Ask the Artist: fanlay

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Interviews by Fans
Title: Ask the Artist: fanlay
Interviewee: fanlay
Date(s): October 9, 2012
Medium: online
Fandom(s): Fan Art, Supernatural
External Links: interview is here; reference link
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fanlay was interviewed in 2012 for Supernatural Roundtable.

Some Excerpts

I've been making fanart since 2006. I first started in HP fandom and stayed there for a few years making Snape fanart. I then moved onto Inception and made a few Arthur/Eames pieces. I'm relatively new to SPN fandom, and only made a few fanart so far. I've never been really prolific, and my fandom muse tends to be rather capricious, but I'd like to enjoy and be active in this magnificent fandom as long as possible.

My inspiration:

Human figure is, for me, an endless source of inspiration. Its elegance, imperfectness, power, and fragility are something I'd quite happily explore for all my life. When I have free time I hang out on Homotography, purely in search of artistic inspiration, of course.
The complex emotion between Dean and Sam is what inspires me most.

I was hooked by Dean from the first moment he appeared on the screen because of.. well.. his face, but the more I got to know the deeply flawed character, and his attachment to Sam, the deeper I was dragged into his world. It's telling that the very moment that made me think 'I've got to make fanart of these two!' was in Season 4, when evil!Sam in his white suit confronted Dean in the alternative universe. Maybe it was Sam's suit, or maybe it was the way Sam took the upper hand in their relationship, but I was.. shall I say, bothered by the scene.

What makes me compelled to draw Dean are the contrast between his brash exterior and brittle interior, the way he looks so vulnerable sometimes, the way he holds his pain, his life on the road, his childishness, his self-destructive tendency, his sturboness, and above all, his beauty.

As for Sam, I enjoy drawing Sam because I love the size contrast between him and Dean. Objectifying much? Also I have weakness for evil!Sam and robo!Sam, when Sam's rationality becomes subordinate to his primitive physical strength. Protective Sam is my all time favourite and I'd like to imagine him being hopelessly besotted to Dean, whether he's aware of it or not.

I find Sam very difficult to draw, mostly because of his hair, I think. Also, I don't think I've quite understood the structure of his face yet.

Dean, well.. if I don't pay attention I'll probably end up drawing him too perfectly beautiful, and I don't want to do that. Ok, you may have figured out whom my favourite is by now. haha.