*Originally posted on 5/24/210 at Karin Won’t Stop Talking blog*
Nicole, please give us three artistic words to describe yourself: passionate, creative, precise
Does where you live affect what and how you draw? I don’t necessarily feel that my location really affects my work. I try to create art for children who live anywhere and everywhere…as long as it brings a smile to their little faces
What mediums do you use and will you ever switch from using just those? For my children’s illustrations, I use acrylic. I find it works best for me because I can lay color down and build on top of it in a quick fashion. Whereas with oil or watercolor, the drying time is much longer in between applications. Also, I like the vibrancy of the acrylics for my illustrations and the bright and fun colors they provide. I am skilled in all mediums, however and do use various ones for my fine art projects.
Does your job as a preschool teacher help your creative/artist mind? I do feel that being a preschool teacher for the last 15 years has definitely helped me to become a better children’s artist/illustrator. I spend most of my days with these creative little geniuses who inspire me constantly. I can’t tell you how their little faces light up when they wake up from their naps to see me sitting there painting my newest creation. That is the greatest reward I could ever hope for. If it works for them, then I know I have done some good work!
How has your bachelor of fine arts degree affected your artwork? I would say the actual piece of paper with the “degree” on it hasn’t really been too helpful. It is the education that has helped. Although, I have to say, that I swear I was drawing in my diapers so I always had that creativity in me from when I was a child. Going to art school only helped to fine tune what was already there. I once heard someone say that your “gift” is the thing you do best that requires the least amount of effort. I believe that to be true and I believe that I have been given a “gift” to use and I will continue to use it to the very best of my ability. Creating art for children is the greatest “gift” I could ever receive. No degree or piece of paper can add or take that away from me.
Your ark work has a very light and airy style to it. Have you ever thought of doing the opposite? It has taken me a bit of time to develop my own “style” of illustrating. I don’t think I would change it because it works for me and actually, I don’t ever really give it too much thought. It just kind of flows out of my pencil. I know have many simple shapes in my work, such as circles. I feel this really works for little kids. Simple shapes, bright colors…happy feelings!
When you start working on a piece, what is the end goal you have for it? That question is probably the easiest one for me to answer. The end goal for me when I am done with a piece is to make a child happy simple, but true!
What is your favorite piece and why? My favorite piece to date (although I do have a few) would have to be “Alistair and the spy-glass.” This piece came along as a contribution to Illustration Friday (a website which gives a word to illustrators once a week to help creativity) for the word “infinite.” The first thing that came to my mind when illustrating that word was outer space. Then I thought of a little boy and his pet turtle…and voila…little Alistair and his bright red spyglass. I LOVE the simplicity of this piece and the contrast of colors. I am hoping one day to be able to write/illustrate a whole book based on this illustration.
If you could re-illustrate any book in the world, what would it be and how would you do it differently? If I had to pick a book to re-illustrate, it would be my childhood favorite “Charlotte’s Web.” How I loved that book as a little girl…and still do. The story was so sweet and captivating to me. I would love to do it up in my signature style and make little Charlotte into one of my sweet little characters.
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