often use them other than that I find them appealing.
Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
Mostly my method. I tend to only do one or two thumbnails, then jump right into the final, working from background to foreground. This method allows my work to rely on my intuition but it also makes it more time consuming. I need to get in the habit of starting with an underpainting.
Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
I have a body of work in mind but I do not know when I will get around to starting it. I’m hoping it will happen within the next month or two.
Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of LoafNinja.
Provocative Procrastinator Humble.
Q9: Show us (link) your very first work. Describe it from techniques till feelings.
This HERE isn’t my first but it is the only one I could find that was from when I was in 7th or 8th grade.
HERE is a comparison of my early stages of painting compared to now. The one from 2008 was definitely more loose but also very frustrating because I didn’t know what I was doing and using inferior products/tools. The earlier works I used more water to thin out the paints and I also just stuck with the best result, rather than trying over and over until I achieve the result I want.
Q10: What did change from your first work till now?
Patience. I now know that to take my time and to not get frustrated if it isn’t working. As far as end result, my newer works are much more proportionally accurate and way more representational.
Q11: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
I would say a little of both. I like to showcase the essence of life but in a more surrealistic way.