Ask the Artist: Dreamlittleyo

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Interviews by Fans
Title: Ask the Artist: Dreamlittleyo
Interviewee: Dreamlittleyo
Date(s): May 29, 2009
Medium: online
Fandom(s): Fan Art, Supernatural
External Links: interview is here; reference link
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Dreamlittleyo was interviewed in 2009 for Supernatural Roundtable.

Some Excerpts

I stumbled into Supernatural sometime mid Season 2, smack in the middle of my first year of law school, and I've clung to it like a sanity line ever since. Don't ask me whether I like Sam or Dean more, I just want them to be together. Ironically, although I absolutely adore many of the supporting characters, I only seem to draw Sam and/or Dean. Or maybe that's not ironic. At all. My preferred media tend to be pretty eclectic. Dependent on a complex equation involving my mood, what materials I have on hand, how bored I am in class, and how much computer time my week allows. A lot of what I do involves Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, and my much beloved Wacom tablet—though I tend to do line art with pen and pencil and scan it in, because apparently I'm traditional at heart (which may in fact be code for "can't draw on the computer"). Sometimes I'm happiest with a crappy sketchbook and a Bic pen with some hotel chain's logo on the side. I've also recently discovered a love of markers, and the brilliant and obliging oatmeal_queen has been patiently helping me along as I learn how to use them. And though it's been a long time since I did one, all of my earliest Supernatural fan art involved making patchwork photo manipulations and then painting line art over them in Illustrator (the result being something of a Sam/Dean coloring book).
The quasi-manips were sort of an instant hit-you-in-the-face-all-at-once kind of idea, though the actual process of doing them changed quite a bit in the time I was working with them. The fact that I couldn't draw good enough resemblances for Wincest was driving me crazy, see (this was before I had discovered the anime versions of Sam and Dean that now apparently live in my head). So I decided to go the sneaky route and started pasting screencaps together to "draw" over. The base-manips themselves are the parts that changed the most: going from super blocky at the start, to more streamlined somewhere int he middle, to towards the end where I would just use photos for key portions of the picture but would fill the rest in via sketching. I honestly don't know what it would look like if I tried to do one now. We'll find out eventually - there are a couple that I really mean to do one of these days.