Artterro Artist Profile: Leo

leo with dragonMeet Leo, a friend of Artterro and one of our expert product testers. Leo is twelve years old, and he shared some of his thoughts on art with us.

What’s your favorite kind of art to create?

I really like drawing people and expressions, and also things that don’t actually exist.  I like making up characters and telling stories about them, like if I draw a frowny face on someone, I’ll have a whole story made up about it.

How do you decide what to draw?

I just draw whatever I’m interested in that moment.  Let’s say I’m bored and reading a book, like Garfield.  Maybe I’ll draw Garfield.  Or maybe I’ll think of something completely different, like Morgan Freeman.  It’s whatever pops into my head.  I also use an iPad to look up ideas on Google Images.

ron weasley drawingWhat are your favorite art tools and paper?

I like Koi makers, they can get into small spaces.  You can go over the same area more than once and really layer it.  Unlike regular markers where it would look bad if you did that.  I like using mixed-media paper.  Thin paper gets wet and breaks easily.  I also have a mini sketchbook I use to plan projects, design new characters, brainstorm character names, test markers out, etc.  I also use different kinds of pencils.  Some of my drawings are only pencils, so I need different kinds to make different shades.  I have a huge box to store all my supplies.  I also use practice books with images that I can try to copy.  And I have a light board, so I can trace things over and over again until I can draw it myself without the light board.

Have you always liked art?

No, I started liking art when I took an art camp called Swashbuckling Superheroes.  It was half fencing lessons and half illustration.  There was a professional artist there teaching, and he taught me a bunch of techniques.

Do you ever get frustrated with your work?

Yes, half the time I end up tearing it up and throwing it away, and I waste a lot of paper.  I do get angry.  I should probably erase and start over.  But instead I throw it out.  Every one of the drawings I finish usually takes two or three mess-ups.  The dragon took me a week or two, because I had to go slow.


Has your style changed a lot over time?

Not really.  If you look at my 3rd grade notebooks, I did lots of head portraits, and that’s still my favorite thing.  But now I can also do full-body portraits.  I recently made some kung fu panda drawings for my kung fu teacher.  They were full-body drawings, and took a couple days.   I start with a stick figure and then add more and more mass to it, erase the middle, add clothing and face, then shading, coloring and inking.

What’s your favorite Artterro kit?

Needle felting, because it’s the closest to drawing.  And I like poking stuff.  I think it’s really cool how the wool sticks to the canvas.  I really like the new packaging.  I’d definitely buy it more now, because I like the shinier colors.

3 Responses to “Artterro Artist Profile: Leo”

  1. [...] of the whole Artterro team.  He’s also one of our expert product testers. Leo came in for an artist profile interview recently, and also took some time to write a guest post for us about one of his favorite kinds of [...]

  2. Ms. Naputi says:

    As our guest artist from Brooklyn, Baba Israel, said about Leo’s work: He’s a great visual artist.” Thanks for sharing your process, Leo!

  3. Jessica says:

    Thanks for commenting, Ms. Naputi!

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