What tools do you use to draw?
Pencils, Micron pens, ink and watercolor. The portable travel brushes I favor when watercoloring are the Pentel Aqua Brushes.
Where did you go to school and would you recommend it?
I majored in fine art at LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, but my BA is actually in Restoration to Mid-Victorian English Literature. I regret not going to art college, but at the end of the day I think it’s more because of the business and career connections college can provide you with. I don’t think you have to attend an art college to become a better artist. You just have to teach yourself and work hard.
Do you take commissions? What are your prices? How can I get in touch with you about commissioning a piece?
Yes, I do take commissions, however I can only take a few at a time. There is a very basic breakdown of commission prices on my website, but prices really depend on the materials, complexity of the piece and what it will be used for.
You can reach me at HighChancellor(at)me(dot)com to discuss a commission. How it works is I discuss the piece and agree on the price with the patron. I then take 50% of the payment as a non-refundable deposit. I work on a pencil sketch and send it to the patron for approval. The first alteration is free, unless the patron wants me to re-draw the sketch completely. I have to charge a little more for each following alteration for the time and work it takes. Once the patron is happy with the pencil sketch, I ink and color, and take the rest of the payment upon completion of the project.
How can I buy some of your prints, greeting cards, original art, etc.?
I am currently working on setting up a shop straight from my website, but for the time being, whatever I have available is on Etsy. If there is a drawing you’d especially like to see as a print or drop me an ask and I’ll see what I can do. If there is an original piece you are interested in buying send me an e-mail to HighChancellor(at)me(dot)com.
Is Fyodor Pavlov your real name? How is it pronounced?
Yes, it is. The hard “yo” is pretty impossible for English speakers to say. Fyodor is a two syllable name with the “f” flowing straight into the “yo” with no break and “door” - like a door to a room. The accent is on the first syllable. And Pavlov is pretty straightforward. Pavlov’s dogs, etc. “Feodor” is also an acceptable English transliteration of the name - it’s the Russian version of Theodore.
Please don’t ever call me “Fyo” or “Ted.”
Are you Lawrence/Zan Gullo of My Life in Blue?
No, that’s my lovely husband.
What is Baritarian Boy?
Baritarian Boy is the webcomic my husband and I create together.