Interview with artist – Leo Le Lion

What first attracted you to art? Do you remember what your first drawing was of?

What attracted me to art was challenging my brother, he was very good at drawing, and I wanted to be better because he was mocking me. And at first, I was drawing human beings.

When drawing, what is your favourite subject to draw and why?

My favourite subject to draw is animals. I like drawing species that I see, and that fascinates me. Indeed each animal is particular. They all have various textures and several details like wings, scales, hairs, skins, claws… and a lot of different shapes.

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Where do you find the inspiration for your drawings?

I find my inspiration in nature through my travels and pictures that I take and on social networks (Instagram, Google, Pinterest).

Have you attended any training for your art? Are you completely self-taught?

I learned to draw by myself, with time and practice, observing my subjects and watching videos on YouTube to improve my skills.

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What did you find the hardest skill to master when drawing?

For me, the hardest skills are proportion and perspective, but with observation and practice, everyone can do it.

Have you ever considered going on the otherwise of the canvas and becoming the model, even if for a self-portrait?

No, I never considered it and to be honest, I would feel uncomfortable with it, so I respect even more the person who is doing it.

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If one of your friends came to you and wanted to start drawing, what advice would you give them?

My advice would be to observe and understand the subject to start drawing sketches before entering into the details.

How long does it take for you to create one of your drawings?

To create one of my drawings, it depends on if I want to be precise with detail and the final result I wish to obtain. So it can take one hour to ten or even more. But in general, it takes me four hours to draw an animal.

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Do you ever find that you get a creative block? If so, how do you get past it?

Yes, creative block happens, so to get past it is to draw little sketches for about 20 minutes each, without looking for perfection, just drawing and letting it go. But most of the time, it goes off with time.

Do have any goals you want to achieve in the next 2 years?

In the next two years, I would like to improve my skills and try new things, like digital drawing or using watercolour, maybe… And I would like to keep sharing my art on social media, and the best thing would be to be exposed in a gallery. I wish one day, my drawings will become helpful for a cause or to educate people.

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