CSP Featured Artist: Chuck Pavoni
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How did you become an artist?
I've always had a love for drawing ever since I was a kid, and I knew from an early age that I wanted to pursue being an artist. It started out small with me just doodling in my school books and drawing in sketchbooks. From there I began to take art more seriously and started learning digital art. I got my first tablet, which was an old wacom graphire 4 tablet, and I eventually upgraded to a Cintiq. I fell in love with creating and was motivated to learn more and more. My desire to draw the things I saw around me is what led me to learning basic drawing skills. l wanted to draw Transformers, so I learned perspective. I wanted to draw my favorite super heroes, so I learned anatomy etc. My desire to draw cool things and years of practicing is what led me to now. I think a lot of people look at artists work and just chalk it up to them having talent, not realizing what went into acquiring those skills. Some people may be more skilled then others, but talent is a result of pursuing an interest. That means if you have an interest in art, you can develop talents too! We may not all have the talents we want yet, but we all have interests, and with enough time and effort, talent will develop. Art is not something that came easy for me, but my interest in growing is what led me here.
Where do you get inspiration?
I get inspiration from lots of places, but my biggest sources of inspiration come from the movies, shows and music I consume. My favorite subject matter to draw is anything involving music, especially the artists I love the most.
Another form of inspiration would be comics, anime, and manga. It may be subtle but those inspire the aesthetics of my art a lot. Comics have always been a love of mine, and will always have an influence on me and my illustrations.
What’s your hardware setup?
I draw on a laptop with either a Cintiq, or a Huion Kamvas 16. I also use a iPad pro (11" 3rd gen) while I'm traveling.
What do you like best about Clip Studio Paint?
I like that it's a program specifically built and designed for artists. its simple enough for anyone to pick up, and the user interface is highly customizable so that you can change your workspace however works best for you. There are so many cool tools that I haven't seen in other softwares such as the perspective rulers, the halftone affects, or the vector layers. The brush engine as well is the best I've seen in any drawing program.
How long does it take you to make a single illustration?
It depends based on the illustration. For studies I try to keep them quick and only dedicate a few hours to them, but sometimes I go overboard, and can dedicate up to like 5 hours on just one study. It totally depends on the piece though, and how complex it is. Some illustrations can take an accumulation of 8+ hours stretched out over the timespan of a few days. I try and not take too long on a piece because I fear it could look overworked, but some pieces require a lot of figures or city skyscrapers for example, and they can take many days to complete.
How has Clip Studio Paint improved your workflow?
Once you find the workspace that works best for you, and you learn the shortcuts on the keyboard, things become second nature and clip makes it easy to do that. Simple things go a long way, like being able to ink on vector layers, drop in color easily with the fill bucket, or being able to pull up the color picker with a keyboard shortcut.
Would you like to promote some recent project?
I would love if people kept an eye on my website https://www.chuckpcomics.com/ I am working on making some tutorials, dropping some personal projects, and prints soon.
Where can we follow your work?
Great to follow your dreams. Consume art Make art.