Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
About Digital Art / Professional Premium Member ZillaUnknown Recent Activity
Deviant for 4 Years
9 Month Premium Membership
Statistics 596 Deviations 27,343 Comments 237,669 Pageviews

Newest Deviations





:iconbunnylisa45: :iconamg527: :iconjabberwockychamber17: :iconp2p-lost: :iconmybestfriendisme:


zillabean's Profile Picture
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
I'm a big nerd who draws big nerd things. Small nerd things, too.

Zillabean @ tumblr
ProfessorZilla @ tumblr
Zillabean @ LJ
@ Beanyzilla
Zilla @ storenvy: Custom charms, stickers & more!
Zillabean @ Redbubble: Rainbow shark products!
Thought I'd finally make a post about this since I get asked it fairly frequently, but...  Apologies to everyone who has asked me for art critique or tips n' tricks or any sort of artistic tutorials, but I am simply not the greatest person to look to for that sort of thing.  I feel super lame admitting to it, because folks have assumed I'd be good at this sort of thing, but the truth is I'm not.  

I'm the type of artist who's art kind of... draws itself, as little sense as that makes?  Like, I'll have a rough idea of what I want to do when I draw, but as soon as pen hits paper it just does the work on its own with little input from the Mother Brain.  It's hard to describe but I know some of my art buddies can relate.  Art for me is years and years of practice, trying new techniques, studying hundreds of various styles, and experimenting with different things I pick up from all over and it all becomes a sort of amalgam of everything I've learned and tried over my artistic lifetime.  

Outside of extremely basic general anatomy and light source basics that you can get from any Drawing 101, I cannot explain how I shade, or how I line, or why I choose this line over that or why I choose to draw my hands as I do or eyes that way.  I'm horrible with trying to explain how to shade or why I shade something in a specific way, and I'm even worse with critiquing another person's existing work.  Even in person I'm not great with this, and in those instances I have the chance to actually give an in-person demo and do live red-lining and such and... I still don't come off very well.  

So apologies in advance to those of you who've asked me for advice and critique and "how-to's", but I'm really not the best person to ask because everything I do just really comes naturally from years of experimentation and it's just... automatic?  That sounds stupid, and it's not really what I mean, but it's the best way I can describe it.  It's like asking me to teach you how to ride a bike, I really don't know how to do it other than holding the bike so that you can climb on, then pushing the bike and yelling "NOW PEDAL, AND DON'T FALL DOWN!"

Thanks to everyone who's asked, I'm flattered, and I'm sorry I'm unable to lend a bigger hand! 


Add a Comment:
Papermachei Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Student
Finding a person who has played the Layton games, and makes awesome fan art. I am a fan of you, now. Great stuff. :D
(1 Reply)
kyletak Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're here...and more active here.  HIYA :-D
(1 Reply)
GloomySigh Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I don't ship Layton-Emmy, but your fan arts with that couple are so cute!Love 
(1 Reply)
DarkAngelNikita Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I just watched a commercial for Lumosity and wondered how the Professor would do
(1 Reply)
ValeChibi Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
well well. I have been watching your Layton gallery in particular.. Basically all the Layton fanarts I enjoy the most were made by you XD love your style, the colours.. And your humour! You have my watch!
(1 Reply)
mgroenke47 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015
Do you take trade
(1 Reply)
FugKnight Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014
where's your rule 34 account?!
RebellingLemming Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love your style!
(1 Reply)
greeniuz Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like your Art <3
(1 Reply)
Edd-Gm Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your arts awesome :D But you don't need a stranger telling you that lol
(1 Reply)
Add a Comment: