miki the artist [blacktulip]
What do you do? How do you define yourself as an artist?
I'm a illustrator and crafter.
I'm not so keen on defining myself. I just do what I like, it might be a simple drawing or making a shoulder bag.
What is your message?
I like to make things that I and hopefully others will enjoy.
Whether it's super cute, sexy or disturbing...enjoy!
Your biography in four lines.
Born and raised in Alabama.
Moved to Atlanta, it's ok.
Been to Tokyo twice loved it.
Do you upload your work to the web? If so, where could we see it?
Abandoned deviantart page
How is an idea born? For you, what is inspiration?
Music, movies, colors, other artwork and everything else in life.
Just looking at something will make the wheels start moving.
What role does technology play in your creative process?
Very little, it's not for me.
I'm old school I use the computer to upload images but that's about it.
What is art?
What isn't art?
When do you get your best ideas?
In the morning or while I'm lying in bed trying to sleep.
How do you evaluate whether an idea is good or not?
If I like it its good!
When and how did you begin to see yourself as an artist?
When I was in middle school and I won my first award.
I couldn't believe that someone thought I did something good.
I remember they gave me the metal during a school assembly it was über embarrassing! :0
Why do so many artists and creators have such volatile personalities?
Passion for the work we produce and for life.
I think that really creative people have a something that makes us think differently and respond out of frustration.
Most people never have to go through the situations that creative people do so they don't get it.
How should a work of art be evaluated?
Art is personal and that's how it should be evaluated, personally.
To each their own!
Must an artist reinvent him/herself everyday?
Just stay faithful to your art and it will see you through.
It may not make you a millionaire but it should make you feel fulfilled.
It's normal to want to try something new and you should go for it!
Just don't try to be trendy.
Is art necessary?
Yes, not only for the artist but for the general public.
Does it pain you to let go of a piece you have sold?
Yeah, it does.
It's a piece of me but I'm hoping it will go to someone who will enjoy it.
Is a work of art purchased, or is it better said, that it is the artist who is bought?
It's the piece in my case but a little bit of me does go with it.
You work on something, spend time with it and then you send it away.
It's not always easy to let go.
In art, there is no guide. How do you know what the next step is?
It's a natural process so you let your guts guide you!
Do you personally collect any items?
Anything cute and lots of anime.
Also things from the 60's like dishes and artwork.
What advice would you give to those just beginning?
Just be honest with yourself.
Being an artist is not a guarantee to fame and fortune.
Most artist don't make it "big" but to me as long as you like what your doing you'll be happy.
I just want to do what I like and if money and fame comes, cool!
If not I know that others enjoy what I do and get it and that to me is worth more than money and fame.
miki the artist