How old are you?
What is the primary medium you work in?
I mainly work digitally, but I also like working with contè crayon, colored pencil, acrylic, gouache, and pastel.
What is your favorite medium to work in?
Digitally, gotta love the ease of changing things up. When it comes to traditional drawing, I love colored pencil on marker paper.
What is your favorite subject matter?
So many things! I love drawing creatures, monsters, insects, characters based on novels, pretty much anything that inspires me in some way.
What art tools do you use, and do you have any tools or brands that you recommend?
I use Prismacolor, Faber-Castell, or Castle Arts colored pencils, marker paper, M. Graham gouache, and Procreate & Photoshop for digital work. I definitely recommend any of those brands, but it’s also about the practice and not just the tools. You just have to use what feels right for you.
What sources would you recommend for artists that are interested in pursuing your art medium?
100 Tuesday Tips with Griz and Norm (vol. 1 & 2), Dream Worlds: Production Design for Animation by Hans Bacher, The Noble Approach, The Illusion of Life, The Animators Survival Guide, https://livlily.blogspot.com/ (a great resource for style studies), pretty much an art books or art of books from films that inspire you. The list is always growing of inspiration and resources that I like to keep in my library.
How and when did you start creating artwork?
I’ve been drawing my whole life and creating art. I knew at a young age that I really wanted to be an artist and be in animation and design things that bring others joy. Pretty much from the time I could hold a pencil (or crayon), I was holding one and drawing.
If you could give any advice to your past-artist-self, what would it be?
Don’t criticize yourself so much, stop comparing yourself to others, and stop letting others have power over how/what you draw so often. Don’t worry about fitting in, just do what makes you happy.
If you could create anything in the world, what would you create?
I just want to create something that makes everyone smile and that everyone can enjoy. Something really universal that brings a little bit of joy to the world.
What is your ultimate goal as an artist?
Career-wise, I want to be a visual development artist. I just want to be a part of something that really makes an impact on someone.
Are you ready for the Halloween season? Is it your favorite holiday?
I’m very excited for the Halloween season, it’s definitely my favorite. I love the fun everyone has, the movies, the costumes, the decorations, it’s wonderful.
What do you love most about The Haunted Mansion?
I love the atmosphere and all the small details.
Who is your favorite Grim Grinning Ghost/room at the Mansion?
The stretching room is my favorite room, but also the graveyard party scene. I really love all the crazy characters in the graveyard. The singing busts are my favorites, of course.
The 2003 Haunted Mansion film with Eddie Murphy, yay or nay?
YAY! It’s kooky and fun.
Which is better and why: the traditional Haunted Mansion, or Haunted Mansion Holiday?
The traditional Haunted Mansion! But I do love the Holiday one too. I know a lot of people don’t for some reason, but I don’t see why.
Would you like to share any stories/experiences/special memories that revolve around The Haunted Mansion?
There was a time when I was little, right after I finally rode the dang thing without crying or hiding my face the whole time, that I had a nightmare that I was picking the nose of Ezra, the tall hitchhiker, and my finger got stuck (it’s something my family does every time, we pick the nose of the ghost in our doom buggy). So I ended up bringing him home with me because my finger got stuck in his nose. I think about that every single time I ride it, bit I still pick their noses at the end.
Would you take a hitchhiking ghost home?
Absolutely! I want them to all come home with me.
Have you participated in the Artist Lodge Gallery before?
Where can readers find your work?
On Instagram: @thedarkdoodler and on my portfolio site: http://www.thedarkdoodler.com
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