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The request: Aurora, can you look at my gallery and give advice?
A: Unfortunately, probably not. Most of the time and in my free time I'm busy with creating own pictures. It keeps me very busy to
answer all the important questions about material and Co., and therefore I have little time to give commentaries on other images.

Q: May I take your pictures and customize them for my online portal sites? For example, as a background for facebook or twitter?
A: It all depends on the picture itself. Some artworks have a second author (photographer), who has provided me the reference, but don't want to see the final images outside of DeviantART. Therefore I can not give general permission and would say "rather not". :nod:

Q: How did you manage to enter to art school?
A: I had taken part of a course, where you can learn something about artist portfolios just before I made my application to the university. It is difficult to tell everything with words, but it is very important that the university committee sees not just images designed as school works in your folder (so the standard school program). All candidates will have similar images and it is better to stand out a little for getting a place. I had begun with my pictures about a year before the application.

Q: What brand of white ink do you usually use?
A: I usually use white China Ink from a brand called "Standardgraph".

Q: What brands do you use for your ink outlines?

I like to use brown or black ink by "Standardgraph - China ink" or "JAXink / ENCRE" for my outlines, when they have to be waterproof. I've to say I don't find much non waterproof brands these days. I also really love to paint with non waterproof inks too, but the only ones I found are from china and in black. If anyone knows non waterproof inks in brown or other colors, please tell me!!

Q: I'm a student and I have to study a select artist and I've chosen you. Tell me about your life as an artist. How you started and how you have gotten where you are now, etc...
A: That's really sweet of you. But I fear that I will not have the time to manage the project. As you may know it always takes a lot of time to answer all my messages and therefore the answer is not always immediate. I would ask you to read my FAQ carefully, if you want to have information about my career. This actually say anything important about me. I don't talk about the remaining private life to public.

Q: What specific type/brand of watercolour paper do you use?
A: Actually, I use a lot series of my favourite papers. I like to use "Britannia" from "Hahnemühle", rough or smooth does not matter, both are really great and they have 300g/m². I also use "D'Aqua", "Toscana" and "Allegretto" from "Hahnemühle". The "Montval" paper, the "Canson Studienaquarellblock" and the "1557" paper from "Canson" are my favorites of fine papers. For studies I have a "C À Grain Drawing" block from "Canson", but I also love to use inexpensive papers for exercises. Please do not buy too expensive blocks, if you make exercises. It releases a lot more to scribble on cheap paper. If you use water too, it should be as thick as possible, at least 200g/m².

Q: Any advice for scanning (my scanner doesn't pick up some strokes/colors)?
I had the same problem with my old scanner too and I still have problems to pick up fine strokes I did with gel pens, especially when I use metallic colors. :nod:
I sometimes use very strong colors, such as a flashy pink. The pink appears hardly after the scan. I use "Replace Color" then (I have CS4), select the color, and change the color saturation. In addition, I sometimes use the "Multiply" function (the upper layer with a low transparency) so that the bright scan shows a few more colors that were not visible at first.
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renxhitsugaya Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
hello there. ive just recently browsed by your work. im currently in college studying my final year of art and design. currently this terms project is portraits. and as you probably know a lot of the work consists of artists information. if you have any spare time in the next week could you possibly answer a few of these questions to help with my research on portrait artists. what are your influences/who are your influences? the mediums you use if not only watercolours, what inspires you the most and any other relevent information. thank you :) 
michaelrdu Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
I love your work of cats.  I am the founder of Meow House Cat Rescue in Raleigh NC.  I would like to use one of your original cat pieces as a fundraiser.  Please contact me at  Michael Outen.  I hope to hear from you soon.
Mangaotakufreak Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Student General Artist
How long does it take for you to draw a fully colored picture? (I really like your work. ^^)
FallLikeRain Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey, I love you work and I was wondering what brand of white ink pen you use? I've bought a couple before, but they always seem to dry up quickly....
AnastasiaPutilina Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014

Hello, Aurora!

I admire your's paintings, I really like their style of performance. I'm a director, finishing my studies in England at MA Filmmaking. Now I'm working on the film, which will be taking part in international competitions in different countries. This film deals with a young artist who is looking for his place in life, and paintings - a reflection of the state of his rebellious soul.

I want to ask you to write a few paintings on the theme of the sea for our film (Mermaid, swimming fish and sea landscape with a boat and fishermen - A3 paintings).

Guarantee the provision of copies of the film, which will be all your's paintings and your name in the credits as an artist.

I will be glad to cooperate with you

Regards. Anastasia (

Rara7Kitties Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I have just fallen in love! Heart  Do you use just one photographer? I have been photographing cats as long as I can remember and would be honored to see them done by you... Is there a way to send you any? I wouldn't charge, it's just a hobby, but would certainly be compelled to purchase any you painted. Love 
Pedometer Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
Do you do commissions?
ShaonHall Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi :) I've noticed you use pastels and oil pastels...the pastels and/or oil pastels you use, are in the shape of chalk or pencil? And what's the difference in vision of oil pastel and a pastel (I mean the difference between the two when they're on paper- how do they look different fron each other)
Krantox-Ungurin Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
Could I ask what brushes you use for most of your watercolour work?
AwesomeTheAmazing Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist
I was just wondering... in what order (if there is an order!) do you use the watercolours and coloured pencils (and ink, though I assume the ink is last?)?? Do you colour with the pencils then apply watercolour, or vice versa?  Or do you just use both randomly throughout the whole process?
I was looking at this piece in particular when I thought about it:
Great works, I love your gallery! :heart:
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