I get artistic inspiration from numerous sources. A few being Psychedelics, Dreams, Architecture, Nature, other Artists and more.
Care to expand on a couple of these sources?
Salvia was my first psychedelic, so it's been tremendously influential in my creative process. As of lately I've been consuming DMT, which has granted me insight to a whole new dimension within the psychedelic spectrum.
What environment is most conducive to productive times? Non productive times? What do you think of the term muse? Care to elaborate? Are you spiritual or religious? Does this play into your art?
I usually prefer being alone when I work on a drawing. I try to limit my web browser to playing music only and for searching reference/inspirational photos. It's easy to get distracted and allow time to fly right by you.
Whats on your music player these days?
Lately I've been listening to Entheogenic quite obsessively. The two songs: Luminous Child and Silent Knowing have been a helpful motivation in powering through some of my pieces. Anything with Kargyraa or Sygyt throat singing is definitely where I'm at.
As for Spirituality and Religion, it's something that enters my mind every time I draw. I was raised Christian, so that puts a tainted window on how I view the content of my own work. I try to always keep an open mind though. The closest experience of Spirituality I have is marveling at architecture, both in the DMT realm and in everyday life. It doesn't make a sound. It is absolutely quiet, but at the same time it is always speaking a message. Pointing to something deep inside. An Inner Temple maybe. Or even a reflection of something higher. It seems as though life wants to remain a mystery and we won't really ever know for sure until the music stops playing. Or starts.
If there was something you could change or improve on. What would that be (in you or in others).
I need to read more books and start traveling more places. I've heard other artists say that those are great ways of building your internal library. Looking at the temples of Abu Simbel on google images is nice, but I'm sure being able to touch the stones and feel the warm sand in your hands would be much better. I feel as though my art in general has a large amount of space for improvement.
If money was no option, where are three places you would travel to?
First I'd travel to see the great pyramids in Giza. There's something about the desert and carved stone that make me feel at peace. Thailand also has some amazing temples that are just mind-blowing. It would be nice to stand near them as to get a frame of reference as to how big they are. I would also want to go exploring underneath the sands or oceans. I feel as though that's where most of our ancient civilizations are to yet be discovered.
When you create a piece, do you already have an idea in your head that you're trying to convey in the piece at hand or do you just go with the flow?
I almost always have a vision that's preset in my mind before I begin to work. Lately I've been trying to test myself to see how accurately I can translate a vision that I'm given. Certain anomalies may arise though, such as composition, lighting, texturing, and actually trying to make the drawing look attractive. These subtle changes can deviate the drawing into something entirely different. I feel that directly translating visions as close to how you are given them is crucial in terms of bringing back knowledge from the other side.
Do you have any tips for up and coming artists in terms of techniques like lighting and texturing?
The biggest part about learning how to draw anything is to observe and comprehend it. When you are out and about, pay attention to your surroundings. Make sure to look closely at different materials and to study their properties. Learn how different materials and elements reflect and absorb light differently. Highly reflective surfaces will usually be of smooth texture, high contrast and will have a fuller light range from black to white. Duller objects might have a less smooth surface, less contrast and a lower lighting range. Some elements, such as Gold will reflect multiple colors depending on their surrounding light. Carry a camera with you and take a picture of something you like to reference later. As for your drawing in general, try to incorporate a full range of lighting, from the darkest of dark to the lightest of light, and everywhere in between. Closer objects will have the fullest range of dark to light, therefore possessing more detail. The farther an object gets the less range of dark it will have, making it appear lighter and lighter. Hope that helps some..