For what looks to be my last edition of “The Art of Instagram” of the year, it was my extreme pleasure to speak to the truly gifted artist who goes by Deltizzle. Known for his epic pen and ink portraits, Deltizzle shared a few words with us about his fantasy-inspired pieces, development of his style, and more. Check out the following short interview and photos:
Collective Lifestyle: Can you tell us about where you’re from?
Deltizzle: Well I’m born and raised in Aurora, Illinois, and I’m currently still living in the area.
CL: Did you have a so-called “artistic upbringing?”
Deltizzle: Yeah, I would say so. But, honestly, what inspired me was that I was a huge gamer when I was growing up. I played a lot of action-adventure games like Spyro, Final Fantasy, and TV shows like Yu-Gi-Oh! And Pokèmon really sparked my imagination.
CL: Were there any people in your life that steered you towards art?
Deltizzle: Yeah, I would say my elementary school art teacher really got me into doing art. I just loved the creative process, and getting my thoughts on paper. It was better than like doing math problems.
CL: When did you start really putting the effort into your art?
Deltizzle: I’ve been doing art as long as I can remember. When I was in high school I attended art classes all four years, and I found myself constantly doing my homework and drawing all over my books, like just random doodles. But I never took it seriously until I graduated high school, and I realized, “This is what I wanna do for the rest of my life.”
CL: So it’s easy to tell that you’re big on pen-and-ink. How did that become your style, and is it your favorite medium?
Deltizzle: Yeah, I tried painting and graphite; I never really liked graphite because it’s really messy, and-pen and-ink is really fine, and you can see every single detail, so that’s why I like doing it.
CL: So you’re really big on these big, detailed pieces, there’s sort of like a grand feel to them. Did you practice a lot of perspective, and what other techniques did you have to develop?
Deltizzle: Yeah, I use a lot of perspective and anatomy of the human body. I’m still learning, and trying to add other things around it. Just a bunch of random techniques here and there, but it makes sense.
CL: Right, so are there any particular techniques that you’re currently trying to pick up?
Deltizzle: Yeah I’m still working on lighting. Most of my pieces are really dark,but I wanna incorporate lighting and shading only certain areas to really bring out the details. That’s what I’m working on right now.
CL: So are you a full-time artist right now?
Deltizzle: Yeah I’m currently doing this full-time. I would say since right after high school.
CL: What kind of projects are you working on right now?
Deltizzle: My local library is hosting a drawing contest, which I’m working on right now. Also, I’m working on a personal digital piece that will be available as a print on (TheArts.us). The profits are split between the artist and someone in crisis, but it’s a really good cause. I want to go back to college and finish my gen. ed. and then transfer to an art Institute in Chicago to be a concept artist for game art design.
CL: And finally, any words for aspiring artists and anyone else reading this article?
Deltizzle: I mean the best advice I can give, honestly, is keep drawing, keep doodling and be dedicated to it.