How long have you been on DeviantArt?
I joined dA just over 10 years ago in June 2005. It was my first ever online gallery and I started posting a few of my pencil portraits. They went down pretty well and I'll never forget the feeling of recieving those first few Comments and Favs.
What does your username mean?
I'm a lifelong Star Wars fan. I was born the same year as Star Wars, in 1977, and it's been in my blood ever since. At the time I joined dA, I had a vintage Biker Scout figure on my desk. The rest is history and the name has stuck with me. I use it on quite a few other sites too!
Describe yourself in three words.
Tall vegetarian procrastinator.
Are you left or right handed?
Right, right? Right!
What was your first deviation?
My first deviation was actually also one of my first ever digital pieces - a Kill Bill piece featuring the main female characters. My time on dA is synonymous with my shift from traditional, paper-based illustration, to working digitally. I taught myself Photoshop and you guys were there with me. It's been 4 years since I painted a digital portrait. Maybe it's time to dust off the old Wacom.
What is your favourite type of art to create?
Portraiture, without a doubt, and I usually strive for a good likeness. If it works, great. If not, that's good too. It's all practice!
If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?
I'd love to be able to draw characters from movies but in my own style. I rely a lot on reference so I guess I'd like to be better at conjuring stuff from my imagination.
What was your first favourite?
A pencil portrait of Jennifer Connolly by AsiaT.
What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?
I love movies, so portraits of my favourite characters have a good chance of being Fav'd! But I also love to Fav work that inspires me, giving me something to strive towards.
Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?
I've met so many amazing artists on dA, but it was here where I stumbled across MarkRaats whose work I've now admired for over a decade. His knack for capturing the essence of everything he portrays in his work is inspiring. He's also a wonderfully gracious, honest and down to earth person who I'm proud to call a friend.
If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?
I'm hoping to meet Mark at Star Wars Celebration Europe when it comes to London in 2016.
How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?
It would be difficult, and inaccurate, to single out one individual. Everyone who has taken the time to Comment, Fav or Share my work has, collectively, inspired me to keep going especially during those moments of self doubt where I've nearly given up on the whole 'art thing'. You guys are awesome! You're like motivational Power Rangers when they all merge together to form one big awesome... thing. Is it obvious Power Rangers came after my childhood?
What are your preferred tools to create art?
Pencils. Be they graphite, chalk, colour... nothing beats the feeling of tangible tools on tangible canvas.
What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?
For me, home is where the art is.
What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?
I will never forget the day I received my first Daily Deviation. It was about 8 months after I joined and I was producing a series of digital portraits of movie directors. Peter Jackson had just directed King Kong so, on a whim, I added a reflection of Kong in his eye and when people started to spot it, the reaction was insane. I received two more DD's but that first one will always be the most special.