Thursday, 29 September 2011

Interview with NikkuWalkanov

Last Saturday a group of us hauled an unsuspecting ATG member into an IRC chat room and interrogated him for a rather lengthy period of time about random things such as art and humanoid ponies. I think it has been reorganized enough that our conversation may actually make sense.

We are going to be trying to do more of these, because they are quite a bit of fun. So keep an eye out!

Check our victim's DA page here!

And for more ATG action, go here!

fetchbeer: Hey there Niki!

lunarapologist: Howdy!

Niki: hey guys :D

fetchbeer: Did I confuse the timezones too badly?

Argembarger: hello niki!

Niki: Maybe a lil :P

Niki: Hey Argem :D

fetchbeer: Thanks for joining us today Niki!

Niki: My pleasure

Argembarger: We're glad you agreed to be our next contestant

Argembarger: Fabulous prizes may or may not be up for grabs

Arcum: I guess it would also depend on what you consider Fabulous...

Niki: Well you guys did blindfold me...I mean anytime guys :D

Argembarger: So here's a generic first question: how long have you been at the arts?

Niki: How long have I been drawing? Well thats a big embarrassing.Lets see, I've been drawing for around 4-5 years now? I'm not really sure. The first 4 years I was drawing only animeish art (my favorite artist is Hyung-tae Kim, the way that guy just amazing!) Then I started drawing more cartoony stuff.

Niki: Woah wall of text

Argembarger: we like walls of text

Argembarger: are you totally self-taught, then?

Niki: I've been mostly self-taught, and I get a bit of help from my sister. The art schools in Bulgaria are a bit...lame. The teachers don't even know what photoshop is. The thing they teach actually ruins artists. It's really sad.

Argembarger: whoa, that sounds pretty unfortunate :(

fetchbeer: Wow, no photoshop! That is pretty behind the times...

Argembarger: Glad you haven't been ruined, at least :_:

Niki: I it was pure luck

Arcum: My college art class teachers didnt even know how to turn on a computer so I am not unfamiliar with this

fetchbeer: What's the general state of pony fandom in Bulgaria? Are there many bronies around over there?

Niki: There are a few here and there. I was cosplaying last sunday in one of those con thingies. So I made a big poster with Derpy on it ,ran around a bit with it. Most of the people just smiled and walked away

Argembarger: I guess they just can't handle the awesome :P

Niki: Only two stopped for a lil chat :D

fetchbeer: It's those eyes! They bore into your soul!

Argembarger: How long did it take you to start drawing ponies after you watched the show? And could you link us to your first-ever pony? :D

Niki: Well I am a artsy person, so drawing what I like was only natural, after the first episode I liked ponies (a lot)

Niki: About the first drawing

Niki: Oh boy

Niki: This is one of my first pony drawings

fetchbeer: Is that a sonic flowerboom?

Niki: Something like that

Niki: I have no idea what I was thinking when making that drawing

Niki: It was done for the ATG btw xD

Argembarger: For comparison, what picture would you say you are most proud of?

Niki: Hmm that's a tough one. Each day I make new drawings that I like more than the last. If I have to choose I guess I would pick my ATG week 13 drawing. It kinda set the mood of how i was feeling when making it :D

Argembarger: this one?

Niki: Oh yes, I just love my sketchy drawings

Argembarger: me too! They almost seem to be moving, sometimes

Niki: I love drawing sketches, I make tons a day

Niki: From ponies to humans

Niki: aliens and other animals

Argembarger: Your cleaner stuff is very nice too, very shiny, almost like plastic

Argembarger: in a good way :P

fetchbeer: Was she drawn in muro like so many of your ponies?

Niki: No Fetchbeer, my muro drawings are only for when I leave a comment. Everything else is done in photoshop.

Arcum: Drawing on the muro is hard

Niki: That muro thing was a bit silly but it was good practice for my tablet

fetchbeer: I'm always surprised at the level of quality you can get out of that silly muro program, I can't get anything to look like anything in it.

Arcum: Yeah my drawings look like a 3 year old finger paints with the muro :P

Niki: I try to draw only with my tablet these days

Argembarger: What tablet do you use?

Niki: Lets see I think its Wacom Graphire 3 (saphire, thats a cool name). Don't worry guys, I can't get that silly muro to work right as well

Niki: I totally did not look it up

Argembarger: what do you consider your strengths and weaknesses as an artist to be?

Niki: I always find it hard to make the line art. I can sketch okayish and I can color a bit. When I try to make the line art my hands stop working or something. They just won't listen and I get a really silly line art, that I can't really work with. That is why I started coloring my sketches directly (I still try to give them a nice line art but fail xD)

Argembarger: I think it's a pretty nice style though :)

Arcum: It does bring more of a stylized look to it

Niki: Yeah but I will never make it as a character design/ story board artist with silly sketches xD

Argembarger: Is that your goal?

Niki: Yeah, I love making drawing of silly characters and stories with them.

Niki: When i was little i used to draw weird lil comics

Argembarger: Do you want to join a particular group or project, or start something of your own?

Niki: I know I still have a lot to learn till I can go pro (work as a artist in a studio) so for now the plan would be to get as much experience as I can. I am even making my portfolio for a local game firm. They are looking for artists at the moment (I know I won't get called for a interview but I guy can dream!) So I am working hard to get in there. It the start of my master plan :P

Argembarger: Good luck! Sounds exciting :D

Niki: Thanks!

fetchbeer: You never know, thy might just call you up :)

Arcum: Is there anything or anyone that really inspires you?

Niki: Well everyone at the ATG inspire me. There are so many young and good artists in that group. Its really such a joy to look at all the drawing they make. I also get my inspiration from cartoons/animes, comics/ mangas and just about anything that has drawings in them. I just love to look at good art :D

fetchbeer: We're just happy to give everyone a theme to do each week! We so enjoy seeing everyones take on it ourselves.

fetchbeer: I find myself inspired every time I flip through what we've received.

Niki: Yeah, each time I take a look at all the drawing I just grab my tablet and start drawing

Niki: So many wonderful ideas

Niki: and so many different styles

fetchbeer: Do you have a favorite pony to draw?

Niki: To draw? I guess that would be Pinkie Pie. Her hair is so much fun to draw and you can make all sorts of funny drawings with her.

fetchbeer: Oh, so you just draw Pinkie Pie then, she does lend herself to silliness quite well, Is another pony your actual favorite?

Niki: I do draw too many Pinkies but my favorite will always be Twilight Sparkle. Right from the first three episodes I kinda could feel the connection between the two of us (silly I know!) I was kinda the same as her, only I was drawing a lot, not reading, also I use sarcasm (maybe a bit too much but who doesn't) and we all know sarcastic Twilight is awesome.

Niki: Plus I sleep with my Twilight toy next to me in bed. Did I just type that?

Niki: You guys will delete that last part from the interview right?

Argembarger: nope

Argembarger: dot a-v-i

fetchbeer: :)

fetchbeer: we think it's adorable to sleep with little twilight :)

Argembarger: Is it hard for you to come up with ideas? Do you usually have a good idea in your head when you go to start drawing, or do you sort of form it as you sketch?

Niki: Well that depends on what I'm drawing and for who. That’s the best part of the ATG, the ideas come to you. Almost every time i see the week's theme I get an idea of what I will draw. Then that idea goes through a lot of changes. If I'm drawing for myself I just doodle till I get an idea of what I will draw, usually takes a few sketches to get there. Most of the fun stuff comes when I do my morning warm up drawings (you know like a warm up before exercise).

Argembarger: warm up drawings... haha, good idea, time to steal it :P

Niki: I usually get some interesting results then, when my brain is still asleep xD

fetchbeer: sleep drawing would provide interesting results I would think.

Niki: I make more mistakes than I would like but I can show you one of those if you guys want

fetchbeer: please do

Argembarger: sure!

Arcum: That would be interesting

Niki: Wish I had time to fix it up a bit but here goes.

The more I look at it the more mistakes i find.

Niki: Discord Twilight, all broken up

Niki: Because her friends left her

Argembarger: I kinda like it :D

Argembarger: but it's always good to be your own critic

Arcum: I like it

fetchbeer: that is a pretty awesome sketch.

Niki: I guess for a warm up its okay.

fetchbeer: Do you have a favorite piece you'd like to show off with the interview?

Niki: I still can't believe I made that Cheerilee drawing all those years ago May 2011 xD

fetchbeer: he he

Arcum: lol

Niki: Favorite no, but I made a antro (is that how you spell it) sketch of twilight yesterday for you guys and i never got the chance to show it xD

fetchbeer: show us then!

Arcum: We have time

Niki: But maybe thats a good thing as I see I messed up on the hands a bit.Oopsie

Niki: this is actually my first time drawing a human with my tablet

fetchbeer: we all confuse anatomy here

Niki: not just anatomy, I messed up the pose, legs head, neck...did I get anything right? xD

Arcum: Its all better than what I can do :P

Niki: Sometimes i miss my animeish drawing days

Argembarger: you got the horn right

Niki: awww yeah

fetchbeer: she looks pretty good to me :) I wouldn't mind seeing her finished.

Niki: I really should

Niki: But that means I have to redo the whole thing xD

fetchbeer: :p

fetchbeer: It's about time that we wrap this up, so that you can get back to your Saturday night, but we have one more question.

fetchbeer: Do you have any advice that you would give to other aspiring artists?

Niki: I think I'll keep it simple.

Niki: Guys don't be afraid to fall, falling is part of the learning process. ;)

fetchbeer: That it is, and being afraid of failure makes you afraid to progress :)

Niki: Indeed

fetchbeer: Thanks for coming by to chat with us Niki!

Argembarger: yeah, thanks a lot! hope it went well for you :D

Niki: It was fun! (and a bit embarrassing :P)

fetchbeer: I hope not to embarrassing :)

Niki: Not really but I wish I could have shown you guys some of my better stuff lol

Arcum: I enjoyed what you showed


  1. Woot! I can't wait for my turn. Interviews are fun! :D

  2. Yay! These are always fun to read :)

  3. Interesting read. Shame about the state of the artistic institutions in Bulgaria, you have my sympathies sir...

  4. I'll assume the people chosen are the people who upload the most art. Maybe I should draw more. :I

  5. I think I forgot to comment on my own interveiw, oops.
    The interview was really fun and everyone were so nice :>
    I know its all random but thanks for picking me guys! :D