12 Things About Artist, Trent Kaniuga

12 Things About Artist, Trent Kaniuga

We’ll just say it. Trent Kaniuga makes some of the best drawing demos out there. This professional voiceover artist is easy to listen to as he takes the viewer through his process creating his Twilight Monk characters. Kaniuga is also an avid Wacom user and often shares his experience creating on his Cintiq. We asked him to share 12 things about himself and he kindly obliged. The only thing that would make this better is if he read them out loud.

Image Credit: Trent Kaniuga
  1. I worked in fashion for a period of time designing clothes for ravers and graffiti artists in the late 90’s. Yay for big pants!
  2. I've never been trained, or had any formal art lessons, and see art development as more of a personal internal journey, than a pursuit of technical mastery.
  3. My first paying job as an artist was drawing bootleg ties at age 15.
  4. I started self-publishing my own comic books at age 16
  5. My dream games to work on are all RPG adventure games, like Final Fantasy, Zelda, or Rune Factory.
  6. My favorite thing to design is armor for creatures.
  7. I was first inspired to draw comic books from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Disney films of the 90s, and Todd Mcfarlane.
  8. When I have free time I draw a webcomic and indie game about a kung fu monk (www.twilightmonk.com)
  9. I do almost all of my work on portable digital art workstations using Wacom tablets or the Companion.
  10. I learned to paint digitally in 1999 using illustrator, but couldn’t stand that it was too crisp. I prefer messy, large brush strokes, like what you can get in Photoshop or Painter.
  11. Most of my early comic books were written and drawn from my dream journal.
  12. I like to fantasize about painting in virtual reality and all of the possibilities that could entail. I imagine that I could walk through an environment, hold out a Wacom glove, and paint in a sky, or sculpt a tree. I'm a bit of a tech-nut and can’t wait to see where digital art goes next!