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Journal Entry: Sun Sep 18, 2016, 3:15 PM
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1. How are you drawing like this? a.k.a. HOW???!
With a lot of patience, practice and good pencils. Here are some of my step by step tutorials (explanation in the description) with my technique: Tutorials
... and never forget: Practice makes perfect!

2. Where did you learn to draw like this? Did you use any books or did you go to art school?
No, I'm a self-taught artist and I didn't read any books. I just learned everything by myself. Sometimes I see a nice technique (inverted drawing) or tool (Aquash brushes) and try it out or most of the time I just invent / find out a strange technique to solve a problem.

3. When did you start drawing?
I started to draw a bit more seriuosly in February 2014 (after a long drawing break, ~6 years). Here is my whole story: Improvement Meme

4. Do you draw commissions?
Yes. You can find informations in my commissions journal: Commissions

5. Do you draw OCs?
No. I don't draw OCs.

6. Can you draw something for me (for free)?
No. I'm sorry, but drawing these pictures takes so many hours that I just can't do it for free.

7. Do you have any tutorials?
Yes, I have some step by step tutorials (explanations in the description) with my technique in my gallery (for free): Tutorials
But I also upload tutorials on my Patreon (Patreon, $5+) and also offer these step by step tutorials on deviantart for points right next to some drawings or on my homepage (My Hompage Shop) after a while.

8. Do you sell prints?
Yes, I sell prints of some of my non fan-art drawings on deviantart: Prints
But I don't sell prints of my fan-art drawings.

9. Which tools / paper did you use?
I always list the paper and the tools in the description of every drawing. For my traditional mixed media drawings I often use colored pencils (Faber-Castell Polychromos), markers (Copic) and a gel pen (uni-ball Signo pigment ink um-153 white).

10. What is paper DIN A4? Which brand is that?
That's not a brand. DIN A4 is just a norm and means A4 formate/size (29,7 cm x 21,0 cm = 11,69 inch x 8,27 inch). If I didn't mention a paper brand in the description and just wrote Paper DIN A4 I've used a no name paper.

11. What's your favourite paper for mixed media and colored pencil drawings?
I haven't found a perfect paper yet. But right now I'm using a pretty good no name drawing paper (size A4, 190g/m²).

12. How much time did you spend on this drawing?
You can find the time in the description of every drawing (behind the tools).

13. Can I use your drawing...?
a) ...and share it somewhere: Yes, if you use the "deviantart share buttons" (for example Facebook) on the right side of the drawing page, because then everything important is included (my name, link to the profile and link to the drawing)
b) ...and share it somewhere (another site, no dA share buttons available): Yes, but I would prefer it if you would just share the link to my drawing (+ name, link to my profile) and don't upload it or alter/edit it.
c) ...as a wallpaper (phone, computer,...): Yes, of course!
d) ...as a drawing reference: Yes, just mention my name and put a link to the referenced drawing in the description. But I always recommend using the original reference photo, because then you don't copy the mistakes of the artist.
e) ...for my story (on deviantart): Just send me a note with your story. Usually I'm ok with that if you mention my name and include a link to the drawing in the description.
f) ...and use it for an avatar or "online wallpaper page decoration stuff": No, because then it's barely possible to refer to the artist (links to profile and drawing) and mostly you have to alter/edit it (I don't like that). Send me a note for exceptions.
g) ...and use it for a video: Just send me a note with your "idea"/project. Usually I just ask for a link to the drawing page or my profile page.
h) ...and print it to put it on my wall (own printer or store): Yes, no problem.
i) ...and print it to put it on my wall (online print service): No.
For everyone: Don't upload my drawings somewhere on the internet without a link to the original and don't alter it + don't say that you drew it. I have no problem with reporting someone. If you see someone stealing my work just send me a note or email and I'll take care of it (especially Instagram!).

14. HOW???! 2.0: Inverted drawings? Any tips?
You just have to invert the colours of a reference in a program like Photoshop, print it, then draw it like that (match the colours exactly), take a photo of the drawing and invert it again. In the end the colours of your inverted drawing should look like the ones in the original photo, so that it looks "normal" again.
For the first attempt I would recommend a very dark picture (probably black background like this one) and I would just use black & white (because that's easier than colour).

15. How do you keep on drawing without having an artist's block?
That's a good question! I don't know! I think I just keep on drawing, because I know that if I stop drawing I would fall into another huge drawing break (the last one lasted for almost 6 years!). I also try to find new tools and techniques to test, because new challenges are always good for a change and much fun!

16. Did you find the break from art (~6 years) helped with your development?
I'm not sure. I think I've lost a lot of time (to improve), but because of that huge break I'm currently drawing so much more than before, because I have to "regain" the lost time. So it probably helped a bit.

17. Where are you from?
I'm from Germany (see also profile), Lower Saxony, near Braunschweig (Brunswick).

18. Is that really a drawing on paper?!
Yes, every "drawing" in my gallery is a traditional drawing.

19. Are you human?
Yes... at least I think so? :D

20. Who did you sell your soul to?
The god of art! The Seriously Evil Laugh by Mike-RaWare

21. Do you sell your drawings?
Yes, I sell some of my traditional drawings. Here is a price list (shipping costs and infos below the table): Shop

22. What's your favorite thing, character, animal to draw?
Everything in my gallery and on my to-draw-list (so all the stuff I like)! It also depends on my drawing mood. Sometimes I watch a good movie or tv show and then I want to draw some fan art immediately. If I'm hungry I can even draw a hamburger!

23. Why is your username "Quelchii" and what's you avatar / profile picture?
Username: My favorite carnivorous plant is "Utricularia quelchii"
Avatar: An interted drawing of an Utricularia quelchii flower - U. quelchii (Inverted Drawing)
Profile picture: A photo of me "surfing" the Wave Rock (Hyden, Western Australia). Photographer: Christian Dietz (September 2011).


You've got another important question that you couldn't find in this list? Then comment below or send me a note. I don't bite! ;)


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CaraChloeCathleen Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hallo! :wave: Vielen Dank für dieses super informative Journal! :D Könntest du mir vielleicht noch sagen wieviele Polychromos du hast? Oder hast du ein Set gekauft? Ich würde mir nämlich gerne welche kaufen und hätte eig gerne deine Meinung gehört ;)
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Quelchii Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Kein Problem! :D
Ich habe alle 120 Polychromos (den Holzkoffer). Vor einigen Jahren habe ich mir aber zunächst das 60er Set und dann die fehlenden 60 Farben nach und nach einzeln gekauft. Da ich aber nichts zur Aufbewahrung finden konnte, musste vor 2 Jahren der Koffer her. Sieht halt sehr wertig aus. Aber für den Anfang sind 60 (oder 36) Farben auf jeden Fall ausreichend.
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CaraChloeCathleen Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Vielen lieben Dank! :D Ja, ich besitze bereits alle 120 albrecht dürer aquarellstifte, aber es ist ja sehr schwer mit denen präzise zu zeichnen, da die mine dazu zu weich ist und durch die sechskantform brechen die spitzen viel zu früh ab als dass man eine perfekte Spitze für die Details hätte :( Gut danke dir, ich werde mir erst mal 60 zulegen und dann vllt ein paar schöne extrafarben ;) Dankeee für die hilfe :heart:
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Quelchii Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Kein Problem! :D
Von den Albrecht Dürer Aquarellstiften habe ich nur ein paar. Ich benutze halt hauptsächlich Polychromos und Marker.
Für Polychromos empfehle ich auf jeden Fall einen Anspitzer für Farbstifte wie z.B. diesen hier: www.amazon.de/gp/product/B000W… (siehe "color" und "normal"). Dann bricht die Spitze auch nicht so leicht ab. ;) Sinnvolle Extrafarben (falls nicht enthalten in der 60er Box): alle Grautöne, 132, 189, 190.
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CaraChloeCathleen Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay vielen vielen Dank, du hast mir seeehr geholfen! ^^ :hug:
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slatepath Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey there Quelchii! Thanks for the informative FAQ, it's always great to know an artist a bit better ;) (Wink) 
My additional question to you would be: do you use a grid method, or a ruler when you draw your portraits? I'm genuinely interested in your technique and how you manage to get the proportions spot on! Clap 
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Quelchii Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome and thanks! :D
That's question 1: HOW!??? I explained my method in tutorials like this one: Jack Sparrow step by step
Grid method (see step 1 + every other helpful technique like a ruler or turning the drawing upside down to find small mistakes and so on), because I'm too lazy to find an uncorrectable mistake after 20 hours and throw everything in the bin. ;) But sometimes I also do some quick sketches for a change.
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slatepath Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh Wow what an idiot, I didn't click on the "Tutorials" button in your FAQ! While reading through the post my brain didn't register as it being "clickable" - I was a bit too tired last night, came back late from my shift CURSE YOU! Apologies for making you repeat like that! :o (Eek) 
I too use the grid method - it enables me to get to the fun part faster :D (Big Grin)  And like you say, it's a huge frustration to realize there was a mistake in proportions or other when you're too deep into the drawing. 
I should try turning the drawing upside down by the way! What I usually do to check for proportion missteps is to hold the drawing in front of a mirror. It helps a lot, especially for the face outlines (realizing a cheek is abnormally fatter than the other for ex.)
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Quelchii Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Lol! No problem! :D
That's true. I know that mirror method, too, but I'm always too lazy to find a mirror for it. ^^; The other methods work, so I don't need it.
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Cinemutt14 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2016
I got some questions..
1. How old r u?
2. What kind of career path would u choose if it wasn't art or if it is art..wht kind of career?
3. How r so good at drawing..like it's freaking insane on how amazing ur drawings r!!😱
4. What's ur fav thing, character, animal to draw?
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Quelchii Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
1. see profile. I don't support laziness! :D
2. I don't know an answer for this one... because I'm actually a biologist, but I still don't know what I want to be...
3. That's question 1. HOW!!!? :D
4. Everything in my gallery and on my to-draw-list (stuff I like)! It also depends on my drawing mood. Sometimes I watch a good movie and then I want to draw some fan art immediately. If I'm hungry I can even draw a hamburger! :D I think I'll include this question.
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Cinemutt14 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2016
Nice! Thnx for answering my questions:3;P
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Quelchii Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome! ;)
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TheLokiPenciler Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Very interesting. :)

Is there any particular reason why you don't draw OCs? I don't have anything in mind, I'm just curious.
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Quelchii Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)

People often want me to combine too many pictures or don't try to find reference pictures (and just list things). In the end it would be too much work to put something together, so that it would become too expensive and frustrating to draw. ^^;
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TheLokiPenciler Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh, I can see how that would get annoying.

Also (last one, I promise :) ) what is that in your profile picture?
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Quelchii Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
How could I forget this one? I added it to the journal (question 23)! Thanks! :)
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TheLokiPenciler Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure! I'll check it out. :meow:
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WeisseTigerdame Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2016
Nice! :0 Und ich hab auch mal ne riesige Art Pause gehabt :'D
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Quelchii Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Danke! Nach 2,5 Jahren habe ich einige Fragen so häufig beantworten müssen, dass ich einfach nicht mehr konnte! War irgendwie seltsam immer dasselbe zu schreiben! ^^; Naja, jetzt kann ich einfach auf den Link und eine Zahl verweisen! :D
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WeisseTigerdame Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2016
Jap das ist bestimmt besser und einfacher so :'D
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