Well, well. It’s nice to nominated for the Liebster Award by a fellow artist & blogger HipsterFlava whose pen work is really something special. The Liebster Award is a just a little thing that translates roughly as “mm shawty u fine” and is given to up and coming bloggers with less than 200 followers. In accepting the nomination I’m asked to answer 10 questions and come up with 10 more for other bloggers whose work I find inspiring, interesting, and or fun!
Here are the blogs I have chosen to nominate for another Liebster Award in no particular order:
1. Cake and Comix
2. Miloza Ma
3. Monday Morning Monster
4. Creatively Designed
5. Lauren A. Toomer
6. Ratinha Vaidosa
7. Monster o Clock
9. The Art of Katt Beaton
10. The Based on a True Story Blog
Here are my answers to the questions I was given:
1. What inspired you to create your art blog?
I started this blog because my drawings & paintings were just going in a pile on the floor and no one was seeing them. Knowing that my drawings are looked at is a nice thing, but it has never been the reason I make what I make.
2. What is your favorite medium to use?
My favorite medium is typically Micron ink pen and/or watercolor. I use them each very often and, more frequently, together.
3. What is your artistic process like? Do you usually have a plan or do you just begin and see what comes of it?
I start with coffee, soul music, and a mirror. In front of a mirror , I writhe and create different shapes out of my body and/or face and from there I study and sketch the proportions, weight balance, etc. Often I just try to make myself laugh by putting on progressively more repulsive faces and body contortions. The right music is a huge component. Soul music (or soulful music) is the only thing that puts me in the right place for serious drawing. If I’m stuck I will watch “Soul Train” which plays an influential role. These rituals of combining music and caffeine or weed and just completely letting my shit hang out are often conducive to putting down a sketch I’m proud of.
4. What is the most memorable art exhibit you have ever been to?
When I was a kid, my favorite thing to do for my birthday was to spend a day at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, PA. There we went to see Body Worlds …twice. The Mutter Museum, Eastern State Penitentiary… I was such a creepy kid. My very first “favorite” art-specific event was a 2005 show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC called “The Perfect Medium: Photography and the Occult” I went apeshit for this stuff and I still am.
5. What do you remember about art class when you were a child?
I remember a lot, I have a solid memory. I still reach back to tricks my teachers taught me as a kid, like in 3rd grade my teacher said you could make pencil draw hair look more realistic by taking your eraser to it and highlight certain areas where the light should fall. Good stuff! I also remember the same teacher treating her class like her therapist and constantly detailing horrible traumatic true stories with incredible titles like “microwaving the parakeet”, “chihuahua drowns under pool cover”, and “girl stabs her own heart while running with a pencil”. She was a bit off.
6. Do you have a favorite piece that you have created?
My favorite is always the most recent one I’ve finished. But this is my first painting and it marked a real turning point in how I would continue to make art. It’s important to me for that reason.
7. What medium do you hope to use someday in the future that you have not yet tried?
I am psyched to try my hand at a huge assortment of mediums. I would love to work more in clay, particularly clay animation. I will likely try oil painting in the next year. There are some I don’t really want to do again, like stained glass. Eh.
8. What artist inspires you the most?
So many. Michael DeForge is an inspiration and pure joy to look at. Pendleton Ward is probably an inspiration to many other aspiring cartoonists’. Another favorite of mine is Drew Miller whose comic Poor Thing is incredible and wonderful and I feel the closest aesthetic kinship with his style.
9. Is art a career, a hobby, or both?
Art is everything to me. Drawing and cartooning and painting are cerebral, physical, & emotional. Making art isn’t a career or a hobby or any other blah-de-blah fuckturd word. I don’t know what it is or what role it will play in my life, except I know art will always be there for me.
10. What have you gotten out of blogging and sharing your art via wordpress?
Hmm. I have gained more confidence about being in the public eye, or rather, I have lost the fear that I’d become dependent on approval. I never questioned myself or my drawings as being untrue or as being something done to please another person, I always drew from guthole, and I haven’t changed that. It’s good to know that my drawings are still coming straight outta gooby head kernel.
Question for the Liebster nominees…
- Where do you do your work?
- Do you work from life, from photographs or from imagination?
- What moves you most in life, either to inspire or upset you?
- Which is more important to you, the subject of your art, or the way it is executed?
- What is the role of the artist in society?
- Does music play a role in your creative process?
- Do you have an artwork you’re most proud of? Why?
- What is your most important creative tool that you couldn’t live without?
- How did you start doing what you do?
- Is there a single piece of art that inspired you greatly?
Thanks again for the tip-o-the-hat! And thank you to all the folks I nominated because I think your stuff is freakin’ sweeet.