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1. How do you pronounce your name?

I think a lot of people get confused between my URL and my actually name, my real name is Méabh, with the D in my URL standing for the first letter of my second name; Deloughry. Méabh is pronouced exactly the same way as the English spelling, Maeve. (‘BH’ in the Irish language is more often than not pronouced like a 'V’). More literally, it’s pronouced like, May-vh.

2. How long have you been drawing?

Well both of my parents are designers (product designer and graphic designer) so they were very into getting myself and my younger brother Lúach into being creative. So I’ve been painting and drawing and making things probably since I’ve been about 1 or 2 years old. I started doing fanart and character design when I was 16.

3. Have you ever taken art classes?

Yes. I did for about two years when I was about twelve. I got bored of it very quickly though and felt like it wasn’t helping me anymore, so I quit. I have also always done art in school, unfortunately, art isn’t taken as seriously as it should be so they were never that helpful either. The VAST majority of knowledge I have about drawing has come from following other artists on Tumblr and Deviantart.

4. Do you go to Art College?

Yes, I do. I am currently a first year student in Limerick School of Art and Design where I am studying Animation.

5. Who are your biggest inspirations?

I have so many! Both professionals and people from Tumblr, so I’m going to put it into two sections.

Professionals:

I have been a fan of both Tony DiTerlizzi and P.J. Lynch for as long as I can remember, with my mom working for Candlewick Press in MA when we lived in America we always had hundreds of children’s books growing up, but those two illustrators have always stuck out in my mind.

Glen Keane, Ollie Johnson, Frank Thomas, Milt Kahl are all animation heroes in my opinion, but I have such a huge soft spot for the company Cartoon Saloon, who are an Irish based animation company who created 'The Secret of Kells’ and 'Song of the Sea’, obviously because of Irish pride but also because I was lucky enough to go to the studio and meet all the lovely people there who were nothing but kind and supportive of my work.

Gustav Klimt is my favourite painter because of the emotion he is able to capture with such subtlety.. that’s what I want my drawings to show.

Tumblr Artists:

@brittanymyersart @may12324 @alexis-page @corvuxredux @petitrequin @thomkemeyer @cranesketch @celialowenthal @perplexingly @lazyleezard @batcii @kathuon @norhuu @andiree @loish @elephantfist @cassandrajp @nesskain @missyserendipity @starpatches @lilabeanz @jmeemarie @cla-ray @pheberoni @johannathemad @quillery @franco-e @lexlambs @bellemrdch @jociemamacie @galaxyspeaking

6. How much time do you spend on a piece?

It depends on the day, if I’m flowing I might get a full drawing done in an hour or two, but if not, could be anything up to eight hours.

7. What materials do you use?

I use plain lead pencils or watercolour pencils or drawing pens for sketching or for traditional drawing.

8. What software do you use?

Photoshop CS5

9. What tablet do you use?

Wacom Bambo tablet CTL-460

10. Do you scan your drawings or draw them directly onto Photoshop?

I very rarely will scan my drawings, I tend to do that if I have to change computer or if I haven’t drawn on the computer in a long time. Colouring in traditional drawings can be very good for getting used to the feeling of drawing digitally again. But for the most part, everything is done directly onto photoshop.

11. Do you take requests/commissions?

Not right now. I need to figure everything out and find some spare time before I set all that up.

12. Can I re-post your drawings on Tumblr or on another website?

No. Please don’t. Just reblog it.

13. Can I make edits/colour in your drawings?

Absolutely! I would love that! As long as you give me credit that’s completely okay.

14. Can I use your drawings as an avatar/header image?

Feel free.

15. How old are you?

I was born on the 24th of April 1996

16. How do you go about creating character designs?

Well every time I read a book I will keep a notebook beside my bed to take down all the descriptions of the characters. Of course it is not enough to just have the physical descriptions of characters in my opinion. I always take into account the characters background/personality/settings etc. All of these elements contribute to a better and more interesting design. For example; if a character has a job working outside doing physical labour, they will probably have stronger bodies, more scars, freckles, sunburn or tans.

17. How can I get my characters to look more diverse? 

Same-facing characters is one of the hardest habits to break and I struggled with it for such a long time! Still do. My advide would be to use references of multiple ethnicities first. After that you would be surprised how different a character can look if you change eyebrows, hairlines, jawlines, cheekbones, noses, lips and bodyweight. If you are relying on a different hairstyle to distinguish between each of your characters it wont work. Also adding features like scars/moles/freckles/facial hair can really make your characters unique.

18. Do you have any OCs?

Yes I do, though they are very under developed. I tend to be quite shy about posting about them because they are more personal than fanart, it’s almost intimate to me. They are under they tag 'meabhd’s ocs’.

19. Do you have any other blogs?

I have one for my college work @meabhd-art but it is very different to this one. Much more traditional work and a lot more abstract..

20. Why don’t you leave the anon option on for asks?

I have always been quite private and prefer when I feel like I’m talking to someone rather than a thing? I also have anxiety and it makes me nervous not knowing who is talking to me. I answer every single question, though I only publish them sometimes and I am more than happy to answer questions privately if you are not comfortable having a question published.