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Interview with Grypwolf

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 7:27 AM by SimplySilent:iconsimplysilent:

Today we have an interview with the amazing Grypwolf, a twenty-three-year-old digital artist from Finland! :la: Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride!

Tell us a bit about your art and yourself as an artist. How long have you been doing art? What kind of art do you do?

Defy me by Grypwolf
Hi! My name is Jonna and I am a 23 years old digital artist from northern Finland. My mom says that I was born with the urge to draw and create stuff with my hands. As soon as I first time grabbed the pen in my hand, she had to cover our house with old newspapers - every single day, before I learned how to stay on paper and not to draw on everything I saw. But I indeed loved drawing and I still do. Of course when I still was a young, there was no computers and "digital art", so I started with traditional. My favorite medium had to be just a regular pencil or cheap markers. Oh that joy when every single Christmas someone bought me some paper and new markers to ruin because they just had no other gift ideas. and so I have been drawing all my life, without any breaks. When we got our first proper computer in the year 1999 - and of course access to internet - I got myself inspired to start with Digital art. Mouse and MS Paint it was back then.

But so, nowadays I do mostly digital art - as a poor student I hardly have money for expensive paper and traditional equipment.

I am a soldier on my own by Grypwolf2000 by Grypwolf

You state on your profile that you are self-taught. How do you think that affected your growth as an artist? Do you think it made learning more difficult, or is official schooling not as important as many artists believe?

My universe is foul by Grypwolf
Yes I am self-taught digital artist. And why do I claim to be like that? I don't think it is more difficult to learn things by yourself - not really. In this day and age at least when everything can be found in books and internet.

You CAN also learn to draw by taking lessons in schools. The thing is that you can't learn to draw there if you don't have the will and heart for learning within someone else's guidelines. Well, frankly you can't learn anything if you're not curious enough. Now don't get me wrong! I don't say schools aren't important for artists. Basics are important to learn and some may need schools to get introduced with them. It is just that, in my own experience all the art lessons for me have been some what - limited. You can't really express yourself there. In schools we are also educated to fear failure. There is no right or wrong in art and that is the thing that bushed me to learn some things all by myself - without limits and without someone telling me that the way I hold my brush is "wrong".

One last chance for remorse by Grypwolf
When I studied in Kainuu vocational college to be media-assistant, I already knew how to use Photoshop - for example, but of course I learned some new things there too. Obviously self taught people still have to learn from someone and online tutorials are written by someone but the idea is you are learning of your own free will through a non educational line. It consumes time. Some are not cut out for that.

Lead me astray to dreamer's hideaway by GrypwolfThey believed words of a wolf by Grypwolf

You also state that you use Photoshop CS3, Photoshop Elements 8, and Paint Tool SAI for your digital works. What do you use each one for?

I use mainly Paint Tool SAI for drawing. And I mean I create mostly everything in that program. Sketch, line art, colors, background, stuff like that. Then when I need to do finishing touches, I open Photoshop, which is excellent editing program also as it is great for painting. I don't use it for drawing anymore though.

Anticyclone by GrypwolfOkami - Amaterasu's Revival by Grypwolf

Do you use any special techniques in your work? (Using many layers, brush packs, overlays, etc.)

On top of the chain and safe from the rain by Grypwolf
It depends on the way I want to finish my art. For example, if I want to create highly detailed art with cartoon cel shading, I may end up using over 200 layers. And it includes own layers for each one, sketch, line art, coloring. multiply layer for shadings, overlay and luminosity layers for Light work, BG, etc.

I think the most crazy thing is when I start to add finishing touches in Photoshop or paint tool SAI. I usually end up merging all the layers together. This is a habit that usually will raise some eyebrows, since I may add more shadows or detail in BG with only one layer remaining. If I remember, I may save up a version with all the working layers but usually I don't do that.

This habit formed when I still had so slow computer that it didn't cope with the big file sizes of my works.

Your death wish by GrypwolfI accept no lies, no falsehood or deception by Grypwolf

What inspires you? Where do you get the concepts and ideas for your artworks?

Dreams, cup of coffee, Nature, Animations, movies, books, Deviantart and it's great collection of fellow artists and finally there is Tumblr. When I want to get ideas for drawings, or just raise my will to draw, I end up browsing trough DA or tumblr. All I usually need is shape of a body, single brush stroke or color combinations, or the pure feeling of the image to get an idea and inspiration.

I also have many artistic inspirations. All of them deserves to be featured some way or another but maybe I don't start listing names here.

Radical Dreamer by GrypwolfOn the run, caught up in this madness by Grypwolf

What are some tips for beginners looking to get started in digital art? Another way to look at this is: what were some of the struggles that you faced, and how did you overcome them?

Eternity set in her eyes + VIDEO by Grypwolf
Ah. Now lets see. As a kid I was so scared of the thought that someone will have their own (maybe negative) opinion on my art that I ended up bad mouthing my own art and myself before anyone could say anything about it. Now that is not the way to get people to like you and your art.

Just be proud of your work, even if someone tells you that you have done wrong - be proud of it still. What about it if one or two people did not like it? there will always be someone who will.

Also, if you are stricken by this so called "art block", don't fret. Human brain needs time to internalize learned things. They need rest. Actually the time when you are having art block, maybe the time when you are secretly improving and refreshing yourself. Just give yourself some time. Draw only things that make you feel good, don't push yourself. I know it may feel bad, but it is not the end.

Then again there is my favorite tip for everyone; There is no easy way around to get better at art. You need to work for it, Draw, Draw and draw and don't be afraid of failures! You will get there!

Not the right way, but it is my way - Timelapse by Grypwolf

Do you have any tutorials/walk-throughs of your own, or any recommendations you'd like to share? I saw your gallery of tutorials, so are there particular ones in there that you think would be the most helpful for beginners?

Shading tutorial by Grypwolf
Hmm. I don't have the most recent tutorial for shading in DA, but I think the one I have there, is not really out dated. I would like to make more tutorials on art but they are so time consuming that I hardly have time for them. I need to try harder!

Even so I have coloring / Paint tool Sai / shading tutorial in making where I will show fast and (hopefully) good methods for coloring and shading and I am sure it will be of help for beginner digital artists.

In Tumblr I also have some kind of tutorial for painting fur and for cel shading. I can link them here:……

Puny, pale jailer of mine by Grypwolf

Any additional comments you'd like to make?

Eee. Well. All in all this was a nice interview and I hope I can be helpful for fellow beginner artists in future. I am only human so I can do only so much for them, but if any of your group members have something they need help with, they are free to come and ask for help. I will see if I can do anything about it.

Because of the reason X by Grypwolf

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Life at Cornell

Sun Aug 31, 2014, 8:35 PM

Last week I moved three hours forward into the future by flying from my home in California to Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. (Hooray for not having to live all the way back in PST time anymore. :dummy:)

So just an update journal with some poorly shot pictures for your amusement:

^ View from one of the main bridges

The bad shot from my phone doesn't do this justice, but there's a giant and epic looking gorge/waterfall  by the dorms (not shown here, this one is the smaller one) that we cross each day when we go to class. Cornell is also very leafy and green.

^ West campus where all the upperclassmen and the best dining halls reside.

I only went down there once because the walk back up the slope is intense. The picture doesn't show it well, but I swear the path has an incline of at least 30 degrees, which is actually much, much tougher than it looks here. The whole school is filled with hills, so my legs have been continuously sore for the last week. Good thing is that I will have calves of steel by the time I get back home.

^ Inner courtyard of my dorm building

I ended up in the all-female dorm, which was not as terrible as I had thought. We do a lot of fun dorm events (weekly brunches/dinners, ice cream socials) that other dorms don't, so that makes up a bit for the utter lack of males in the vicinity.

My dorm also sort of resembles a mini-castle from the outside, which has led to numerous comments about Cornell being Hogwarts.

^ Not my picture, but this is how it'll look in the winter.

I sadly don't have any pictures of the food, but it's absolutely amazing. I've eaten at several other schools (Berkeley, Stanford, Duke), but Cornell's food tops all of theirs. Just for brunch, they managed to have a whole bunch of my favorite foods: dumpling soup, spring rolls, fresh blueberries, and this fantastic make-your-own omelette (you tell the cooks what stuff you want in the omelette, and the dudes make it right there for you).

Seriously, the freshman fifteen has reached new levels.

tldr; For all those not in college yet, my advice to you is to make sure to look up food ratings before picking your college. :B Cornell was something like top 10 in the nation for food, and it was a very good choice. :giggle:

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I just want to say you are a wonderful friend, thank you for being there when I need it most. You have an amazing style of artwork and even a great taste in movies and shows! Have a great day.

EpicPrincessofDoom and AquarianRoyalty are amazing people overall and deserve so much love! They are both cute and smart, with talents of their own.
EpicPrincessofDoom is very special to me because she is one of the first people I met on this site. Despite my flaws, and my stupid roleplaying, she's always up for being nice and has a large, and funny cast of amusing characters! She is also really cute sounding, and is overall a good person to be around. Don't let mean people keep you down, go for the crown my Australian cutie! 38)
AquarianRoyalty is the queen of rarepair ships. Be it Ararezi, Equius x everyone (especially the bby Rose Lalonde), or pale Erirezi, this girl has it! She attracts an array of fun and friendly people, so defs check her out! She has a lot of potential in her art, and it's so amazing!

From, Enemom

Thank you thank you thank you especially to LightBulbMoon  for keeping the good ship  XtremeFractals running  while I was in the hospital

Also a blanket thank you to each and every person who looked after my husband  melodiousglenndog....sent me cards, made me  art......what a wonderful group we have here.

CARBONATED-STARDUST, Although we haven't known each other for too long, I'm happy to say that you've quickly become one of my best friends! Your humor is just perfect for me, and your tastes are odd, but that's what makes you interesting and unique and what makes me like you! You're so extremely nice it's almost crazy, and your art is cute to boot!! You've already given me many gifts, although I think the biggest and best gift you've given me so far is the time that you spend with me!! Your kindly 'good morning's put a smile on my face and brighten my day instantly. From the bottom of my heart, thank you, and I hope we can spend more time together!!

sheples, There's not much I can say here except that you're one of the greatest people I've ever met!! You've inspired me, taught me, helped me, cheered me up and done so many other things for me that the list would go on and on. Although we've had our fair share of awkward moments, upsetting moments, and straight up awful moments, we still manage to stick together and keep on going. I sincerely hope that we can continue being together this way, and that we can open up our hearts more and be more honest with each other. Your art is beautiful and inspirational and it's no surprise that many, myself included, look up to you! You yourself are beautiful, too, and you need to believe it!! For day one, now, and all the days in between, I thank you for all of them!

Odyssey-Redstars, You're incredible, and there's not much else to add to that. You've done so many amazing things for me, ranging from cheering me up after a hard day, giving me advice when I don't know what to do, to giving me bunches of art gifts because you almost always want to! I'm so grateful for everything, and I definitely want to pay you back for it all one day. You're one of the best things that ever happened to me, and I'm so glad that I met you on accident, because it's made me so unbelievably happy. I want us to stay together for a very long time, and I want us to keep understanding each other and helping each other for an even longer time. You're a wonderful person, and your art is so quirky and special in many of its own ways! Even the silly, not-much-effort-put-into-it art is great. I give you many thanks for the advice, love, art, and many, many other things.

You are such a wonderful artist, and a great friend. You have many skills, just like Xena! I love seeing all the jewelry you make and exchanging letters with you, and talking HtLJ. Your friendship means so much to me, and thanks for taking the time to send me the stroopwafels! :D

I won't mention any names publicly, but someone very close to my heart deserves all the compliments in the world. Here's mine.
Just by coming to know you, I've learned that love and friendship are really not that different. It started out with my childish crush on you, and now you're the best friend I could ever have. And so much more too: my role model, my kindred spirit, and in your words, my plot buddy.
I speak in my hardly understandable way, and you listen. I mention what's bothering me, and you help. I cry, and you give me your shoulder. (Plus a headpat. >w<)
I'm so glad you were able to stand the old me long enough for me to become as I am now. I'm a real person because of you. I owe you more than I can ever repay, but I try to give a little back every day.
I talk with you, I listen to you, I help you, I love you.
Here's hoping I've brightened your life a fraction as much as you've brightened mine.

Elyses & Sklavenbrause
I would like to thank you two for being great friends and interesting people over so many years. But also for being such amazing artists and inspirations. You are two of the few people that really keep me going and have been an idol to me ever since I saw your pictures over seven years ago. Please keep it up and never let someone take away the fun in the things you do!

hopeburnsblue is an amazing lady. She's going through some difficult stuff right now, but I want her to know that her strength shines out despite it all. I want her to know that, no matter what, she's amazing and wonderful, and deserving of so very much kindness.

You are beautiful, smart, funny, and caring in every way. We've been through so much, the chatzys, the drama, the roleplays. I'm blessed that I met you. Your art has gotten so much better, and you've improved so much as an artist and a person. I wish I knew you in real life, but for now I'm okay with the midnight video calls XD But seriously, you are my sister, my best friend, my moirail, and my homegirl. Luv ya!

shyfurry is a brillant user. Even though she joined yesterday, she has great potential to be a great user.

Oh man. You are awesome. Words literally can't describe how awesome you are. You may be more awesome than I am - and that's saying something!
Haha, but all jokes aside - you truly are an amazing person and I wouldn't be half as far as I am now if it weren't for you. You always try to put your art and writing skills down, but, truthfully - I strive to be as amazing as you are.
Keep being you, keep being awesome - and boost your confidence, because I need more of your awesome submissions to feast my eyes upon. <3

Dear Lissomer
you're an absolutely, dizzingly gorgeous writer. Your poems are something that I'd expect to find in a book, unique and beautiful and expertly crafted.
You're also a super nice, funny and clever person. I'm not even the slightest afraid of you. Honestly, I'd shake your hand if I ever got to meet you. All your kind words and the fact that you even read my poetry make me so happy. Thanks a lot for being here and being you!
What else to say... The coffee they make from your caffeinestream is very tasty, I suppose.
I hope you have a very nice day, my dear! :heart:

fishter911 is a great person who has an amazing and sweet personality that would just brighten anyone's day up~ He has helped me at times whenever I have felt down or when I just needed a hug. u-u I honestly don't know how I could thank him enough for all the things he has done for me. He's also so generous towards people and all that~.. owo :heart: I love ya lots and you should never doubt yourself whenever things get bad for you. :hug: Cuz you know that you're a strong person who can do lots of things. :iconcutegamzeeplz: You rule!~~~
puchiipanda is simply wonderful. She's one of the sweetest and funniest people on dA, and her art is always lots of fun to look at! It's already very good, but it's improving at an incredible speed. This is someone who's really committed to improving- it's extremely inspiring! Coupled with a friendly attitude, this is someone I never regret watching. I really can't emphasize enough how nice she is and how fun it is to talk to her. Come for the art, stay for the artist! :)

I really like C-ATVOMIT and their art. I never know what kind of art to expect next, and it's always something interesting! It's strange, because it isn't the kind of art I usually like, but something about how this particular artist handles it really made it different. The colors are sharp and jump of the page, and the character designs are as unique and diverse as they are cool! These are OC's that I'd really love to read more about. :) There's real feeling in the lines, and to top it off, the artist is a fun and exciting person as well as a genuinely nice one- I can always look forward to seeing their new art and journals!

You're kind, caring and damn right awesome. And even though your OC has a toilet as a cutie-mark, you're amazingly talented, bringing joy into dA with your beautiful skills. I know, I'm not the only one who thinks this.
You try and help everyone, doing livestreams with free requests and even replying politely to comments which seems harsh and mean. You're even doing a contest, trying to get more people to get artistic and to actually do something, than searching around dA, waiting for a miracle.
So, thank-you for everything.

Dear KatyMacabre ,
  I just wanted to say that I've known you for such a long time,
that I wanted to tell you that I love you.
I love you so much that I would do **anything** for you.
You're so sweet and talented, you make me laugh and smile.
You just make me feel so happy to know that someone cares about me that much.
I'm sorry I'm not perfect, you could've done so much better than me.
But I'm so glad that you choose me <3
So I know I'm not the best,
I know I'm not the nicest or most talented
But I just feel like I won the lottery because I have you in my life.
I feel all warm inside when I talk to you, I just want to hug you and hold you for a lifetime.
I might not be a Romeo, but I have found my Juliet ; v ;
coughs funky doghtor, u know who this is
this is ur mother emily
eggs coughs giveme your art styleohmygod
mek, brother, you're the best invertebrother ever
scrolling, dude, you're hella rad.
oh katie (qIobe) and u stay hella amazing god ur so funny
these people are my dear friends
and if you hurt them i will slap u god
coughs from your lord,

Detachments ,
You have some really cute, interesting characters. The designs are definitely better than what I see on other OCs. I think that is something to also take pride in, since coming up with characters can be, well, difficult. I'm kinda sad you're leaving because I think you are one of dA's better original artists. Oh well hope you find success on other sites I'm sure many will be just as awed by your art as your fans are here xoxo

There are so many people I wish to compliment, where do I even begin??
I think I'll start with imblue36752100,
You were basically my 1st real friend I made on here. We originally clicked when we were both  obsessing over Soul Eater and we started making jokes and I just… You made me lmao XD.
Gurl, you were fabulous from the beginning don't you ever change~ :blowkiss:
I hope one day we can meet IRL since we're both in SoCal <3
Stay rad,

Next I want to thank NINJAWERETIGER for always being SO SWEET and caring and always supporting me :heart: I've met some truly incredible people in the last few years and mostly thanks to you!
I met arisaxkureno, The-New-Host, Toxic-Weirdo and so many other incredible friends through you and I can't thank you enough!
Thank you for always being there and being so friendly cause you got me through my miserable middle school years with your kindness.
Love always and forever,

Now onto 2 awesome fellow Californians! :D
To Avato-chan, my anime buddy,
You introduced me to a lot of amazing shows that I might not have discovered otherwise. I am the person I am because of the things you've shown me and I want to say thanks for everything!
See you at wondercon maybe?
Love Lulu

To DenkiSutoraiki,
We've had plenty of ups and downs in the past years, but I wouldn't trade it for the world. Our trials have only made our bond stronger and, for that, I couldn't be more grateful~
I know you'll continue to be awesome and strong and beautiful and I hope we can meet up soon.
Love LulutheDragonQueen

You're going to be off to college and I'm not gonna see you as much anymore but I want you to know you're an amazing friend, pseudo-sis, artist, partner in crime, etc xD
I'm gonna miss you so much and I honestly wouldn't be the artist or person I am today if I didn't know you. I hope you can learn to appreciate yourself and your work without me having to remind you how amazing you are! Be proud of yourself and don't compare yourself to others because you'll be loved anyways <3
(and you're gonna be great in college, don't worry ;) )

You are a great artist, a fantastic roleplayer, and you're full of awesome ideas.
But most importantly:
You're an absolutely amazing person.
Your kindness has already brought you lots of friends and loads of admiration, and I just wanted to remind you how much of an impact you have made on all our lives.
I'm glad I met you, and that we became friends. I love talking to you, and I absolutely admire your skills. You are a treasure to so many, and it makes me even happier to know that I'm special to you, too.
This whole thing was pure coincidence, but really, you deserve compliments like this one every day. Stay the way you are, for that's how your friends love you. Bye~

RebeccaBajanJerome Where should i begin? You're such a beautiful person, both inside and out. You sunny spirit brightens my every day and you are a very special girl in the most beautiful way. The best way to to describe you is that you are like a miracle sent from above. You are a wonderful person and I love you very much. Thank you for always being my friend.

StarLightSilver123 PinkChickenInk Angelbluedeer
I'm really bad at things like this, but I just wanted to say thanks for always being there. I'm grateful for our friendship more than you'll ever know. Thanks for being my friend, online and off, even through all the crap I've unfairly put you through. <3 you guys.

Girl, you're so awesome! <33
;;w;; You're art is friggin adorable, and your my best friend on deviantART!! <3333
Now guess who I am~ |DD

shuuming is the sweetest person ever !! i am very glad i met her ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ
she is a very talented artist and i just know she is going to be very successful (●ↀωↀ●)✧

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