Ask the Artist: Usarechan

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Interviews by Fans
Title: Ask the Artist: Usarechan
Interviewee: Usarechan
Date(s): March 22, 2012
Medium: online
Fandom(s): Fan Art, Supernatural
External Links: interview is here; reference link
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Usarechan was interviewed in 2012 for Supernatural Roundtable.

Some Excerpts

I use Photoshop CS3, my computer can’t take more than that. And for some reason, a friend of mine talked me into buying a BAMBOO tablet a little bit more than a year ago, I’m not lying when I say I gave her the money and I had no idea what I was buying. That’s when I started experimenting with digital media, I would only do traditional stuff before that. I think she really loves me. As for brushes, I use the standard round hard brush, I just can’t use brushes with texture. This must be weird coming from a graphic designer, I bet. It’s probably because of how I paint, very old school; I do it the same way I’d do it with oils on canvas, or watercolors on paper: mixing colors, playing with opacity. I also abuse the smudge tool, especially when working on hair and clothes.
When it comes to fandom, all my inspiration comes from fics I’ve read, or bigbangs or challenges I’m working on. Strangenessandcharm’s ficlet “It’s Wonderful” it’s the reason I stared doing fanart in the first place. Otherwise I’m just doing portraits from scenes I loved, when our boys looked especially beautiful. Visually, if I just don’t know how to do something, I seek refuge on Petite-Madame's work or Euclase's, or Artmetica's, or quickreaver's, or brilcrist's and so many other fantastic artists in this fandom, I go and stare at their art and wonder HOW? Then I give up and go back to my work. It’s always good to study other people’s work.