Last week I took a Myers Briggs personality test. Apparently I'm an INTP… That's an 'Introverted Thinking with Extraverted Intuition' sort of person (whatever that means).
Does that have anything to do with art and my artistic side? You know, the talents that keep me employed? Quite a lot probably. Everybody knows artists are weirdos who hide away from the world in their own little studios, behind their artistic products full of hidden meaning and mystical brushstrokes. Right?
Wrong. Artists are people who've put hours, days, years into finding their style, developing techniques and trying to portray something that's important to them.
Now back to the psychology bit. The 'P' supposedly means that I'm casual towards deadlines and would rather do all my work in a mental rush at the end. That's not true, I'm organised, the magazine wouldn't come out every month if I wasn't. This information did make me think that that's the reason I never put the hours needed into becoming an illustrator. Luckily for me technology is here to save me from years of loneliness.
One of my favourite illustrators is Brian Ewing, an amazing artist who has my second dream job after being a magazine designer… He draws skulls all day, every day and by the sounds of his twitter drinks a reasonable amount of whisky and beer.
If you have a look at his Instagram feed you'll see his process is long and beautiful, something my 'P' doesn't allow. He starts with sketches, then a much tighter pencil drawing, then inking with brushes and then a bit of Photoshop to tidy it all up a little. The end piece is a culmination of many hours of thought and hand-cramp inducing line work. I'll never get close to the style and finish – but I can try with a few choice pieces of tech.