year of birth: 1987
country: Wales, UK
Q1: When did you start making art?
I’ve been making art since I could hold a pencil. I’ve never not been drawing.
Q2: What does inspire you?
Inspiration can come from anywhere and I never have a fixed source – whatever I’m consuming at the time is reflected in my work. You are what you eat. I keep a number of vast inspiration folders and Tumblrs full of images, quotes, songs and video clips that spark some creative energy in me.
Q3: What are your techniques?
I mainly work digitally, but I sketch with pencils and occasionally play with charcoal. The latter two are usually just me messing around and I mostly never display them publicly. I don’t have a fixed digital technique. I’ve tried to focus and really hone one area of expertise, but, I get bored very quickly and soon want to work using a different method, even within the same medium. I do have a special fondness for adding minimal colour to black and white value drawings, however, and that is a method I often return to. Whatever technique I’m doing I like to keep it rough and quick, I hate getting bogged down in smoothing and blending for eons.
Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
I’m not entirely sure there’s ever a running theme – perhaps there is and I’m wholly unconscious of it – I just draw and paint whatever I feel compelled to (and when there’s a client, whatever I’d paid to). I do often tend to find myself drifting towards more melancholy subjects, with strange and unwholesome characters, though. Perhaps that is my theme.
Q5: What is the main color of your art and why?
I tend to favour my work when it has monochrome or subdued colours. I enjoy splashes of vibrancy on an otherwise muted palette. I used to paint with a lot of colours, having been told that is what is required if I wanted to improve. I suppose my taste is different, though, and that made me quite unhappy with my work. I have spent the last few years retraining myself not to use such saturated palettes, and my work is now coming round to something I like a lot better.
Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
Everything. I will never stop learning and improving. I believe I would find myself quite stagnant if I felt like there were ever any areas I couldn’t improve upon.
Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
I have several personal stories I wish to get out into the real world. They have been gathering dust in my head for far too long. It’s just a matter of doing it. One project I wish to bring to fruition is a short illustrated story, or graphic novel (I haven’t decided which form would suit it best, yet) about a meek young man who inherits a house from his estranged aunt, along with the spiteful ghost that lurks in the gardens, the story would focus around the mystery of the haunting and what happened to make the ghost so bitter.
Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of Ysvyri.
Dionysian.. Nemophily. Apocalypse.
Q9: Show us (link) your very first work. Describe it from techniques till feelings.
Sadly I do not possess any older work since one of my old hard drives died and I failed to make any backups. My old work has a distinctly large number of dragons, though.
Q10: What did change from your first work till now?
Probably the lack of dragons, though love them I still do. Other than that, I would point out the obvious and say that rather dramatic improvements have been made in terms of fundamentals. I think, also, my work has gradually become darker over years, most likely a reflection of the difficult times I experienced growing up.
Q11: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
I make sense of reality through the act of escapism and this is the essence of my life.