An Interview with Francesca Baerald

I came across Francesca Baerald through the map she created of Xadia for The Dragon Prince. I decided to reach out to her to learn more about her work.

About Francesca Baerald

“Freelance Artist and Cartographer with years of experience happily working in the game and publishing industry for companies such as Square Enix, Games Workshop, Paizo, Fantasy Flight Games, Penguin Random House and Dark Horse.

My favourite media are traditional. Watercolour, ink, acrylic and oil are my daily work tools. But I also work with Photoshop on daily basis. I love to bring worlds to life through my detailed maps and lively paintings and I’m always looking for new challenging projects!”

1. What inspired you to start making art?

As many others like me, drawing has always been a way of expressing myself. This passion has grown through the years inspired by games, books and wonderful people who influenced my way of looking at art. In time I found a way to transform making art into a job and I couldn’t be more happy about it

2. Do you have a favorite piece? If so why?

I do not have a favourite piece among my works. For me each project I work on is special and is linked to a specific moment in my life. In my mind they are all unique in their own way.

3. What other artist inspires you?

I find inspiration from many artists and it would be impossible to list them all. I have a quite full library of artbooks from all times and of all kinds of art. For me inspiration doesn’t come just from other artists’ works. I can find it in places, things, words… I always try to keep my mind and my eyes open wherever I go.

4. What struggles do you face as an artist?

As an artist, sometimes you feel like you are not heard, especially at the beginning of your career. It takes a lot of will to go on despite the rejections, but perseverance pays off in time. Another struggle is to establish a connection with your clients. Sometimes it’s not easy to understand and translate their ideas into images.


5. Advice to other artists?

I made it as a rule to keep pushing no matter the struggle. For me luck is not an essential factor in success. You have to find a way to create opportunities. If one in a hundred of your works gets noticed, it’s a success. It just means that you need to make more works to get more opportunities to be seen.

6.What are your plans for 2021?

Luckily I have a rich and full agenda ahead of me. Most of the projects I’m working on are under NDA so unfortunately, I can’t share details. This year I’m working on some projects that have been in my dreams for a long time and I’m looking forward to sharing the work I’m doing with the world, as soon as I can.

Sumi-e Style Illustration

7. How did you come up with your ideas?

Most of my works are made for published projects so I usually take inspiration from the description of the setting I’m working on. I do a lot of research and try my best to identify with the setting I’m exploring. I think that it’s vital to create a connection with the setting to be able to truly communicate its message.

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Interview with Artist @drawsgood

1. What inspired you to start making art?

I was a big fan of video games as a kid, and would spend hours copying the illustrations that were included inside the little instruction manual that came with most Nintendo games! I also loved Image comics, and began drawing my own superheroes.


2. Favorite thing about being an artist?

I love being able to express an idea that’s in my head and translate it to an image that others view and hopefully enjoy. I also really enjoy talking to other artists about their techniques and what works for them, how they avoid or deal with art blocks, and what inspires them.

3. Advice for new artists?

Just keep drawing! And draw things that you enjoy and make you happy! If you can harness that feeling of joy you had as a kid drawing goofy doodles, and incorporate it in to your everyday art making, you’ll be a much happier artist and won’t feel so frustrated. Also, dig in to those fundamentals! Knowing the basics is the first step to becoming a solid artist!


4. Plans for 2021!

I hope to spin up a few more personal projects this year, although I’m already filling up my freelance schedule with quite a few awesome projects!

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Geeking Out Over Free Comics on WEBTOON

What is WEBTOON?

Comic enthusiasts and avid readers have turned to an online medium for new stories. WEBTOON, formerly known as LINE WEBTOON, is among the most successful online comic providers in the United States and worldwide. WEBTOON  is an online platform that allows new and independent artists to create comics for millions to read for free. WEBTOON started as LINE WEBTOON in South Korea in 2004 where online comics dominate overprinted comics. In 2014, LINE WEBTOON was renamed as WEBTOON and expanded into the United States where its online interface and mobile app bring comics to the public for free. Over 10 million active readers visit every month in the United States alone. 

WEBTOON is split into two sections with each section covering a variety of genres for readers to choose from. The first section is the featured comics in the ORIGINALS category. These comics have a strong number of subscribers and are signed creators with WEBTOON to publish comics. The ORIGINALS’ comics are updated on a schedule, so readers know when to expect the next episode or chapter. Each episode is read like a vertical comic strip for ease of scrolling through the episode. 

The second section is CANVAS where new authors can upload their comics at their own pace. The CANVAS category is a proving ground for creators where readers can discover stories before they are polished by an editor. CANVAS is full of unique stories that are just waiting to be fleshed out by their creators. If a CANVAS comic gains a study audience, then they may be offered an opportunity to be featured in the Originals category.

Both sections have hundreds of comics for readers to choose from romance, thriller, drama, fantasy, and more. The comic that holds the number one spot consistently in the ORIGINALS category is a romantic comic called Lore Olympus. Rachel Smythe, author of Lore Olympus, an Eisner Award-nominated series, has four million subscribers worldwide to date. Each genre has its own top-five ranking in both sections of WEBTOON, which is updated daily.

Readers are not the only ones who benefit from the WEBTOON platform. Authors of the comics can earn money for their episodes through ad revenue and number of views per episode. Depending on readership, an author on WEBTOON after reaching 1,000 subscribers and 40,000 monthly views can submit to be reviewed by WEBTOON to qualify for their ad revenue plan, which can have author’s earning up to 50 percent of the ad revenue from their page. In addition to revenue payment, featured authors can earn an extra 100 to 1,000 dollars a month based on their overall performance.

WEBTOON is a reader and author  friendly platform with a wide range of comics to read or create. It is home to over 100,000 English comics to date with 16 million active readers world wide daily. The app is free to download in either Android or Apple app store. Explore the platform, find some new comics and support upcoming creators.

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An Interview with Artist @WandererKami

I had the honor of interviewing the amazing artist @WandererKami about their artistic journey!

What inspired you to start making art?

I think a lot of things all collect together in my memory, but I do have a really clear one of watching The Lion King 2 obsessively, pausing the VHS every two seconds, and stamping a piece of paper over the screen so I could trace the lions. So Disney was a huge inspiration initially! I also loved writing stories, and it only felt natural to make illustrations to go with them. The early days of DeviantArt helped a lot to encourage my art too, and where I discovered what furries were!

Favorite thing about being an artist?

The pleasure of everything coming together for a piece is a great feeling, the rare times the picture in your head and what you create actually match up. I always go back to pieces like that fondly!

Advice for new artists?

Try your best not to be too self-critical. Nothing kills wanting to make art faster than being overly judgemental towards your own art. You start to associate creating with negative emotions rather than positive ones and that’s when everything kinda falls apart… So when you start out it’s good to focus on the bits and things you did that came out right or went well, or just taking happiness in the fact you created something at all!

Plans for 2021!

I hope to start a Masters in Illustration that leads into 2021, i’d also love to try creating a graphic novel, it’s one of those things where i’m always meaning to try it! socials are: Twitter- @WandererKami Instagram- @etc_artwork

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Interview with Artist @itskleine

I was scrolling through Twitter one day and came across @itskleine art page and fell in love with their work. So I decided to reach out and interview them all about their art!

1. What inspired you to start making art?

A lot of things inspired me to start making art like anime, manga, all the animated movies such as Studio Ghibli and Pixar were major sparks for me in creating when I was younger! I feel like a lot of artists can share this as well. However these days, a lot of my inspiration draws from nature and everyday things that seem so mundane, yet they stick to you. Fleeting moments that others can notice and realize that sometimes there’s joy in the small things. It can be as simple as a juice box I really like and it begins to develop in my head. Next thing I know you got a little frog selling his wares for coin in a little juice box!

2. Favorite thing about being an artist?

There are so many things I love about being an artist, the creation process, picking colors, and just mindlessly doodling when I need to brain-barf out ideas. My most favorite has to be making someone’s day, helping give that little bit of joy in their life is honestly very fulfilling. I also really like drawing frogs and being able to draw them in cute or encouraging scenarios is a major plus in my book!

3. Advice for new artists?

Advice is so hard, especially because a lot of artists have already said what I wanted to say. So here are a few things that I think might help:

-Do hand, wrist, and arm stretches OFTEN. These are some of your greatest assets when it comes to drawing, so constantly working without taking the time to stretch will result in injury in the future. Injured limbs mean less time to draw and that is not fun at all 🙁

-Surround yourself with things that you like. May that be artwork, plants, figurines, or pictures. Whatever your heart desires! You create a little artistic bubble that gets you in the mood to create and these fond objects of yours are the cheerleaders. I know a lot of probably draw on the bed, and I am very guilty of that too, but try not to do that too often! Once in a while is fine but the bed should be reserved for rest if possible.

-There is an audience for everything, but know that sometimes it can take a long time for the audience to find you. You can post every day but still not have the results you might want. So take your time and enjoy what you make. Do a hashtag here and there but remember that following trends isn’t the only way to grow. Balance is key as well as confidence.

4. Plans for 2021!

I have a few things planned for 2021, one of them being apparel! I’ve always wanted to make my own little brand of clothing, but I’m very picky about what I’d like so I have a lot of research to do. I’m hoping to do a hoodie, socks and maybe a t-shirt! Other things would be new merchandise like stickers, charms, and wash tape. I also hope to move off Etsy this year, fingers crossed I can get the ball rolling!



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An Interview with Ceramic Artist Kness

Scrolling through Twitter you get to see many unique artists, last month I ran into Kness Twitter account and fell in love with her ceramic art pieces so I decided to interview her to learn more about her art!

1. What inspired you to start making art?

I always made art, in a form or another, since I was a kid. Like most artists, I guess. I got into illustration first and lately ceramics. I think I stumbled upon some really nice pottery on Instagram and jumped right into a rabbit hole of cool glazing work so I decided to take this on as a hobby. I got into my first class with high hopes and was quickly defeated by clay. But I hang on to the craft and took more classes, and here I am.

2. Favorite thing about being an artist?

I love making what I have in mind come to life. It was already a thing with illustration but with clay, it’s on another level entirely. I also love the problem-solving factor in ceramics. There’s a lot of chemistry involved, calculations, mixes, colors, it’s another world compared to painting. I also kind of like the fact that there’s almost no way of correcting a mistake. It’s either ok or not ok, there are very few in between. You cannot negotiate with clay, it really has a mind of its own. Another thing that enables my art is the awesome support I feel every time I post a piece. It’s kind of overwhelming at times but it’s always so positive and respectful. I’m forever grateful to my followers and customers.

3. Advice for new artists?

I’d say, really do what you like, not what you think others will like. I’ve verified this time and again. every piece I make because I think it will sell doesn’t. It’s when I put my guts into it that it works best. It’s never 100% but it’s the most reliable method I found. Start small, build your community, be respectful, be kind to yourself and others, take your week-ends off, take care of your family. It seems trivial but it isn’t, we are not made to work all the time. It’s a very capitalistic idea that you should work overtime in order to achieve success. You should not. What you will aim to do is to find a balance between work and all of the other things you want and need to do. Also, it’s completely ok to have a main job or a side job to fulfill a need, I do at the moment.

4. Plans for 2021!

I plan on becoming a full-time ceramics artist. I have a main job as an SEO consultant right now, it brings the needed cash for a few hours of work. I’m slowly making the transition by making more ceramics and charging more for them as my skill set grows. As I take on fewer SEO jobs, I find a kind of balance between artistic work and conventional work that suits me for now. When I’m ready to make the jump, I will! I’d also love to have a gallery show in the near future when everyone’s vaccinated and the world’s back to some kind of normal.

Social accounts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/_kness
Instagram: https://instagram.com/_kness/
Website: http://kness.fr

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Why You Should Be Supporting INDEPENDENT Creators!

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There are many independent creators YOU can be supporting right now. It has been known that many corporations have been using art without the permission of the artist for years now. There are many companies that do this including Urban Outfitters and Dolls Kill. Instead of going to an overpriced corporation All Ages of Geek recommends you to shop from independent creators.

Where do I find them?

There are MANY websites you can visit to buy products from independent creators. The first website we recommend using is Etsy. “Etsy is an American e-commerce website focused on handmade or vintage items and craft supplies.” On Etsy you are able to search for what you want! For example, let’s say you are looking for a new print to hang up in your bedroom, Etsy will have the product you are looking for. You will be able to find one-of-a-kind art while supporting independent creators.

The next website you can visit is Redbubble although Redbubble takes a significant amount of profits from the artist it is still a small way to support independent creators. On Redbubble you are able to choose from products with the design you want. T-shits, prints, stickers, water-bottles, Redbubble has it all!

We also strongly encourage you to go on Twitter and Instagram to search for independent creators. Many times the creator will have their website linked in their bio. This way you will be able to support your favorite artist!

Why should I support Independent creators?

There are many benefits to supporting Independent creators. Not only will you be able to communicate directly with the artist you will also be supporting the artist’s careers. Let’s say you need a new t-shirt with your favorite anime character on it. instead of visiting companies that may or may not have the design you are looking for you can contact an artist who creates custom designs! This way you will be able to communicate with the artist and tell them exactly what you want!

Art is not cheap. So with every purchase, you give to an independent creator the chance to continue creating their art.

All Ages of Geeks Top 5 Independent Creators of the week!

Here are some amazing artist we came across this week! Be sure to check out their work!


2. Nuri

3. Sif Savery

4. Amborg


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We Interviewed Artist Kishi!

1. What started your artistic journey?

My story isn’t any different from many others, actually. I liked to draw as a kid, and with time, when my skills improved, I decided that I want to devote myself to art. I’m currently studying to be an animation director, though I didn’t always want to become one, I was more interested in the game industry, but in my country, there are not many places to get a good game designer education, and so I decided I want to stick with animation, for this was another thing that interested me. I can’t say I’m happy with it, but also can’t say I regret it. I like to animate, even though I don’t do it often. I’m mostly concerned with our education system.

2. What is your favorite piece you made?

I think it’s the one I drew almost half a year ago with my The Dragon Prince OC. Though I’ve been working on it for almost a month, I’m very proud of it. I was able to find good references for the clothes, I liked the pose, the details. At the same time, I found out how to use color correction in Photoshop to make colors much more saturated. And most important is that I really enjoyed drawing this piece.

3. What advice would you tell other artists who are new?

The one I’ve been hearing many times: try to draw, practice as much as you can to improve your skills. Even a sketch every day.

5. Plans for 2021!

I’ve been thinking about trying to animate something bigger than those sketches and animatics I’ve been doing all this time. Maybe do something like “a cartoon in a nutshell” with The Dragon Prince, or a music clip maybe. I want to try and do something big.




We Interviewed Artist 2xlee!!

How long have you been an artist?

1. I actually can’t remember not doing art, to be honest. I never had that “click”-moment, that might have started it. However, I began pursuing the fundamentals of anatomy around 4th grade, after I saw the “Love Manga” How-to-draw-book in a Winx Club Magazine, haha. (My mom had to order it for me of course.)

Favorite piece of art you’ve made?

2. Good question, hard to answer. I think, the one that I’m still the most attached to, are the two illustrations with Revali and Link about there being no good in mourning the dead. They’re visually compelling and subtle. I also really love the drawing of Link and The Great Fairy. These two should be my favorite.

Advice to other artists?

3. Don’t lose the fun of it all. I believe, that everything you pursue in life should be done because it makes you happy.

Plans for 2021?

4. Not to get crushed by my university assignments, haha! I also want to start working on bigger and more official projects, being part of something more, that would be nice.

We Interviewed Illustrator Io Kay!

1. How long have you been doing art and what inspired you to start?

I’ve been doodling since diapers, but I started teaching myself at 13. Around that time I discovered the Internet and fandom spaces, and all the wonderful artworks created for my favorite series prompted me to try getting better at art.

2. What is your favorite thing about being an artist?

To me, it’s the perfect way to unwind! I am a very emotional person who has problems expressing my feelings, so it feels good to channel them into something productive. That way I have something to do with all the inner turmoil and scattered thoughts, and it feels even better if I like the results.

3. Advice to other creators?

Do what you love and what feels right to you! It goes for everything, starting with your themes, medium, or posting online. Draw for yourself first and foremost, and don’t poison your love for your craft with expectations or an illusion of success.

4. what are your plans for 2021?

I aim to get my bachelor’s degree in arts this summer, and pass the exam to qualify for master’s program as well!