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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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Tatiana Stec is the Co-Founder and Creative Director at All Ages of Geek. You can follow him @Tatiana_Stec on Twitter

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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Tatiana Stec is the Co-Founder and Creative Director at All Ages of Geek. You can follow him @Tatiana_Stec on Twitter

We Interviewed Illustrator Io Kay!

1. How long have you been doing art and what inspired you to start?

I’ve been doodling since diapers, but I started teaching myself at 13. Around that time I discovered the Internet and fandom spaces, and all the wonderful artworks created for my favorite series prompted me to try getting better at art.

2. What is your favorite thing about being an artist?

To me, it’s the perfect way to unwind! I am a very emotional person who has problems expressing my feelings, so it feels good to channel them into something productive. That way I have something to do with all the inner turmoil and scattered thoughts, and it feels even better if I like the results.

3. Advice to other creators?

Do what you love and what feels right to you! It goes for everything, starting with your themes, medium, or posting online. Draw for yourself first and foremost, and don’t poison your love for your craft with expectations or an illusion of success.

4. what are your plans for 2021?

I aim to get my bachelor’s degree in arts this summer, and pass the exam to qualify for master’s program as well!

We Interviewed Artist UsagiBaka!

1. How long have you been doing art?

I’ve starting drawing when I was 4 years old and right now I just turned 20 last Feb 5

2. What is your favorite thing about being an artist?

My favorite part of being an artist is actually interacting with other artists, especially those people who compliment my art… I don’t usually get complimented and being told that my art is pretty makes me really happy

3. What inspired you to start?

When I was young I really looked up to my 2 older sisters, when I saw that they know how to draw I immediately joined the wagon until I realized how fun it was actually and continued to draw even when they stopped.

4. What advice would you give to newer artists?

Practice is literally the most cliche but correct thing to say to new artists. Don’t be afraid to look up references and take criticism like a pro

5. Do you have a favorite piece. Is so why?

My favorite non-commission piece atm is this one probably because my art is usually all pastel or have light colors, I really like how this turned out looking all edgy.

My favorite commission piece is this one because It was the first time I got commissioned to draw a full-body furry illustration.. I don’t really get commissioned to draw furries and I’m not the best at it but I’m really proud of this one!

6. What are your plans for 2021?

My plans for 2021 is to try new stuff especially in my art, I want to discover new art styles and coloring techniques as well since I don’t really see much difference between my art style these past few years/months

socials/sites: https://twitter.com/UsagiBaka1 https://patreon.com/UsagiBaka https://ko-fi.com/usagibaka https://hazelpinote01.wixsite.com/usagibaka

An Interview with Illustrator A.G. Nonsuch

What made you want to become an illustrator?
It sort of just fell on my lap. Always drew when i was younger but I stopped at one point. One day 4 years ago I drew something and people liked it. So I drew another. And another. Grew from there.

What is it like being a professional illustrator?
I feel like I am far from one. But that’s just my insecurities talking. I think there is constant pressure for me to call myself that but I guess I’ve become more or less that when I’ve partnered with bigger things than myself.

What is your favorite thing to draw?
Ducks.

What words of advice would you give people who want to become illustrators?
Just keep at it no matter what skill level. You’ll get better. And just be kind.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AG_Nonsuch?s=09

Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/ag_nonsuch?sr=a

Interview with Artist Artgabbo!

1. How long have you been doing art?

I’ve been doing art since I was on my 6th grade and that was around 2010 – 2011-ish, and been doing it ever since. until after I graduated highschool and have to study hard for college alongside with work I had to stop making art. I just got back into making art this september due to the pandemic, and digital art to be precise because back then I was a traditional artist.

2. What is your favorite thing about being an artist?

My favorite thing about being an artist is that I get to share my wonders and imaginations to other people and inspire some of them as well as how some artist inspires me. and more of that I also enjoy having to understand and see how everything is actually art. I mean no one can deny art is already everywhere.

3. What inspired you to start?

Back when I was a kid my father always watch old animes such as “dragon ball Z, Flame of Rekka, Ghost fighter and my all time favorite Pokemon” that is actually what inspired me to become an artist, It made me want to create my own original content that will make other people be diverse into my art and be interested on how I put up the stories of every character I make.

4. What advice would you give to newer artists?

The one thing that I’ve learned is that whether you like it or not you are an artist. never look down on yourself just because your arts and crafts aren’t as good as the others or you stopped making art for a long time it will not stop you from becoming an artist, because being an artist is just being you, yourself. and on how you would express yourself.

5. Do you have a favorite piece. Is so why?

So far this is my favorite piece. I only started doing digital art last year september and I’ve struggled looking for my art style and now that I’ve made this piece I can finally say that I have found it

6. What are your plans for 2021!

My plans for this year 2021 is to keep pursuing on making art, it is my passion after all and also I want to create and expand my world full of my creativity and imaginations and I know that this year I can finally say that I made myself proud.

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Interview with Artist Prince Ian!

We interviewed an amazing artist! Check it out!

1. How long have you been doing art?

– I’ve been doing art since I was 4 years old! I have Mark Crilley (a famous art YouTuber) to thank for his anime art tutorials that got me really motivated to keep drawing until I was 13, when I decided I would branch out and take art more seriously.

2. What is your favorite thing about being an artist?

– I’ve always had way too many ideas as a kid and I’ve always loved making people happy. So being an artist is kind of like mashing the two together into one single outlet! I create to get my ideas out into the world and I also create to brighten up people’s days. I’m not a big fan of the entire process of drawing… I spend an exhausting average of 15 hours on most of my pieces, but if it gets some people to smile then it’s totally worth it.

3. What inspired you to start?

– Ah, my “artist origin story” is actually a fun little thing I tell people every now and then. Back when I was 4, I was left-handed. My preschool teacher didn’t like that and forced me to use my right hand instead. I had a really hard time catching up in class and I would use up my recess practicing how to write, but then I realized I could practice by drawing! I was finally able to do something right with my non-dominant hand so I got really happy. That day I came home telling my parents I wanted to become an artist!!! As for seriously starting with digital art, my dad bought a tablet-pc when I was 13 with Clip Studio Paint installed on it. I instantly fell in love when I drew on it and it opened up a world of possibilities for my drawings. I think I’ve drawn every single day since then.

4. What advice would you give to newer artists?

– There are a lot of things I’m still learning now, so I’m a bit scared to leave advice. Right now I’m struggling a lot with my art style. I’ve found that I forced myself to make my art look recognizable and on-brand, but that stifled my growth as an artist. Although it’s important to have a consistent art style that makes you feel stable, it’s also important to continue experimenting. Do things that you’ve never done before! If you think you can’t do backgrounds, add backgrounds to your drawings!! Experiment constantly, improvement comes with practice. While doing this, don’t forget to USE REFERENCE!!!! If you’re like me who’s too lazy to do art studies, using references in your drawings is already a form of studying! Most importantly, take breaks. I had a hard time grasping this one, but us artists are not machines. It’s okay to take a step back from drawing every once in a while. Art is meant to be fun, don’t burn yourself out doing it!! 😀

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

This one’s quite an old piece, but it’s definitely one of my favorites! I took a really long break from drawing (October 2019-June 2020) and this was the first piece I was proud of after that 8 month-long hiatus. I wasn’t sure if I would even be able to draw after such a long time without doing art, but being able to create something that made me and many other people happy felt amazing.

6. What are your plans for 2021!

– I usually just make it up as I go, but I actually do have a few things planned for 2021! I want to dedicate this year to trying new things. I plan on painting more often and maybe even doing some lineless art. Mostly just playing around with my style and the things I draw. 2020 was a year filled with fanart, so I think I’m going to start drawing more original art too. I’d like for people to know me for my skill and my ideas, not just the drawings I bring to a fandom. Although I’m not sure if people will be interested in my characters, that won’t stop me from drawing the things I love! Lastly, I’d like to start a webcomic. I first talked about my comic “The Little King” on Twitter, but no one’s really heard much of it after that. The comic is in development though and I’m mostly just making changes to how I want the end-product to look!

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Interview With Artist Cremanata_art!

We interviewed an amazing artist! Check it out!

  1. How long have you been doing art?

Since 2013, when I was 15, but I took plenty of breaks since then and even stopped drawing for about 2 years. It was in 2018 that I went back to art and started taking it more seriously and as a potential career.

2. What is your favorite thing about being an artist?

I just like being able to create things and share them with other people, knowing that others could enjoy my work too! 

3. What inspired you to start?

I had always liked drawing, but I think learning about the existence of deviantArt was my biggest inspiration. Before that, I didn’t even know what digital art was and had no idea how it was done in the first place (I was convinced everyone did these amazing pieces using only their mouse, or just scanned their traditional art). 

So looking at this big community of artists and all their different art styles, watching speedpaints, reading their webcomics and learning about their projects, I really wanted to become a part of that community, and hopefully become as good as my favorite artists one day.  

4. What advice would you give to newer artists?

We’ve all heard this, but practice is very very important. Go out of your comfort zone, study the fundamentals, study the work of professional artists, use references… not everything will come out exactly like you wanted, but don’t get discouraged and keep working towards improvement!

You might sometimes feel like you’re not making any progress, but even if you’re still not where you want to be yet, someday you’ll look back at your older work and realize how far you’ve come.

That being said, burnout is a very real thing, and constantly pushing yourself to draw when you don’t even have the energy for it can also slow down your progress, so take as many breaks as you need.

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

This one! There’s some things I would have done differently now, but I had a lot of fun with the computer vibes!

6. What are your plans for 2021?

Well, since I’m graduating from college this year, I’d just like to focus more on my art, continue improving, and explore some options in order to make a living out of it – maybe merch, maybe streaming, maybe practicing animation, nothing too certain yet, but I’m excited to see where this year takes me!

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Twitter: @cremanata_art

Instagram: @cremanat.a

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We interviewed Artist Selena Frantastic!

We interviewed Selena Frantastic about her video! Check it out!

1.What inspired you to start creating art?

There was a large painting, in my childhood home’s living room, from a popular Haitian artist named “Casimir”. I always loved seeing the colours and shapes they used when I would come down the staircase or around the dining room. My mother is also incredibly creative; she doodles little faces on the family calendar and she actually taught me how to move dots across a Post-It pad, like a flip-book. I think it’s both nature and nurture as I’ve always been attracted to bright, colourful pieces outside of the home, so seeing the creativity around me was always reassuring. Early on, I realized I wanted to do the same for people that may not have a lot of colour in their lives.

2.What did you want people to take away from this video?

When viewers see my video, I want them to feel that there are other people/artists out there that can help inspire them along their creative journeys. Whether they’re just starting out or they gave up and are looking to get back into it or change gears. My favourite part is the comments section, people can have really great conversations and recommendations there too!

What are your plans for 2021?

My plans for 2021 are to continue learning. “You learn something new every day.” I’d often heard that saying growing up and never understood it’s full potential. Initially, I thought it was meant sarcastically as a response to someone doing something the wrong way, but I gave it more thought and realized it could also be a phrase to encourage people to reach further than what they know. (I think the difference lies in how you respond) I think that realization came with a level of maturity too. Distinguishing whether or not something is a personal dig at you or someone trying to help you succeed.

Artist Interview: AliAvian

We interviewed AliAvian. An artist who does great fan comics of Team CFVY from RWBY

1. What made you want to become an artist?

I grew up admiring animation and cartoons. I’ve always had a deep passion for the art of telling stories through comics and animation. Growing up while Avatar the Last Airbender was airing on television, it’s that series that was really the cherry on top that made me realize I wanted to be part of the magic of bringing stories to life with art.

2. What kind of art is your favorite to draw, comics or stand alone pieces?

I think comics are my favorite to draw. Though both comics and standalone illustrations both tell stories, I like being able to really explore expressions and actions within comics. There’s more movement within comics and storyboards.

3. You draw a lot of fanart of RWBY. What are some other things you are a fan of?

I’m a fan of all animation. I love watching cartoons. Recently I think Disney TVA has been killing it with their awesome new original animated series. I also love following character artists, comic artists, and other creatives on Instagram.

4. What advice do you have of aspiring artists?

Just keep drawing! Never stop! The more you draw, the more you discover. You learn new skills, and trying new things help you figure out your artist identity. I also think it’s important to look for inspiration in everyday life and when you start to come up with an idea for an art endeavor, stay with it and try it out!

AliAvian Twitter: @AliAvian

AliAvian Instagram: @AliAvian