Frequently Asked QuestionsQ: What programs/tools do you use?
A: Adobe Photoshop CS4, ArtRage, and a 9x12 Wacom Intuos 3.Q: How long have you been drawing? Did you go to school for art?
A: I have a BA in Studio Art and focused primarily in traditional painting until 2002. I made the switch to digital painting shortly after. Q: Do you work professionally as an artist?
A: I am a conceptual illustrator and designer for a research laboratory.Q: How long does it take you to make a drawing?
A: It can take anywhere from 4-25 hours to make a drawing depending on the complexity.Q: Do you use custom brushes in Photoshop? Can I have them?
A: My brushes are a collection I have built and modified over years and include sets from other artists who prefer to not have them distributed. Many of my brushes are modified off of a set that Algenpfleger has generously made available on his deviantART account: [link] Q: Do you do any tutorials?
A: I have some resources in my gallery on my process and I have written tutorials for Fantasy Artist Magazine. I also have a video of a workshop I conducted at Otakon 2012 on my digital painting method. It is available on Vimeo: [link]Q: Do you do commissions?
A: Yes I do – please check my commission schedule for availability. Information: [link]Q: Do you do point commissions?
A: No, I don’t do point commissions.Q: Do you draw requests?
A: I’m sorry, my schedule is extremely tight and I do not draw requests.Q: Can I buy prints of your artwork?
A: Yes! You can either catch me at a few of the east coast conventions where I sell my work or send me a note for online purchases. 11x17 prints are $15 and 8.5x11 prints are $10 (prices include shipping and handling).Q: What breed is your black cat?
A: Grendel is a Highland Lynx. His tail is naturally short, his ears are curled, and he has 26 toes. He's basically a miniature black bear. You can see videos of him on youtube: [link]For commercial commissions and work offers, please contact me at: tsaoshin[at]gmail.com