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Artist Interview

An Interview with City Girl

*thumbnail art by vicki

I discovered City Girl around two years ago from the album “neon impasse” and fell in love with the sound. I decided to reach out to learn more about who City Girl is and the journey they took to become a musician.

1. What inspired you to start making music?

My dad had a guitar no one played and i wanted to try. at first I hated it but years later I tried again and found it fun. it just felt really fun to do. Just a cool fun thing to do as a teen.

2. Do you have a favorite piece? If so why?

Im guessing u mean of my own? I really like empyrean off of TFLM

3. What other artist inspires you?

Recently ive liked audrey nuna and ARIES alot

4. What struggles do you face as an artist?

The past 6 months or so I’ve been in a lot of physical pain. It can be really hard to work on creative stuff when you’re in pain. It’s just so distracting. mentally tho it’s difficult to write things that feel good. It takes a lot of trial and error to find the right vibe.

5. Advice to other musicians?

Don’t listen to ppl who say you can’t do music or you’re wasting your time. if you’rere afraid to fail or be broke or make shitty music it will distract you from having fun. Try to block out all the negativity and just have fun and you will eventually find something meaningful. Also make music friends and join a community online. Having connections to producers and singers is SO important.

6.What are your plans for 2021?

I just want to heal. I want to be back at 100%. It’s been a while since I felt that way. I hope to fight for that and not give up. also jesus i wanna see my friends again. covid sucks lol.

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An Interview with Francesca Baerald

I came across Francesca Baerald through the map she created of Xadia for The Dragon Prince. I decided to reach out to her to learn more about her work.

About Francesca Baerald

“Freelance Artist and Cartographer with years of experience happily working in the game and publishing industry for companies such as Square Enix, Games Workshop, Paizo, Fantasy Flight Games, Penguin Random House and Dark Horse.

My favourite media are traditional. Watercolour, ink, acrylic and oil are my daily work tools. But I also work with Photoshop on daily basis. I love to bring worlds to life through my detailed maps and lively paintings and I’m always looking for new challenging projects!”

1. What inspired you to start making art?

As many others like me, drawing has always been a way of expressing myself. This passion has grown through the years inspired by games, books and wonderful people who influenced my way of looking at art. In time I found a way to transform making art into a job and I couldn’t be more happy about it

2. Do you have a favorite piece? If so why?

I do not have a favourite piece among my works. For me each project I work on is special and is linked to a specific moment in my life. In my mind they are all unique in their own way.

3. What other artist inspires you?

I find inspiration from many artists and it would be impossible to list them all. I have a quite full library of artbooks from all times and of all kinds of art. For me inspiration doesn’t come just from other artists’ works. I can find it in places, things, words… I always try to keep my mind and my eyes open wherever I go.

4. What struggles do you face as an artist?

As an artist, sometimes you feel like you are not heard, especially at the beginning of your career. It takes a lot of will to go on despite the rejections, but perseverance pays off in time. Another struggle is to establish a connection with your clients. Sometimes it’s not easy to understand and translate their ideas into images.

Vision

5. Advice to other artists?

I made it as a rule to keep pushing no matter the struggle. For me luck is not an essential factor in success. You have to find a way to create opportunities. If one in a hundred of your works gets noticed, it’s a success. It just means that you need to make more works to get more opportunities to be seen.

6.What are your plans for 2021?

Luckily I have a rich and full agenda ahead of me. Most of the projects I’m working on are under NDA so unfortunately, I can’t share details. This year I’m working on some projects that have been in my dreams for a long time and I’m looking forward to sharing the work I’m doing with the world, as soon as I can.

Sumi-e Style Illustration

7. How did you come up with your ideas?

Most of my works are made for published projects so I usually take inspiration from the description of the setting I’m working on. I do a lot of research and try my best to identify with the setting I’m exploring. I think that it’s vital to create a connection with the setting to be able to truly communicate its message.

Discover more HERE

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An Interview with Artist @WandererKami

I had the honor of interviewing the amazing artist @WandererKami about their artistic journey!

What inspired you to start making art?

I think a lot of things all collect together in my memory, but I do have a really clear one of watching The Lion King 2 obsessively, pausing the VHS every two seconds, and stamping a piece of paper over the screen so I could trace the lions. So Disney was a huge inspiration initially! I also loved writing stories, and it only felt natural to make illustrations to go with them. The early days of DeviantArt helped a lot to encourage my art too, and where I discovered what furries were!

Favorite thing about being an artist?

The pleasure of everything coming together for a piece is a great feeling, the rare times the picture in your head and what you create actually match up. I always go back to pieces like that fondly!

Advice for new artists?

Try your best not to be too self-critical. Nothing kills wanting to make art faster than being overly judgemental towards your own art. You start to associate creating with negative emotions rather than positive ones and that’s when everything kinda falls apart… So when you start out it’s good to focus on the bits and things you did that came out right or went well, or just taking happiness in the fact you created something at all!

Plans for 2021!

I hope to start a Masters in Illustration that leads into 2021, i’d also love to try creating a graphic novel, it’s one of those things where i’m always meaning to try it! socials are: Twitter- @WandererKami Instagram- @etc_artwork


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Interview with Artist @itskleine

I was scrolling through Twitter one day and came across @itskleine art page and fell in love with their work. So I decided to reach out and interview them all about their art!

1. What inspired you to start making art?

A lot of things inspired me to start making art like anime, manga, all the animated movies such as Studio Ghibli and Pixar were major sparks for me in creating when I was younger! I feel like a lot of artists can share this as well. However these days, a lot of my inspiration draws from nature and everyday things that seem so mundane, yet they stick to you. Fleeting moments that others can notice and realize that sometimes there’s joy in the small things. It can be as simple as a juice box I really like and it begins to develop in my head. Next thing I know you got a little frog selling his wares for coin in a little juice box!

2. Favorite thing about being an artist?

There are so many things I love about being an artist, the creation process, picking colors, and just mindlessly doodling when I need to brain-barf out ideas. My most favorite has to be making someone’s day, helping give that little bit of joy in their life is honestly very fulfilling. I also really like drawing frogs and being able to draw them in cute or encouraging scenarios is a major plus in my book!

3. Advice for new artists?

Advice is so hard, especially because a lot of artists have already said what I wanted to say. So here are a few things that I think might help:

-Do hand, wrist, and arm stretches OFTEN. These are some of your greatest assets when it comes to drawing, so constantly working without taking the time to stretch will result in injury in the future. Injured limbs mean less time to draw and that is not fun at all 🙁

-Surround yourself with things that you like. May that be artwork, plants, figurines, or pictures. Whatever your heart desires! You create a little artistic bubble that gets you in the mood to create and these fond objects of yours are the cheerleaders. I know a lot of probably draw on the bed, and I am very guilty of that too, but try not to do that too often! Once in a while is fine but the bed should be reserved for rest if possible.

-There is an audience for everything, but know that sometimes it can take a long time for the audience to find you. You can post every day but still not have the results you might want. So take your time and enjoy what you make. Do a hashtag here and there but remember that following trends isn’t the only way to grow. Balance is key as well as confidence.

4. Plans for 2021!

I have a few things planned for 2021, one of them being apparel! I’ve always wanted to make my own little brand of clothing, but I’m very picky about what I’d like so I have a lot of research to do. I’m hoping to do a hoodie, socks and maybe a t-shirt! Other things would be new merchandise like stickers, charms, and wash tape. I also hope to move off Etsy this year, fingers crossed I can get the ball rolling!

https://www.instagram.com/itskleine/

https://www.youtube.com/c/ItsKleine


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