Kasaix: Hello friends and foes of Doujins! Allow me to introduce another great artist I’ve been following for quite some time: SirWogDog. I love this guy’s style. The girls are rounded in all the right places, and depending on the source, say western style or anime style, he’ll hit that style and put his own spin on it. The lighting and shading, the expressions on their faces, the pictures are full of life.
But I digress. Thanks for hanging out. How’s it going?
SirWogDog: I’m doing quite stellar as of late. Thanks for having me bud.
Kasaix: My pleasure. Let's start at the beginning: how did you first get into art?
SirWogDog: Well, as many artist I believe would agree, is that art gets into you. Almost as a natural born curiosity that begins to take over the more you dive into it, a native construct. I've always been a doodler and mainly started off making stick figure comics. But i've always found art captivating, even from young age. The ability it has to make thoughts turn to reality is astounding.
Kasaix: That is incredibly poetic and I get it. I'm a writer, so I definitely get all that. You also stuck with art from a young age, which I really like hearing. Do you have a professional education in art, or did you doodle your way to mastery?
SirWogDog: I drew on a Bi-regular basis up until the age of around 20, but had no real knowledge of "anatomy" or how to color. I've only been taking it seriously for the past 2 and half years, roughly. But If you count using a ton of tutorials and studying art forms "self taught" then yes. I found it absurd what an art school charges for them to "teach" you art. I feel that if you want to be an artist, you have to have a mental grasp and a passion to pursue it. Art comes from one's self. And I truly believe anyone, even with zero knowledge of how to draw, can make something beautiful with time and self confidence.
Kasaix: That's inspiring. Anyone can be an artist if they want it enough and put in the effort. Looking back at your HF gallery from the beginning to now, you improved quite a bit in two years. I'm impressed, and you should definitely be proud.
What are your favorite characters and themes to draw?
SirWogDog: I really appreciate that. When it comes down to favorite characters I really enjoyed drawing, are Hellsing characters. Its my all time favorite manga and was basically my study guide for the early art stages. And as far as themes, they just sort of happen as a project comes to life. I really just jump in a lot of the time without a previous plan or theme of what to draw.
Kasaix: Solid manga series. I like the idea of letting things just happen on their own, makes it exciting. How do you first tackle a project, and how long does a project typically take to finish?
SirWogDog: Usually starts off with about a solid 30-45 minutes staring at a blank canvas... Getting started is always the hardest thing to get down, but once I start something, I finish it within a matter of a few hours. I have a bad habit of if I walk away or take too long on something, it won't get finished/come out the way I've envisioned it. On average Id say I spend about 3-5 hours on a project.
Kasaix: I can confirm that getting started is the hardest thing. There's nothing more merciless to a creator than a blank screen. You're a fast worker though, knocking something as good as your project out in just a few hours. How do you handle procrastination? Or is it not a problem for you?
SirWogDog: Don't even get me started on my procrastination problem, hah. But as said before, once my pen hits the digital paper, it doesn’t come off until I’m finished. It can be brutal sometimes, but my mind gets railed like a train on a track and just goes forward, and I get really into it when I actually bring myself to start the engine. The procrastination issue is just bringing myself to actually start something.
Kasaix: I feel that. I can hype myself to start, but then when I get to my computer to do it, I do literally anything else. It's shameful.
Do you have a project you really want to work on down the line? A comic series, or perhaps dabbling with animation?
SirWogDog: Both comics and animation have peaked my interest and i've dabbled with both. I really want to achieve maintaining my current quality in all fields. Both comics and animations. I honestly don't know what I’m waiting for though. Could be that I find animation to be very intimidating and exhausting. I seriously commend all the animators out there, having infinite patience must be nice. But odds are is you'll see some comics here in the near future.
Kasaix: Nice, I'm eager to see some comics from you in the future.
What sort of setup do you use for your projects? A special tablet, pen, etc?
SirWogDog: I have 2 tablets I currently work on, One being the surface pro 6 for when I'm not at home or just want to relax and sketch, And my desktop tablet which is a Huion GT 220 for larger projects and video recording that the surface can't handle as well. All I can say is that if you're an artist/ striving to be one, invest in a drawing monitor/tablet. Makes a world of a difference. You wanna be comfortable while drawing.
Kasaix: Words to live by: You wanna be comfortable while drawing.
Let’s wrap it up here so you can continue to hone your already incredible skill. Do you have any final words to all your fans?
SirWogDog: Absolutely, I know there’s alot of you out there pondering whether or not to take that leap to be an artist, and that goes for any type of artist; music, photography, drawing ect. It can be intimidating or scary, BUT, Just showing that peak of an interest is a seed that is ready to grow when you are ready to water it. It's all about your persistence and how does one want it. Just do what you want and don't let anyone get in your way (within good reason of course). You may not ever be the best... But they haven't seen the best of you yet. Don't be afraid, be kind, be respectful, and most importantly, be yourself. As long as it brings you happiness and no harm is done to others, all will be well.
Let me give another huge thanks to SirWogDog for taking the time to hang out. If you’d like to follow his work, and you really should, take a look at the sites below: