The 5 Question Interview #6 with Lydia Hartley


We put five questions to Lydia Hartley...

Who are you and what do you do?

I'm an Illustration graduate who covers a wide range of art styles and subjects but I mostly prefer to specialise in traditional cross hatching greyscale work when creating and drawing my original characters. I've been online posting work for over 10 years and used to be known at Da-Phase-Meister on deviantArt, but now I've settled on sticking to PhaseChan. I also colour digitally when in the right mood or producing fanart ( usually based on game or anime characters ), but as a lot of my original characters often have a dark backstory or are drawn doing something scary, I find the crosshatching style suits them best. I enjoy high contrast, striking, macabre style artwork the most. I love expressing darker emotions through my work, and I hope this comes across when you look at my art. Teeth, claws, blood - that's where my true artistic heart lies!

What can people expect to find at your table at True Believers?

This will be my first time ever exhibiting and although I am extremely nervous, I will come armed with prints, postcards, badges and posters! I am also going to be displaying some of the fantastic products I have available on my Redbubble shop which will include skirts and tees. I will have a good mix of original characters and some fanart but with the main focus on the greyscale crosshatching style. This will be a huge new experience for me so I'm not sure exactly what will sell best, but do pop over and see me!

What’s your favourite thing about what you do?

Definitely the crosshatching work as I feel I have the most freedom with it. As it mostly comes completely from my head, it is often personal, emotional and ( hopefully! ) dramatic with a big impact. I love drawing and it has taken me years to get to where I am at with this style of work. I feel that my strongest point is actually in my line art, and I really love love love drawing hands!

What was the first comic you collected?

I am into manga much more than I am into western or European comics. I think the first series I really started collecting properly was Chobits or Love Hina, but the thing that really kicked off drawing for me was Jurassic Park as I used to draw dragons and dinosaurs all day long as a child. I am also a massive Akira fan and think the artwork in the original graphic novels had a huge impact on me - I loved the anatomy of the characters and the very mature story and themes. It made me keep practicing and influenced me to draw more humans/people.

If you had to recommend one comic (or story arc) to people, which would it be?

Oooh this is a tricky question! I am currently really into Saga ( Brian K Vaughan, Fiona Staples ) and think it is utterly superb - great artwork, gorgeous fantasy setting and epic drama. However, my all time favourite manga is Fullmetal Alchemist. I love the steampunk setting, huge range of characters and gorgeous artwork ( again mainly because of the anatomy! ) and it inspired me to experiment and practice my line art technique.

Thanks Lydia.

Be sure to check out Lydia's DeviantArt page and stop by Lydia's table at True Believers 2016 and say hello.