It's the fifth Creeping Wednesday!
Today's theme is a rat, so be careful if you're afraid of them, like my mother, for example. Or her mother... And grandma's mother, too. Many thanks to *Sieskja
, who suggested a great part of this feature. The next theme is a witch - but it's not about those oh ah pretty ones, I mean those with warts, troll noses and half of their teeth. Are you brave enough to find them?
3 questions to , a neat rat portraitist - but not only!
What is that attracts you to Traditional Art?
Traditional art, more particularly pen & ink, was the first type of art I became comfortable with. I tried out digital art for a few years, when it started gaining in popularity, but I never became accustomed to looking at the screen while drawing on the tablet. It felt awkward, and didn't give me the kind of control I was looking for. Also, the software kept changing, just when I'd become used to it. For these reasons, and because I simply enjoy real media more (both the process and the results), I decided to drop the digital art.
When did you start drawing rats?
I started drawing rats when I kept them as pets. Drawing from live reference is a valuable exercise, and rats are particularly good for this purpose: they move around a lot, forcing an artist to learn to capture them quickly and efficiently. Skills learned from life drawing can be applied to all kinds of drawing.
Is there anything particular that you like about them?
Apart from their value as life drawing subjects, I like rats because they are cheap but affectionate. They're like very small dogs that don't need to be walked every day, and can be kept conveniently on a shoulder or in a pouch. They are great companions for people on a limited budget, or who don't have time for long walks every day.