Frequently Asked Questions
Before e-mailing me with a quick question, try checking here first to see if you can find the answer. Here are some questions which people ask frequently about my artwork, myself, and my practice. If you have a question that isn’t asked here, e-mail me and I’d be happy to answer!
1. Can I use your art for an online signature group or website?
- You do not make any profit on any of the pieces that include my artwork
- You keep all graphics made G rated, children friendly.
- Do not link directly to any of my artwork. If you wish to display originals on your own site, then you must save them onto your OWN server. I have had bandwidth theft problems in the past and choose not to let people directly link to my artwork, or link buttons.
- You MUST credit me in the site, and possibly on the artwork itself if it is not obtrusive. Minimally you must provide my website address (http://www.kina-ink.com) But preferrably I would like my full name on it as well, (Kina Forney). In some sort of site credits, I would like both my full name and website listed.
- You may edit them in any way as long as you obey these rules. You can make them blink, breathe, sparkle, whatever you like.
2. Can I use your art as graphics on my own website?
Yes, but you have to ask me first through e-mail. I need to know the purpose of your site, and in what way my images will be used. See the contact page and drop me an e-mail and we can discuss it.
3. How long have you been drawing for?
I have been drawing for fun since I can remember, but I didn’t start taking it seriously until I was in high school. So I guess that would be when I was around 14 or 15 which is when I got into animation styled artwork. Prior to that, I mostly only drew what I saw, in a more realistic style.
4. How did you learn to draw like that?
Practice, practice, practice! Starting to make art from scratch can be very frustrating because of how long it can take. It was years before I liked what I made, and even longer before I felt I could even share my work with other people on the internet. You do need a little talent to start off, but I’d say it’s 99% hard work and perseverance more than anything else. Look at nature and its forms. Look at other artists’ work for inspiration. Look at other people’s styles, try to imitate and improvise and eventually you’ll come out with something you like, even it if seems to take forever! Patience is a very valuable asset in art-making.
5. Can you teach me how to draw?
No one can really teach you everything there is to know about drawing or art because so much of it is personal exploration. There is no quick fix learn method to magically tell someone my ‘secret’ to drawing. It comes with hard work and time, and dedication. Although I do my best to share my techniques with everyone.
6. What do you use to draw with?
These days I draw digitally with my drawing tablet on the computer more than I draw with real pencils on paper. It’s more convenient for when I’m at work and taking a doodle break, or if I’m at home and don’t want to take out all my supplies. When I draw on paper, I like to use mechanical pencils, normal HB and B level pencils, or just your regular ol’ ballpoint pens for doodles. I use a Wacom tablet for drawing digitally in Adobe Photoshop or Paint Tool Sai. Both programs have free trials available for download, so try them out!
7. What do you use to ink your drawings?
Usually I use anything I can find at a local stationery store, but recently I’ve been liking Staedtler’s Pigment Liners, although they tend to fade when you erase over them too much. This isn’t always a problem since I normally ink over a drawing several times, or I adjust it in Photoshop after I scan it. I also will use any liqui gel, felt tip or black flowy ink pen. As long as it is not a ballpoint pen, I’m happy.
8. What do you use to draw on your computer?
As mentioned earlier, I use a Wacom tablet for drawing digitally in Adobe Photoshop or Paint Tool Sai. I use a Wacom Bamboo tablet at home but at work I am spoiled and get to use the Intuos which has much better pressure sensitivity. When you see a digitally coloured picture that I’ve done, it was not always done entirely on the computer. I often prefer sketching on real paper and then scanning it in to work on it. It really depends on the project.
9. What programs do you use for CGs?
My own CG art (being either computer generated or computer graphics, I was never quite sure about that one) is usually made using Photoshop or Paint Tool Sai, or a combination of both. In the past I have also used Painter to colour and sketch. These days I use the Adobe Creative Suite which includes Photoshop, Flash, InDesign, Illustrator and Dreamweaver. However almost every version of Photoshop after version 5.0 is pretty much the same for my purposes as far as drawing and filling images with colour. I usually use Flash, Illustrator or Adobe InDesign for making print projects, websites, graphics and logos.
10. What programs do you use to make your webpage?
For this layout, I purchased a WordPress template to start it off. This one is called “Equilibrium” by Onioneye. Then I customized some graphics using photoshop and made changes to the template’s CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). In the past I’ve used Photoshop to design and make all the graphics and to design my layouts. Then I would cut up the image into pieces and code it by hand Dreamweaver’s source code editor. I design all my layouts for Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. I use CoreFTP for uploading my site files.
11. How old are you? Where are you from? What do you look like?
12. Did you attend University or College for Art?
I attended Concordia University in Montreal, Canada and received my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Computation Arts. I switched from Painting and Drawing, which I took for 2 years.
13. Can you draw me something? Do you take requests or do exchanges?
I get it a lot, people asking if I could draw them something. I used to love drawing for other people, but unfortunately now I just don’t have the time to do it for free. Drawing and making art and websites is pretty much my job now, and unless you are a very close friend or family member, I do not have the time to draw something for you for free. I do however take commissions, if you don’t mind paying for a drawing. I may occasionally take art exchanges (where I make you something in exchange for you making me something) but these are few and far between and depend on my schedule.