We are so overwhelmed with joy with all the positive feedback and amazing participation of various artists with our new “Meet the Artist” series!!
THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR FOLLOWERS AND TO THE AMAZING ARTISTS!!!
We want to be very thoughtful about the time these artists have taken out of their day to answer these questions for us. We know how busy you are making art and balancing life, work, etc. can be, so a big THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU!!!
Today, we bring you an very gracious and sweet artist we have been able to collaborate with, @art.kve!!!
We first had the amazing opportunity to work together when we asked to animate this beautiful piece for them. (Check out our Instagram account for the animation):
We are so excited to bring you our interview below!:
1. What is your IG account? Do you have any other social media accounts for your art?
My Instagram is @art.kve
I didn’t start making digital work until after the golden age of Tumblr, so I’m just sticking with Instagram for now.
2. What was the first art piece that you remember impacted you and inspired you to make art?
My grandma is a collector of state sale items and she loves the fact that every item in her house has a story and a history tied to it.
There was this one particular painting that she had in her parlor room that I used to sit and stare at for hours. It had this beautiful woman sleeping on a first floor windowsill and a suitor with flowers gazing at her. There wasn’t anything special about the painting technique, but I liked that I could create little stories for those two people in the painting. I knew that I wanted my work to give others that same feeling of nostalgia that I got from the painting.
3. When did you realize that you enjoyed making art or when did you start making art?
I was always doodling faces and eyes on the sides of my notebooks from elementary school through college.
As a child, I would go outside and paint with my nana and that became our little bonding activity. I grew to love it after that.
I started doing art camps and taking art classes in middle school.
I didn’t start making digital art until January 2017. And I didn’t start digitally drawing until January 2019.
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?
When I first started, my three favorite mediums were pencil, acrylic, and pastel.
Now, I work exclusively in Photoshop and After Effects.
I do sketch a little in my sketchbook, but that’s just to get some of my ideas down.
I would like to get more into video installation work.
5. Which is your favorite art piece you have made and why?
It’s so hard to pick a favorite because I have such a special relationship with each illustration.
I think that my current favorite is the little comic that I did. It was part of a color palette challenge and I just like the simplicity of it.
This past year has been pretty tumultuous, but this comic illustrates how it’s okay to ask for help and support from others when you need it.
6. When did you decide to start a social media account for your art? Were you nervous? Excited?
I first made my art Instagram in 2017 for a digital art class in college. I posted only work from class. I didn’t start seriously posting until January 2019.
I wasn’t nervous to post or anything. I think I had around 20 followers in January, so I was really just posting for my former art department and my family. There was no pressure on me.
7. How has your experience been with your social media account(s) for your art? What are the positive outcomes? Is there any negative outcomes?
I’ve been surprised to see how lovely and supportive everyone is!
I’ve made some really genuine internet acquaintances.
I’ve also gotten a lot more confident in my work.
There haven’t really been any negatives yet. There have been some mean comments here and there, but they were pretty easy to brush off.
I definitely got a little freaked out when I hit 1,000 followers, though. I suddenly had to create for a larger audience than I was used to and that was nerve wrecking!
8. What advice would you give any artist out there who are considering sharing their art on social media?
My main advice is to not take social media too seriously.
It’s daunting at times to see all of the amazing artists and artwork, and it’s too easy to get in the pit of self doubt if you’re constantly comparing your progress to others.
Everyone experiences self doubt sometimes. But, knowing that is less isolating.
This wonderful artist community on IG understands the value of a break, and they will be there to support you in those low moments.