Red: I think it’s actually far too easy for me to think up new ideas, and that I probably have too many pots on too many burners. What’s hard is giving an idea the time it needs without switching gears. Okay three big influences. Hmmm. My art teacher Michael Moonbird, my father and Ursula Vernon.
Violet: My workspace is generally a mess, I keep everything I use every day on my desk in a disorganized pile. I clean up and organize it regularly, and then it ends up like that again as I pull things out.
Each day before I get started on arting, I eat, and attempt to get my pain under control. Sometimes this means just taking my morning medication and browsing tumblr while it kicks in and then doing some stretches, but sometimes this means doing a lot of stretches and exercises and using muscle rubs, putting on compression gloves, etc., - my hands are clumsy when they’re in pain, so this is and important first step.
I try to draw or paint for two to six hours at a go. If I think I have the stamina for four to six hours of uninterrupted art, I livestream. If my stamina is poor, I draw in little bursts switching between photoshop and the internet (and I don’t livestream it, since you don’t want to watch me scroll through tumblr).
I usually listen to music while drawing, but not always. I go through weird periods where I basically hate music, and I draw in silence, or with some other kind of spoken word noise. One of my favorite forms of background noise has been internet video reviewers and other internet video things, like Extra Credits or abridged serieses. I’ve started using Radiolab for this as well. Also I’m on of those artists who does not necessarily listen to music appropriate to the image. Sometimes I do (The Language of Roses had a lot of delicate piano music being played in the process) but sometimes I don’t at all (Alarm was painted while listening to Django Reinhardt’s happy little jazz guitar riffs)
I have a notebook, but I tend to use it just for brainstorming character names. I write down lists of names that might be appropriate, then either choose a name from the list, or keep adding to it until I find a name I like, then I strike the name through so when I look through old lists for a name, I don’t name two characters the same thing.
Gold: The easiest part is coming up with the initial idea, the premise or the general concept.
Silver: The hardest thing in my art is people faces and composing full scenes. I think composing full scenes is hard just because it seems daunting at first - once I sit down and start doing it, it isn’t really that hard (I proved that to myself when I drew a place a day for a while and actually managed to do it). The hardest thing in writing is MIDDLES. Just… just middles. Dear god why.