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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Natalya Willis Knudson

Check out the fashion inspired Natalya W on Art Libs today! Amazing art and interesting person... reaaaaaaaaad our interview!

What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
I would say the hardest part is undiluting the many concepts that may flood ones mind and achieve the truest translation, on paper on canvas etc, of a particular feeling or emotion. The easiest part? I suppose the more one creates, the more fluid ones ability becomes to the point where it is second nature...but this must be earned by LOTS of determination and practice.

Where and how do you find inspiration?
I derive inspiration many thing!... From cats ( I have three) to haute couture...from the romance of the baroque to the cool simplicity of Contemporary art. pioneering illustrators such as Aubrey Beardsley and Kay Neilsen are definite inspirations too..

What do you feel is the significance of online communities, such as deviantART, to aspiring artists?
Online communities are an excellent way of exposing ones work to the world. You receive impartial critiques and encouragement as well. This helps to build ones style and image as an artist.

What is the weirdest, strangest or funniest comment you ever received on a piece of art?
The weirdest thing was when my 5yr old sister told me a portrait I painted looked like Satan. That was definitely weird...and you could imagine, not what I was going for.

What advice can you offer to other artists?
There will be times when you have absolutely no motivation so just focus on one moment at a time. One's ability and style is constantly evolving so never become arrogant and think you have nothing new to learn; you will just stunt yourself. Most importantly, create because you love what you create. Do not try to create according to what you think other people like. If you do that, you will loose yourself. Do it because it fulfills you.

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