You are one of the most diligent deviants I've met, you paint 10 hours every day and update your fan pages with admirable orderliness. How difficult does it get, do you sometimes struggle with your inner muse?
In fact, there are days I work even longer, but there are also days when I do not get to draw. For several years my creativity is absolutely flooding. Especially when I'm on a trip with my family, many ideas just come to me. I have filled few books with ideas and stories that might never even be implemented. You must know that I draw a lot of original designs for some companies, which I can not publish through my contracts, unfortunately. My biggest passion are graphic novels. In 2014, I'm going to work on a separate project, without a contract, so that I have a completely free hand on it, and I will also make it completely accessible to deviantART.Your paintings possess a significant charm as well as radiant coloring that enchanted over 40k deviants by now. Which attributes of your painting style could evoke the most intense response, in your opinion?
That's a tough question. I try not to analyze too much (as it was always done in art school). Of course I try to put the learned color theory in my work and love the golden section (sectio aurea), but for portraits, which I really adore to paint, I just prefer to paint it beautiful. Beautiful, shining eyes, as I am accustomed from my time as a comic artist. Expressive faces, but they also do not have to be perfect. Vividness is more important to me. And it's also good to tell a little story, even with the title of the work. I try to see the world with different eyes - but always beautiful. A quite significant part of your gallery is dedicated to fan art. What speaks to you, the story or a specific face of a character?
I think I draw fan art because of the characters. Loki, for example, the one who makes you feel very sorry for him or Sherlock, who is addicted to his work just like I'm into art. Over the years, there must be over a hundred of these great characters, who have found a place in my heart. It's great to share this love for certain characters with others. How could you do this better than uploading fan art to deviantART? Watercolor, ink and dry pastel seem to be your tools of choice when working traditionally. Do you think such technique can be mastered by anyone who dedicates his time to practice, or is rather a privilege of the naturally gifted and educated ones?
Don't forget the colored pencils and watercolor pencils. I often draw the sketch with them before I start with watercolors. I think between education and practice is not a big difference. Your education is only as good as the work you put into your homework. Today, you really get a good education by the internet. When you really enjoy making art, it would be great if you put as much exercise as possible in it. Only then you can figure out your own strengths and favorite techniques. There is an anecdote from my time at university: When we started in the first semester, we were all the best drawers and painters from our various schools. But at the art university not everyone stayed at drawing/painting. Some found that they were better in photography or corporate design. After the years, each one had specialized. The time had helped me a lot to find my own strengths. I can only advise everyone to take the time (whether with or without Uni).Have you experienced an art theft? How do you feel about watermarks?
Naturally. If an image receives a certain amount of attention, it is probably unavoidable. But I do not get angry about it. There are so many great people who follow my uploads and report the stolen arts, that I didn't have to make it myself for a long time. For hardship cases, when someone is trying to make money with my art, I have an advocate, who cares.
I always add my page legible "Art by ...", for those who store images on their computers, so that the source can be found at any time. In addition a watermark, I do not need to make it too easy for thieves, right? If they remove the watermark they will never get the original image.You are not only an exceptional painter but also an asset to our DA community, you have written quite a handful of tutorials and regularly share resources. What made you dedicate your time to these activities?
Thank you! If the day had more hours, I would really like to do more tutorials. Lately, I've decided rather making art instead of writing tutorials. But I like to share my experience of working materials and techniques. Maybe I 'll write a book someday. For now, videos are planned on my YouTube channel, as soon as I have the technology under control.Aurora's Tutorial GalleryDo you have inspirations and favorite artists here on DA?
It is rather the mixture of many impressions. I have an inspiration folder
on dA. There you will find all the most creative works.
Thank you, =AuroraWienhold