You are making a comic?
What is it about and where can I read it?
Yes! I am making 2 comics with my partner Lopi. It is a sci-fantasy series that we have been working on since 2013. We've just recently decided to put our regular work on hold to focus mainly on the series. "Nen" is the main comic while "Chiara" is the much smaller prequel. We are starting with Chiara so that we can get into a good creative flow and ease our way into the bigger project. They will first be made into web comics which we will later release in book format through Kickstarter. We plan to release a book every story arc. We are currently in the beginning stages creating the website, the first 10 pages and a buffer. I'm converting my art Patreon into a platform that is devoted to funding the comic. Until the website is up and running updates can be found on my Twitter and Patreon accounts. We aim to release the comic near the end of 2017.
Do you do commissions or trades?
I currently do not take commissions or do trades, it is very rare that I do given the amount of projects I have on the go. But I will be posting on Patreon, Instagram and Twitter if I do start taking them again.
Yes! As long as it isn't a tattoo design that I have made for myself or someone else. If it is line work or black and white it is best to email me at email@example.com to double check. If it is artwork you see on a print of mine it is fair game, just be sure to give credit when sharing on social media and always make sure your tattoo artist gives credit as well if they share on social media. Just tag with an @AudraAuclair.
Can I have your artwork tattooed?
What supplies do you use?
I currently am using the Schmincke Horadam 48 half pan set as my primary set, I love it for the quality and range of colours although it is heavy, bulky and pricey but I could have done well with just the 36 half pan set as the 48 half pan set has some colours such as gold and silver that I simply won't be using. It also seems to lack some greens in my opinion so I will be adding those in and replacing others. I suggest if you want high quality professional watercolours to try Daniel Smith or Schmincke watercolours. That is just personal preference, if you are beginning your art career with watercolours you would be pleased to know that I got very far with student grade (Reeves) watercolours.
I use both M.Graham & Co. as well as Holbein Acryla gouache. I use the Holbein paints mainly for backgrounds and as a base.
I use a variety of oil paints, the brands I use are mainly Gamblin and M.Graham & Co. but I also occasionally use Holbein Duo Aqua water soluble oils.
I use so many different ones that it would be insane for me to post them. I mainly use Kazan fake squirrel hair brushes as well as a few other synthetic brushes for gouache and watercolour. I primarily use more affordable brushes for oils as I tend to go through them quickly.
This varies as I like to experiment but I am a fan of Fluid brand paper and Fabriano. I am currently dipping into trying Arches. I prefer hot press.
I've been using the Travelogue Watercolour Journal by Handbook Co. for a while and I like them for their ability to take watercolour. They don't handle felts well and it is cold press textured paper so it also isn't the greatest for pens or pencils. I have started using a Strathmore Tan Hardcover sketchbook recently and I quite like it for sketching and learning in as opposed to trying to use watercolour.
Other Supplies I Use Often
- Prismacolor Col-Erase Pencil
- Prismacolor Premiere Coloured Pencils
- Pentel Brush Pen
- Sakura Micron Pen
- Gellyroll Pen
- Various Pencils (and brands)
- Wacom Cintiq 22
- iMac Retina 5K, 27-inch
- Clip Studio Paint (Manga Studio) & (sometimes) Photoshop.
- Standard brushes that come with Clip Studio Paint as well as Kyle's Brushes
- Epson Perfection V550 photo scanner.
- Canon Pixma Pro-100 for prints
- iPad Pro 12.9" with ProCreate and Brushes from DizzyTara and Mateusz Urbanowicz
How did you find your style?
I think it is something that takes time and effort. Just like learning how to draw it doesn't come immediately. It can be a slow process that shouldn't be forced. Instead of focusing on style you should worry about your foundation. Worry about drawing poses, facial expressions, bones, muscles, animals, trees, buildings, shading techniques, textures, etc.. Worry about learning all of the fundamentals and eventually with the knowledge you’ve gained your mind will bend your work into it’s own style.
Did you go to art school?
I am primarily self taught. I took a year long course in Graphic Design, but I hardly consider it a creative avenue. I was talked into it by a room mate and my boyfriend. I realized that it was not my calling due to my distaste for vectors and the fact it was a totally different career than I thought it would be (I thought it was more like illustration). But I still graduated with a shining 96% yay! The graduation plaque remains in my closet, I learnt how to better use Photoshop and that is pretty much the only thing I have taken from that course. I spent 12k on the course overall and I spent $200 on books, it was an online course therefor I learnt everything from books. I could have spent the $200 on books (that I have seen at the local book store) and have taught myself without throwing my money away to a school. Fundamentals are important and it's good to learn technique but if you are an artist in high school or someone that is interested in art school or any creative school please do your research, don't let ads or people talk you into it. Look into courses and job shadow to make sure it is what you want to do. There are also many much cheaper online schools like Schoolism or CGMA as well as many resources online to learn from so you have options. School doesn't always guarantee jobs anymore and they don't always guarantee knowledge. This is just my opinion and experience, it's good to do some research into other artists to get their opinions as well.
Silly questions and their answers:
Can you send me a high-res file so I can print it myself?
“Draw this for me please? Thank you!”
Unfortunately I would starve if I did this. Artists have bills and need to eat as well, this is my only job so I can not draw things for people for free. If I get requests like this I will likely not respond due to a saddening amount of this request in the industry.
Will you do some free art for me/my company if I to promote you and give you exposure?
Will you work for hire?