The following is an artist profile featuring @konceptonwax, the creator of the featured piece in this series.
Please introduce yourself to our readers. What would you like them to know about you?
Hi everyone! My name is Stuart and I do Konceptonwax. I have been drawing on and off all my life, but I started to draw anime back in highschool. Around the time I entered college, I stopped drawing to focus on my degree. Half way through my third year, I picked up drawing again. This time, however, my focus was on concept art for games. At the time, I was not happy with what I was studying (graphic, web, and media design) and figured that I could try to get a job as a junior concept artist and took a few art courses online.
However, being in South Africa, we do not have many game design companies, and I thought with my lack of experience, I should just focus on getting a job that my degree prepared me for. It wasn’t until January 2021 that I picked up a pencil again to draw. This time, I had a vision of how I was going to do it. I have always wanted to create my own YouTube channel, similar to Kienan Lafferty (he was one of my favourite artist growing up), and I figured if I could build up a few followers on WAX, I could eventually start my own YouTube, Gumroad and Patreon and help like minded individuals achieve their dreams.
What was the inspiration for this piece?
I have wanted to create something cute and light hearted for a while now. I had this idea in the back of my mind, and I decided to give it a go. I had been focusing on my ‘Girls Of Ink’ series, and I think this helped give me a break, before I continue with my final illustration for that series.
Can you tell us about your workflow (how do you come up with ideas, what tools do you use to create)?
Before I start each drawing, I look for inspiration. This can be from clothing textures, to random photos, or even other artists’ work. Sometimes I can get a bit lost, and before I know it, I have pinned a few hundred images and have drawn nothing. One artist that I really love is Ross Draws! His work always blows my mind, and though my art is different from his, he is currently my number One inspiration.
After I have some inspiration, I do a few warm up pieces, while constantly flipping my canvas. If I ever feel as though I am getting nowhere, I open up Design Doll—a 3d modeling program created to help with poses. You get to play with a doll and move their body parts, similar to how you would with a plastic/wooden drawing figure doll, which I also sometimes use.
Who are your artistic influences?
I have a few, if I list all of them we would probably be here all day so I will just be listing my top favourite. This is in no order: Ross Draws, Kienan Lafferty, Mikey Mega Mega, Loish, Ilya Kuvshinov, Jetty Jet
What got you interested in NFTs/Crypto Art/Digital Collectibles?
A friend actually got me into this. It was on new years this year. Before then, I had no idea about all of this. I had heard of the word bitcoin tossed around but that was about it. After buying my first Kogs pack off the secondary market, I got all excited and wanted to learn more about this whole world. Now I am the nut job that constantly talks about NFT’s.
Where can we find you online?
You can find me on Twitter, Discord, Telegram and Instagram.
Anything else you’d like to share
Thank you very much for doing this collaboration with me! I am looking forward to coming up with new and exciting drawings in the future!