Margarita Toyents [lecheconmiel]
What is your specialty in illustration?
I use pen & ink to create visually appealing illustrations, there's never a certain theme but I do have re-occuring characters.
What are your regular clients like? What do they expect from you?
My clients are usually young art collectors, they like uniqueness and quality and vivid colours.
Is there a web address where we can see some of your work?
I have a couple; http://www.arthousecoop.com/users/maggieyeah18/ and http://lecheconmiel.tumblr.com
Have you completed formal art studies, or are you self-taught?
I am completely self-taught, and I'm entering art school this fall.
How did you get your first full assignment? What did it involve?
My first assignment was to complete an entire sketchbook based on a given theme, my theme was 'The Elephant In The Room', we had complete freedom to use any type of media as long as the book was able to close.
What past or present day illustrators do you admire most?
I enjoy the following illustrators work, Alexandra Ball, Paul Holland, Madamesange, and Matthew J. Laznicka.
How similar are your current drawings to those you did as a child?
The only similarities are the simplicity, & the hints of oddity.
What was your favorite comic book as a child?
I always loved X-Men. Any Marvel comic was good, but X-Men took the cake.
Do you have a particular style, or does it vary a lot?
I have different styles, I have some with simple lines, simple shapes, and some with wild patterns & organic shapes and tons of colour.
What is hardest to draw?
I have a tough time drawing Giraffes, oddly enough it's one of my top three favourite animals.
What type of music do you listen to while you work?
This is a bit tough, because certain music changes my work, if I listen to Portugal. the Man, (an indie rock band) my work is a bit more colourful and free spirited, if I listen to From Autumn To Ashes, (a hardcore band) the work becomes a little edgier, a little darker.
Do you have a favorite work of art?
Anything by Salvador Dali, I can stare at his paintings forever.
What do you do when a client simply says "I don't like it"?
If I think the work is amazing, I will back it up, & talk the client into liking it, If the work isn't one of my best, I will offer a different one.
What new techniques have you been experimenting with lately?
I have been trying to achieve more detailed human faces and bodies by using different shading techniques.
What part of your work do you do on paper and what part digitally?
Majority of my work is done on paper, but I occasionally work on digital illustrations, I create simple but funny comics to share to on my blog.
What research do you do for your illustrations?
I look at my favourite illustrators for guidance & ideas, or I simply go outside and look at world for inspiration.
Do you have colleagues with whom you share techniques, tricks, ideas, etc.?
Unfortunately, none of my colleagues are any good at art or have no interest in it.
Do you have any specific goals as an illustrator?
I'd love for my work to end up on book covers and music albums someday. I want everyone to say "Wow, that looks really cool, I might just buy this book because of the cover."
What illustration web sites do you frequent?
I do like http://www.boooooom.com/ to see up and coming artists but I haven't really looked, I am sure there are plenty of great ones out there.
What are you working on now?
Currently, I am working on a trio of owls on a branch with a colourful odd background. I am hoping it comes out like I envisioned.
What advice do you have for someone who likes to draw and would like to make a living from it?
Go for it, it is your passion, it is your dream, and never let anything or anyone tell you can't.
What is your specialty as a stylist? fashion, salon, image, objects...?
I like unique sense of style, not only being up to date on trends but keeping with one's true self, by incorporating favourite colours, fabrics, jewelry, and most importantly personality.
Can you provide a link to a site where we can see something of your work or of where you work.
Yes I can: http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/profile?id=1384304
In what style or trend do you classify yourself?
I like feminine details, vintage styling, florals but I mix them up with more punk rock stye including lots of studs, leather jackets, ripped clothing, etc. So I am not too sure what that style is, but it's mixing two trends at once.
What are your clients like?
My clients are friends or family who need a little push in their wardrobe, but plenty of strangers do compliment my style and ask where I purchase things.
How did you begin to develop your talent? Have you possesed it since you were a child?
I see old photos of me as a child, I wore what I wanted, and I usually went for offbeat options in wild colours, with bold accessories. I had a natural flair for style, and it's stuck with me.
What importance has professional training had on your career?
I've had no professional training, none what so ever, I was taught to sew by my mother, so I started getting into creating & styling. I am also an illustrator so I draw up fashion sketches as well.
When did you first realize you could make a living this way?
I've read countless fashion magazines, and viewed other stylist's work and it saw all the potential in making someone look and feel better.
What people or experiences have taught you the most and helped you to arrive where you are?
I have helped out my sister with her wardrobe countless times when she needed an outfit for a certain event, I always made her look her best. People seem to either love my style or hate it, I get more inspiration from the people who hate it. It makes me push myself so that they can hate it more. It's a strange way of getting inspired but for me it works.
Asbury Park, NJ USA