Artist: Natalie

Year: Junior

Q: What type of art do you like to create?

A: Illustrative pieces with details and bright colors, eye-catching stuff. 

Q: Did someone influence you to like art?

A: I was really influenced by my dad, he used to draw a lot so he introduced me to shows that he watched such as Smurfs and the 80s and early 90s cartoons and that got me interested in animation and digital illustration. Right now I like more traditional, mostly because my tablet broke.

Q: How do you react when your art is being critiqued?

A: I greatly appreciate critiques. I think it is really important to get people’s opinions and not get an inflated ego because you can learn so much from talking to other people.

Q: What is the best thing you have ever created?

A: My favorite piece would probably be my water colored ones because it’s an unpredictable medium. With color pencils, you can control what’s happening and with watercolors, it’s more unpredictable. I really like the effects you can get with it.

Q: How long have you created art for?

A: When I was 12,  I started my cringey anime drawings, like the oc’s, with the big eyes and stick looking anatomy. My friends were drawing it, and I was like, “I want to draw too.” Then, I started drawing and branched off from that by trying different approaches. Middle school was the start of my “Art Journey”.

Q: Did art come to you easily? 

A: Nothing comes easily to me. That’s why I get upset when people go, “Oh, wow you are so talented.” I spend hours practicing over and over again, trying different techniques and trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t work. 

Q: Where do you hope to see yourself as an artist in the future?

A: I’ve always wanted to be a children’s book illustrator. I love reading books with colorful images, or just pretty scenery and fun character designs. Even if you don’t write the book yourself, you have a lot of opportunities to show off your creativity.

By Emmie Digon

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