It’s been a while since I wrote a “heylo” post, and since I’ve been getting a lot of anon questions lately, I figured I could do one. AND PEOPLE WHO ASK ANON QUESTIONS— I don’t usually post questions on my site. You will (most likely) simply not get an answer to your query if you ask it anonymously. I don’t MIND anon asks, not at all, but I don’t post asks in general because it would seriously clutter up my site. Just so you knowwwwwww but feel free to send whatever ya like!
Some questions tend to come up repeatedly so I’ll answer some here.
IS YOU A BOY OR IS YOU A GIRL?
I is somewhat obviously 100% boy. I feel it’s clear from my writing and colouring, since I think both got gobs of boyishness, but it’s a compliment that some wonder about my gender!
WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
My name is David Michael Chandler.
WHERE IS YOU FROM?
I am from Portland, Oregon (in the Northwest corner of the USA), but I currently live in the Koreatown area of Los Angeles.
I am a writer and illustrator here, full-time.
WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR IDEAS/INSPIRATION?
It’s a common but good n’ tough question! I don’t know. I think people either have ideas or they don’t, but if you’re creative you can practice and hone your abilities to have more ideas come to you, and easily. When I think up a phrase, an image, or an idea, I always immediately write it down in my idea-notepad. In there I have over 1000+ Doodle ideas to use in the future.
I prefer to think up a Doodle that day and do the new idea, since they tend to energize me more, but if nuthin’ good came up that I wanna do, I page through the idea-pad and something always catches my eye in there (or forms a new idea).
HOW DO YOU MAKE THESE? WHAT TABLET/PENS/PROGRAM DO YOU USE?
I don’t use a tablet, EVERYTHING is hand-drawn and coloured by myself. I’ve never even touched a tablet so I have no good recommendations on which are the best.
What I do is, is think up a Doodle and then I draw it in pencil (sometimes doing a test drawing in my idea-notepad), then I ink it with inking pens (normally Micron), colour in everything with coloured pencils (normally Crayola, nothing fancy) and sometimes markers and highlighters. I often get my materials from local 99 cent stores.
HOW DO YOU GET YOUR TEXTURES? IS IT THE PAPER?
I use smooth Bristol paper, so the paper doesn’t cause the textures. The textures are from the coloured pencils, as I really grind them into the paper to completely colour everything.
Different pencils and different colours have different textures.
HOW DO YOU MAKE YOUR GIFS?
I still hand draw and hand colour everything, and then I open it up in a free version of Photoshop (available on Adobe.com), make parts of the image transparent or whatever else is needed, and then I take those edited versions and open it up in a free version of Adobe Premiere.
I then make the GIF bleep and bloop and do whatever I doin’ with it, within Premiere.
Lastly, I export it out and make it into a GIF and get the file size under 1000kb and the frames under 30 (in my experience, those are the Tumblr limits for GIFs 500 pixels wide).
WHERE DID YOU GO TO SCHOOL OR LEARN HOW TO DRAW?
I’ve never had an art class and I think it shows. I’m not that strong at drawing, but I am better than when I started.
I don’t know which art schools are good, or whether or not you should go to one… it really depends on your personality and skills. I woulda’ done AWFUL at an art school since I can only draw how I draw and only like doing what I wanna do.
I was always a horrible student.
My advice is always to just make as many things as you can, and understand that EVERYONE is awful at everything at first. You have to power through the awful years to get to the other side, and I am still in the awful years myself.
WILL YOU DRAW ME? :-3
I’d love to! I have a thingy where you can STAR IN YOUR VERY OWN DAILY DOODLE! I also happily sell any older drawing, as I am poor.
YEAH BUT I WANT YOU TO DRAW ME FOR FREE :-3 <3 <3
Sorry, I can’t do that :’-/
WHAT DO YOU LOOK LIKE? ARE YOU UGLY?
I am maybe the cutest boy in the galaxy SEEEEEEEEE—
I love talking with EVERYONE here, so please send in any questions you like and I’ll always answer them to the best of my abilities. I quite honestly love everyone who looks at these silly drawings and stories, and I appreciate your support and interest TREMENDOUSLY.
IF I EVER DIDN’T ANSWER YOUR QUESTION, I may not have gotten it. I genuinely apologize if I ever wasn’t able to respond, as I think it’s incredibly lame of me if I miss one. More often than not, I simply didn’t get the ‘ask’ or ‘fanmail’, so please write me again if I didn’t reply.
Love you all, especially you,
David Michael Chandler (DMC), a Boy.
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