About The Artist
Jayd "Chira" Aït-Kaci
Quick and easy: Taurus | INFJ | Ravenclaw
Long and pretentious: A Berber/Venezuelan millennial born in Austin, Texas, grew up in Paris, France, and currently residing in Vancouver, Canada. It's okay if you can't make sense of all that, I've been spending a lifetime orienting myself in what it all means and barely scratched the surface.
I like to describe myself as a hot mess trying to figure out stories and life. I'm perpetually learning about history so I can make sense of my future. When I was a kid I wanted to grow up to be an anime, and unfortunately I succeeded. I spend 99% of my time thinking about astrology. I’d date my own taste in music if I could.
In the end, though, I do many things, but I mostly draw.
Questions & Answers
How do you pronounce your last name (Aït-Kaci)? Where is it from?
AH-EET-KAH-SEE. It’s Algerian.
Where did your nickname “Chira” come from?
It’s the nickname I gave myself when I was an 11-year-old clicking around the internet. It stuck.
What art programs/tools do you use?
I use a 8x6” Wacom Intuos 3 tablet, I draw primarily in openCanvas 4.06E Plus, and color in Adobe Photoshop CS3/CS5. I tend to use the default brush settings available in both of these programs, but occasionally use Kyle T. Webster’s brushes on specific projects!
Any tips about art you can offer?
I offer what advice/commentary I can on producing art under my tumblr tag “art advice.” Check it out!
Can I repost your work?
No. Please be considerate and link back to any of my hubs should you want to share my work. The only exception is for press articles and review purposes (in which case, you'd be obligated to link back to my hubs!).
Do you work in animation?
Nope. Never have. Not even a little bit.
Is there a benefit to openCanvas? Don’t see a lot of people using it. Why not Sai, or something else?
The version of OC I use is super old and very clunky. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone else, actually. The reason I use it is because it’s clunky and inefficient! It doesn’t let me do anything easily besides draw, so I’m forced to center on my own skills and I have to really go out of my way to, say, use the select tool or transform – which is why I like using it.
Do you mind if I use your art for reference?
I don’t mind a lick what you use my art for as long as you source and it isn’t for monetary gain.
Would you be willing to look at my art and tell me what you think?
Sorry, I don’t do critiques.
Did you go to art school?
I had three months of animation (just long enough to draw my bouncing ball!) before I dropped out, and that’s about the beginning and end of my art studies. Ironically, I have a history of immediately dropping out of any art curriculum I’ve attempted to take. I’m self-taught and I try my best to not let that be a weakness.
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