Introducing Our First Artist Spotlight: ToDraw

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We hope to develop a creative community on 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 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 Ailina Ann Bennett on February 19, 2010 at 2:35pm
great art
Comment by Abraham Omar Ubillus Rojas on February 19, 2010 at 2:25pm
Sensational profile on a random person
Comment by IRON FIST on February 19, 2010 at 2:12pm
# anna rockou : really , u r soooooooooooo talented :) I liked ur drawing below so much :)
Comment by IRON FIST on February 19, 2010 at 2:04pm
What about this ? , I like drawing Gothics :D

Comment by xxspuckxsorrisxx on February 19, 2010 at 1:57pm
cool but the first one is definately all teched up
Comment by Coralie J. on February 19, 2010 at 12:44pm
OMG a Swiss artist on the website of Linkin Park! (._. ) Wow! And nice artworks of course ;)
Comment by ErbseLP on February 19, 2010 at 12:18pm
Great artworks!
I need music like LP or other rockbands when I draw... ^^
Or I draw at school... the most teachers are so boring and we haven't art lessons.
I draw monsters, dragons(I love dragons!) or something but I'm not so good. :/
And I don't have a graphic tablet... damn. xD

(and yes, I know, my english sucks :D)
Comment by Viress on February 19, 2010 at 12:09pm
wow... that really cool pics ;)
yeah i know what you mean... i also need music when i draw something ^^ (mostly lp and other rock, sad or calm things)
akira toriyama - dr. slump, dragon ball... cool stuff ;)
Comment by Lady Scorpion on February 19, 2010 at 12:05pm

I could do it better, but i wish to see you comment on my picture.
Comment by zahra on February 19, 2010 at 10:30am


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