This weeks Friday Feature is from Falling-Away-From-Me
Artist showcase! Share with us: Your favourite images
1. What compelled you first start drawing and creating?
My mama! I don’t remember how old I was but I remember her painting with watercolour for one of her college courses and I thought, “I like that…” Ha! My earliest memory of creating was when I was five or six and I stayed up ALL NIGHT creating a story book. It was a story of a cat and dog falling in love and starting a family…I KNOW, RIGHT?! I drew and coloured like 25 pages of this messed up story and I wish I still had it! I was ever so proud.
2. Do you have any future plans for your artwork?
Nope! I used to draw A LOT. Sketching, inking, scanning, and colouring…I honestly miss it all but at this point I do not have concrete plans except for sketching when I am inspired.
3. What sort of media do you use to create your artwork? How long does it take you to complete a piece of artwork?
Pencil and paper! Back in the day, Photoshop was my main media but since I moved from my parents x amount of years ago and there is a subscription for Photoshop…well…some things just change. Plus I don’t have a scanner, boo. A sketch could take me up to an hour or so – depending how detailed I wish to make it. I definitely (and sadly) do not have the creativity that my teen self had.
If I am feeling rather inspired, oil paints! When I paint, I ALWAYS put in a musical. I don’t know why but it is my go-to background noise.
4. What inspired you to draw? Do you admire any other artists?
Well, I suppose it goes back to seeing my Mom paint. I liked the idea of creating something and saying, “I made this.” I have always struggled with words and explaining stuff so to be able to transmit something to paper that comes from my mind is liberating.
I admire(d) so many artists! I could make a big ol’ list! For time’s sake, my earliest admiree (is that a word…?) and inspiration was Kristin Eriksen aka Twira from deviantART. Her art…my goodness I cannot even explain it. It was beautiful and personal. I wish she had continued to stay but alas…
5. Do you have any tips for any aspiring artists – beyond the usual ‘practise daily’? (These tips don’t have to be art creation related.)
I know you said beyond “practice daily” but practice!!! I remember how I first drew figures and it is SO laughable! I kept at it and improving by analyzing how other artists pulled off drawing this or that and it worked. I made it my own and found my style.
On a more personal level: It is okay to say no! I will never admit to being the greatest artist in the world but I do not think my art is too bad. When friends, family, even randos see what I draw…I am bombarded with “requests”. “Omg, will you draw me like that?!” “You have to design my next tattoo!” “I would like you to draw my grandchildren.” “Here is a picture of my pet/child. Paint it!” UGH! No!!!!! This is something that drives me BONKERS!!! I draw for ME. It is a little hobby of mine that I like to keep to myself.
6. What is your fondest artist memory? (eg – An art trade you were really proud of/pleased with, your first commission, etc)
deviantART days. Man, the friends I made on that website…My deviantART days were some of the best days of my life. The support, the laughs, the trials, the encouragement. Like right now, I am reviewing my old journals and reading through the comments…it makes me teary and longing for those times again. I will never forget them or the people I bonded with.
7. Anything else you would like to tell our readers?
Don’t stop! I made this mistake and now I am struggling with finding my “mojo” so to say. I used to be able to draw for hours and hours without a thought in the world. And now…it is like a permanent artist block…almost. I get my moments of inspiration but I cannot help but wonder where I would be now if I had not stopped.
Many thanks to Falling-Away-From-Me for taking the time to answer these questions for the Friday Feature and if you’d like to be featured on the blog then please, don’t hesitate to get in contact.
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