name: Derek
surname: Ring
year of birth: –
country: United States


After Work
by abnormalbrain


Q1: When did you start making art?
I started making art when I was probably 4 years old. I used to copy Micky Mouse from the coloring books my granddad used to buy me. Then I moved on to comics when I was in my early teens.

Q2: What does inspire you?
I try to look at new art every day. I spend at least an hour a day, surfing through random art blogs and portfolios, reading comics, researching historical artists. My friends are always full of recommendations as well.

Q3: What are your techniques?
I generally make quick thumbnail sketches, enlarge them and then go over them in Illustrator. Same thing if I do a painting, or a Photoshop painting, it starts with a thumbnail of an idea.

Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
I like speed, wild energy, silliness, a bit of romance, and a bit of rot.

Q5: What is the main color of your art and why?
I rotate my colors quite a bit, so I don’t have any that I stick on. In my own work, I usually try to keep to a limited palette of 2-3 colors. I feel that 2-3 color work has an inmate harmony, and that harmony can be heightened or dampened by the choices of color.

Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
I work digitally mostly. I wish I was a better painter. I’ve been improving over the past few years, but the digital stuff is what keeps me in business so the analog stuff often has to take a backseat. It always helps to keep educating myself though. If I learned some new painting technique but don’t get to paint with it right away, it often works its way into my digital art.

Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
Nothing huge planned for the future. I’d like to start maybe doing some large scale, simple painting, and some large scale silkscreens. I have lots of sketches that I’ve been flipping through.

Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of abnormalbrain.
Hmmm, since I make toys and toy illustration, monsters that aren’t too horrible, and I write comedy on the side, how about… “I make fun”

Q9: Show us your very first work. Describe it from techniques till feelings.
P1010092Here’s a sheet of paper that my dad and I drew on when I was about four years old. My dad does these great photo-realistic paintings of airplanes, like what you’d see on the front of a model kit. I remember sitting with him at his giant drafting table on a tall chair and copying the things he was drawing…Familiar things, like hamburgers, fries, airplanes.

Q10: What did change from your first work till now?
I learned some anatomy. Then I started to draw more from my head than from copying. Copying is a great method for learning, but once the ideas start springing from your head, I say get the hell out of the way.

Q11: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
Making art is essential for me. Some people have exercise or take drugs or whatever their addiction is. If I’m not making something interesting every day, I go a little nuts.

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