The characters you draw are very unique. Are they just drawings or do you furnish them with a story and personality?
Most of my characters all have elaborate stories behind them. They’re usually characters I’ve played around with in my imagination for some time, before putting them to paper – which I feel sort of lets them develop their own personality. I have a few main stories I’m currently working on too, such as “The Bunny Whisperer,” “The Romantic & the Mermaid” and “Peppa Feathers.” I’m hoping to publish all of these in the future.
A typical workday for me as an artist includes getting most of the business side of things done in the morning. This includes promotions, packaging, social media, blogging, etc. Then, I like to put on some music and get some painting done without having to worry about getting sidetracked.
Happy. Twisted. Dark. Beautiful. Bubblegoth is something that is light, cute and wonderful, but can also be creepy and somewhat dark at the same time. It’s originally known as a music genre and I’m attempting to give it a visual form and establish it as an art style. It incorporates lighter colours such as pastels and white, along with hints of black. The ultimate aim is to make the beautiful, creepy and the creepy, beautiful – something that takes light and dark and puts them together.
I’m starting a monthly art collab, an idea suggested by my sister! It’s a fun way to come up with a drawing and have no idea how it’ll turn out! ? If anyone’s interested in continuing off my drawing, you’re welcome to join on Discord! I will tag all artists who contribute to the drawing and post it to Instagram ? Here you can see the progress and collaboration of our current monthly drawing!
If you’re interested in contributing, please join the channel below: https://discord.gg/RSXHZFk
⭐ How it works:
- Join the Discord channel (https://discord.gg/RSXHZFk) to start participating. You don’t need to create an account.
- Each person gets 5-10 minutes on the drawing then it gets passed to the next artist in the group. Draw as much or little as you like, but remember 10 mins max!
- You’re welcome to use any medium you like, the end result can be mixed media. Print the original, draw your part for 5-10 minutes, then upload a link to the final (One Drive / Dropbox / WeTransfer) and post it here.
- You can add more characters if you like, but no erasing what’s already been drawn!
- You’re welcome to post it wherever you like with #nekkasartcollab
- I will post the final drawing on Instagram and tag all artists. If you want to be tagged, please comment your insta username with your drawing, if not, just leave empty and I won’t tag you ?
- Remember to have fun, the idea is to keep the randomness alive!
Since I was a child, I’ve always been drawing, and knew that I wanted to explore that someday. It wasn’t until university that I became aware of career options in that field.
I’m an illustrator by heart, and my art is very quirky and whimsical with a strong concept or narrative. I love drawing animals and developing characters.
My art is mostly based on my own personal experiences. Some of the characters in my work include my own pets or personal items.
I mainly work digitally, but also love watercolour and acrylics.
I find limiting choices very tricky at times. There are so many options when creating, and often it’s hard to limit yourself to a set route and not deafen the message of a piece of art by being less specific.
I think the visual presentation is most important to me, since art can have many interpretations, and I’d like my work to relate to each individual differently.
Yes. My “Lollipop Ellie” is my favourite piece, because I love animals, and he is quite a quirky and loveable character.
My own, quiet space, such as my studio. I like music while I work.
Watching other artists has definitely influenced me a lot. My own style of fashion and taste of music also directs my vision.
I think there’s a lot of visual arts, but not as much illustration showcased in South Australia. I was, however, very excited when I heard that my favourite artist, Etam Cru, came to do a street piece on one of the buildings here.
You should definitely look into tertiary education. A lot of people say you don’t really need to study to work as an artist, however the amount of information and portfolio refinement they teach you puts you on a whole different level that’s not easily attainable when you’re starting out and don’t know where to go. While studying, don’t assume if you graduate you will automatically get a job with the piece of paper you get. It is your gathered experience as well as a diverse but targeted portfolio that will determine your success. It is, however, a wholly satisfying career to pursue!