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Urukins is an artist from Portugal that has been drawing ever since she was little, but started to do it seriously around the age of 12 or 13. Before then, she did not put much effort into her art, as it was just for entertainment. She taught herself how to draw by looking carefully at cartoons as well as other people’s artwork to understand how the anatomy worked, how the artist used color, and other methods.
Urukins was happy to answer the following questions in an interview. ‘TP’ will stand for Toonari Post and ‘U’ for Urukins.
TP: What mediums do you use for your art work? Which is your favorite and why?
U: Traditionally, I use different kinds of inks, markers, pens, coloring pencils, acrylics, watercolors, and coffee. Digitally, I just use Paint Tool Sai and Photoshop CS 5 along with my tablet, an Intuos 4. Out of all of these, the ones that take my heart are coffee and a black ballpoint BIC pen.
I pretty much spend hours doodling with these. I think the ballpoint pen is a great tool. It gives me flowing lines, and it kind of keeps down every single line that I did to build a drawing. People can see the effort I put into it. And then coffee, I love coffee, I think it has a pretty nice color. I shade a lot of my sketches with coffee. It’s great to drink and also has a great smell and color!
TP: What piece of your work is your favorite and why? Which one are you most proud of?
U: On every moleskin sketchbook that I buy, I draw a special deer. There will be one page dedicated to a single deer where I will put effort and a lot of myself into. These pieces have somewhat of a special meaning to me, so I can say that they are the works that I am the proudest of.
TP: When you first started, did you ever hit any bumps in your art process? What were they, and how did you overcome them?
U: I think my first bumps were anatomy and coloring. I had a lot of difficulty with anatomy. I couldn’t figure out what joints were meant to fit and where. All of the animals, people, or mythical creatures that I drew during this phase had a logic challenging structure. I cringe at looking at my old work. It’s comical how I tried to make their bodies reasonable.
I also colored like a five-year-old! It took a while to understand how a colored pencil worked, and when I finally figured it out, I ran into another bump–light source. One cannot simply cast random lights and shades on a piece. It makes it look a bit dumb, in my opinion. When I realized that the shading I did made no sense, I started observing my surroundings and then tried to copy what I saw onto paper. Eventually, I got the hang of it.
TP: Who, or what, are your inspirations and why?
U: Disney, Dreamworks , cartoons, my grandfather, and my mother are my main inspirations. They were the ones who pushed me to start drawing. As I grew, I got other sources, of course. If we go classical, I can point out Dali and Leonardo DaVinci. On a more modern look, there is Banksy, some Deviantart artists (such as Lunacylore, Kaziczek-wolf,and JNCarvalho), and a few Japanese artists, such as Yana Toboso and Katagiri Ikumi.
All of these people have styles that just fill me up with a need to draw. I want to be as good as them; I want to look at my artwork the same way that I look at theirs, to think ‘my own artwork makes me want to draw’. Youtube videos also inspire me. I can honestly say that watching a three-minute video of a kitten playing with a feather makes me want to draw.
TP: What is your favorite subject to draw and why?
U: Birds, canines, deer, and old people. I love animals. I think they are cute, pretty, and interesting, and I adore drawing canines because of their expressions and their behavior; they can be pretty entertaining. Birds and deer have this beautiful, mysterious thing about them, like crows and owls.
Having one of these birds in a picture can add so much to it. The whole environment can change just because of their presence. We build a stereotypical image of them; we connect crows to death, owls to secrecy or silence, and so on. Deer, as stupid as they are, are amazing animals just for their looks.
Again, we can get a certain aura and feeling with a picture of a deer that maybe a duck can’t get. It’s hard to explain. And old people, yeah, I love the expressions old people make, especially old men with mustaches!
TP: Outside of deviantart, what is your life like?
U: I am a regular teenager, I suppose. I spend a good part of my day in school. Sometimes, I spend an afternoon with school friends at coffee shops. Friday and Saturday nights are for my closer friends, games, and just overall being silly, and spending as much time as I can with my boyfriend, drawing, gaming, or reading when I should be studying!
TP: What are your goals in life? Do you plan to continue art as a hobby, or make it a career?
U: I don’t know. I’m in my last year of high school, so I have to decide. I would like to pursue something related to art, but I don’t see many art related opportunities within my country. The most likely thing to happen is for art and work to become two different worlds in my life. Art would be a hobby, and I would pursue something else professionally.
Image Courtesy of http://urukins.deviantart.com/