I began drawing around 1999 out of an obsessive infatuation with Japanese manga and anime. I wanted nothing more than to understand that aesthetic and learn to recreate the same elegant lines, shapes, and color combinations. For a long time my preferred coloring technique was soft, blended digital painting in OpenCanvas. But due to a growing software incompatibility, I gradually switched to simple gradients and a methodical approach to cell-shading in Photoshop.
Throughout this period, fan-art and a group of autobiographical original characters were the things I liked to draw the most.
Towards the end of 2013 I got bored and began experimenting with stylizing my characters. I wanted to see how much more angular, elongated and minimalistic I could make the anatomies and colors before it would 'break'. Letting myself be guided by the movement and sharpness of the original sketch lines, I aimed for a clinically clean but also quick and dynamic look. I also began drawing animals as study objects for this.
Feeling like I was on to something, this period turned out to be one of my most productive to date in terms of style development and finding an artistic voice.
My current work focuses on bringing back texture through the use of ink, and seeing how this traditional step can be combined with digital techniques.