Emily of Saeeun Studio

wedding © Saeeun Studio

Day 18 – Saeeun Studio

Digital Artist, Emily from Saeeun Art Studio in South Korea is a lover of Photoshop and Illustrator.  Emily specialises in custom portraits which you can request at her Etsy online shop (see links below).

Are you a self-taught artist, or what studies did you do to get where you are today?
I majored in media design at university, so I’ve practiced all kinds of design tools like Photoshop, Illustrator etc. After graduation, I worked as an editorial designer in charge of magazines, catalogs and leaflets, and that’s when my interest in painting in grew. Recently, I spend my spare time drawing pictures and creating speed croquis. Actually, croquis help me focus on the essential elements of an object. These experiences and activities have helped me improve my overall skills as an artist.What tools, programs and apps do you love or cannot live without?
All of my artworks are hand-drawn pictures with digital tools. I usually use Adobe Photoshop (I think Photoshop is the greatest invention ever haha). In some cases, I use Adobe Illustrator when I’d like to try other styles. Sometimes, I create textures using watercolor and crayons when necessary.Your art provides inspirations to so many others. What or who inspires you?
I concentrate on capturing the best moments in people’s lives. That’s why happy pictures, including baby’s smiles, adorable pets, etc. give me a lot of inspiration.

Can you describe your process including how long a piece of art or photography takes you from concept to complete?
It takes quite some time to search for good images of people and pets. After selecting the right photo, work becomes easier. I create my own story for the picture after imagining what the person is thinking about or how they feel at that moment. The biggest challenge is expressing the photos with my own sensitivity. It depends on the picture but it usually takes 2-3 days per person.

girl © Saeeun StudioWhat part of your process do you love the most?
I love the finishing steps of my work. I print on premium paper after the digital process and decorate parts like hair, dresses, and cheeks with glitter powder. The picture becomes lively and gorgeous. Also, it gives different impressions depending on the angle.

If you weren’t an artist, what do you think you would be doing for work?
Even if I were not an artist, I would probably still be doing creative activities. I would probably make handmade accessories, furniture, or maybe have another career as a designer. It’s my natural tendency.

Who is the most fascinating or inspiring person you have met or worked with?
There is a female Korean illustrator called “Zipsy”. I’ve never met her and we don’t know each other but I found out about her online. Lately, she draws stories of her and her husband. The nuanced sensitivity that is unique to women is well expressed in her illustrations. She expresses delicate emotions and shows women’s voluptuous beauty. I’m really interested in drawing beautiful women, so I learn many things from her work.

What artwork of yours are you most proud of?
I love all of my artworks, but I’m especially proud of a wedding portrait I made for my friend’s wedding. I couldn’t attend her wedding because she lives in the USA. So, I decided to give her my best by drawing her a portrait. The portrait really dazzled when I decorated the dress with glitter and put cubic on the hair. It made me happy that she liked it as much as she did. After that, I started incorporating glitter on my artwork, it actually works out really well.

What’s next in the professional pipe works for you?
Lately, I’ve been studying portraits of simple characters and planning to extend my online shop selling more portrait goods. I will not only sell digital files, but also physical items, and make more products of wedding portrait and invitations.

Links
Website: Saeeun Studio Website
Shop: Saeeun Art Studio at Etsy
Socials: Saeeun Art Studio on Instagram

baby © Saeeun Studio

← Day 17 – Frank Moth


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Frank Moth

Spring © Frank Moth

Day 17 – Frank Moth

Frank Moth is a collaboration of two artists from Greece who keep their real identities confidential which makes them even more intriguing!  The largest piece of artwork in my house is a tapestry by Frank Moth (We Used To Live There) so it’s a huge privilege for me to have them be part of this feature!

Are you a self-taught artist, or what studies did you do to get where you are today?

The main person behind Frank Moth is self-taught. He has been designing for years under another name, creating various pieces of art-collages and compositions, always experimenting and evolving through the process.

What tools, programs and apps do you love or cannot live without?

Photoshop is our go-to tool for everything, although in the past we tried our hand in Illustrator. When we first started, we had a super-old version of Photoshop and a very narrow office space that could barely fit a mouse on and this made for such an unforgettable experience, since you had to be creative in order to create without issues.

As for apps, we love our Instagram 🙂 We do not have Facebook on our phones.

There is a wonderful green cutting board along with various vintage paper clippings that wait to be glued. We love these but have not gotten around using them for analogue collage pieces.

Your art provides inspiration to so many others.  What or who inspires you?

This is a question that has so many answers. Our inspiration is anything that seems out of date. Old ads, vintage apparel and furniture, covers on science fiction books that our parents and grandparents had (like vintage Bell novels).  Of course everything is combined with our presence in the world today and this creates the retrofuture feeling in our collages. As for who has inspired us, we have always admired the work of Mark Weaver, Douglas Hale, Jesse Treece.

The City 1968 © Frank MothCan you describe your process including how long a piece of art or photography takes you from concept to complete?

Sometimes we do not have a concept in mind. Sometimes we start with a concept but it just does not work out, so we go back to it after a while. This could take months. Sometimes a random placement of one object leads to an unexpected great new idea. It is not possible to actually tell how long each piece will take to finish because of all of these processes.

What part of your process do you love the most?

The best part of the process is that point when you have already given time to the piece and you see it forming into something even better than what you initially thought. There are so many wonderful expectations that even when you stop for the day, you can’t wait until it’s time to go back to the piece and finish it. Most of the times though it ends in disappointment, because often it just does not feel right.

If you weren’t an artist, what do you think you would be doing for work?

Well, we would be obviously doing something we would not love as much and which we would most probably quit. We are very good at quitting!

Who is the most fascinating or inspiring person you have met or worked with?

The most fascinating and inspiring person we have met is one another. We have very different tastes, we don’t see eye to eye, our backgrounds are very different, we are difficult people. But, we inspire each other and the fact that we continue to grow and work together is fascinating in itself.

Name an underrated artist

We really can’t answer this question because there are different definitions of acceptance or ratings for every artist.  So, we could name someone, but they may not consider themselves as underrated, due to their different definition of what makes an artist underrated.

 

We Used to Live There © Frank MothWhat artwork of yours are you most proud of? 

To be completely honest, when an artwork is finished we may think that it is the best art we have ever created, but then after a while we see it and we are not so enthusiastic about it.

However, we feel so immensely proud of our “We Used To Live There” collage, because it touched so many people and in so many ways and we are thankful for that.

What’s next in the professional pipe works for you?

We want to start organizing some exhibitions of our collages. Not many details are solid yet, but we would like to start in the near future.

 

Bonus fun questions

– What is your pet peeve?

Procrastination.

– What is your current favourite album?

Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah – Ruler Rebel

– Apart from art, what is your favourite thing to do?

We are huge fans of today’s pop culture so our favourite pastime is catching up with old and new series. Larry David rules!

 

 

Links:
Website: Frank Moth
Shops: Frank Moth Shop
Socials:
Frank Moth on Instagram
Frank Moth on Facebook

We chose this road my dear © Frank Moth

← Day 16 – YUUM


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YUUM

YUUM © YUUM

Day 16 – YUUM

Yuki Murashita of YUUM is from Fukuoka, Japan.  YUUM is a self-taught artist and loves using digital mediums such as her Wacom tablet and Adobe Photoshop.

 

Are you a self taught artist, or what studies did you do to get where you are today?
I am self-taught artist, but I studied photography and cinematography a little at collage 🎥🎞
I liked drawing from a very young age, I was influenced by manga, anime, movies, music, fashion magazines…etc. I used the trial and error method to establish my own drawing style.

 

What tools, programs and apps do you love or cannot live without?
I love digital tools such as Wacom’s tablet, Photoshop, scanner and so on. Also, sketchbooks and pens are necessities for me!🗒✍️

 

Your art provides inspirations to so many others.  What or who inspires you?
Thank you so much!☺️🌈
Many artists inspired me. Among them, fafi.
In addition, music, movies, fashion magazines and Pinterest always give me inspiration.

Heart shaped fish © YUUM

Can you describe your process including how long a piece of art or photography takes you from concept to complete?

Sometimes I draw pictures only with Photoshop, but mainly I scan my drawings and then finish with Photoshop. Both will take 1-2 days.
👇Process👇
1)concept – getting an idea from music, fashion and my feelings.
2)line drawing – drawing randomly.
3) Scanning – scanning my drawings at a high resolution.
4) Colouring – adding color to drawings with Photoshop.

 

What part of your process do you love the most?
Most favorite process is line drawing! I feel pleasure that what I imagined becomes shape.

 

If you weren’t an artist, what do you think you would be doing for work?
I think I would be a circus entertainer!🎪 Because I was good at doing forward upward circling on the bar.

 

Who is the most fascinating or inspiring person you have met or worked with?
I always get the power to draw pictures from my family, my sister, my friends! They are my energy sources💖

 

Name an underrated artist 
My friend, Lulu Buono. Her art is dreamy, lovely and cute. She is talented!✨
Love © YUUM

 

What artwork of yours are you most proud of? 
The picture of Bob Hair girl (my profile picture!) is my favorite series. She was born in about 30 seconds at the edge of my notebook. It is a memorable character now💘

 

What’s next in the professional pipe works for you?
In order to get to know me more, I’m making my own products and preparing for an art event in Tokyo.
And getting ready to start my online store!

 

Bonus fun questions
What is your current favourite album?
My most favorite album is “Dua Lipa” now❣️
Apart from art, what is your favourite thing to do?
I like going to hot springs with my family and traveling with my sister or my friends✈️
When I’m alone, I like to find nice ones at book stores and grocery stores.
Fun Fact:
I am doing a job in public relations at a department store 😊 (In the future, I hope to become freelance artist!)

 

Links:
Website: YUUM Website
Socials: YUUM on Instagram

 

Records © YUUM

Images used courtesy of YUUM © Yuki Murashita of YUUM

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Carmen Hui

Proteas and Gumnuts © Carmen Hui

 

Day 13 – Carmen Hui

Graphic Designer turn artist, Carmen Hui resides in Sydney, Australia.  Carmen is inspired mostly by nature – both botanics and animals.  Carmen runs workshops to assist budding artists, showing the various stages of drawing including composition and layout style.

Are you a self taught artist, or what studies did you do to get where you are today?
I have always been interested in art and have been drawing since a very young age. Growing up, I didn’t know how to turn drawing into a career so have opted to study design instead. I have never been trained on how to draw, but I have never really stopped drawing so I guess everything I’ve done till now is all self-taught.

What tools, programs and apps do you love or cannot live without?
I cannot live without my coloured pencils! It is such a versatile medium and it is so accessible. I still have a box of coloured pencils from when I was a child.

Your art provides inspirations to so many others.  What or who inspires you?
Nature and nature documentaries are my biggest inspirations. I often have a notepad with me just so that I could jot down any ideas that come my way. I am also very, much inspired by people who turn their passion into a career. Very often our lives are driven by our 9-5 job and it’s such a breath of fresh air to see people breaking out of that mould.

Can you describe your process including how long a piece of art or photography takes you from concept to complete?
Whenever I have an idea for a drawing, I first spend hours on google looking for the reference photos. Once I have collected enough materials, I will then mock up the layout in Photoshop. This often involves lots of cutting and pasting in order to get the exact picture in my head. Once I’m happy with everything, I will then do a quick sketch on paper, make any adjustments as needed and then pretty much start doing the final drawing. This whole process usually takes around 5-40 hours depending on the complexity of the drawing.

What part of your process do you love the most?
I honestly love every part of my process. It’s so interesting to see an idea come to life, each part of the process plays such a big role in the final drawing, I can’t imagine wanting to skip any step.

Aussie Creatures Square © Carmen Hui

If you weren’t an artist, what do you think you would be doing for work?
I was a graphic designer for many years before focusing on drawing. I still do a bit of freelancing here and there but am pretty much doing drawing full time now. 


Who is the most fascinating or inspiring person you have met or worked with?
Since starting my art journey, I have met so many like-minded friends who constantly encourages and inspires me to keep pushing my career. There are so many people who have made a big impact on my life, I honestly can’t narrow it down to one!

Name an underrated artist
My friend Gabriele just started getting back into textile design and I love seeing all the wonderful creations she has been making. Her instagram handle is @gabrielevonderschulenburg definitely worth checking out!
 
What artwork of yours are you most proud of?  
At the moment I am very interested in pattern play and am loving all the different patterns I can create with my drawings. It is something that I’ve just started doing and am very much interested in exploring it further. Other than that, my most popular drawing will have to be Vegemite & Natives (pictured below). It took me over 3 months to complete but I’m so happy with the result. I often get emails from people about how the drawing has made an emotional connection with them which I’m very much proud of.


What’s next in the professional pipe works for you?

I really want to explore pattern design more, not entirely sure what I will do with them yet. It would be my dream to team up with a textile or wallpaper company, but I guess it’s still early days so we shall see.

Bonus fun questions
What is your pet peeve?I’m not a big fan of people who don’t share the footpath. I walk a lot, so it really annoys me when they bump you out of the way and don’t say sorry.
What is your current favourite album?
I’ve been listening to the latest Angus and Julia Stone album non stop lately.
Apart from art, what is your favourite thing to do?
Apart from visiting all the art galleries, I love going on long drives and weekend getaways.
If you could tame any animal and have it as a pet, which one would it be and why?
I don’t really want to tame anything, I love animals and love to be amongst them as a friend, not an owner.

 

 

Links:

Website:  Carmen Hui’s website

Socials:
Carmen Hui on Instagram
Carmen Hui on Facebook

Vegemite and Natives Styled © Carmen Hui

 

← Day 12 – Bianca Rosen


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Bianca Rosen

Watercolour flowers © Bianca Rosen

Day 12 – Bianca Rosen of Art By Bianca

Bianca Rosen is an artist from Canada, inspired by nature and vibrant colours.  Bianca is a professional Industrial Designer but has changed directions so she can focus on her true passion – that of being a brilliant artist.  Read on to learn more.

Are you a self taught artist, or what studies did you do to get where you are today?
I am a self taught artist but I like to think that being artistic is just part of who I am as a person. I’ve always been creative and fascinated by flowers and their vibrant colors. That’s where my obsession began when I was a child. I do however have a bachelor’s degree in something a little more technical – I’m an industrial designer!

 

Geostone © Bianca Rosen

What tools, programs and apps do you love or cannot live without?
My favorite tools are definitely my hands accompanied by a paintbrush and some paint! I feel like I have most control when I let my hands take the lead. When I worked full-time as an industrial designer, my hands felt like they were missing something. Clicking on a mouse is anything but creative, even though the result on the computer screen is a creative one!

 

Your art provides inspirations to so many others.  What or who inspires you?
In terms of external inspiration: Nature and Color have always been my focal point. I adore playing around with color and creating unique and mesmerizing visual effects. I find them very stimulating and they push me to keep creating!
In terms of people: I can definitely say that Georgia O’Keefe, Monet and Van Gogh have always been my top inspirations. I like to hope that I learnt much of what I know now by analyzing their paintings, their brushstrokes, and the way they blend their colors, each in a very unique manor. These masters taught me how to develop my own personal style.

 

Can you describe your process including how long a piece of art or photography takes you from concept to complete?
A piece of art varies depending on my concept, size, layering etc. I would say usually a couple of days. I enjoy taking some time off from a piece in order to see it in a different light. Usually this helps clear my mind and give me new and innovative ideas.

 

What part of your process do you love the most?
The part of my process that I love most is watching colors blend together so magically. Watercolor is an amazing medium for that exact reason.
Landscape painting © Bianca Rosen

 

If you weren’t an artist, what do you think you would be doing for work?
Definitely something creative! I have always loved anything visual, including photography. A lot of my paintings come from photos I captured that served as inspiration!

 

Who is the most fascinating or inspiring person you have met or worked with?
My grandfather was an extremely talented woodworker, and my mother is naturally artistic as well.  I think both of them have been extremely inspiring for me!

 

Name an underrated artist
I love the works of Vikashini Palanisamy. She is from India and her paintings are full of movement and life! Like me, she has an engineering background so we both click very well!

 

What artwork of yours are you most proud of?  
I am most proud of a large pink peony that I painted in acrylic back in 2007 (pictured below). It’s now hanging over my sofa and I treasure it every day! I put a lot of effort into it and I’m still so pleased with the way it turned out.

 

What’s next in the professional pipe works for you?
I am hoping to expand and sell patterns and digital scans of my work for different purposes such as stationery and fabric. I am also looking forward to painting larger with watercolors this year!

 

Bonus fun question
What is your current favourite album?
Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Patrick Watson. He is a super talented musician from Montreal. He comes up with unique melodies and he’s very poetic as well. I highly recommend listening to his music!
Apart from art, what is your favourite thing to do?
I LOVE being in nature. It’s my home and it’s where I feel happiest.

 

Links:
Website: Bianca Rosen’s website 
Shop: Bianca Rosen on Etsy
Socials: 
Bianca on Instagram
Bianca on Facebook
Bianca on Twitter

Bianca Rosen © Bianca Rosen

← Day 11 – Chloe Hall


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Meghan Player of Wolf & Kid

 

You'll float too Meghan © Wolf & Kid

Day 9 – Meghan Player of Wolf & Kid

Meghan Player of Wolf & Kid is a self-taught artist from Sydney, Australia.  Meghan has worked as a music journo (see some of her amazing photos on her Instagram) but has taken to drawing more these days as a creative outlet.  Her style of art is unique, influenced by music and the misfits.
Are you a self taught artist, or what studies did you do to get where you are today?
Self taught. I’ve always made things, ever since I was a kid – be that art, costumes or paper sculptures. I guess my way of approaching these things has changed over the years, and I’ve become more open with sharing things that I’ve made, rather than hiding them away.

 

What tools, programs and apps do you love or cannot live without?
I draw everything the old school way – ie; pen and paper – so I don’t really use any apps, tools or programs. I think instagram is a great tool for artists and photographers (if you use it correctly and don’t abuse it). I’ve found a lot of amazing artists that way.

 

Your art provides inspirations to so many others.  What or who inspires you?
Most of my pieces are inspired by music – with the occasional film, tv or book reference. I worked as a music journo and editor for about 7 years, and when that ended, I needed to somehow still express what I love about music in another way. Art was the doorway to that. It allows me to keep writing those love letters to all the bands without having to find the right words.
The biggest inspirations for me come from those that don’t conform to the traditional form of art – the punks, the weirdos, the rebels.

 

Can you describe your process including how long a piece of art or photography takes you from concept to complete?
No two illustrations are the same, so the process for each can be wildly different. Some might be brewing as just an idea for months before they physically become something on paper. Others are born overnight, and I’ll get them down as quickly as possible. I don’t like to spend a lot of time on one particular piece, as I tend to get distracted or bored easily. It’s not uncommon for an illustration to be completed in one day.

 

What part of your process do you love the most?
I love thinking about the next piece. I’ve learned not to force a new piece of work to evolve, but to let it come naturally, and develop that way too. The best ideas are the ones that you think of when you’re least expecting it. This is usually at 2am.

 

If you weren’t an artist, what do you think you would be doing for work?
If I had of followed what I was originally going to do when I left school, I probably would have been a Criminologist or Forensic Psychologist by now. I basically wanted to work in the Behavioral Analysis Unit at the FBI, and be a real-life Clarice Starling.

 

Looking up at the stars and dreaming © Wolf & Kid
Who is the most fascinating or inspiring person you have met or worked with?
Oh man. I’ve been fortunate to do some collaborations with some great artists over the last couple of years, and have been asked to do some commission work for local and international musicians that continues to blow my mind. Late last year I had the opportunity to work with Unwritten Law, and that was a huge deal for me personally, as I’m a huge fan of the band. That was pretty rad. For me, the most humbling part comes from the encouragement or support from people that you’ve admired over the years, be that musicians or other artists.

 

Name an underrated artist 
The list is endless. There are so many talented folks out there that don’t get the recognition they deserve – Natalie and Christina Cole are incredible artists from the US that blow my mind every time they share another piece. I adore Carmel Debreuil’s dreamy, Wes-Anderson style pieces, and my mate Natty B does a sick job of slinging ink and paint around.

 

What artwork of yours are you most proud of? 
The one I did earlier today, funnily enough. It’s a piece to celebrate Grinspoon’s album ‘Guide to Better Living’ as it’s 20 years old, and I based it around the song “Just Ace”. It features a rainbow, and that to me is significant for both the album, and the current social climate in Australia at the moment as we start voting for Marriage Equality.

 

What’s next in the professional pipe works for you?
I’m hoping to launch a new, music-based zine in the next month or so. I’m also looking to do a bunch of horror movie inspired pieces in the lead-up to Halloween.

 

Bonus fun questions
What is your current favourite album?

I’m listening to a bunch of old favourites at the moment, so I’m going to go with the Bronx “III”.

 

Links
Shop: Wolf & Kid on Etsy
Socials:  Meghan Player on Instagram

Meghan © Wolf & Kid

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Karen Lynch of Leaf and Petal

Bloom of Youth © Karen Lynch of Leaf and Petal

Day 19  – Karen Lynch of Leaf and Petal

Leaf and Petal’s Karen Lynch is a woman of many surprises.  Her collage art speaks for itself, so intricately put together to create some of the most aesthetically pleasing collages I’ve ever seen.  In addition, Karen was nominated for a Best Cover  Art ARIA award in 2016 for her work on the cover of Bernard Fanning’s album “Civil Dusk” .  And this is only one of the outstanding achievements listed on her bio.

Are you a self-taught artist, or what studies did you do to get where you are today?

Yes I’m self taught.  As far as studies go, I am a devoted Youtube and Skillshare student who is always trying to update my skills.  The tutorial queen!

What tools, programs and apps can you not live without?

Up until about 12 months ago, I was strictly analogue so it was all about the scissors, paper and glue.  Now my stuff is usually a hybrid of analogue and digital especially since I do quite a few commissioned projects that require revisions and flexibility in the design.  I have big iMac for the digital side and use Photoshop and Plotagraph. The most important thing is my library of primary sources where I have hundreds of vintage magazines and books.

Your art provides inspirations to so many others.  What or who inspires you?

My inspiration comes from surrealist art, vintage Kodachrome photography, avante garde cinema, architecture, and the colours of nature.  One of the most important things I’ve ever done was a short course called “Inspiration Information” by the wonderful Pip Lincolne.  It was all about finding inspiration in your daily creative life, studying the life and process of inspirational people, and forming a creative community.  I could not recommend this highly enough.

Can you describe your process including how long a piece of art or photography takes you from concept to complete?

As I’m a material driven artist, it’s usually one image or part of an image that starts the process.  It all builds from there.  I spend an incredible amount of time searching for material before I’ve even started.  For a commission, this could be two sessions of 3 hours each, sometimes days looking for the right material. Once I’m happy with one of the main elements, it becomes a matter of constantly rearranging, matching or contrasting other elements, and backgrounds. This could take 15 minutes or 3 hours.  No typical time.  I cut, rearrange, then only glue when I’m happy with the end result. For a digital commission, I might scan each element individually and resize and rearrange it in Photoshop.  No glue!  Glueing is definitely the most anxious time especially with a landscape piece with many layers.

What part of your process do you love the most?

When I am searching for material, usually in a run down secondhand shop, and flick through an old book and there’s an image that I know can be the starting point of a kick arse collage.  It can be an adrenaline rush!

If you weren’t an artist, what do you think you would be doing for work?

 A writer.

Who is the most fascinating or inspiring person you have met or worked with?

It’s difficult to pick one!  I’ve been extremely fortunate to work with some really great people, in advertising, the music industry and with collaborative projects, who are creative, professional, totally switched on and nice people as well.

Tim Wheatley Pillar to Post Odyssey © Karen Lynch of Leaf and Petal
Name an underrated artist 

There are quite a few collage artists on Instagram who may not have a massive following but are incredible and respected artists, so I’m not sure they’re underrated in general.  My favourites include ventralisgolden, Jesse Treece, Andrew McGranahan, Cur3es, Kate Cuthbert and Textile Warrior.

What artwork are you most proud of?  

This changes constantly but at the moment, I love the album cover art I did for Tim Wheatley’s Pillar to Post.

What’s next in the professional pipe works for you?

I have an exhibition starting at the end of October, a limited edition calendar and some more cool album cover art coming soon.

Bonus fun questions
What is your pet peeve? Pretentious people
What is your current favourite album? Angus and Julia Stone “Snow” is what I’m currently listening to.
Apart from art, what is your favourite thing to do? Listening to music

 

Links:
Website: Leaf and Petal
Socials:
 Leaf and Petal on Instagram
 Leaf and Petal on Facebook
Leaf and Petal on Tumblr
Shop:
Leaf and Petal at Society6
Leaf and Petal on Red Bubble
Leaf and Petal on Curioos
 Round House © Karen Lynch of Leaf and Petal
← Day 18 – Saeeun Art Studio

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Cass Urquhart

Swan © Cass Urquhart

Day 14 – Cass Urquhart

Originally from Brisbane, Australia, Cass Urquhart now lives in Melbourne, creating gorgeous artwork.  Some look familiar?  Yep, Cass does some freelance work for Frankie Magazine.

Are you a self taught artist, or what studies did you do to get where you are today?

A little bit of both. When I finished school I studied Fine Art, however the course was conceptually based so we didn’t really learn any technique. Drawing and painting weren’t really encouraged, however I loved it and did a lot of drawing in my spare time just for fun. A few years later I went on to study Visual Communication at QCA, and this gave me the technical foundation that I needed to realise my creative ideas. After a few years working as a graphic designer, I gradually started to explore art and illustration again. 

 

Radio © Cast Urquhart What tools, programs and apps do you love or cannot live without?

I love to work with traditional materials like pencil or ink to work out initial ideas. Then I’ll scan these onto my computer and do final editing and piecing together in illustrator or photoshop. I recently bought an apple pencil and have loved drawing on an iPad Pro, using the astropad app.

 

Your art provides inspirations to so many others.  What or who inspires you?

Travel is always hugely inspiring, and also taking short courses is a great way of generating ideas and getting inspired to try new materials or subject matter.

 

Can you describe your process including how long a piece of art or photography takes you from concept to complete?

The process varies greatly depending on the brief and style of art. For a portrait illustration I would probably spend 4 – 8 hours sketching in pencil, and then about 2 hours putting on finishing touches in photoshop. For a different kind of project- say a range of art prints, I’ll start by thumb nailing ideas in my journal. Then I might spend a whole day expanding on those thumbnails by drawing them larger, in more detail and trying out different compositions just in pencil or ink. Then I’ll choose just a few sketches to take into illustrator for colouring to create the final pieces. Sometimes it comes together really quickly at this stage other times I’ll take longer trying out different colour palettes, or rearranging elements until it feels right. 

 

What part of your process do you love the most?

I like the part when you are a couple of hours into a drawing or painting, and it turns a corner from looking quite horrible, into something that you see has potential. At this point the anxiety levels reduce and you can relax and enjoy the process.

 

If you weren’t an artist, what do you think you would be doing for work?

I’ve become really interested in textile and fashion design recently, so I think it would be something in that area.

 

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Who is the most fascinating or inspiring person you have met or worked with?

This is a bit corny but I think I would have to say my mum. She is the most hardworking, passionate and dedicated person I’ve ever met, and she taught me from a young age that success in career and business can be measured by personal growth and positive impact, not financial remuneration alone. 

 

Name an underrated artist 

That’s a really tricky question and so hard to answer this day in age as it seems everyone is very savvy with getting work out there on social media. However I love to follow artists of all levels on instagram, and watch their journey as they change and grow- it’s really exciting and inspiring.

 

What artwork of yours are you most proud of?

One of my favourite pieces has been a print I made of Mt Fuji and a Shinkansen. It took me by complete surprise when people connected with that artwork- I think a lot of Australian’s really love Japan. It’s been my best selling artwork to date.  

 

What’s next in the professional pipe works for you?

I’m working on a series of prints inspired by World Expo ’88, and working on some new product ideas for my online store.

 

Bonus fun questions

What is your pet peeve? When people take up the whole footpath, and expect you to move out of their way, with no gesture or attempt to walk around you at all. Lol.

What is your current favourite album? I really like the new Yumi Zouma single, so I’m looking forward to their new album

Apart from art, what is your favourite thing to do? Sewing, Yoga, drinking gin and watching Netflix

If you could tame any animal and have it as a pet, which one would it be and why? An otter or a hedgehog because I think they are the cutest animals in the world

 

 

Links
Website: Cass Urquhart
Social: Cass Urquhart on Instagram

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