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Q&A with Stan Prokopenko & Xia Taptara

July 31, 20148 Comments

Live Q&A Hangout answering some questions.

  • When did you know that you can be good at drawing and this is possible?
  • What is your first art job and how did you start?
  • Where do you get your inspiration and influence from? And name three fav artists on top of your head.
  • To you, what are the three most important things when painting?
  • How does a person progress as an illustrator? What is the typical career path as an painter?
  • Do you have any advice for someone interested in being a painter?

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  1. Adrian says:

    Hi! Great Q&A video. I like your tutorials, very well structured.
    What I like the most about your pencil drawings is the transition and the control, damn I miss does.
    I only recently started drawing, 3 years or sow, like 2 drawings in 3-4 months. I have a problem, let’s just say I new nothing about the basic stuff when I started, how do I stop the ideas to block me. The only way I can control this, in some ways, is to draw after references. Is like when I want to draw for example an eye on a piece of paper, in the next 2 seconds everything I know about the eyes comes at the same time, and after that I start playing with them, shape, color, weight, scars, how big/small eyelashes and what they represent,includes animal, robot, alien eyes if they war from Jupiter based on info about the planet how they be, this can go on til I fall to sleep, all this happens inside my head and not a single thing on the paper. All this comes with a lot of negative stuff, tunnel vision, missing links, bad proportions.
    My question is how do you filter what will be on the paper?
    I hope I did not bored you with my post.

    • Adrian, I’m not sure I can help you since my brain doesn’t work like yours! I’m able to hyper focus on the task. Have you tried doing exercises focusing just on accurate proportions? Do you immediately forget about proportions and start thinking of all that other stuff again?

  2. pamela says:

    great interview. enjoyed it

  3. Bonnie Crews says:

    Hey Proko! Thanks so much for posting this video. We learn so much from you. You are the man 🙂

  4. takamasa shimizu says:

    Can I download the videos from japan?

  5. Zaki ZAKARIA says:

    Is there any way to avoid fatigue or sleepiness while drawing?

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