Hello, my Lovelies. It’s that time again. This week I had the pleasure of interviewing artist Micah Green. Micah is a very talented artist who is going to create the cover for my upcoming novel, Startavvia. I thought it would be interesting to get a little insite into his word. I had to share with all of you. So without further ade my interview with Micah.
1.) What is your favorite drawing/painting in your portfolio and why?
I’m not very good at picking favorites, although the painting of Feline is definitely on the list.
One picture I’m very happy with is from the Smaugust challenge. The idea is that you draw a dragon every day during the month of August. I was working from a particular prompt list, and one of the prompts was “sport”.
I’m not into sports much, but I wanted to stick with the prompt, so I ended up doing a drawing based on the idea of dragon racing. It’s a digital painting, and I’m fairly new to that, it’s a subject matter I’m not very familiar with and a concept I never would have come up with on my own. I also think it’s a really fun picture.
2.) What techniques and resources do you use to design your work?
For most of my life I’ve just sketched in pencil and finished in ink, either with pens or with brushes. I’ve done a little bit of work with colored pencils, and now I’m starting to experiment with watercolor and acrylic paint.
I’ve also begun working digitally, which opens up a lot of possibilities, but also a lot of complexity. For now I use Medibang Paint on an iPad with an apple pencil, and the brushes that come with the program. I’m pretty basic.
3.) How do you get inspired to create a piece of artwork?
Inspiration is a tricky thing to talk about. I think it’s something that can happen any time, but you have to notice it happening and figure out how to act on it. I’ve noticed that I have a hard time finding inspiration when I want inspiration. However, if I’m working on a project, then inspiration happens while I work. So, what I’m working on at the moment can fuel the next thing I do.
4.) What do you do to overcome a creative block?
Related to the above answer, inspiration and motivation seem to work based on momentum. Right now I have assignments for art school, I’m in the middle of the Inktober art challenge, and I’ve had art commissions to work on all through last summer. Working through those concrete projects has helped me avoid creative blocks. However, if I’m tired, I try to rest. If I can’t stand to work on a project anymore, I’ll switch to another project. When I was working through my commission list last summer, I had a hard time getting motivated, so I did a Draw This In You Style challenge from an account I follow on Instagram.
I’m also trying to be very serious about resting and taking breaks.
5.) What do you do if a client continually rejects all of your presented drafts?
This isn’t an issue I’ve had yet. I think if a client can’t communicate what they want, or if I can’t give them what they want, then the client needs to find another artist.
Thank you so much Micah Green for taking time out of your busy schedule to do this interview. If you would like to commission a drawing(s) from Micah you can reach him on Instagram and Twitter @artbymicahgreen