Artist Tag

A while ago, a long while ago, I’ve stumbled upon this Artist Tag on Youtube and wanted to give it a go. The tag was created by the artist and vlogger Creoddity and you can watch her video over here.

1.What type of artist do you identify as?
I identify as an illustrator. A great deal of my art is either inspired by some sort of literary text or an actual illustration of a literary text.

2. What kind of art do you produce?
My go-to technique are water colour illustrations which often, but not always, have details done with pen. I like the contrast between the water colours and black pen lines and details. One example would be my recent Hemingway portrait.

Recently, I’ve been also exploring digital art as you can see here and here.

3. What inspires you to make art?
Everything, to be honest. Cheesy I know. However, if I had to be more specific, then I’d say movies and music. I’m a movie buff and tend to listen to music all day long song so usually these two give me the best ideas.

4. How long does it take you to complete a piece?
Depends on what I’m doing and how much time I have. Since I’m currently busy with writing my Master’s thesis, I tend to ‘take time off’ from writing on weekends. Then I’ll usually try to complete a piece of art in one sitting. Water colour illustrations take me half a day up to a full day while digital illustrations take me one to two full days.

5. Favourite Artist?
Oh that’s a tough one because not all of my favourite artists are traditional painters. Likewise, there are art pieces I see everyday on the internet by unknown artists that amaze me. Anyhow, here are some of my favourite traditional artists: Edvard Munch, William Turner, Alan Lee, John Howe, Paul Cezanne, and Gustav Klimt.

Other than that, I love and admire the following creative people: Peter Jackson, Taika Waititi, Ray Harryhausen, and Stan Winston.

6. Biggest influence?
Again, movies and music influence me a lot. Other than that, I think having been surrounded by fellow artist at art school, seeing what their style was how they did things, influenced me the most.

7. When did you start making art?
In general? As soon as I was able to hold a pen. I’ve always loved to draw and eventually one thing led to another.

8. Did you go to art school?
Yes, after specializing in art for my school degree (which I think is equivalent to a college degree, I think), I went to an art school and graduated as an children’s book illustrator.

9. What kind of art do you like to go and see?
Everything. I love attending exhibitions of traditional artist. In fact, visiting art galleries is an important aspect of my travels. However, what I love even more, which is a consequence of travelling, is to see local art. Especially if the culture of the country I’m in is not European (which I’m most familiar with).

10. Best Artist Experience?
Interestingly, my best artist experience is also my most frustrating one. When I was fifteen, I’ve spend a week as an exchange student in Moscow (I’ve written two posts on it here and here). During that time we’ve visited an art gallery in Moscow and there I’ve seen a painting that mezmerized me. I was in awe and it was one of the first moments where art took my breath away. The trouble is, I can’t remember the name of the artist and whether it was a Russian artist or not, the name of the painting, when the painting was don, and I also can’t even remember the name of the gallery. In other words, it is impossible to find it online again. And this annoys me so much.

What was your best artist or art experience? If you decide to do this tag as well, leave me a comment with a link to your answers!

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