i'm a fine artist, rather than an illustrator. my practice is small scale painting - oils on wood.
i've been exhibiting around the uk which has been an experience - i only graduated from my BA this july.
>where are you as an artist?
i recently won two prizes from the university for my painting, but only one with cash value and only around £100. i'd love to make my practice my job one day but it looks far off at the moment.
anyway at the moment i'm studying an art history MA in the north - i really miss painting but i'm hoping to come back to a practice-based phd if i make it out of this degree alive.
>how many years have you been drawing?
i don't remember a time when i haven't been drawing as douchey as that sounds. but i stopped focussing on drawing around seventeen - my lecturer said "you've mastered the skill and you still haven't produced anything of value" which stuck with me.
so i started fiddling with the conceptual side of drawing - started off with weeks of intense, repetitive drawings of the same pair of glasses - literally hundreds of drawings in different sizes and materials - and tried to deconstruct what drawing actually was. i ended up creating big drawings with nails hammered into a wall and string wrapped between them.
then i got bored and moved onto oil painting instead lol.
>personal favourite artists?
it's a guilty pleasure but i really like tracey emin because there's more to her than meets the eye. at the moment i'm interested in helen sayer's paintings for the sake of some research i'm doing!
also really like imran qureshi's work, i used to work with gold leaf in small scale because i admired how rich and intimate his little paintings were :)
What about you, OP?