McShep Match Team War 2009 Interview with chkc

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Title: McShep Match Team War 2009 Interview with chkc
Interviewee: chkc
Date(s): August 12, 2009
Medium: online
Fandom(s): Stargate Atlantis
External Links: McShep Match: Team War, Archived version
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chkc was interviewed in 2009 for McShep Match.

It is part of this series: McShep Match Interview Series.


How long have you been writing fan fiction and/or making fan art and/or whatever else (vids, knitted goods, pornographic gingerbread cookies)?

I drew for many anime/manga series before (like D.N.Angel...), but SGA is the first fandom which I actively participated in.

What do you enjoy most about SGA and/or SGA fandom?

I love watching SGA, but it would've been mindless watching if it hadn't been for fandom. The fandom made me notice what incredible (or skeevy) things that lies underneath the surface, and how mindblowing the show could've been.

Also the fandom is just so talented and creative and all-round wonderful. I am in awe of the kindness and awesomeness that exists in this fandom. :)

I've noticed that you have the ability to draw and paint in a variety of styles, some so different that to an amateur eye such as mine I wouldn't necessarily know they all came from the same person. So, can you tell us what style you like best and why? And I'd love to hear any thoughts you have about what its like to do such different kinds of pictures.

I draw in so many styles because I learned drawing from copying artwork of other (usually manga) artists. For example, when I read manga, I might stop at a scene that I think looks pretty, sketch the idea of it, and then keep reading. I used to read a lot of manga, so my work ended up being a patchwork of many different styles.

Another reason for the different styles is that SGA features real, actual people. Real people don't have nice solid outlines. D: Since I don't know how to draw realistic people, I make do with the skills I have.

Favourite style... to draw? Or to look at? Chibis are the easiest to draw, for sure. Realistic people are the hardest, but most similar to the source material (i.e. SGA screen caps/photos). I haven't managed the realistic style well yet, but I will keep trying. I don't favour a particular style. As long as it still looks pretty after a couple days, I'm happy.