I’m 16 years old and I’m writing in to send you my digital artwork in the hope that I might see it printed. I love your magazine, I find it incredibly useful and it’s great to see so many talented artists.
I’ve drawn for as long as I can remember. I love doing fantasy artwork and drawing predators, especially big cats, for their unparalleled strength and sinuous movements. I’ve been doing digital art for three years, and I started out on Painter 11 before moving on to Photoshop CS5. I’m inspired by music and my love of movie soundtracks, as well as TV series and books. My drawings are there to express how I feel; my artwork is my outlet. I enjoy it immensely and I’m always looking to improve.
I’ve attached some drawings for you. Inferno is my most recent one, and also took the most time. I adore drawing fire, and I wanted this dragon to look like a beast straight from hell. I tried to give his scales a rough texture to make him look ancient. My favourite part about this was doing the translucent skin in his jaw, through which the fire is glowing and his veins are illuminated.
Mother of Dragons is inspired by Game of Thrones. Daenerys Targaryen is my favourite character; I love and admire her sense of morality along with the ruthlessness she sometimes displays. It was also the first time I tried to draw lips accurately. Lizzie Freeman, via email Claire replies Lizzy, your email is the kind of email I love! I adore when readers send in their art and reveal what compels then to paint. You’ve got great potential, so keep at it.