Artist Spotlight: Chris Drysdale

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Chris Drysdale is a Canadian artist and illustrator living in British Colombia.


Iulian: Tell us a little bit about yourself: where did you grow up and how did your early life influence your future as an artist?

Chris: I grew up in western Canada and spent most of my time reading, drawing, and enjoying the outdoors, which led to my enjoyment of sci-fi book cover art and dramatic landscapes.

What are your favorite design tools and how did you get to learn them?

My favorite tools are pen, pencil, markers, and Photoshop. Most of what I know about digital art and Photoshop I’ve learned gradually through experimentation and tutorials.

Are there any other artists out there that you admire and whose work has helped shape your work?

I admire so many artists I can hardly list them all… John Berkey, Syd Mead, Craig Mullins, Feng Zhu, Darren Quach, just to name a few. Also, many artists on DeviantArt and other sites inspire me daily. In general I enjoy loose and textural work, but also hard-edged industrial design, so these artists all influence me to some degree.

Where do you find inspiration?

I find much of my inspiration in reading, writing, the outdoors, playing games, and the work of other artists.

How would you break down your workflow in steps?

Vaguely—I start loose and in greyscale, work the largest forms first, and add detail, color, and focal points towards the end of the process.

Your work is very science-fiction-driven. What drives you to that subject?

I enjoy imagining new worlds of infinite possibility. Science fiction allows me to escape, however briefly, to those worlds.

If there was one piece of advice you could give other beginning artists, what would that be?

Start with fundamentals… any weakness there will return later and cause trouble!


We selected one of your pieces for the cover of our magazine. Tell us a few words about how that piece came to be.

Industrial Sprint was an experiment with using existing 3D objects from my junk files to create a background, and painting over it in Photoshop to achieve a loosely painted result.

Where can we find you on the web?

Here are some samples of Chris’s works:

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Iulian Ionescu

About Iulian Ionescu

Iulian is the Editor-in-Chief and publisher of Fantasy Scroll Mag. He is a science fiction and fantasy writer who enjoys blogging and technology. He runs the fiction writing blog Fantasy Scroll and if you want to know more about his works, check out his author page.