Gay geeks and gaymers we have an amazing artist this week in our Artist Corner: Devin Kraft! And here are some interesting facts about him. He’s fluent in Japanese, was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, and even worked on a feature film.
So Devin, tell us a little bit about yourself.
Like, pretty much everything. All of the above in addition to graphic, web and motion design. I’m a huge music geek too-I get geeky with just about everything. My current obsession is ThreeA toys.
How would you describe your style of artwork?
My style is a mix of manga and western comics with a slight bend towards European comics. I try to keep everything dynamic and colorful as much as I can.
I think I try to analyze my stuff a bit more nowadays when I was young I just plowed through pages, but now I try to make lines I wouldn’t normally make so I can become a better or at least different artist.
Are you self-taught or do you have an educational background in art?
What got you into art in the first place?
When I was a little kid, I drew a ton, and my Mom helped me compile my stuff into comics using my Dad’s office supplies. I drew through middle school copying themes and ideas from Final Fantasy games before deciding I wanted to make comics when I was 14 or so. I’ve been at it ever since!
For aspiring artists like yourself, what kind of advice can you give them?
Becoming a good artist is just about practice, persistence, and constantly challenging yourself. It sounds simple, and it is-draw enough and you’ll figure out whatever you’re aiming at achieving!
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Ooh-this is tough. I often think I should be working smarter not harder. I tell myself any problem can be solved with time and persistence- I definitely heard that somewhere.
Where can fans get more of you (social media, websites, etc.)?
Anything you would like to say to your fans?
You’re the best! Everyone’s kind words keep me pushing forward and constantly challenging myself.