Check out Chloe Gross’ art for Simmi and Aurora =D <3 It’s adorable!!!!
It is also available IN PAPERBACK WOOO! You’ve been asking and here it is!
If you follow Ruby Dixon ( if you haven’t been introduced to Ruby’s books yet, check ’em out HERE =D) you’ve probably seen Chloe’s beautiful work featuring many of Ruby’s heroes and heroines and their babies. But have you seen her needle work (JUST WOW, CHLOE!) or her fan art? LOOK AT HER BRESLIN & SANNA! (And Kota and Meesahrah, AWWW! <3) (And LOLOL on the arm munching scene XD)
WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT CHLOE? So did I! READ ON!
Have you always been artistically inclined?
Definitely! I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t drawing. I’m pretty sure my mom put a crayon in my pudgy little baby hand and that was it for me. My mom is an artist too, so it runs in the family!
What artists inspire you?
There are so many artists I love, I couldn’t possibly name them all!
-Arthur Rackham’s fairytale illustrations were a huge influence on me when I was young. I was given a coloring book of his work when I was little and I would try to copy his style (with mixed success). It’s so intricate and detailed, with an almost dreamlike quality to them.
-Petra Norland is an artist who makes me want to make a comic! Her comic is called Tiger Tiger, it’s about a lady who disguises herself as her brother and steals his ship to research sponges and ends up getting more than she bargained for. Her art is so pretty and her writing is so clever and funny, every page is great.
-Donato Giancola does beautiful paintings of sci-fi and fantasy scenes! I am in love with his mermaid paintings.
-Kyoko Hikawa’s art style is so lovely and expressive! She’s a Japanese artist who made mangas from the 1980s-2000s. She has a soft classic style that I just want to live in, and her characters are so sweet and heartfelt! I could go on about her for ages! Seriously, I need an “Ask me about Kyoko Hikawa” t-shirt.
What is your favorite medium to work in?
Clip Studio Paint is my go-to for digital art! It’s like Photoshop if Photoshop was affordable.
When making your commissioned pieces, on average, how long does it take you to create the artwork? Because you work from descriptions alone (because no one has yet created concept art for the creature) it must take you quite a bit. And goodness you’ve got a great talent of transferring words into images!
Commissions generally take anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks, depending on what the commissioner wants and if I already have a good idea of what the character looks like.
Imagining what a character looks like in a story is just fun! I love piecing together all the descriptions the author gives into a complete picture. (Though sometimes it leads to weird questions, especially with aliens lol)
Of the pieces you’ve created, which ones are your favorites?
That’s hard to say, partly because it depends on my mood, and partly because I have a hard time describing my own work!
I’m still ridiculously fond of my first Ice Planet Barbarian babies from a couple of years back.
That one shiny naga guy I drew that one time. I still like how those colors turned out.
Orc Dad is a classic combo of Big Scary Parent and Adorable Child that I will never grow tired of.
I did a repaint of one of my old Ruby Dixon dragons last December and I still like his pouty face.
I also was really happy with how that Rakhii reference turned out!
Now onto the BIG question: Are you open for commissions?
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