Thanks Al aka @al_stocker_draws for taking part in our black and white illustrators’ interview series!
How long have you been drawing?
I have always loved art since I was a young boy but I didn’t start drawing more until November 2017. I decided to start a daily challenge to try and improve and I haven’t stopped since.
What’s your process?
I start by sketching up my initial ideas on paper or any sketchbook I can find. I then take that idea and transform it to a really awesome Fine Grain Heavyweight paper that I use for all of my final drawings. I use a variety of Uni Pin and Rotring Fineliner Pens from 0.03 for fine details up to 0.3 for the outlines. The details tend to be a mixture of straight lines or stippling.
Digital vs traditional?
I enjoy experimenting with digital but I love traditional! With digital work you can erase something whenever you like but traditional drawing really tests you to take your time on each line. It’s not so much fun when you make a mistake just before finishing a design which I’ve done a few times but that’s part of the process of learning and getting better.
How long does it take to create it?
Each drawing generally takes between 2-7 hours depending on how detailed it is.
Is it a hobby or your career?
I currently draw in my spare time and work full time in another job. I would love to make this my career one day. To be able to work on my passion every day would be incredible.
Why do you draw?
I find drawing is the best way for me to relax. Along with playing guitar, It’s my favourite way to switch off from the noise of life and be present in the moment.
You have one day to live, how do you spend it?
With my closest friends and family exploring Yosemite National Park. I haven’t been before and it’s one place that I would love to visit before I leave this world. Maybe I could do a drawing while I’m there 🙂
How can people get in contact with you?
Please send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or through one of my social media links.