Okay guyz! after 6 years at dA I decided to make a little FAQ to avoid answering over and over again at the same questions.
Here will be listed the most common questions but if you’d like to know sth more – feel free to ask (:
/sorreee for my grammar.
1. What medium/software do you use?
Traditional work :
for linearts : mostly pencil (just regular, cheap mechanical pencil, 2B lead) or colored pencils (Faber Castell, exactly these ones www.stonemarketing.com/images/… ). Sometimes fine-liners or just black ball-pen.
for colors : mostly promarkers, sometimes colored pencils and watercolors (really rare). White gel pen is nice for little highlights and white spots.
wacom intuos tablet, size M and photoshop. Very often I make linearts by pencil/colored pencils, scan it and color digitally.
brushes : I use standard PS brushes or www.deviantart.com/art/kecky-s… (but only the 4th one, because I'm too lazy to change brushes during drawing..)
2. since when you draw? What was the first influences?
I draw since I remember. First I drew only cartoon animals, later (when I was about 10?) I started to draw people in manga style and lot of fanarts from X-men evolution. When I was about 11 I discovered furries and drew a lot of ot them. I get back to drawing ppl when I started to watch Shaman King anime at age 13.
and of course all of Disney, Hanna-Barbera and other animated movies/cartoons made a big influence on me. And W.I.T.C.H. comic I simply love!
For anthro I accidently discovered Duo Radon’s site at age 11 and vcl-art, my favourite astist from there were Razerz, Magnus and Sabarika.
3. Have you finished any art school or are you self-taught?
I’ve finished graphic design studies but when it cames to drawing I’m a self-taught (and never paid enough attention for things like anatomy or proper shading ; A ; )
4. Where you find inspirations for your drawings?
Anywhere :d ideas for picts came from my OCs lifes (I like to capture their adventures), often I find inspirations at sites like tumblr/pinterest or at other artists works.
5. What are the textures you use on your drawings ?
Mostly I use beautiful watercolor textures by AuroraWienhold or similiar free-stock textures from dA.
6. how did you created your own style?
Hard to say because it still changes. I just draw like a every single day. It cames naturally. But there’s still a lot of things I need to work on like anatomy.
But basically I started from mixing my fav artists styles and adding sth from myself. Trying to draw like others is okay as long as you don’t copy just one artist style but mixing and creating sth new.
7. Can you make a tutorial? / Give any tips about drawing?
Honestly… no. I don’t feel like my tutorials are sth that you need. There’s lot of really great tutorials over the internet or how-to-draw books. Just browse the internet and find sth that works for you. Check out this site www.pinterest.com/characterdes… if you need any references or tutorials.
about art tips – here’s one fukari.deviantart.com/art/art-…
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! ABOUT USING MY ARTWORK !
you're definietely NOT allowed to use my artwork in any commercial purposes (putting them on t-shirts, making postcards, selling prints, whatever)
8. about using my pictures as references, redrawing them or tracing them
I’m fine with that, you don’t even need to ask for permission, as long as you credit me/link the original artwork. I understand that lot of beginners start from redrawing someone’s else’s pictures.
A small credit is fine like “redrawed from [link] / poses from [link] / based on [link] / original by Fukari “
But I’m NOT fine with: redrawing my OC and pretending that it’s your character. Like redrawing my fursona and only changing few tiny details. It’s not nice to see things like this. you're going at my blacklist then.
or taking my picture as a base, changing colors, adding details. it's not a base!
or totally copying my style. it's not cool. I mean... at the very beggining nobody has it's own style, but please, don't copy me. just mix my style with someone elses style and try to add sth from yourself. it's the easiest way to develop your own style.
or making commissions based at my pictures (no tracing then, no using my picts as a refs)
9. about posting my artwork at blogs/tumblr/pinterest/etc
It’s alright, I’m glad that ppl wants to spread my pictures. I highly appreciate when it has a credit/link to my dA account.
But it’s not okay to post these pictures at your site and pretending that you’re the author, or that showed characters belong to you. Cropping my picts or removing my signature is also “un-cool”.
It’s definitely not okay to edit/remake my pictures.
10. can I draw/cosplay your OC ?oh yessss! I love art gifts c: you don’t need to ask. Only please give me a link to your picture, I'd love to see it.
11. can I use your picture as a tattoo?
sure, just give me a link when you’ll get this tattoo done. but:
-please, do not modify them
-you're not allowed to use picts that were designed for someone's else.
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12. do you have fb fanpage? other sites?
no, I don't have any fanpage, only my personal fb account (I don't add my dA watchers there, it's just for my friends and ppl I know from real life, so please don't send me invitations). but I do have an instagram instagram.com/makabrotka (nothing special because my phone camera is ultra weak...and I'm not very social-media person) and tumblr horrorcat.tumblr.com/
13. what “Fukari” means?
(pronounce like "fookaree" ) it was just a totally random word that came up to my head when I was drawing my fursona. and I decided to give her that name. right now I don't like it, it sound too much Japanese, like a manga character name. but I like short forms like "fuki / fufu / fu" - my friends used to call me like that (pronounce like fookie/foofoo/foo). unfortunately in English it sounds a bit like "fuck" but in polish it sounds nice.
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ABOUT MY OCs
What do you do when you create a character? Like what does the process look like?
Nothing. They just come as they are. Really. It’s like… I’m drawing a random character.. and then I know that it will be my new OC. And I know his/her personality just in a second. and I like that my OC changes, grow up, get influent by different things. just like me.
Are your OCs real? or inspired by real people?
hehe, no. definietely no. but I'm glad that I created believable characters c: all of my OCs are totally imagined characters, inspired by what I like. I might say that each of them have something from my different sides of personality. like alter-egos or sth... but it's not the main thing about them
is there any place I can read stories/comics about your OCs?
unfortunatelly no. drawing comics takes too much time and my english isn't fluent enough for writing stories. actually I can't even write stories in polish :I
but soon I'll try to collect all basic infos about my OCs, just for you c: