The artist behind DeMoose Art embraces the motto, “Do what you love, love what you do!”
One of his greatest loves in life, besides drinking copious amounts of tea and working out, is drawing.
His weapon of choice is a handful of cheap ballpoint pens, which he expertly wields to create complex masterpieces with sophisticated blends and realistic skin tones.
DeMoose is certainly doing something right because he is swiftly locking in on 80K subscribers. That’s amazing for any YouTuber and doubly amazing for an artist.
Although DeMoose doesn’t currently work with colored pencil, he has done so in the past.
Interestingly, the way he holds a pen reminds me a lot of colored pencil artists who glaze color over a base layer.
Check out his video on how to draw a nose to see what I mean.
I caught up with DeMoose to ask him some questions on how he achieves smooth transitions of color, and what he thinks about the importance of using social media/collabs to an artist’s success.
DeMoose recently uploaded a video Q and A response, if you would prefer to watch it instead.
Editor’s note: DeMoose is a passionate guy and he inadvertently let one “F” bomb lose in the video that isn’t bleeped out. If this bothers you, you might want to view it away from kiddos.
There are some differences between the video and this blog post, so I say why not view both.
Colored Pencil Enthusiast (CPE): What is the origin of DeMoose Art? What exactly does it mean?
DeMoose: Well, my name is Musa. People have always called me Mus or Moose. My ex-girlfriend lives in France, and I would visit her sometimes. After I would come back from my visits, my uni mates (university/college friends) started calling me LeMoose or DeMoose, so that is how it came about.
CPE: What other mediums have you worked in, and what would you like to work with in the future?
DeMoose: Pen (mostly) because it is something that I have been using for a long time, and it not something you see every day. I have used Prismacolors and Promarkers before. Yeah, once I get my own place, I will experiment more with other mediums like paint. I have used it before and would really like to do it more.
CPE: Your YouTube account states you publish videos from Denmark? Do you currently live there? Where you born there and have you always lived there?
DeMoose: Yes, I currently live in Denmark. Yes, I was born here; however, I haven’t always lived here. My family and I moved to London at the age of four until I was 21 and I finished my degree. Then, I came back to Demark.
CPE: Tell us a little bit about yourself?
DeMoose: ART. GYM. WORK. FAMILY and lots of NAPS and TEA.
CPE: How long have you practiced art to get to the skill level you are currently at?
DeMoose: I have been drawing for as long as I can remember. I started using ballpoint pens at the age of 8.
CPE: Do you have any formal art training? If so, what?
DeMoose: NOPE, None at all. I took art as a GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education course) and Art and Design at college, but these had nothing to do with my drawing ability.
CPE: What is your philosophy on art education and formal training? Do you think it is important to the growth of the artist?
DeMoose: I think that depends on the artist. Some artist can make mistakes and learn from them, others can’t and keep making mistakes so they need assistance. So that is a yes and no answer.
CPE: What has been most influential to your growth as an artist?
DeMoose: Myself. Also, watching my sister and cousin draw when I was younger.
Note: In his video, DeMoose expands on this topic and says he challenges himself to improve over time and that is part of the reason why he is his biggest motivator.
CPE: How long does a normal ink drawing take you to render?
DeMoose: Most of my drawings take 4-8 hours, some do take longer. Thirteen hours is probably the longest.
CPE: What are the pros and cons working exclusively in pen, or any medium for that matter?
DeMoose: For ballpoint pen, the pro side is a single black pen can get every level (gradation) that a set of pencils can. The con is if you make a mistake, the drawing is over. You have to start again.
CPE: How did the collaboration between you and Kirsty Partridge come about?
DeMoose: I was intrigued by her work on YouTube and I just had to contact her. So I contacted her on twitter, and then we went on from there.
CPE: Do you have any tips on getting yourself out there and marketing yourself as an artist?
DeMoose: Use social media, Instagram, twitter, Facebook, Deviant Art, Tumblr and YouTube. How are people meant to see your work if you don’t share it?
CPE: Do you think collabs on YouTube or elsewhere are important for the modern artist to build their brand and a subscriber base? Why?
DeMoose: Yes, it’s a good way to share audiences. It is also a great way to meet new artist, and you can end up being friends.
CPE: How do you prevent your shaded areas from looking muddy or overworked? Can any of your techniques and concepts apply to color pencil artists?
DeMoose: Build your drawing up with very light layers. Then, if it is not dark enough, apply a little more pressure. The same applies to coloured pencil.
CPE: How do you accomplish subtle blends from one area to the next with such a seemingly unforgiving medium as ink?
DeMoose: Again, build with layers. I believe if you master the pressure with pen (strokes) from light to dark, it will become muscle memory after some time. Also, practice on a spare piece of paper to get the colours you want.
CPE: I see you are around 70,000 subscribers on YouTube (in November 2016). Did you ever think you would impact that many people around the globe with your artwork?
DeMoose: To be honest, no. At the start, it was a way for me to see the way I work and a way to share my art. My goal was 50,000 by the end of 2016, so I am overwhelmed with joy that many people are interested in my art. Although I still get a lot of people saying I deserve a lot more subscribers, but I am thankful for the one I do have 🙂
Note: DeMoose is on a roll. He has picked up almost 10,000 in less than two months. That is a big part of the reason why I wanted to feature him.
CPE: Do you have any tips and techniques that you would like to share with my viewers on the topic of drawing? Anything else you would like to add in general?
DeMoose: Practice….learn from mistakes…..practice…..learn from mistakes….and finally practice!!
If you would like to learn a little bit more about your favorite colored pencil artist, send me their name, contact info and any questions you may have for them. I will send them an invite, and maybe you will see or read an interview from them in the future.
Happy Drawing! Melissa
Melissa LeGates is a professional writer and retired Air Force journalist. She specializes in long-form features and loves to write about living a victorious Christian life, art and health. She and her husband live in Delaware. In her free time, she is a student of colored pencil, watercolor, acrylics and oils.
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