How long have you been on DeviantArt?
6 years. It'll have been 7 years next month. Crazy to think I've been a DA member for half of my relationship with my partner! I was a lurker here for a couple of years before that too, but it's around that time I decided I wanted to improve my art and actually show people what I was doing!
What does your username mean?
EzJedi (n. pronounced) ee-zee-jed-eye (easy-jedi). Apart from being an online gaming moniker I've had for years, it stems from my simply being a chilled out and easygoing (mostly, hehe) dude who grew up loving Star Wars!
Describe yourself in three words.
Lover, joker, midnight-tokeeeer (see how it counts because I hyphenated it?! And yes, sorry to Steve Miller because I changed the words a bit. But it's my party and I'll cry if I want to. Lyrical baby.)
Are you left or right handed?
I'm a righty, but I always wanted to be a lefty so I could feel like I belong somewhere...
What was your first deviation?
Could've been worse i guess, but still makes my face hurt from the cringe...
Also it should be noted I now have less hair. Considerably.
What is your favourite type of art to create?
Illustrative line art heavy stuff. Can't really be more precise than that. Just like my musical tastes, my influences are pretty varied!
If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?
I always loved the super-flat movement, like Studio 4c and others have been famed for, so I guess I'd say I'd love to be able to naturally manage that look. But I just embrace what I can do and enjoy looking at what I can't these days!
What was your first favourite?
This was technically my first...
But this is the first that really hugely influenced me to improve...
What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?
The type that makes me feel I need to improve! Really, if I get that pang of jealousy, wishing I'd thought of the concept or executed the art so well, it goes in my favourites. But it does tend to be similarly illustrative stuff more often than not, but I enjoy all good art regardless of style or genre.
Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?
It's very hard to pick just one artist for this, as there are so many I admire and who've influenced me. But if I had a gun to my head? I guess it would have to be my man HeavyMetalHanzo. His work is skilled, refined, colourful and energetic. Besides that, he never gets complacent and is always pushing and developing his style and skills. Plus he's a bloody nice bloke without unnecessary ego, who's been a great encouragement to me and is always grateful for people's compliments and praise. Yes Hanzo, you f'in rock man! Also a special mention goes to edwinhuang too. Dude's a line art beast! Also been a great encouragement to me, his style showed me a different and dynamic way to handle ink line art. One of these days I hope I can produce something even close to his skill level!
If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?
I'm a pretty shy and anxious guy really (although it doesn't really show online), so I'd probably bottle it and hide if I had the chance. However, it'd have to be those people I call friends here on DA. You all know who you are, but to name just a few, the aforementioned HeavyMetalHanzo, my fellow self doubter griffinator, long time pal and fellow gooner Acerbic450, Greek comic master and bloody nice guy Smolb, and finally the superstar leader of our Sketchbook troup ( autodesk-sketchbook), the lovely and infinitely patient reneedicherri. Please don't feel sad if I didn't mention you, there are a bunch of cool peeps I regularly talk to round these here parts! I couldn't possibly mention you all!
How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?
A special mention has to go to reneedicherri. Her encouragement and advice has really helped me move forward as an artist. Plus she's responsible for making autodesk-sketchbook the welcoming place it is, which has been a second home for me here. So cheers Renee, you're one rad chick!
What are your preferred tools to create art?
As I work pretty much entirely digitally, my Cintiq 12wx is kinda essential to me. I'd love to upgrade to a bigger model, but I need to sell a lot more commissions for that! Software wise, Sketchbook Pro, Photoshop and most recently, Manga Studio 5 have been my apps of choice. Although I rarely use PS if I can help it these days.
What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?
Obviously at my desk in my home office/studio/man cave. But honestly it's not where I'm most inspired. Most of my inspiration comes to me while watching movies or anime, gaming, or just walking down the local beach. I try to bottle those random thoughts as quickly as possible and bring them back into the studio. It doesn't always work!
What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?
Toughie...I don't really have any overwhelmingly emotional or nostalgic moments here! I've never lit up the front page (that I know of, I rarely check it!) or got a Daily Deviation or anything, nor am I too fussed about that kinda stuff!
I'd probably say the day I became a contributor over at autodesk-sketchbook. It really feels great to be a part of something and give back in some small part. Plus I've met some cool folks over there. I mean, it is the coolest group on DA after all, with all the cool people. And the best contributors too don't you know!
So that's that then, I hope it enlightened you girls and guys a little more about the kinda chap I am. Okay at art, getting better all the time, but happy, and therefore winning at life!
As some of you who follow elsewhere may know, I've suffered a pretty serious back injury of late and haven't been able to work pretty much at all. Depressing huh? However, I'm pleased to say that all the treatment and ice packs are working, so I'm hoping I can tolerate my desk posture in short bursts next week! We'll see how it goes, but I gotta take care. You only get one back after all. Suffice to say, I haven't spent so much time sofa surfing since I was a lazy ass teenager and I'm kinda sick of it now. Although I have cleared some of my ever expanding gaming backlog and got some project planning done, so tiny fist pump for that! Try not to forget me with all this absence anyway. And if you do, just look outside your window at night. Yep. That's me, in the rain, staring intently at you.
Sufficiently freaked out now? Awesome, my work here is done...
Stay zen peeps!