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27 June 2008 @ 09:13 pm
Here are 2 new Nanamation artworks that I finished a few weeks ago.  They should be up on my store for purchase sometime next week. On the left I call it "Pixie". It's a different style I have been drawing and playing with.  I think I like it.  The other one is "Peacock Geisha".  I always loved peacocks so had to incorporate it in my drawing. 

 
 
23 June 2008 @ 12:53 pm

venacava

What drives you to create? Also, what inspires you and your work?
Zoetica Ebb: I tend to answer the same to this question, so I hope this isn’t too redundant: it’s just who I am. Drawing is something I’ve always done, it’s never been an option so much as part of me. In recent busy times it’s more vital that ever to continue with it. That aside, my biggest motivator is the understanding of life’s brevity. With such a small amount of time allotted to each of us I fell compelled to produce as much as I can. Tick tock.

Were you formally trained in art or self taught? Do you think it has helped you or hindered you?
ZE: I graduated from the LA County High School for the Arts and spent a short amount of time at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Being in such an environment - the environment of an Art Institution - is incredibly inspiring and simultaneously disheartening. Being surrounded by creativity is fantastic, while understanding how much artistic success is governed by one’s ability to sell themselves is a kick to the aspiring artist’s groin. It’s a double edged sword, but I will say I loved and miss having unlimited access to the museum while at SAIC.

What mediums do you work in the most? Do you have a particular brand that you love working with?
ZE: For my drawings I use Micron pens and I paint with Windsor & Newton oils. I stopped using mediums for the most part, save for thinner.
(Read the rest of the interview here on CarmineMag.com)
 
 
 
19 June 2008 @ 06:06 pm
fishbite

What drives you to create? Also, what inspires you and your work?
Dapperfish: I’m not sure what drives me exactly, I just can’t imagine my life without it. I am constantly thinking of things I want to do whenever something new inspires me. Those things come at random, it might be a song and a pretty picture, but it can also be waking up really early in the morning and going to town for breakfast.

Were you formally trained in art or self taught? Do you think it has helped you or hindered you?
D: I always have tried to learn by myself everything I took an interest in, and I have been drawing and painting ever since I can remember. So, in many ways, I consider myself self taught. The courses I decided to take are just an extension. I started studying oil painting at fourteen, and have continued to do so for six years. Art was my main subject in highschool, and on the side I took many other art courses and workshops. During that period I also taught myself graphic and web design and was very enthusiastic about it. Afterwards I went to the local Theatre & Cinema college to study Stage & Costume design. It’s a subject I love very much, learned a lot of wonderful things, but personal issues made me quit after three years. Although I think it was a good experience, I lost a lot of the freedom and confidence I had, and stopped all extra curricular activities. I felt I wasn’t good enough and that nothing I did was worth it. So it was kind of a bad period, and for over a year after I quit college I was unable to start a painting. But I still think art college is a good thing, it gives you discipline and experience, even if it didn’t work out for me. I never want to stop being a student! So in the meantime I got myself a diploma in make up, and occasionally work as a make up artist. Next year, I plan to take a three year course on Illustration and Comics.

What mediums do you work in the most? Do you have a particular brand that you love working with? Why do you use them?
D: I used to be very fond of working with oil and pastels, and would like to get back to using them. But lately I can’t live without my 0.28mm uniball pens, they’re great for very thin lines, dry really fast and are a lot cheaper than most other brands. I’ve been working a lot with them, watercolours and my lovely Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens (more like markers, really). I don’t really know why, they’re just perfect for the kind of pictures I like to do these days. Working with pastels and oil is more about feeling their texture, and that’s what I miss about them so much. Actually getting dirty.

At what point did you realize that creating was going to be a large part of your life?
D: I don’t remember not realising it. I never wanted to be anything else but an artist, if I can’t do that I’m ruined. I suck at everything else.
(Read the rest of the interview and see more artwork here on Carminemag.com)

(This is tomorrow's interview, I posted it today because of scheduling conflicts.)
 
 
19 June 2008 @ 05:09 pm
okageaberdene

What drives you to create? Also, what inspires you and your work?
Sarah Ferrick: I think what drives me to make stuff is the fact that I get bored easily and quickly.
I get inspired by other artists but I also draw from other sources such as astronomy, music,
mythology, geology, optics and lots of things I don’t understand very well at all. Sometimes I spend a lot of time on Wikipedia and just follow a whole bunch of links. I’ve got a folder labeled “ideas” with a big list of bookmarks to various random Wikipedia articles.

Were you formally trained in art or self taught? Do you think it has helped you or hindered you?
SF: Both I guess. I think everyone is self taught in many ways, otherwise he or she wouldn’t progress. I’ve got some formal training too. I’m in college at the moment. I definitely think having some art classes has helped me a lot. It never hurts. I haven’t run into any bad teachers yet so I’m lucky in that respect.

What mediums do you work in the most? Do you have a particular brand that you love working with? Why do you use them?
SF: Ballpoint pen, ink and acrylic are usually what I wind up using. I really dig Winsor & Newton’s drawing inks. They’re pretty good to work. I find myself using drawing materials most often because they seem more direct.

At what point did you realize that creating was going to be a large part of your life?
SF: Maybe when I was 11 or 12. That’s when I started drawing a bit more. Up until then I wanted to become a paleontologist or a bird breeder.
(Read the rest of the interview and see the artwork here on Carminemag.com)
 
 
 
16 June 2008 @ 02:57 pm
nimnieu

What drives you to create? Also, what inspires you and your work?
I just love to create and the drive comes from having little ideas floating around in my head, digging to get out. My inspiration comes from colors, faces, feelings, occurrences, and music.

Were you formally trained in art or self taught? Do you think it has helped you or hindered you?
I consider myself self-taught because I have taken the skills and techniques I learned in high school and developed them on my own with the help of books and the internet. I wouldn’t say that not going to an art school has hindered me, because otherwise, I don’t think I’d be drawing the way I do now. It would have been a nice atmosphere, to learn along with other artists and get feedback from them and teachers. But I do get feedback everyday, from strangers and people who buy my work. And I’m very critical of myself. I’m also very stubborn and would rather figure things out on my own..

What mediums do you work in the most? Do you have a particular brand that you love working with? Why do you use them?
Watercolor and ink are my favorite media and I use Van Gogh and Winsor&Newton watercolors in tubes and Higgins Black India Ink. The balance of the consistency of the paint and water is the main part of painting with watercolor and I love the effects that can be achieved. It can be sometimes unpredictable. You’ll think an area is dry and paint next to it, touching the other layer, and it starts to run together because it wasn’t completely dry! And I think the ink brings everything together, the black lines keeping the watercolor in one place, like a wild parrot in a cage.
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13 June 2008 @ 10:50 am
johannabach
Jauxwee on Flickr

What drives you to create? Also, what inspires you and your work?
Good music always makes me want to create. I am not a musician in any sense, but I can feel music like most of us. I am currently fond of hair-metal, corny, oldschool, hair-metal. … My work is inspired by my fellow students at the university I am attending and the art by which the internet provides me. Also, graffiti makes me strive to be a better artist.

Were you formally trained in art or self taught? Do you think it has helped you or hindered you?
I have made art since I was in grade school. My first art class, however, was my first day in college. I feel like it definitely gave me an advantage over the other students I was surrounded by, but now in my senior year in a studio art program, I think that my now formal art training is starting to fail me and I’m only clawing my way through my classes to get out of it as soon as possible. I don’t feel emotionally creative anymore. I don’t feel like I am praying with my art anymore to the One who gave me my hands to create the art with. Formal art training is only helping me by quickening a skill development I could have trained myself to do in a longer time period.

What mediums do you work in the most? Do you have a particular brand that you love working with? Why do you use them?
I am a watercolorist now. Thank you University of North Texas and Millie Giles. It’s a beautiful paint. Windsor-Newton artist’s Watercolours are beautiful and rich and lovely. Crayola tray palettes are choice too, except those aren’t watercolor. Also, Bic pens, they are tried and true.
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12 June 2008 @ 01:52 pm
gymnopedie
Shadowgirl on DeviantART
Fallenlights.net

What drives you to create? Also, what inspires you and your work?
Everything drives me to create. Emotions, watching a movie, going for a walk outside, a dream, bored at work… As for inspirations, I am very visual (Words as well as seeing images). My childhood movies of Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, anime cartoons on Saturday mornings. I’ll often look at the clouds and see something growing out of it, or see a certain shape of a tree and think I could merge it with the body of a female. My husband is also an inspiration, since we often write stories together and I’ll get ideas from a line he says.

Were you formally trained in art or self taught? Do you think it has helped you or hindered you?
I am both… I drew when I was a little child (according to my grandmother, I started as soon as I could hold a pencil), but from the age of 8 up until graduating from SUNY Alfred, School of Art & Design, I have taken lessons/classes. In Elementary school, once a week I was in the basement of a retired crossing guard’s house, copying pictures of animals from Ranger Rick or calendars.
College was a struggle for me, but it is where I developed my tree/human merging ideas, as well as goddesses, and there are some memories of working with grad students that will eventually get out of my head and onto paper. But, the teachers thought I had too much information in my work and wanted me to paint like THEM, not my like myself. Senior year, for example, my adviser’s critique was “You should draw the sky as a line, and perhaps leave out these trees.”

What mediums do you work in the most? Do you have a particular brand that you love working with? Why do you use them?
Tea, watercolor, acrylics, gouache, pencil are all what I use the most. I love the flowing of mixing paint with water and seeing what happens when I let them puddle and dry up over time. They layer wonderfully, though I am itching to try my technique with oils as well, one day. I’m a fan of Windsor Newton, it’s just one I’ve used for many years and never seem to worry if the color I want is really what is in the tube.
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10 June 2008 @ 02:29 pm

sarahcoyne
eggagogo

1) What drives you to create? Also, what inspires you and your work?
I find everything in the natural world utterly fascinating. The open ocean and outer space terrify me but all of the things in, around and under both are wonderful. Most of my work features animals, of which I’ve always been a big fan and I love the fact that making a painting or print of an animal let’s you have one and keep it in your home - in a way. I make art because I have no idea what I would do otherwise. How do non-artists fill their free time? It’s a mystery to me. I bet they have lots of time to read books and go to the beach.
And I’m mainly fueled by copious amounts of milky, sugary tea.

Were you formally trained in art or self taught? Do you think it has helped you or hindered you?
I have my BFA in Illustration from Mass. College of Art. The department was tough and my feelings are mixed, but I learned a lot about the business of illustration and art in general. I think it’s helped me a great deal in my endeavors as a working artist and crafter. Like everyone says, I wish I had been as focused and confident then as I have grown to be in the years since graduation.

What mediums do you work in the most? Do you have a particular brand that you love working with? Why do you use them?
My comfort zone is acrylics (any kind will do, honestly, I like the really cheap stuff because it’s super opaque) on wood panels, sometimes with cut-paper. A friend is slowly training me in the fine art of silk screening. I think that my super simple style is conducive to the medium and I like learning new methods. I also love oil painting but don’t have the resources or space to work in oils right now… but just talking about it makes me miss it! Maybe this summer I’ll figure out a way!
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08 June 2008 @ 07:16 pm
I just created an rss feed for the posts from CarmineMag.com (our sister site) here on livejournal.

Feel free to add it to your friends list! carminemag

You can also add CarmineMag to your bookmarks or an rss feed reader outside of livejournal.

We're still going through a lot of changes around here. Things will calm down soon!

Thanks for reading,
Jami
 
 
06 June 2008 @ 12:11 pm

therebirthofme
Myspace

1) What drives you to create? Also, what inspires you and your work?
I am driven by a need to create that I don’t even understand. It is a way to express everything for which I cannot find the words. I am inspired by stories and experiences, both my own and those of people around me. Black American culture, as well as the cultures of others of the African diaspora, is also a source of inspiration.

2) Were you formally trained in art or self taught? Do you think it has helped you or hindered you?
I am formally trained, although it was after college that I really learned how big a role making art plays in my life. College helped me a great deal in becoming confident in my abilities. I miss the free exchange of ideas of academia.

3) Do you have a ritual, quirk or superstition that influences you and the way you create? (example: I must wear the green underwear when I paint hair or it will look horrid, etc.)
I listen to music. It influences my mood, and therefore my work. Sometimes, I just put iTunes on shuffle, but there are specific CD’s that I like to listen to when I need to focus, usually artists like Angelique Kidjo or India.Arie, or Putamayo compilations such as Women of Spirit or Women of Latin America.
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