Since I started sharing my artwork and photography on the internet there have been a couple questions that keep coming up. I figured now is a better time then never to answer some of these questions.
What materials do you use?
I use a vast selection on materials depending on what I am working on. It has become a rather large collection of charcoal, graphite pencils, coloured pencils, easers, blenders, paints, paint brushes, palette knives and many other things. Brands are mixed and include Prism Color, Derwent, and Faber-Castell colour pencils. Variety of paint brands, though I now lean towards Winder and Newton. I use both Canson and Stonehenge paper for drawing and I stretch and prime my own canvases. I also use golden varnishes to seal drawings.
Here a glance and the stuff the gets used a fair amount.
How long does a drawing take?
Ha, Drawings are often done over a period of time, as I can only work on them when I find time to do so. They are often worked on and off over a period of months, unless I have a deadline. But the actually work time put into a drawing ranges from 15 hours to 50 hours. Depends on the size and medium.
Where did you learn to draw and paint?
I was introduced to painting by my grandmother when I was 4 or 5 years old, pretty sure I still have my first watercolour painting somewhere. I pursued painting in post secondary education where you were introduced to techniques and styles. When it comes to drawing I am completely self taught, through trail and error and lots and lots of practice.
Do you sell your work and if so how much does it cost?
I do sell most of my work, if I didn't I am pretty sure I'd be swimming in art work by now. I remember selling work years ago for like $20 and being so excited that I sold my art work to someone. Now it goes for a fair amount more. A drawing that I put 30 - 50 hours into sells for $400 - $600.
I also sell prints of my work which is much cheaper then the price tag on the original work. http://www.redbubble.com/people/burkefinearts/portfolio
Do you take requests?
I always consider requests, but I can not guarantee I'll ever get the chance to do them.