1. How long have you been on DeviantArt?
Since the spring of 2011. Not that long.2. What does your username mean?
*sighs* Silver fox. But "silver" not as in colour, but as in "breed". It's the English name for that sort of foxes. In Finnish, the literal meaning is "black fox". In Russian, these same foxes are called "black-browns". Why brown... they aren't brown at all. But that's languages for ya.
And of course I was born in 1985. I love the colour combination of 85. Yes numbers have colours. Synaesthetic much.3. Describe yourself in three words.
Clumsy, misunderstood, intense.4. Are you left or right handed?
Right- for fine motor skills. Left- for general movement like throwing, fighting etc.
5. What was your first deviation?
Obviously it wasn't the first render I'd ever done. I'd been at it since 2008.6. What is your favourite type of art to create?
Works that can actually be qualified as "art": that is, they display above-average skill and carry a message. Whether I have ever managed to succeed at this... now it's up to the viewer. I tried my best, that's all.
If we're talking about media... I like traditional art (it has that sensuous aspect) and 3D (it's like photography, where you can use things that others made and get inspired by that, but unlike during a photo shoot, I'm in complete control of everything in the scene, including laws of physics). I'm experimenting with digital painting now that I have a tablet, and it's interesting, too (but I'm too new to it to truly enjoy it - I have only digitally painted utility maps for 3D before, and that's very different).
If we're talking about concepts... I am a storyteller at heart, not an artist. I do landscapes and an occasional still life for practice (trad art mostly), but I'm most interested in characters. Meaningful characters, personalities, and not just pretty faces. When I'm in the "serious" mode, I always try to make an image tell a story. // some may manage this with landscapes and still lives, but that's simply not me //7. If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?
Photorealistic traditional. 8. What was your first favourite?
Apparently this, if the "all" view of the favourites doesn't glitch. It's by my Latvian pal, who seems to have abandoned dA while I have abandoned other websites where we used to hang out.9. What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?
Well-done. It doesn't always mean "photorealistic" - there are thousands out there who paint/draw breathtaking photorealistic copies off celebrity photos and a load of those who render rather lifelike "pinups" or "radiosity kitchens" in 3D. Do I care? Nope. Even though I will admire the skills.
// I will sometimes favourite a cute copy of a celebrity photo, and not necessarily "photorealistic", but only if I'm a fan of said celebrity and there is at least some degree of creative interpretation involved //
Same as what I strive to create, what I prefer to look at (and I _will_ look at my faves from time to time!!) should have meaning and good execution. Which is mostly colours and composition.
Yes I do favourite "abstract" pieces, too. But these are those that I feel to be telling stories, if surreal and psychedelic ones. Not purely decorative bits and pieces.10. Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?
Just one? Pff. I could list everyone I watch and give a lengthy list of reasons why. I could also list others whom I don't watch personally but who regularly post to groups I belong to, and whose work finds its way to my faves often - and give more reasons why.
But those reasons will in general boil down to the answer to Q9 above.
I'm not the sort to have "one all-time top fave" in anything.11. If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?
I wouldn't mind hanging around with anyone with whom we've had friendly discussions here.
12. How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?
The real reason I'm actually here and not elsewhere is my close friend Nikki ( MadDogNikki
). I found out about the website through her. She passed away in 2007, long before I felt my stuff was good enough to be posted here, but you have no idea of the extent she's still important to me.
There is another person here who's very special in my life, but it was me who talked her into joining.
13. What are your preferred tools to create art?
I love Derwent coloured pencils - Drawing, Inktense and Pastel in particular. I haven't yet done much stuff with them, especially stuff worth posting, but they are amazing. I have that 36 colour pack of Kores pencils that are kinda for kids, but I use them a lot (maybe it's their triangular shape??). Most of my trad works posted here that are done in pencils were done with them. I use gouache watercolours - used to be all kids' stuff, now I have a handful of "professional" shades (locally made hence not that expensive): warm and cool tones of yellow, red and blue that I mix other colours from, and separate earth tones. And heavy paper, of the rough enough sort. These are what I'm best with, so it's what I enjoy using the most.
As for 3D, DAZ Studio, for all its quirks, is a damn neat scene setup kinda program. I find it the easiest to navigate around in. And of course, it's the only free program out there with considerable 3Delight support (the Blender exporter is ages old) - which is quite convoluted when it comes to customising it, but once you get the hang of it, it's good. At least, caustics seem to be easier to set up than in Maya
3Delight is the renderer that I discovered because of DS, and when I found out it's a pro grade production renderer used in feature films, I set out to learn how to use it properly; the developers are very friendly and unbelievably innovative! So 3Delight is the heart of my 3D output.
I model in a weird way, passing OBJ files between Silo and Hexagon (both have tools I find super handy that the other one doesn't have).
For image manipulation, my go-to raster editor is Paint.NET with a ton of plugins. My favourite vector-based program is Xara Designer - I use the "Photo and Graphic" edition and have recently upgraded to version 11. It's one of these programs that just keeps getting better and better with every update! However, the open-source Inkscape editor has some features that Xara does not, so I use both.
I also adore the Allegorithmic software line - I have had the free MapZone for years, and a while ago I got the whole Substance line. I can't say I have truly mastered any (including MapZone, haha), but they're a lot of fun and very useful.
But Substance Painter isn't the best tool for working with DAZ/Poser sort of meshes, so I also have Blacksmith3D which was specifically designed to handle these. I don't have as much time as I'd like to really practice with it, but for the limited tasks I have needed (roughness maps etc), it's great. Although the interface in the version I have is damn clunky... but hey. Whatever.14. What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?
Place?? As in, where I sit, or what? It's always the same room, or very rarely, my office. Somewhere with the least probability of being disturbed. Where meaningful ideas come from? Well, hard to pinpoint. Some are "responses" to things around me ("fiction" and "real life" alike), some come from dreams and similar visions (what? I'm Otherkin _and_ Gnostic; I believe in all sorts of mystical WTH), some are born out of music I hear. Most always, a mix of it all.
15. What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?
Meaningful comments and faves from users I admire.