year of birth: 1992
country: Russian Federation
Q1: When did you start making art?
My grandfather was a very good artist, and when I was a kid, I loved to watch him drawing. Then, of course, I began to draw myself and was doing it almost constantly. However, I never took this seriously. But 4 years ago I realized that I have to stop fooling around and start making the real thing.
Q2: What does inspire you?
What is the best inspiration for making art? Of course the works of the coolest CG artists! Well, and sometimes a movie or a game.
Q3: What are your techniques?
I draw a lot with pencil and pen. Even when I’m just sitting by my computer and doing stuff, I always put a piece of paper in front of it and make some sketches. But the main works I start with a rough sketch in Photoshop, than I work on them till I finalize the main concept. After that, I outline general forms, composition, and some of the details, and add primary colors. Then I set the light source, form the shadow, and other basic things, acting on the principle of the general to the particular. And so the drawing slowly goes. Usually, I draw several works at once, or do sketches and study in parallel with the main work, for not to get too invested in it.
Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
As usual, the main push to start a new work, is the thought like, “Oh, awesome! Tree with a giant mouth!” And then I start to come up with a story for the main character, like – who is he or, what is he doing, why does he need his equipment. In the process I create and constantly change environment, additional characters, and so on. Sometimes it is all pictured in my head long before I start drawing, and in the process I change only a small number of parts, but it happens very rarely. Basically, the process itself, the experience and the mood that I get at work – all that affect the final result.
Q5: What is the main color of your art and why?
Probably my favorite color is grey and all kinds of its shades, because it’s easier to use it for making forms, shapes and other stuff. Also I love to add red, orange and green, cause I just really like them.
Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
I would improve almost everything about my work. You can’t always be satisfied with yourself. It’s important to understand that every component of art, whether its anatomy, or light, or composition, needs to be permanently improved, no matter how good you are. Even if you think that you are the best at something, you still have to develop in this area. Although at the moment I mostly upgrade anatomy, materials and overall accuracy in my works.
Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
So far, I have plans to draw more, improve my skills and find a job.
Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of PumpkinPie92.
Start, research, doubt.
Q9: Show us (link) your very first work. Describe it from techniques till feelings.
This HERE is my first serious work. I remember drawing it from greyscale to coloring, using blend modes.
Now I use a different technic. This work was meant for a mini battle on one of the forums. The theme was “the priest”. My Idea was to create the dark priest, who hypnotizes people and does evil things.
Q10: What did change from your first work till now?
A lot of things have changed, from perception and knowledge to new techniques and productivity. It’s hard to answer this questions, cause the amount of changes is too big, and their quality is too obvious.
Q11: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
I think both. These two options do not contradict each other. It’s cool and all to imagine stuff, constantly think about it and draw it. And at the same time, to achieve something in drawing, you must practice all the time with great effort, so over the time it becomes difficult to imagine life without it.