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 Todraw on February 19, 2010 at 6:30am
@anna rockou It still doesn't seem that much of a mistake.^^ but it's just maybe cause i dun know the original picture. xD But keep on Art u're good!
Comment by AnnaLPsious_ on February 19, 2010 at 6:21am
@Todraw right hand behind the pen this is a mistake :$
Comment by Todraw on February 19, 2010 at 6:08am
@anna rockou This one pretty cool! i dun know which mistake u mean, but thats the risk of using a pen xD
Comment by AnnaLPsious_ on February 19, 2010 at 5:44am

I paint this one today at asrt lesson insipated by a poster at our school's music hol which have a poster of Kurt Cobain(it's pen made that why it got some mistakes)
Comment by Sarwo Utomo Satrio Pamungkas on February 19, 2010 at 3:57am
Great...world need more creative people...such as Shikim and all the people of LP...
Comment by Todraw on February 18, 2010 at 12:06pm
@Todraw Oh, okey so then keep on the things u think it's right!!^^ It's the thing that can make ur stuff unique.^^
Comment by AnnaLPsious_ on February 18, 2010 at 11:58am
@Todraw i really hate putting colours on things that i draw:/ i think that may colours can make my meaning loose its passion
Comment by Todraw on February 18, 2010 at 11:55am
Feel free to check up my blogpage:
http://todraw.wordpress.com/
Comment by gin arenas on February 18, 2010 at 8:51am
nice art work
Comment by Todraw on February 18, 2010 at 8:07am
@Gisselle Escudero It's good tough but just start over doing ur own characters it'll help u getting better^^

@anna rockou Good one i like it! With some colours on it it might look much better^^

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