How long have you been on DeviantArt? Over nine years, I registered on January 25, 2006.
What does your username mean? Tankaa Kumawani is the name of my primary original character, an anthropomorphic pliosaur. A younger, less wise version of me thought that large merchant ships and strong-as-a-bear sea dragons filtered through Japanese phenomes were well suited to naming large prehistoric marine reptiles with lots of teeth.
Describe yourself in three words. Geeky. Outlier. Clevelander.
Are you left or right handed? Right-handed.
What was your first deviation? It's not here anymore, I went through a short hiatus in Early 2008. The earliest work I have that was worth uploading with a date on it (resubmitted) is from December 30, 2007. The grid fins, the alternate universe, the silver and chartreuse wings that are no more.:
What is your favourite type of art to create? While my workflow still starts with a pencil sketch, I do digitally colored and shaded science fiction and fantasy works featuring anthropomorphic characters. I can furnish three examples below:
If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be? Building monster suits and cosplay gear. I'd love to be able to translate my drawings into three dimensions and animate them with skillful movements on the convention hall stage.
What was your first favourite? This, dating from many a year ago, back when I was still a relative newbie. I know it's probably not the first one, but...I tend to be a deletionist. I'm still a Zoids fan, but haven't dealt with Spore or game screenshots in years.
What type of art do you tend to favourite the most? I seem to be all over the board here. Cartooning, scenery, pliosaurs, model work, costumery, pliosaurs, robots, Ori's evil counterpart, and pliosaurs.
Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?
TheAngryFishbed, at least some of the time. I've know her since freshman year of college, and most people I met during that era fell to joywire addiction. Some of her stuff is quite good, and brings up some amusing memories...
If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be? CanineHybrid, probably. I'd love to spend time with them and learn some of their tricks of the trade.
How has a fellow deviant impacted your life? Zalcoti probably had the largest impact on both my life and my art. She encouraged me to keep going with my studies, rework my character designs and anatomy, and introduce all of those creepy joywire addicts to my steel-toed boots. We've had falling-outs, but we bicker like an old couple these days. Without the scuffle and the pressure to improve, I'd still be drawing horrifying, repetitive fanservice for joywire addicts and Tankaa would have bent to the will of an individual who would gleefully convert the multiverse to orgasmium.
What are your preferred tools to create art? For sketchwork, a chunky Papermate 0.5mm HB mechanical pencil and typing paper. For my digital color works, Photoshop and a Wacom Intuos4 running on a 27" late 2011 iMac. I really should transition to Paint Tool Sai and FireAlpaca sooner rather than later.
What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?
In previous years, it was during downtime during college and graduate school lectures. These days, as a young engineer with an overly long commute, there is no place...
What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?
The time when I found out that CrystalCircle was a local. It's a small world we live in.
This brings us to the end of today's scheduled entry. Hopefully I'll try to get the "Confessions of a Midwestern Substation Services Engineer" entries into the pipeline, along with those long-awaited group shots. Until then...from the best location in the nation, that's the journal entry, I'm Tankaa Kumawani.