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Artist Feature: hello-ground

hello-ground is an German artist who works with both digital and traditional mediums. Go for the Game of Thrones fan art. Stay for the "real" people portraits!

O Captain, my Captain by hello-ground Requested by =Squitopus by hello-ground Daenerys Targaryen by hello-ground

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devID by Thiefoworld by ThreshTheSky
Painting of a Friend II: Sunbeams by ThreshTheSky Painting of a Friend I: Fireflies by ThreshTheSky
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Semi-pro cat herder
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
United States

answers you never asked for

Sun May 10, 2015, 9:58 PM

Earlier this year, I answered some questions for another deviant's page and thought some of my watchers might be interested in a few of them. (That, and it took me long enough to construct the answers that it seemed a shame to not get as much use out of them as possible...)

1. When did you begin creating art? Why?
According to my family, I started drawing when I was young enough to have no memory of it now. I can't speak for my two-year-old self but my main reason for continuing to draw as I got older was (and is) because it's fun. I also like the concept of visual art being a vehicle that gets ideas out of your head and into the minds of other people.

2. Which artists do you admire & why?
This answer is by no means comprehensive but here are a few that come to mind. My favorite 20th century artists are mostly painters like Otto Dix and Edvard Munch who tended to create images that were disturbing and unsettling without being all that gratuitous or explicit. I also like comic books so many of my favorite contemporary artists are illustrators. The realistic but unique and distinctive work of artists like Frank Quitely and Michael Zulli are styles that really appeal to me. 

3. Where do you find inspirations? 
Things that I like in the real world also tend to be the things that I want to draw. I find animals in general very inspiring, especially the facial expressions of cats and dogs. A good chunk of the art I make is also fan art. So I rarely enjoy a film, television show, or book that I enjoy that doesn't also drive me to want to create something.

4. What kind of techniques do you use to enhance your artwork?
This question could encompass a huge list of answers for me so I'll just mention a couple favorite "workhorse" techniques. Dramatic contrast with a lot of light and shadow is important to me so I spend a lot of time choosing a color palette with a wide spectrum before I start a painting. I also sometimes use custom brushes in Photoshop to achieve certain textures for skin, hair/fur, and fabric. I use both my own brushes that I've made myself and downloads from other artists who share the brushes they've made.

5. What mistakes have taught you the most when it comes to developing your style?
Emulating the work of others is a useful learning tool but should not be your end goal. Another related mistake I've made and sometimes still make is failing to be patient. Yes, it's important to push yourself sometimes but your work will ultimately happen at its own pace. The same thing goes for developing your own voice and style. It will happen naturally and can't be forced.

6. What kind of tips would you suggest for the beginning artist?
Practice as much as you can. Learn how to accept criticism gracefully not just to avoid being a jerk but also because criticism can be a useful way to learn. Even when you don't feel inspired, keep drawing anyway. (I still really struggle with this one.) Finally, never compare yourself and your abilities or improvements to those of other people. As long as you're improving and find making your art enjoyable or rewarding, you're exactly where you're supposed to be. 

Thanks to all my watchers who have stuck with me for any duration over the past three years of my time here. I'll be back very soon with a new fan art painting. Here's a peek:

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Indu-Art Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015
Where are you?  Miss ya!  Heart 
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awakencordy Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi! I joined deviantart today after telling myself i could do it and your profile was the fist that popped up in my stream. Your account made me smile and your drawings are gorgeous. Thanks for being there even though you had no idea :D 
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Barbyl Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  New Deviant
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LegolasGoldy Featured By Owner Edited Jun 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy cow i hope you dont mind but i just wanted to say how amazing your work was! :love: Literally it is gorgeous like idk even know how to describe it in words :XD: Gosh i love your lotr/hobbit fan art the most! :love: :love: The Legolas and Thranduil works are like so beautiful :love: :love:
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El-Thorvaldo Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Someone's probably already shown you this, but given how much you love Les Mis, it would be a crime not to make sure.

And we all know what Javert thinks of criminals...
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