name: Raph
surname: –
year of birth: 1993
country: Philippines


Red Thorn Dragon
by Raph04art


Q1: When did you start making art?
I started 3 years ago when I just got into college, that is where I discovered this kind of stuff. Back then I’m not really good at all but as years pass by with relentless training I managed to improve, a lot.

Q2: What does inspire you?
I get inspired by sci-fi / fantasy movies, as well as games, nature themed stuff. And of course, I get inspired by other artists, especially those whom I look up to the most, I won’t learn these stuff by myself. Somehow, those other artists(even though I do not know them personally) are sort of giving me an urge to do more and learn more.

Q3: What are your techniques?
Well I can only remember starting off with a line sketch and then assembling the base palette and from there, I can just eyeball all the other colors from darkest to lightest.Most of my works are results of experimental techniques and most of the time I don’t really know how I’m doing it, it’s like my brain is on autopilot while working. I also do the gray scale method wherein you start off black and white and once I get the correct value for the painting, I just start overlaying colors in it.

Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
Every time I start doing a new piece, I always have that sense of being curious, like what type of things could I possibly draw or paint in one day it is always that feeling that adds up the fun factor whenever I work on a piece.

Q5: What is the main color of your art and why?
Well, I think all of my works have different contrasting colors but it always starts in a black-ish tone, not exactly black it could be other colors with a darker tone because that way I could easily establish the lighting and the mood of the artwork.

Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
I have always dealt hard with composition and anatomy in the past and until now it continues. Actually, until now I keep watching tutorials from other artists especially the experts just so I could learn a more advanced way of establishing composition and building anatomy especially when it comes to concept art(environments and character/creature designs).

Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
Right now I have two projects I’m working on side by side, regarding on future projects, I will honestly say that I am still uncertain but if an opportunity presents itself to me again in the future, there is no doubt that I will take it.

Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of Raph04art.
Curious, Creative , Learner

Q9: Show us (link) your very first work. Describe it from techniques till feelings.
HERE is the link to one of my very first work. As you can see it’s terrible haha this does not really match up to what I could do right now. Back then I have observed tutorials and the most common approach they use is black and white so I tried to do the same on this one, I started using the photoshop chalk brush because I think it favored me a lot and then I start overlaying colors in it resulting to the image in the link. Back then I was so inspired that I think I’ve been improving every two to three months and I keep doing the same techniques.

Q10: What did change from your first work till now?
I think the thing that changes the most from my first work to the latest is how I execute every single detail of a piece because back then I really don’t care about composition and other elements that would build up an artwork.Back then I just draw and paint for the fun of it regardless of it being appealing to others or not.But it became serious because I consider it now as my profession.

Q11: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
Well, for me it’s more of escaping from reality because most times reality does not really offer something amazing and spectacular.That is why I treat every single day working on a piece special because it offers me a sense of amazement, entertainment, challenge and even adventure indoors.

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