Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a 20 years old student of Omsk State Technical University on two specialities – programmer (main) and translator (additional). Art is my hobby and I’m a self-taught artist. Also, I really love comics, that’s why I’ve started my own one – a furry story Street Spirit. Also, I one of the many 1page1day artistic challenge (this means I must draw one traditional picture everyday)I’m a 20 years old student of Omsk State Technical University on two specialities – programmer (main) and translator (additional). Art is my hobby and I’m a self-taught artist. Also, I really love comics, that’s why I’ve started my own one – a furry story Street Spirit. Also, I one of the many 1page1day artistic challenge (this means I must draw one traditional picture everyday)
How long have you been doing art?
Hard to tell, I guess X) I’ve been drawing some silly pictures through my life. In 2007 I’ve started to draw Sonic chars. Well… by copying arts from my Sonic poster (what a shame!). In 2009 I got interested into furries, and tried to draw my fursona, but that wasn’t good. After “Awwww, they all a such great artists, why can’t I be a great one too?!” hysterics in 2011 I finally understood that I have to work hard. So, since 2011 I’m learning to draw, using tutorials, books and other things.
What brought about your interest into Anthro?
I always loved animals, first of all. Then, I’ve watched Sonic on TV. Then I got to Sonic forum, and made there some friends. One of them later became my first boyfriend. He noticed my Sonic chars were not actually mobians – they had other proportions and their stories were really far from Mobius. Then he asked: “Aren’t you a furry?” I didn’t actually know what that word meant. So he told me about furries, showed some furry comics, and I’ve become a furry too.
Do you have a fursona or favourite character? If so, what inspired it?
I have about 200 characters XD All of them are parts of my worlds. Anyway, I love all my characters, so I have to tell about my fursona, so they don’t get mad at me XD
Netsa became my fursona just about two years ago and replaced Letty. I just decided to make a fursona, which won’t be a part of any of my works. It is just me. So, the choice was clear: I needed something with blonde hair, light-blue eyes and it must be feline (because I love felines). I’ve tried a Siamese cat and Abyssinian one, but then suddenly saw a picture of cheetah. I liked that animal and used it as my fursona. As for the name – for some (unknown even for me) reasons I’ve decided it must be connected with my profession (programmer). After mind storm I’ve chosen name “Netrix”, where “net” stands for networking, which is a part of my job. But then it’s turned out this is the name of one computer characters. So “Netrix” was changed into “Netsa”
Who is your biggest inspiration?
Wow... that's a hard question.
As for the role model – I don’t have one.
As for the people, who influence on my art, they’re always different.
Some of my works were created with the help of
We often roleplay and this gives may ideas. Now he is working on his own game, and I wish to try myself as his game designer soon.
Some of my works were created because of my boyfriend:
He asks many questions and this makes me think much.
And, of course some works were created because of
We often chat and laugh, and these silly chatting makes me creating something cheerful.
Also, my cat helps me. Looking on his behaviour, I often get ideas for blaces (the name of the small funny creatures of Street Spirit comics)
And many-many others XD
Where else do you draw your inspiration from?
From everywhere, I guess XD My mind always creating something, getting ideas from even boring classes at university XD
Earlier I used to think I get inspiration from music. But I broke my headphones last year and have to live without music. Doesn’t seem to be a great problem now XD
What are you looking to improve in your art?
First of all, it is anatomy. Especially anatomy of animals. I often get mad when I see I’ve drawn a furry well (but of course, not perfect XD) and failed anatomy of a feral. Of course, there are many other things – I’m really weak at drawing nature, techniques and many other things. So… study, study and study again!
When do find yourself being the most creative?
Usually as soon as I get some important work to be done fast. It often happens before university exams, deadlines and so on.
Moreover “Appetite comes with eating”. Sometimes I just need to make myself start and here the inspiration is! And it is so strong I can’t stop drawing…
What are your future aspirations for your work?
When it comes to crafts:
Most of all I wish to make Street Spirit a great comics. I have so many ideas about it and want to make them all live. Moreover, I have two more worlds with stories: Askania (a number of stories about resistance of two organizations – ABYSS and Eternal clan) and Neither Ally nor Alien (one story about three planets and their relationships). Of course, these all are comics about furries
One of the Askania stories will be started soon (it is started in Russian language, I just need to translate it).
How do you battle Art Block?
I used to have this thing when I was younger, and it often was supported by “I’m a looser” tears. Guess the main idea is optimism – it helps to see good future, arise best wishes and to catch the inspiration. Another thing is just to start drawing. Doesn’t matter what exactly – just start. Sometimes I don’t want to draw because of awful mood. Then I just give this mood to paper, and this is it – I feel much better but have a picture, filled with emotions.
Any words of advice for other artists?
Never stop, never give up. Just remember, that the more you work – the better your skill is. Also, it is a good idea to study as much as you can. Drawing the same thing every day won’t help as much as finding tutorial on drawing this thing and using them.
One last thing. Tell us something completely random about yourself!
I always choose a support (most often a healer) role in any game I play, just because I like saving team mates and don’t like to fight XD