I’m Dean and I have been doing art since I was kid. It is what has always given me a sense of home and escapism. I somewhat fell away from it for a while as I spent some years travelling and got more into photography, meaning I would only sketch from time to time. Upon returning to Dublin, I rekindled my love for it. I have predominantly used pencil when doing so, keeping very monochromatic and I would stay within the areas I felt I was good at and comfortable doing, such as flora and fauna, anime, landscape and so forth.
After a while I wanted to push myself, not only in my abilities but also in having the confidence to showcase my work to the public.
I therefore entered the world of digital art and it has resulted in my pushing myself and trying the areas that I always wanted to get into and feel confident drawing, but felt inadequate in my ability to do so. Now, my inspiration comes from people, clothes, events, occasions and more than I ever thought I could achieve.
I love to explore and try new textures, colour palettes and art styles. I don’t know if I would say I have fully found my art style just yet, but it is all a part of the journey.
It can be hard to motivate oneself and there are disheartening moments, but creativity requires risk taking. Finding that inspiration and confidence in oneself fuels creativity like few other things.