Name: Sean Martin
What I do in my free time: Draw, paint, paint miniatures, tabletop gaming, 3D modeling, read, write, weave, free form role playing, photography, sew, and playing video games
Likes: Role playing games, first person shooters, archaic weaponry, fashion, gas masks, post apocalyptic scenarios, horror movies, puzzles, fantasy, science fiction, modern fantasy, and bones of all sorts
Dislikes: Salty foods, plot holes, and overly unrealistic stories
Mediums I’ve used: Pencil, oil paints, 3D, digital painting, cloth, leather, and metal
Preferred mediums: Pencil and digital painting
I have always had an interest in art. Since a young age I have taken time to teach myself how to draw and paint in my own way. My parents realized the skill I had and nurtured it. I started producing artwork around age five. Drawing slowly became my biggest passion, I spent most of my free time drawing. I started with drawing blades and militaristic equipment and scenes, I later expanded from that.
In high school I started learning more realistic styles of art in the offered art class. I was always pushed to give up my lines to create a form and encouraged to replace these tools with shading. I had found that shading with pencil gave me a better effect and made my pieces look more presentable. It was on my way to finding something closer to my own method and style but I had more to discover.
By the end of high school I had found that macabre was more my style. My eye for horror had allowed me to focus on technique more than concept. I took these techniques further into college where I took an art course in life drawing. I learned about the natural form, gaining a better concept of perspective and dynamic posing. I found references were fueling my creative ability. Using a reference has brought me to digital art. It has allowed me to be bold with my work. Working digitally is nurturing my urge to experiment with different subject matters, keeping the macabre art close to heart I still find new ideas to draw and paint.
Being a Disabled Artist
It’s a common question that I receive, “what is it like being an artist who is disabled?” The answer isn’t something I think of very often. I will admit that it requires a certain amount of unique methodology and thought process. Yet for me it may not have been easy but it has been worthwhile. How does someone with no arms, only hands create art similar to what I do you might ask? The only thing I can say is that I do it all in a positive mindset and I do it very carefully. Beyond that it’s all learning on your own because there is no one who can give you the right way to create.