That I'm not afraid to take on challenges and try new things, and when there is something I really want to accomplish, I'll do whatever it takes to make it happen. Tell me "no" and I'll try all the harder!
2) What do you enjoy about drawing as an art form?
The challenge of creating the illusion of a three-dimensional image on a two-dimensional surface. Of course this can be done with other media, and I have dabbled in painting, pastels and prints in the past. But I prefer pencils because they are easy to control, very portable, less messy than pastels and less hassle than stretching canvas and cleaning brushes. I also like the challenge of creating depth and luminosity without using color, although I have toyed with the idea of creating a colored pencil portrait for submission. It's been some time since I worked with those however, so we shall see.
3) Least favorite/most difficult thing about drawing your fan portraits?
Hunting down the reference pictures. It's very time consuming, especially when I find myself enjoying the show rather than searching for screencaps! Seriously though, I will be the first to admit that I am not good at drawing images right out of my head. I didn't go to art school and get the training that would have helped in this regard, so reference photos are a necessity. However, I have found I don't require such 'perfect' reference pics as I once used to. Practice may not make perfect, but it certainly increases the ease with which I can capture detail that doesn't exist. The drawing of Sam and Tamara I created for "Safe Journey: Hypatian's Bluff" is a perfect example. The reference I used for Sam was tiny, blurry and hatless, and the snap of Tamara was not much better. I had to fill in all the blanks myself, something I was not entirely sure I could manage when I began. But I had a job to do and I wanted it to be awesome, so I rallied everything I had and pulled it off. No one was more surprised than me at how well it turned out.
4) How do you decide what to draw when drawing for fandom? Is it motivated by characters you enjoy, a storyline you enjoy, both?
So far it's been a little bit of everything. Believe it or not, I had originally not even planned to supply any artwork to this project, thinking I would not have the time and that portraits were not really what were needed. When I discovered portraits would be welcome, I did one to accompany my own story and thought that would be the end of it. Then I came across a lovely photo of Zoe that just called out for a rendering. By the time I had taken on the challenge of creating the Sam and Tamara illustration, I was hooked. Gara Singh I did partially because I have a friend who is a Peter Wingfield fan and I knew she'd enjoy that one. I'd like to do one of Evelyn because she has beautiful eyes that would be a pleasure to draw, and because I want to give equal time to the somewhat 'background' characters from the show. For some time now, I've been wanting to draw a picture of Eric Stoltz wearing his glasses, and creating an illustration of Daniel for Beginning of Line is a perfect reason to finally do so. Ultimately, I would like to do a drawing of each and every one of the characters because, as I said, I'm hooked! I'd better get to scribbling, eh?
5) If the technology were available, would you want to be resurrected as a skin-job cylon?
Absolutely. I can't imagine a time when I will be bored with this life. I don't want to 'rest', I don't want to 'move on', and I don't believe we do so anyway - I think when we're dead, we're dead, and everything we ever were is gone forever. While that idea doesn't terrify me, it certainly makes me unhappy. I truly want to live forever, because it will take me that long to do all the things I'd like to try one day! Heck, even if only my consciousness can be downloaded into a box and all I can do is sit on a table and think, I'll take it. I will always prefer to be alive over being dead. The container it's taking place in is secondary. So yes, bring on the cylon technology! When they start handing out the resurrection tickets, you can bet you'll find me standing right at the...dare I say it?...beginning of line!