Friday, November 12, 2010

Interview with the Artist: Bumbleboohandmades

Bonjour Frenchies!

I have decided to begin a Monthly Artist spotlight! Each month I will choose an Artist to spotlight. Bumbleboohandmades is the chosen Artist of November! Kailey (Bumbleboohandmades) is a 23 year old college student, just like myself. I was drawn to her nature-fairytale aesthetic and her colors. Here is an interview with Kailey;

What inspires you?
I'd have to say natural subjects. I love the beauty in nature, and think that oftentimes people forget about it with this digital, cell-phone infested world we've gotten ourselves into. We need to slow down sometimes. :)

What is your technique?
My technique for my paintings is usually a combination of watercolour, ink and gouache. I like using patterned papers in more crafty things that I made - I find making handcrafted things to be satisfying.

How is your art different from other artists?
I'm not really sure. It's very hard to be unique these days because you're always gathering inspiration from other artists. I like to think that my colour schemes and "style" are unique and recognizable, but I could probably be proven wrong! I am still learning, and don't feel I'm 100% "there" with my style yet, but I am getting comfortable slowly.

How did you get started?
I started drawing horses when I was about 5. Ever since then I've been pretty obsessed with drawing! I sort of took a "break" from doing personal art during highschool, and only did it for my art course. But then after that I got back into it.

Can you take me step by step through a piece?
Uhm, sure! This one here... it started of course with some rough thumbnails to get the composition down. Then I did a pencil sketch of it. I did a carbon transfer of it onto 300lb watercolour paper. Then I threw down the watercolour and rubbing alcohol for texture, then the gouache for the fishes, some highlights on the face, and the lilypads. Then I did the lines in ink. :)

Why do you do your art?
Well, I'm hoping to become a professional illustrator one day. And because I enjoy it, of course!

Why do you do this particular kind of art (or use this particular technique)?
Well, my subject matter is because I like nature of course, and I like to show what I think is beautiful, I suppose. It's like sharing how you "see" the world, sort of. (Hopefully that doesn't sound too corny, but I think it does). The technique is just something that I liked the effect of and have been sticking with it for now (not to say I don't experiment and use other media as well!)

Can you describe your creative process?
That's a hard one. Basically I can only do it when I "feel" like it. Unless it's for school, then I have to do it of course. Basically lots of thinking, listening to music, visuals for inspiration... things like that to get the creative juices flowing. That's a hard thing to describe, so I hope I answered that all right!

Check out Kailey's Etsy Site!