Interview: Nambroth

Today we’re joined by Nambroth. Nambroth is a phenomenal visual artist who specializes in painting fantasy and wildlife, with the occasional overlap between the two. While she worked a lot with digital painting, Nambroth recently moved back into traditional mediums. She currently favors oil painting and creates the most extraordinary visuals. Her work shows both a vivid imagination and incredible eye, as you’ll soon see. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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A Shard of Sun

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Please, tell us about your art.

I am a fantasy and wildlife visual artist, with some crossover between the two genres. I started out with traditional materials when I was a kid/teen, and when Wacom tablets and painting programs became available to the public, I became primarily a digital painter. Recently, in the last ten years, I’ve started working more in traditional mediums again, and in 2017 I started oil painting in earnest for the first time and I’m really in love with that medium right now.

What inspires you?

The list of what inspires me has blossomed over the years; I think oil painting has re-wired me a bit and I find myself getting excited to paint over nearly anything. That said, I am especially fond of nature (which is pretty general, I know) and birds in particular. I am often inspired by music and other’s art, and love seeing other artist’s paintings in person.

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Heron Phoenix

What got you interested in your field?  Have you always wanted to be an artist?

I have wanted to be an artist from the age when I realized that such things were possible. I used to sit for hours with “Wildlife Artist” magazines in the 80s and early 90s, daydreaming about the career. Dragonheart came out when I was a young teen and starting to decide what I might want to do with my life; I was very inspired by the thought of making dragons (etc). When I neared graduation from high school, I was advised art wasn’t a good career choice, and did consider my other passions (ornithology / avian medicine) very seriously, but in the end I was stubborn and chased art as a career. I worked several minimum wage jobs for years after graduating high school before I could take the scary plunge and go full time with my art.

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Hope Bald Eagle

Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?

I’ve had a few friends tell me that my paintings of clouds/skies stand out to them, but beyond that I don’t think I have anything specific! I tend to be drawn to warm, and sometimes dramatic light, so I do often paint that sort of look.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

I am nervous about offering advice, because it makes it seem as if I am a purveyor of wisdom; in truth, I have been doing this for about 15 years now and I still have next to no idea what I’m doing. Many people really don’t know exactly what they’re doing, especially in this field. We’re all experimenting and making it up as we go, to some extent. I suppose that can be advice in of itself; don’t be afraid if you don’t know what you’re doing or how to get there, because we’re all sort of in the same boat, even if we have a few miles behind us! There is often no destination, even after a lifetime of art, I’m told.

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I identify strongly as asexual, and possibly panromantic.

Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

I have not been very open about being ace, especially professionally. I am married, and so carry a lot of privilege that way, as I’m seen as “typical” I think. To this end I have not faced much prejudice in regards to my asexuality, specifically.

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Liquid Silver Swan

What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

Mostly that it’s not real, or that it’s a “cop-out” or avoidance tactic.

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Shortest Days Gold Finch

What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?

I think it can be useful to see the labels for sexuality as something to help empower yourself, and not to try to force yourself into it, especially if you are still questioning. It was a relief to find a term for how I felt for so long when I discovered the term “asexual” as an orientation in the early 2000s. That said, it’s okay if you don’t feel that way; a perfect description doesn’t exist for every person out there and I think that’s just fine! We are living creatures and one term might feel right for now, and can change over time, or it might remain static. It’s all good. Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes.

Finally, where can people find out more about your work?

Personal website
Twitter
Tumblr
Deviantart
Patreon
Instagram
Ko-Fi.

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Thunderous Tides

Thank you, Nambroth, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

Interview: C.nick

Today we’re joined by C.nick. C.nick is an amazing visual artist who specializes in oil painting. They enjoy painting people and pets, especially corgis. C.nick also draws pictures based on Celtic culture. Their drawing of a crouching Border Collie made me a little weepy, as I have a soft spot for the breed. It’s very obvious that C.nick is incredibly passionate and they’re also remarkably talented, as you’ll soon see. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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A Guiding Light – Samhain

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Please, tell us about your art.

Where to start? Well, I draw and paint. I draw mostly in charcoal and graphite and I paint mostly in oils. Once I figure out which watercolors and coloured pencils are vegan then I’ll re-add them to my list of ‘things I do’.

I create portraits of both people and pets. My portraits are mostly realistic, but every so often I do something in Peanuts style or Garfield style or some other cartoon style. It’s fun to get out of your style comfort zone.

I also draw on themes from Celtic cultures. Mainly from the Scottish and Irish cultures. Last year I did a series on the holiday Samhain. A gallery local to me had it as their October/November show. It was a great experience.

What inspires you?

Stories. Every person, place, and thing has a story. Even Donut Day has a story! When I’m working on a portrait, I love knowing the story of the model. I’m currently working on a portrait of a dog who walked up to her now owner’s front door and was like ‘Hi! I live here now’. She thinks she’s human and won’t be convinced otherwise. When I paint something from history or a story I love capturing a moment in time and examining it. I love to compare and contrast things, sometimes I even make charts. I think my love of stories comes from being homeschooled. I had a lot of time on my hands to read books, articles, and Wikipedia. Lots of Wikipedia articles. Yeah, I read the electronic equivalent of an encyclopedia, I know. I was a nerd okay. I still am, actually.

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Crouching Border Collie

What got you interested in your field?  Have you always wanted to be an artist?

I started drawing at nine and painting in my early teens. Ever since then I’ve wanted to be an artist. I wanted to be a portrait artist that specialises in pets because of having them throughout my childhood. My mother’s Corgwn were my first models and to this day my Corgi, Balyn, is my most frequent subject. Probably because he pushes everyone out of the way to get in front of the camera. But that’s just a maybe.

Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?

I like to work my signature into the texture of the piece if possible. My signature on my paintings is a triskele inside a trinity knot. For my drawings and sketches, it’s just my initials.

I would say I have a limited colour palette and it’s kind of like a signature style. Not on purpose though. I just gravitate towards blues and greens of all hues. The other colours I tend to pick are darker jewel tones e.g., deep reds and purples. I’m neutral to orange so it appears frequently, but I avoid yellow and pink at all costs unless they’re absolutely needed. If a lot of yellow is called for I usually shift my palette darker so I can use light orange instead. This is because I have bad reactions to certain colours. In one instance, I was painting something that involved a lot of yellow and it made me physically sick. Literally not in a figurative sense. I have a strange relationship with colour because of my synaesthesia.

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Magnolia – After Martin Johnson Heade

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Practice, practice, practice. Also study, study, study. Study and create art in genres you don’t necessarily gravitate towards. This sounds counter intuitive, but it actually gives you a solid foundation and a fuller understanding of art. It encourages your own signature style as well since it helps you be innovative instead of just following the standard of your preferred genre by enabling you to blend what you like from different styles. You might possibly develop a new art style and/or movement one day! Remember the number of art genres is huge, if you really don’t like one then you can certainly move on to the next. You are not going to run out of styles to try anytime soon.

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Peanuts Self-Portrait

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I’m aro and ace.

Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

I haven’t because I’m not fully out in real life, at least this aspect of it anyway. It’s not a secret, but I don’t go out of my way to discuss it. I want this to change because I want to add more aroace themes in my art and writing, but I feel uncomfortable just bringing it up out of nowhere. I want it to be known and I want to be present and do things for the community, but I don’t want it to take over my life since I have a tendency to go all in or not at all; balance has always been a problem for me. Maybe others have some advice for me. How does one seemingly effortlessly and tactfully bringing up asexuality?

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Sun Cross

What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

Do I have to pick one? I guess it’s ‘life’s really easy being an asexual’. This sentiment is pervasive. From the people who say “Wow, I’d love to be that it sounds so uncomplicated!” (someone actually said this to me when I told them I was asexual) to people that deny our oppression because it isn’t ‘enough’. Aces live very much on the outside of a hypersexual culture, even without the direct opposition and abuse we get, that’s never easy.

What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?

You know your own experiences best. If anything, a person, a pamphlet, a website, etc. says that your experience didn’t happen or doesn’t exist, don’t listen to it. It’s wrong, you’re not. This your identity.

Being aro I obviously can’t give much advice about the romantic side of things. But I feel a good  thing in general is to know your boundaries and make your boundaries known. And don’t settle for less than respect in any relationship! You are worth more than that.

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WHAT!

 

Finally, where can people find out more about your work?

People can get in touch with me on my Facebook page:
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/cnickartist/

They can view my work on my Foundmyself profile: http://www.foundmyself.com/c-nick

I currently have four Tumblrs:

http://cnickart.tumblr.com/ – fine art, portraits (people & pets), paintings, and drawings
http://cnickdesigns.tumblr.com/ – my designs for my Redbubble and Zazzle accounts
http://craiconthepavement.tumblr.com/ – sidewalk chalk art
http://sketchbookofbalderdash.tumblr.com/ – sketches, works in progress, art history, quotes, and whatever

I love hearing from people so don’t be shy!

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Summer Bay

Thank you, C.nick, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

Interview: Chelsea

Today we’re joined by Chelsea.  Chelsea is an amazingly talented, versatile, and passionate artist.  She works in a number of different traditional mediums as well as digital.  Her work is absolutely beautiful and a pleasure to look at.  My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Morning Mommy

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Please, tell us about your art.

I’m kind of all over the place with art.  I love traditional mediums; watercolor and charcoal and oil paint. I love mimicking these mediums in digital, with all the fun special effects that digital brings to the table. I very much enjoy ceramics and sculpting though I am horrible at them. And lately I’ve been doing all sorts of experiments with resin casting.

I lean towards an illustrative style most the time, but very much enjoy realism and abstract in equal measures.  And I absolutely adore fanart.  I pretty much make art just to make myself happy.  Sometimes that drawing my favorite characters, or learning a cool new technique for something, and sometimes that’s painting squiggles until my mind is empty.

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Endless

What inspires you?

Color seems to be the first thing to grab my attention. Movement and abstractions really inspire me as well. I’m also a big fan of space and anything aquatic. My favorite TV and movies are always a good start, and of course my cats can often be found in my art.

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John SM

What got you interested in your field?  Have you always wanted to be an artist?

I come from a long line of crafty and creative people, so the love of art has always been there, although most people in my family did not pursue it quite like I have.  I remember finding my mom’s drawings when I was a kid and thinking that it would be great to be able to draw like she did when she was younger, and it always made me sad she didn’t keep it up.  I was heavily influenced by anime and manga in the 90s, and was sure I wanted to be involved in that world.  Once I got to art school I realized I loved classical and traditional art just as much, and grad school taught me how to appreciate modern art as well.

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Sick Derek

Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in our work that you’d be willing to reveal?

I sign my fanart with a little square “tea-is-hot”, but my most noticeable feature would probably be my love of over exaggerated color.  Rainbows everywhere!  Even my mostly black and white work has little baby bits of my favorite colors in them.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

I still struggle a lot with perfectionism.  Perfectionism kills art.  You have to learn to let things go, to remember that all masterpieces come from dozens or even hundreds of studies and practice pieces and failures. Just keep doing as much as you can, as often as you can.  And don’t be ashamed of your inspirations.  If a TV show makes you want to draw, that’s amazing!  A cool leaf outside makes you want to take some pictures? Fantastic! Studying the old masters and trying to recreate them?  Look out, Leonardo!

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Memes

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I currently identify as bi/panromantic-asexual.  I find many people of all genders attractive, and would love to be in a relationship, but there have only been a couple of times in my life that included any desire for physical intimacy. (This would probably fall under Gray-ace technically, and definitely has some elements of autochorissexualism.)

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Rainbow Cat Small

Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

I have only recently publicly identified as ace, so no personal prejudices in my field yet. In my personal life, I’m tempted to start carrying around cards with the definition of ace on it, though.

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Rainbow Cat Big

What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

The classics: “did something happen to traumatize you?” or “so you hate sex?” and “you’re not asexual, you just haven’t met the right guy yet”. (And it’s always the right “guy”, too.  Jokes on them, if I wasn’t ace, I would still be a lesbian-leaning pansexual.)

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Blackbird and Bee Closeup

What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?

Sexuality is fluid; your past and your future shouldn’t dictate how you feel comfortable identifying now.  Being asexual isn’t being broken, and it isn’t synonymous with aromantic.  Just because you’re asexual doesn’t mean you can’t have a happy and healthy relationship, if that’s what you want.

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Diptych FieldBee

Finally, where can people find out more about your work?

I post all my fanart at tea-is-hot.tumblr.com, and my professional website is chelseartist.weebly.com!

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McClanahan Field

Thank you, Chelsea, for participating in this interview and this project.  It’s very much appreciated.

Interview: Margo Csipo

Today we’re joined by Margo Csipo.  Margo is an incredibly talented and extremely versatile visual artist.  She’s does a bit of everything and works in quite a few mediums.  Her passion and enthusiasm is quite apparent in her interview.  My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about your art.

I am a varied artist and designer. I oil paint, draw, sculpt, design stuff (like furniture and shoes) and maybe some other things . . . Color is hella important to most of my work AND material. Yo. Material controls my work almost as much as I do. Subject-wise it’s really what I’m into at the moment. I mostly work from the figure though b/c I love me some of that human form.

What inspires you?

That moment when I’m almost asleep, Films (I’m super into old samurai movies right now . . . ), paintings/sculptures by old masters, haiku, Japanese textile patterns, Soviet propaganda posters, mid-century American design, Bauhaus design, salmon steaks, seeing your own breath in the cold,!!! Packaging on the stuff I buy from the Asian market!!! Anything I can see/touch really? I love stuff. I’m a stuff lover. A big ol’ materialist . . .

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What got you interested in your field?  Have you always wanted to be an artist?

When I was a kid I wanted to be some kind of musician, but preforming makes anyone anxious. I really don’t think I could do it now. I think the stars just kinda aligned in my universe. Visual arts is a great place for me. I can be vague, intelligent, self-indulgent, or anything else I wanna be with what I make and someone out there is gonna like it. I also just like making stuff. I like the physical evidence of being an artist/designer.

Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in our work that you’d be willing to reveal?

I mean . . .  I’ve got plenty of personal clichés . . .  I like swords/knives, drawing and painting rosy cheeks and full, slightly parted lips . . .  but that’s just part of my style I guess . . .  I’m inspired by the aesthetics of foreign languages so I use a lot of non-English text?

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What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Keep on doing it. I’ve heard it too much and you’ve probs heard it too much, but if it’s been said that much it probably has some truth in it. ALSO! Experiment! Try out new media, styles, sizes, subjects, disciplines, themes, moods- just do something new until you’ve found something perfect. And then try something else!

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

Asexual aromantic

Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

It’s mostly that some people just don’t understand. I usually only tell when people ask or if they’re trying to ask me out. If they don’t understand or are really tactless about it, I kinda slowly drift away from them. That’s just the way I work I guess . . .

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What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

That “I’ll meet the right person” B.S. I’ve never felt the need for a relationship that is romantically or sexually charged before so why would some rando person change that? It’s ridiculous people think that’s real.

What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?

Doubting yourself is natural, but if you identify as something, you identify with something. It’s as easy as that. You decide what you are because you know yourself best. You don’t have to explain why you are the way you are to anyone.

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Finally, where can people find out more about your work?

My art blog @ http://csipo.tumblr.com/
Behance @ https://www.behance.net/csipo

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Thank you so much, Margo, for participating in this interview and this project.  It’s very much appreciated.