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 A N A S L I N K I N on February 17, 2010 at 11:34am
GREAT!!!
Comment by Cynthia Torres on February 17, 2010 at 10:46am
your art is really good and interesting, keep up the work!
Comment by VickyLP on February 17, 2010 at 10:14am
amazing! :D :D great job!
Comment by MarieShinizzle on February 17, 2010 at 8:54am
great! great work! ure so cool man :)
Comment by EvoOba on February 17, 2010 at 8:43am
awww my friend!!! u're sooooo awesome :) *hi fives* Congrats dude :)
Comment by Shiza Chaudhry on February 17, 2010 at 6:14am
SHIKIM!!! congratulations man!=D you're a star=)
*gives u coke as a pressie* ;]
Comment by Deadzeezorn on February 17, 2010 at 1:15am
wooooooooooooooooooow such great artist u r , u have great future in that field ....
Comment by Bella on February 17, 2010 at 12:32am
Wow, that's a pretty cool thing....

Your art looks really impressive! Great job!!
Go on =)

btw, we're neighbours ;-)
Comment by Todraw on February 17, 2010 at 12:14am
Hey thx alot for featuring my art. :D
Comment by Sai Mike's Daggers Vemula on February 16, 2010 at 9:36pm
sensational profile on a random person. rock on.

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