One of my most popular series introduces my readers to an artist through a virtual interview of questions. Enjoy.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Who are you and what is your background?
I am David Loblaw, and I was born in Chicago to Canadian parents, we lived in Chicago and then Boston before my parents decided to move back to their home city of Toronto Canada, where I grew up. I got an early introduction to the arts as my parents both attended The Ontario College of Art and Design, where they met and fell in love. so from an early age, I was exposed to all sorts of art. After high school, I attended The Ontario College of Art and Design. focusing on illustration. After that, I started working in the design business mostly a mix of retail store design and graphic design. I spent several years working for a few of the top design companies in Canada and the USA. before starting my own design firm with two partners. After several more years. we closed up
shop and I started my career as a fine artist for the past seven years have been keeping busy creating digital art.
What is your favorite medium?
Digital paint! I use a Wacom tablet on a mac with a few different programs.
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Has your practice changed over time?
Yes, I've been at it for a long time and started with drawing and painting in my youth, and worked as a graphic designer for several years, then about ten years ago I started going digital with my art, doing fine art and landscapes using a program called Artrage. This software lets you paint realistic style paintings digitally and I don’t mean realistic paintings but realistic paint in a digital form.
After doing that for a while I turned my focus to creating more surreal-style images and that's when things started to take off for me. I had always enjoyed working with Photoshop when I used it for my design work, So I've been producing a more surreal style for the last seven or eight years. I still enjoy doing digital painting, but mostly I have been creating surreal photo manipulation images these days.
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What do you most enjoy painting?
Landscapes mostly, particularly because I grew up in Ontario, the natural landscapes in Canada are wonderful to paint. Such untamed wilderness abounds everywhere. and the fall colours are outstanding.
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What food, drink, or song inspires you?
Baklava, a Cadillac Margarita, and these days any song from the band “Stick Figure” , an awesome reggae band.
What has been your favorite response to your work?
I’ve had some great feedback over the last few years about my artwork, and hearing that my “compositions and use of colour” is outstanding is probably my favorite response. along with all the wonderful comments. It's all very encouraging.
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What’s your best piece of advice for someone who wants to get started as an artist?
It’s a journey so be patient and always be learning. They say you need to do ten thousand hours of practice to become a master. This might be true; I am not sure (it might be faster these days with all that you can learn on Youtube). But if you are enjoying what you are practicing then those hours will fly by… Also, be observant and keep an open mind. Don’t be afraid to fail.
Thank you, David, for sharing your fabulous artwork with my readers.
For more of David's work please see:
David Loblaw Social Media
David Loblaw - my portfolio Instagram
behance.net Facebook - David Loblaw Design and Illustration
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