Artist Of The Week – Alix Branwyn
This weeks artist is Alix Branwyn. Check out some samples of her work.
We were fortunate to have interviewed Alix. Thank you Alix for sharing a bit about yourself and your art with us.
How did you get into creating art?
I got into art as soon as I could hold a pencil or crayon in my hand. My mom had at one point wanted to pursue art (and she was quite good at it from the pieces she showed me when I was growing up) but she ended up going into the medical field instead. I think when she saw me getting interested in going down the path she didn’t take she wanted to foster that; she bought me every medium I wanted to try to encourage me to keep at it (as well as being patient with all of the messes I left in my wake doing it, thanks mom!)
Did any artists inspire you?
Growing up I was largely inspired by the art I saw in comic books, video games and the small collection of Magic: The Gathering cards that I admit I had more for the art on them than for playing. I was in love with the work of Frank Frazetta, Brom, and John Jude Palencar.
Do you have any favorite artists?
It’s hard to make a list for this! If I had to boil it down to a few I would have to say: Gustave Doré, Zdzisław Beksiński, and Piotr Jabłoński.
How many years have you been creating art?
I’ve been creating art for as long as I can remember, but I started my professional career as an artist about 11 years ago. I completed an apprenticeship and worked as a tattoo artist for a number of years through college before I moved on to doing illustration and art for games full time.
What medium do you use?
I primarily work digitally now, having made the shift away from watercolors and oils during college. I have been getting back into oil painting in the last year though, it’s actually been a lot of fun diving back into it after so many years.
If you could work on any project what would it be?
If I could choose to work on any project, I’d have to say it would be one of my own. I have a whole pile of stories I’ve been wanting to tell and I’ve wanted to put together a graphic novel of my own since high school, but it’s been hard to carve out the time for it. If I had my way, I would devote a good chunk of time to working on that and nothing else.
Any advice for aspiring artists?
For any aspiring artists I would have to say this – create the things that you are actually interested in making, the things you are really passionate about, and your audience will follow. It’s easy to get caught up in the things you think you ought to be making to get hired for specific jobs, but you can end up losing yourself in a bunch of work that doesn’t really say anything. It can be hard to find the right balance between doing what you need to in order to make enough money to survive and finding your voice, but make sure you mindfully set aside the time to figure out exactly what it is you enjoy doing and try to focus your attention there.
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