Meet the Artist: @moonfriedart

Welcome back to another interview for our “Meet the Artist” series!

Today, we have a fun interview with artist @moonfriedart!

We first collaborated with @moonfriedart when we animated this beautiful rendition of Ariel which, at the time, was a topic of discussion related to her race. We were so excited to animate and share this beautiful mermaid! (For actual animation, check out our Instagram page):

Below is our interview:

1. What is your IG account? Do you have any other social media accounts for your art?

My IG account is @moonfriedart. I don’t have any other IG accounts for my art.

2. What was the first art piece that you remember impacted you and inspired you to make art?

The first art piece that inspired me to make art was a drawing of Sailor Mercury that I did when I was in middle school. I drew it without tracing which was something I had never done before. I was really impressed with myself!

*laughs*

3. When do you realize you enjoyed making art or when did you start making art?

I realized I enjoyed making art when I was really young. I noticed I would color in coloring books in a really particular way, unlike my other friends.

I also loved anime as a kid and it influenced me to draw.

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?

The style of art I started off with is I would say anime.

I wouldn’t say it’s the totally same today. I’d say my style is a mix of illustrative semi-realism with a dash of anime!

*laughs*

I’ve tried realism but I couldn’t stick with it because I didn’t have the attention span for it.

*laughs*

I honestly love all styles of art. I love realism, semi realism, cartoon, anime/manga.

But, if I had to pick a favorite I’d say semi-realism.

5. What is your process like making a new art piece?

I start off with the sketch. Lately, I’ve been using a calligraphy brush pen to sketch.

Then I lay down flat colors.

I then start by shading the skin first.

After that I do lips, then nose, then eyes, then face highlight and any other freckles.

After the face, I move into the hair. Then, it is clothing andjewelry or any accessories.

The last thing I do is the background, if there’s anything special. But usually I just have a plain colored background.

6. Which is your favorite art piece you have made and why?

I have a lot of favorites!

*laughs*

I really like the drawing I did of a rendition of No Face, the one where he’s holding his mask.

I also like the drawing I did of a girl and a bunny and they had matching eyes.

Another one is one I did of this girl with a huge Afro and a sunflower.

I’m not sure why I like these drawings, I guess they just speak to me. Or maybe just cause I’m satisfied with the work I did on it. Coming from the perspective of an artist, all I see when I look at my drawings are flaws…

*laughs*

7. When did you decide to start a social media account for your art? Were you nervous? Excited?

I created my account in 2016.

I wasn’t really nervous because I didn’t think if anyone was gonna care or look at it

*laughs*

I’m so shocked and grateful to see how many people like my art!

8. 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 loved having this account. 98% of people are super nice and positive. I’ve gotten a lot of opportunities work with companies and collaborate with other amazing artists, so I couldn’t be any more grateful.

9. What advice would you give any artist out there who are considering sharing their art on social media?

My number one piece of advice is to not worry about numbers.

Don’t obsess over followers or likes because if you’re only doing it for the likes and followers, then I don’t think you’ll be successful.

Do it because you love creating art.

Don’t worry about any negative comments, just love what you create.

Art was meant to be shared with the world so allow yourself to be vulnerable.