Tuesday, 22 September 2009
AG: What is your name?
AN: Aneros, not my real name, but I don't use it online.
AG: Where are you from?
AN: I was born in southern Louisiana, I am Cajun, and now I am living in Houston, TX.
AG: How long have you been drawing?
AN: I've been drawing for as long as I can remember. My earliest drawings were really bad, and funny, but I kept it up.
AG: Is Art a chosen career choice or a hobby?
AN: At the moment it mostly is a hobby. I am involved in graphics work at my job, but it is nowhere near what I would call art related. But I think that on some level it's good that I am not drawing for someone else all the time so that I don't get burnt out. But if the opportunity to do real art for a living would come available I would certainly take it.
AG: Do you possess any formal training i.e. college, workshops, through
work experience etc?
AN: I have Bachelors of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in 3D Animation from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. But I found that I learned most of my skills from practicing and experiencing. College just scratched the surface of art for me, and I have built from there. I realized that I did not like the rigging (the "bones" and "joints" of the 3D model). I found that my enjoyment came mostly from the concept art.
AG: Which media do you most enjoy? Least enjoy?
AN: I like working with pencils. It is going back to basics. But that in turn lead me to using the computer and I have blossomed from there. The computer allowed me to do a lot more things that I would not have been able to do on my own. I have to say that part that I least enjoy is doing backgrounds. I usually focus on the figures and the background is secondary. I usually just keep everything as a gradient color with some texture. But if I think something would look good in the background then I will push myself to do it.
AG: What is your creative process? Do you have one?
AN: The process for me is to sketch with pencil, then ink it by hand. I scan that into the computer and start the coloring process. It usually takes me around 4-8 hours to finish a drawing from start to finish. I have started to practice working from the beginning and coloring all digital. But recently I have found that I enjoy coloring other artist's lineart almost as much as I like making my own. I really like coloring adult lineart because it seems to me to be like an adult coloring book. Coloring books was a favorite of mine as a kid.
AG: What is your main source of inspiration?
AN: For the most part it is my imagination. I take a lot of things from sci-fi and fantasy, video games, movies and books. But the biggest inspiration, especially for my adult art, is that I think the athletic male body is one of the most beautiful forms around. The male human form in erotic and sexual poses just sort of flows from there because it is in those situations where the body seems to exemplify the form. Plus I love porn and sex so it is something that makes me happy, also knowing that others like my adult art.
AG: Do you have any favourite artists? (Historical or Modern)
AN: I am a fan of the Old Masters. I have built from studying them in college. As far as modern, I would have to say that Patrick Fillion and Joe Phillips are my two favorites. I was never a big comic person, I loved the art, but was not a collector, so I don't even know most of the major artists. But I came across Fillion and Phillip as well as some of the great Harry Bush's works and I realized that there were other artists out there doing gay themed erotica. That really spurred me on to keep getting better and better. I see Fillion and Phillips as my goal and I will keep working to get to their level.
AG: Are you currently working on any projects?
AN: I have quite a few projects that I have in my head and one or two that art actually down on paper. I made some amateur attempts at an erotic comic two years ago and people have been asking for another one ever since. That is the most pressing project that I am working on.
AG: Has your work ever been published?
AN: I have not been published formally. Most of my art has been posting to my blog and art galleries. I recently was commissioned by the website Dumb N Hung to make a splash page for the month of September. That would be the only published works I have out at the moment.
AG: Any advice you would like to offer to our aspiring artists out there?
AN: Draw anytime and all the time. You can never really stop. I have stopped for a time and I always find myself sketching and coming back to drawing. If I did not then the ideas that I have flying around my head would have no where else to go. I also want to say that you cannot base whether or not you think drawing is worth it by comparing it to another artist. There will always be someone that is better than you, you just have to look past that and say that you are going to work until you are as good as they are.
AG: Cake or Pie?
AN: Pie, especially peach. I like cake as well, but pie seems better to me, but it must have vanilla ice cream on top.
AG: Any other comments?
AN: Thanks to everyone that has enjoyed my artwork. It really keeps me going to see that so many like what I am doing. I just hope that I can keep it up and keep getting better.
You can see more of Aneros's work at his blog.
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