“I believe the female anatomy is one of the hardest to sketch in realist form. The way movement and gravity affects the fluidity of women’s anatomical parts is one of God’s greatest designs”
Davey Edwards teaches cadastral sciences in Texas and has a Ph.D. in geosciences, but during his spare time —besides riding his Jeep— he uses his pencils to improve his drawing techniques and exercise the right side of his brain. A few years ago, he started drawing on his son’s lunch bag and, after some encouraging feedback, he decided to share his art.
Even though he doesn’t consider himself an artist, he’s been building an interesting portfolio on his Instagram account. The female body is his biggest challenge and favorite subject. PoseSpace poses have helped Edwards understand the human body, and social media channels have been a great source of motivation: “I use other’s artwork on Instagram to inspire me. There are a lot of great artists around the world!”.
In this Q&A interview, Davey Edwards shares with PoseSpace his goals and aspirations as an artist, his favorite painters, and the life experiences that have influenced his work:
Can you tell us about your background and how you got into art?
Currently, I am a professor of cadastral sciences at a university in Texas. I grew up loving the sciences but also loved art; drawing, painting and sculpture. When I went to college, I studied pre-medicine with aspirations to be an orthopedic and design prosthetics. My love of art found a new avenue when I studied anatomy and where I got into figurative art of the human body.
What are your goals or aspirations as an artist?
All day I use the left side of my brain, to be able to sit down and concentrate on an art piece give me a sense of relaxation and use the right side of my brain. For several years now, I have been wanting to write a graphic novel, or an illustrated novel. I have a storyline and have sat down a couple of times to write it but usually get busy and lose interest before getting it back again. The name is Allu, it is about a succubus born from a fallen angel, Lilith, and Adam and Eve’s first born, Cane. It is a mixture of legend and biblical history.
Do you have a favorite living artist, whether famous or completely unknown?
Well my favorite artist and the one I think I usually emulate is William Bouguereau but he is not living. But for one that is living I would say Amahi Mori, she is a pencil artist who has got a great understanding of human anatomy. I would say that I try and use her style of pencil art combined with Bouguereau. As you can see, as long as I practice and push my ability, my art has evolved with pencil.
Do you have a favorite PoseSpace.com model?
If I had to choose a favorite Posespace model, it would be Saju and Sarahann. They appear to be tall and proportioned to how I would like to see my character, Allu.
What life experiences have influenced your work?
I think I live a very interesting life. A lot of what I get to see influences my artwork from real life to museums. If you scroll through my Instagram account, you may notice that I primarily sketch/paint female characters. This comes from my love and respect for women and not what some might think. I believe the female anatomy is one of the hardest to sketch in realist form. The way movement and gravity affects the fluidity of women’s anatomical parts is one of God’s greatest designs.
Tell us one thing you thought you knew, that it later turned out you were wrong about
Oh if I could only be right half the time…
Davey Edwards’ instagram: https://www.instagram.com/doubledaggie/
Interview by Andrea Miliani