Introducing Our First Artist Spotlight: ToDraw


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We hope to develop a creative community on LinkinPark.com since we are all inspired and motivated by music, art, videos, technology and the world around us in general. Every so often we will spotlight a member of LinkinPark.com whose artwork intrigues us.

Here’s our first Artist Spotlight. We would like to introduce you to ToDraw, whose real name is Shikim. He is from Aargau, Switzerland.

We recently reached out to Shikim and asked him the following questions about himself, his art and why is a fan of Linkin Park.


Q: When did you become a fan of LP? What interests you about the band?

A: Basically I always liked their music but around 2005-2006 I began getting more interested in the band. I kinda started listening to Linkin Park and Fort Minor at the same time. What I didn't know back then that the Rapper of Fort Minor was typically Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park. After doing some research, I got impressed even more with Linkin Park.

What interests me about the band is their diversity, I mean just let somebody who doesn't know the band listen to "One Step Closer" and then to "Not Alone." Nobody would say, “Oh yeah, that was the same band. “ What I really appreciate about Linkin Park are their lyrics, which are deep and emotional.

Q: What inspires you?
A: Most of my artwork is done just out of a emotional feeling (mostly sad ones) or some are inspired by a song or something I see which’s happening around me.

Q: What is your creative process?
A: I'm not the kind of guy who sits down and first thinks of what he wants to do. I just start off till I have a acceptable sketch. When the drawing doesn't work I try to write poems or lyrics, you've maybe seen some on my page. On matter of my emotional status I listen to music and my pictures mostly include the feelings I’m having in the moment or I find a song that sounds really cool, then I try to bring the content of the song on paper.

Lyrics always inspire the stuff I feel.

Q: What materials do you use?
A: I prefer using my Graphire 4(Graphic Tablet). If I don't use my graphic table I use pencils or ball pen's to draw. Sometimes but rarely I use acrylic color.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: First of all: Mike Shinoda, I admire him for his music skills and also for his skills as a painter, especially his use of digital and traditional media.
I also like the art of Akira Toriyama. By tracing his characters and redrawing them I have improved my drawing skills.

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Comment by AnnaLPsious_ on February 18, 2010 at 6:04am

I'm anna,14 years old for Greece and this is a part of my last LP collage
Comment by Gisselle Lq on February 18, 2010 at 5:20am
uh.. Akira Toriyama!
hello... I leave here my last drawing that I copied...of DBZ, is Vegeta .... by the way I am 12 years ... i'm from is Argentina... :)

Comment by Deadzeezorn on February 17, 2010 at 11:03pm
u r getting famous now.. oh shikim i m verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry proud of u
Comment by Shazreen Jamal on February 17, 2010 at 10:52pm
Woah. That's amazing, Shikim. You must be feeling real honored, now that LP recognizes your artworks. Amazing.
Comment by Aditya_the_warrior_within on February 17, 2010 at 10:03pm
nice ! :)
Comment by RC on February 17, 2010 at 9:36pm
Glad you all liked the first Artist Spotlight. We will post more Artist Spotlights as we find great art and videos on the network. Feel free to post links on my profile of your favorite work or blogs!
Comment by Todraw on February 17, 2010 at 12:51pm
A moderator send me a message, i simply submitted my stuff like everybody does in the photo section in profile... they've seen and contacted me then
Comment by LinkinPark1990/chazychazy1990© on February 17, 2010 at 12:51pm
cool art man love it and hay keep up the creativity
Comment by xxspuckxsorrisxx on February 17, 2010 at 12:48pm
Did he like submit his stuff to lp.com or did they meet him in life? i dont get it. cool. Where can i send my stuff in?
Comment by Ana Rita Pecorelli on February 17, 2010 at 12:05pm
ahahah very cool.. I know him ^^ great artist hihi

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