3. When did you realize that you enjoyed making art or when did you start making art?
I’ve been making art since I could hold a crayon and I’ve always loved it dearly.
One of my earliest memories of creating art was of this booklet we had to illustrate for our mothers for Mother’s Day in Kindergarten. I was so proud of my book that whenever we had to stack them on the table to be collected by our teacher, I would strategically place mine in the pile last so it would be end up on top.
Looking back on it now, I used to always draw myself as an artist as a child—with a beret on and everything—and hang those drawings on my bedroom door.
I know my child self would be very proud.
4. What style of art did you start off with and is it the same today? What else have you tried? What are your favorite styles of art?
My art has always been informed by anime and manga.
When I really started drawing with a distinct “style,” it was big eyes and big heads.
My style went through a couple transformations like embracing Chibi bodies, having simplified designs influenced by Adventure Time, and attempting art more directly in line with anime styles and so on.
In the past few years, I’ve settled on something with a similar basis. What I think I’m most known for now by myself and others is for cute eyes with wicked liner/ lashes, pouty lips, and exaggerated femme attributes.
Right now, I am very inspired by 80’s and 90’s anime. I am also drawn to styles that embrace typically femme qualities.
I also admire styles that might employ gore or nightmarish elements in a whimsical way.
I’m very drawn to styles that have utilize details in little, yet important ways. Like the ways highlight might be applied on a cupid’s bow or the way subject matter is layered to create interesting compositions.