Dane Manning, Melbourne Australia.
SINCE WHEN DO YOU WORK AS AN ARTIST:
I have been drawing since I was old enough to pick up a pencil, but I have focused on the Japanese style for around 5-6 years.
HOW DID YOU COME TO ART:
I have always had an interest in asian culture and arts, eventually I came by Japanese tattoo (horimono) and I have had an obsession ever since.
DESCRIBE YOUR KIND OF ART:
My art is based upon myths and legends from Japanese, and sometimes Chinese history. I try my best to keep the work as traditional as I can, which leads me to spend as much time reading and researching as it does drawing.
YOU PREFER TO WORK WITH:
I use a mixture of pens and brushes for my line work, indian ink for black and grey work, and acrylic ink for the colour.
HOW DO YOU FIND ALL YOUR FRESH IDEAS:
As all my work is based around myths and legends, these are all common imagery within horimono, I always try to tackle each subject with my own flair to it, interesting colours, textures or shading, whilst still paying respect to the traditions and the Japanese masters.
WHAT ELSE DO YOU LIKE BESIDES PAINTING:
Painting is the only hobby important to me, I dedicate most of my time to my work, which leaves little time for social life or other hobbies. I am very serious about my work, because it is something that I truly love with a passion.
HOPES FOR YOUR FUTURE:
I am hoping to continue my apprenticeship under a great mentor, and hopefully spend more time in Japan learning about Horimono and japanese culture in general.
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN JUST ONE SENTENCE:
Just a simple guy doing what he loves.
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