Tofu an artist.
Tell me about yourself?
I’m Tofu. I’m 26 years old and from England.
Tell me about your work experience?
I started freelancing on Fiverr (do not recommend!) and now I’m branching out to work completely independently. I have dabbled in-game art but it’s a lot of work and time that I don’t have at the moment. Also, I’m not great at animation!
At what age did you start doing work and developed a love for artwork?
I’ve been drawing all my life, but only in the past few years finally settled on something I can see myself doing- pixel art.
How did you develop a fondness for artwork?
My father was a great artist and designer, he was always doing technical drawings with perfect perspective and it amazed me. I would always try to copy his designs.
Did you study artwork? If yes then from where?
I studied art and design in college, and illustration in university, although I dropped out after 2 years. In the end, I accepted academia is not for me, and I prefer doing things in my way.
Why did you choose art as a profession?
I never really chose it, I suppose it was the obvious choice because art is my biggest passion in life. When covid started I lost my job of 5 years in the food industry and I had no choice but to try and make things work. I’m very lucky that nowadays I can make money online doing what I love.
Who are your biggest influences?
My biggest pixel art influences would be Jubilee who introduced me to the idea of beautiful pixel landscapes, and Saint11 who helped me get started with his amazing tutorials. More recently my biggest pixel art inspirations are Deceiver and A3um. I am also really inspired by Studio Ghibli, and I hope to make worlds that feel that full of life.
How do you become a successful artist?
I would not say I am successful, but I get by. You have to put the work and consistency in, that’s it. For a long time it doesn’t pay off and you just have to keep going despite it.
What makes you good and different from others?
I’m not sure what makes me different. I think we are all different based on our inspirations, techniques, and goals. I consider myself still learning (probably always will) so my style is ever-changing and every piece is different.
What Does Your Art Represent?
Most of all I want my art to evoke a feeling or a mood. My pieces represent how I feel at the time. Lately, I have realized that people connect to a piece of art more if there is a human element, so I’m spending my time learning anatomy to better inspire a feeling into the viewers.
What Does Your Art Mean to You?
Art is like therapy for me. Time flies by and I feel productive and at peace when I’ve made some art, and I can relax after.
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