I am 18 years old. Born in 1995 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
Still currently finishing up my high school education in an alternative high school.
I have always been interested in Art, History, Nature, and Films. When I was about 11 years old I was enrolled in acting classes for a few years, I really wanted to be an actress. I didn't go through with that dream but it really did help me open up as a person and figure out who I wanted to be.When I was in grade one in school I wanted to be an artist really badly, I used to draw all the time, and felt very at peace with just working away at art. A fifteen year old family friend used to draw a lot of anime and manga drawings and I thought what she could do was incredible and I wanted to be able to do the same, I then became obsessed with Japanese art and bought a lot of anime comics and would study and copy the drawings. I grew up with two very artistic and open minded parents who supported me and encouraged me to make art. My father used to sit down with me, draw circles on a piece of paper and get him and I to fill in each of the circles with faces. I forgot completely about art and how it made me feel until I was 14 years old, I then met an older boy who I was totally infatuated by, he could make the most amazing art and I was right back to being 5 years old and obsessing over making art again. He showed me lots of inspiring artists such as, Camilla D'errico, Audrey Kawasaki, and Sylvia Ji, who I am still mind blown by today. I then started making art almost every day, it took over most of my time and I ended up not going to school much anymore, but I thought it was more important for me to practice, learn and study to become better, it was.
What does art and design means to you?
Art is very important to me, I don't know what I would do if it wasn't apart of my life. It brings me an incredible amount of joy as well as frustration, feelings that I feel are important with growing as a human being and learning how to grow as an artist. Art is the best escape.
你會怎樣形容你的個人風格？ How would you define your personal style?
I would describe my style as an ever changing thing, of course I've always been intrigued by the female face, hair, eyes, everything. There is so much emotion and story and mystery just from a face. I used to draw mostly anime/cartoony sort of people but I've developed and am aiming to make more realistic portraits. It really depends on what and who I am inspired by at the time. I am also really in to drawing and painting animals, skulls and flowers, they are always fun and look nice when added in to a portrait.
你的創作過程是怎樣的？你通常會用甚麼工具及材料？What is the process of your work? What kind of materials do you use?
Right now I am doing mostly pencil work, I do also work in acrylics and rarely watercolors. I like drawing because it's so free and I feel I can get really in to it and not have such a disastrous mess to clean up afterward. I really have to be in the right mind state to paint anything, it's a lot more physical than drawing is.
As for the process of working, I usually work from photo references, sometimes I am just sitting on Facebook or instagram and I will come across a picture of a friend or random person with a face that just totally inspires me and I think "I've got to go draw this right now!!" If I am doing custom work I will get my client to send me photographs to work from.
How do you get your inspiration?
I get my inspiration from looking at other people's work that I really admire, I've actually made and instagram account for sharing other people's art work and I usually go look at that page and see the awesome stuff people create. I also get inspired from watching movies, going for walks and like I said seeing beautiful faces online as well as in public (sometimes on the bus).
What are your most critical challenges in your work?
I think the biggest challenge for me in my work is doing commissions, most of the time they are a total breeze, Most people can tell what I like doing and how I work and ask me to do similar custom stuff for them but sometimes I get people asking me to do really bizarre ideas that I can't do because I simply can not get inspired by the idea, that or someone tries to take too much control over the piece they are wanting and that also kills the inspiration, I don't like being told too much of what to do.
What are some of your goals?
My goals are always the same, create something you feel is awesome and can be proud of, gain a bigger following, get more work, and feel as if you are improving and can tell that you are.
What s your dream?
My dream is to be able to be really good at what I do, get better, and be able to stay working for myself forever with out having to get another job.
在你的人生及創作路上的座右銘？ What is your motto in your work and life?
My motto in life is that you need to accept the fact that as an artist you will constantly grow and only get better than you were a year ago, or last week if you work hard enough, never expect inspiration to always be there, but push yourself anyways.