We recently conducted an interview with the amazing talented Artist Chrisravensar. The profile is at chrisravensar.deviantart.com/
Here is the interview below - thanks to the Artist for the time in conducting and answering questions for our members.
What inspired me to take up art.
I couldn't say I can not remember a time when I wasn't drawing. As a child my sisters wanted Barbies I wanted art supplies. So I suppose I was born an artist. What kept me drawing were my interests. I drew what I loved horses and animals. And whatever had my interest at the time Swords and Fantasy Artherian legend. I have always drawn what I wanted.
What materials do you use and recommend
I am a pencil artist and draw on paper. I have done ink work and will be doing more of that soon. I also use coloured pencil and chalk pencil. What I recommend is difficult to say. Paper I buy by feel. I don't really care about a brand or manufacturer. I want acid free and something that feels right, I have a wide variety of pencils. Some are cheap mechanical pencils from Walmart that work very well. I use Prismacolor coloured pencils premiers and they are worth every cent they cost. My advice is to try different products and see what works for you. Price often is an indicator that it is a better product but not always.
What is your favorite piece of artwork and why
Right now my favorite piece of artwork is "Just looking around"
I am very pleased with the birds expressions and am really proud of how well the eyes turned out. I like how I managed to get the reflection of light on the eyes of the bird on the left.
Do I enjoy other hobbies or interests
I love to cook. And I am constantly trying new recipes. We live where there are no good restraunts so if I want greek, mexican, french or any other kind of food I have to make it myself. So my range of styles of cooking is expanding quickly. I also enjoy reading. I tend to read to learn. I will binge read on a subject, alternative health, comparitive religions, myth, history. Right it is simplifying you life and living better.
How long does each work of traditional art take.
On average I would say that I takes 8 to 12 hours. I have had works that have taken 100s of hours and some that just pour out and are completed in an hour or two. A note here I do a daily sketch these sketches take 15-20 minites, they are meant to keep me creating daily.
Favourite pieces of other people
There is a wide range of very talented people here on deviantart. Try to pick only three favorites a bit difficult. So here are three pieces that I really like -
tree of light - Miguel-Santos
Its Gandalf - :thumb353640029: LittleAMissEpic
Sleepy - WillowOfTitans
I really have a hard time picking favorites. I love all kinds of fruits. Right now I would have to say blackberries because the berries we are getting in the stores right now are some of the best berries in years.
Thanks for your interview. Here is a selection of works by the artist for your viewing pleasure.
Check out Chrisravensar's profile at chrisravensar.deviantart.com/ for further works in the gallery.