These are questions people frequently ask me (no shit)— either online, in person, or both— that I have decided to answer on one page. If you have a question that I have not addressed, please put it in my ask.
When did you learn to draw?
I’ve been drawing since I knew how to hold a pencil, but it wasn’t until middle school that it became a legitimate hobby for me. I only started to get “serious” about it in high school.
How did you learn to draw?
I’m self-taught, which is actually more common than you’d think. I guess I learned how to draw by watching the world around me— I would draw faces over and over again to figure out the correct proportions, I would practice lighting and shading while sketching an object at different times in the day, and I watched other artists draw and learned the techniques that worked best for me. In the process, I started to develop my own style and some of my own techniques.
tl;dr- practice and observation. I’m still learning.
Why do your styles vary so often?
Initially, I was very heavily influenced by other artists. As I became more confident in my drawing ability, I started to develop a more individual styles. I’m still experimenting, though.
Which artists are you most influenced by?
Glen Keane, Lois Van Baarle, Brigid Vaughn… mostly Lois. She will forever be an artistic goddess in my mind.
Do you want to be a professional artist?
Yeah, but I also want to be a princess. You can’t pursue everything.
Was that a no?
It probably was.
Why do you draw mostly females?
They have hair.
What’s with you and hair?
I like hair.
Will you draw me?
Probably not. Sorry, I don’t mean to be a jerk, but I’m still in high school and I don’t have a whole lot of time for requests. If I have the time to take requests (which will usually be in the summer), I will let my followers/watchers know.
How long have you been playing piano?
Roughly eleven years. “Classically trained,” whatever that means.
How long have you been composing music for piano?
Why don’t you write your music down so other people can play it?
Because I already have enough math homework to deal with.
How do you write music?
I come up with a chord progression, fool around a bit, identify a motive or two, fool around some more while incorporating the motive(s), come up with some chord changes and key changes, fool around some more, and yeah. That’s the method that works for me, but it’s not the conventional way to go about it. I know a lot of people prefer to start with a melody from which they draw a chord progression, but I do it the other way around.
Are you going to go into music?
Not talented enough.
You seem pretty talented to me.
Thank you. Unfortunately, talent is relative— the creative industry is very competitive, and the people who succeed in that field generally have a great deal more talent than I do. They also have better practice habits; I’m not as dedicated to music as I used to be. It’s just a hobby.
Do you like writing?
Are you going to do something with that in the future?
You do realize that English is the most pointless subject they teach in school, right? Why don’t you go into Science and try to make a difference in the world?
That isn’t a question. It also happens to be false.