Anonymous asked:

hiya! got any advice for trying to create more original pieces for aspiring digital artists? i usually try to copy the reference as close as possible but now i want to deviate away from that, thanks and keep up the great work! :)

It sounds borderline cringeworthy, but let your art reflect you, then it’ll become more personal and consequently more original. Let the things that you love influence you, not just other artists, but films, books, music and literally anything else. Think of references like a tool, an often essential one at that, but not your only resource. 

For my painting Out There, I used a reference photo of the lovely Jing Wen. Inspired by a need to travel and roads that can take you anywhere, I knew right from the start (as with most of my work) what I wanted the painting to finish up like. My references are mainly beauty shots from backstage of fashion shows, because they’re often simple, basic images shot in clean light, but they’re also close ups for the most part. For the rest of the painting, I just looked at photographs of sweatshirts (and some real ones too) along with the photographs of roads/mountains which had inspired me. That’s what I mean by using references as a tool, in the pursuit of your vision to create something that didn’t exist before you made it. 

Anonymous asked:

Hey ! Hope you're fine ! I wondered if you were looking for a particular style of art concerning the collaboration thing ! :) Have a nice day ! :D

I’m not looking for anything in particular at all, just anyone whose work interests and inspires me to collaborate, so feel free to send me an email if you were considering it. As I mentioned, writers, photographers and any type of visual artist are all welcome to get in touch. However, I am especially hoping to find a writer who can compose short written statements, think Jenny Holzer, Robert Montgomery, Tracey Emin, ect. 

Anonymous asked:

I love your artwork, it's pure beauty! I took a very high level art class for drawing about a year ago because it was recommended by my art teacher. The class completely terrified me, I felt like I was the weakest in the class and every time I tried to draw I would get so frustrated because it wouldn't come out right. I haven't even picked up a drawing pencil or touched my sketch book since December. So, basically, I admire you and your work so much! Love ya xx

Thank you so much, that’s so kind! It blows that that class was such a negative experience for you, when making art is such a positive thing. I think at some point we all struggle with comparing our work to the work of others, it can be really crippling though, as I’m sure you know.

I hope you start to create again soon and get back to that sketch book. My sketchbooks are all private, which I think really helps as they can be intimidating little (or big) things when they’re new and I write little notes in them too, they’re a total mess. If art makes you happy, let that be enough, you don’t need to be so hard on yourself (I’ve had to work on that too). Creating for the sake of creating is not a bad thing and try to remember that you’re the only one who can make art like you. Totally cheering you on and I wish you weren’t anon! (heart emojis go here)