Hello out there, cats and kittens! Today we’re going to do something a little different. Sure, we could show you another finished work (no we couldn’t, the holidays are so busy this month that I’m strictly focused on private commissions right now) but where’s the fun in that? So instead we’ve decided to answer some of the questions we get when I’m working on one of my wackier pieces.
We’re calling it a behind the work in progress interview. Currently, when I have that precious non existent free time I’ve been working on something we’re loosely calling Snot Bubbles right now.
My darling minion Lily conducted the interview and my art senpai Tiia helped with the questions.
Q: Where and when did you get started on this piece?
A: This piece I’ve been working on for a few weeks now and by work I mean I poke it with my magic art stick every few days cause right now it’s holiday time and I don’t get as much time to work on personal art as I’d like. Overall, if we take out the days I haven’t been able to touch it I’d say I’ve been working on it for 4 or 5 days. I started it in my winter nest. Mostly I work at a standing desk- better for the body and less cats to wade through, but I tend to hurt a lot in the winter so unless it needs 100% of my focus I’ve been sitting in a pile of blankets and aforementioned cats. Sometimes the cats are my table.
Q: What is the target audience for our site? Who is your stuff for?
A: Well, my art is targeted at younger individuals- not kids initially, but say 12 to 30-somethings. People who have dealt with traumas and need light and whimsy in their lives. people who need the weird stuff because their normal isn’t anyone else’s. I’ll never be really good at explaining that. Our site in relation to that is directed also at the 12 to 30-ish crowd that I tend to meet at conventions. Nerds and fans. Creators who are passionate about the things they see that make them make noises. Our site is also on some level targeted to parents because a lot of our stuff appeals to kids.
Q: What do you think those people would enjoy learning about?
A: I feel like they’d like to learn that they are indeed my target audience, that while a lot of it is directed at the nerd community and seems to be made for kids, in the end, it’s really made for people who’ve found an escape from the darkness through imagination. People who are willing to leave their bodies behind for the safety of the worlds in their minds.
Q: If you could take a specific part to use as a new creation inspired by this art piece, which section would you choose?
A: The drippy, splashing rainbow. I love drawing things with drips, they’re something meditative about planning out what gravity would and could do with things like that. Splashing though is more chaotic, still follows gravity of course but you can’t plot it on the fly quite as well as a raindrop for example. I feel like I need more practice with that and it’s like a game I can play while I work. Choosing where I can make places messy is also fun and I want to do more of that.
Q: Why is the most difficult part of combining so many elements into a single composition?
A: Keeping track of them all. Sometimes when I work on a piece with a lot of different elements I’ll keep them on completely separate layers (if it’s digital like this) or I’ll sketch the different bits in different colors cause it can all get tangled up in my brain. For example, I didn’t want the fish all clustered together but I knew I was going to have to draw them before the rainbow- which in turn would affect where they would go so the fish had to be drawn completely separate so I could move them around as I added other elements. The rainbow itself was something difficult to keep track of. As it bends and twists around the piece the colors need to show up in different areas. It’s like twisting a ribbon. I had to number each color area in the sketch just so I could keep track of where they would be as it was turned this way and that.
Well, that’s all for now, darlings. Do you have any questions you’d like to add to this?