The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of art showing and art marketing and art fairing. And amidst all the hustle and bustle, I noticed I kept getting asked the same questions over and over again. So, in an attempt to answer some of those seemingly frequently asked questions, I have decided to compile a little frequently...asked....questions.....list of....FAQs.....
Lisa's List of Questions that Pop Up Time and Time Again
When did you first start to draw?
I love this question. I really do. It's because this question pops up in every interview I've ever read about any artist. And the answer is always the same. Just about every artist will tell you they started drawing as soon as they developed the motor skills to grab a crayon. But...isn't that true for...everyone? Every booger picking* kid loves to draw. The only difference between an adult artist and an adult non-artist is the artist never stopped drawing. BUT. If you're really asking when did I first take my art seriously? About 3 years ago. Around 2008. I'm a late bloomer.
What is your process? Lots of sketching.
Where do you get your ideas?
I am heavily influenced by children's stories, fairy tales, crowded cities, fuzzy animals and shiny things. However, I have found inspiration in obvious places (visiting galleries/flipping through art books) and less than obvious places (shape of a car/looking at things while squinting). You'd be surprised by what you see if you really take the time to look. As for the actual drawn images and concepts? I have no idea. The best I can explain it is...they come as flashes/glimpses and I just try my best to capture that image/feeling. I am lucky to have a very strange imagination.
Why houses and buildings?
I love cities, I love buildings and I love the romantic/nostalgic feelings we have towards our homes. I like to think the homes in my drawings help connect and draw out warm/fuzzy feelings. I like to imagine the stories and secrets the walls of a building could tell. But I draw buildings also because of what I don't draw: people. I don't like drawing people. So my buildings become my own little world of characters.
Are you an architect?
Nope. I can see why you'd ask. But nope.
Did you study art in school?
Nope. I have love/hate feelings about art school.
Love: I'm sure if I ever went to art school, I would be exposed to a bunch more mediums and techniques, I would actually have some art history knowledge and I'd have a better art people network.
Hate: I don't really believe art is something to be taught. I don't like being told how to do something and the right/wrong way to do it. I'm stubborn and I learn best from making my own mistakes.
Do you do this full time?
As of January 15, 2011, I proudly/timidly call myself a full-time artist.
And even more sketching. The back of my door is the best large-scale sketching spot. :)
My absolute favorite question EVER. And...actually...only asked once. But it made me feel all special and unique like a unicorn or a pixie or a pocketcat or a narwhal**.
*Or booger eating. Am I alone in this? Salty. Like Play-Doh.
The more you know. =)