What is thedirtyground?
In all honesty? Just a domain. I have a great love of the band, The White Stripes, and purchased the domain about a million years ago. Since then, my online persona has always been thedirtyground. Most of my social media accounts are under this user name.
So there is no great mystery. I just dig Jack White.
Where did you go to school?
I’ve been drawing for most of my life. I did a stint at the Alberta College of Art & Design about a million years ago. But, in terms of my portrait work, I am self-taught.
Do you accept commissions?
Right now? No. I don’t.
Commissions are tricky for me. I learned a long time ago that I am horrible at them. They cause an inordinate amount of stress, tension and anxiety. I don’t do my best work when I am drawing for someone else.
Add in the fact that the artwork I make is primarily fan art, so it would feel weird to accept money for artwork I created based on someone else’s work. This particularly true for the portraits.
So, for right now, I don’t accept commissions.
Can I purchase prints of your work?
No. Prints are not currently available for purchase.
This is 100% due to the nature of the art I make. As most of it is fan art, it would be strange to accept money for artwork I created based on someone else’s work. This particularly true for the portraits.
That said, I may offer prints of other work in the future.
Can I purchase [insert name of piece here]?
None of my current pieces are available for purchase as they belong to my personal collection. However, I may offer other works for purchase in the future.
Why is most of your work fanart?
Well, I draw things I love and I am a big nerd who is obsessed with film, science fiction, fantasy, horror and video games. Each piece brings me some personal happiness and that is important to my mental well-being.
What medium do you work in?
For portraits, I typically work with the Copic Cool Grey Sketch marker set with white pencil and white gel pen on Bristol Smooth paper.
I have also used colour Copics with Multiliners for my illustrative work also on Bristol Smooth.
My graphite pieces are done with pencils ranging from 2H through 4B, but my hardness preference is 2H. Most of my graphite drawings are done on Bristol Vellum and on rare occasions, Bristol Smooth.
I also like working in acrylic paint. But I don’t do that as often as I would like.