Imagination and Animation

ERINErin 1

Age: 21

Occupation: I am a senior at Colorado State University

Hometown: Washington, D.C.


What is your favorite form of artistic expression?

My favorite form of artistic expression would have to be drawing. I couldn’t tell you exactly when I started because I’m sure I was still in diapers. I’ve always been a drawing girl but I don’t do it all the time. I only draw when I’m moved to do so. But it is those special times that produce some of the best things I’ve ever drawn.

I like drawing because the pencil only moves when I tell it to. I can capture exactly what’s in my mind on paper and from there I can scan that drawing and mess with it in Photoshop or Illustrator. And if I want to change what I’ve drawn it’s as easy as turning my pencil over and using the eraser. Also, with drawing I can engage so many of the viewer’s senses to really make them experience what they’re seeing. Like if I sketched a turtle shell, I could draw light reflecting off of it a little to show that it is wet, or rough, or hard. I could put a shadow on the curve of an egg shell to give a sense of darkness or cold. I can make the viewer experience anything I wanted to express. Drawing for me is like the ultimate form of communication.


Erin 3What are the hardest and best parts of how you express your art?

What frustrates me the most is when I want to create something and have absolutely no idea what to create or how to get inspiration. I’ll go online and look at other people’s work and it will be so good! I’ll sit there and say to myself “Why didn’t I think of that?”. Sometimes it’s easier for me if I’m given parameters for the things I create. For example, it’s easier for me to get inspired if I’m told that the thing I have to draw must be green or if it’s a tattoo idea that somebody has and they just want me to make it look cool. I love doing my own thing when I have inspiration, but there are those times when I get artists’ block and I can’t think of anything extraordinary to draw.

On the other hand the BEST parts about artistic expression is when I’m done with my latest thing and I can look at my work. I step back, my hands are covered in ink and charcoal, and I can look at the awesome new thing I created with pride. Then I get to share it with other people on various different social networking sites and start thinking of new ways to make a better version of that thing I just made.


What inspires you when it comes to your art?

When it comes to my art I am inspired by nature. Animals and plants show up in just about everything I do. I Erin 4like the different forms that plants and animals can come in. Everything is different with its own texture, characteristics, and musculature. Plus the relationship between humans and nature goes back to the very beginning. I like how much depth and symbolism there is behind artwork that includes nature in it.


What do you hope to do with your art in the future?

Truthfully, all any artist wants to do is spend their days creating the things they find appealing. I’d love to work metal, carve stone, paint, and draw for the rest of my life. But I also have a huge soft spot for cartoons and animated things, plus there is more economic stability in computer generated artwork. At this point I would like to get into concept art and computer generated imagery for movies. That’s why I love watching films like Thor, Transformers and Lord of the Rings. Making one’s imagination come to life in such a realistic way would be an amazing career! I’m also sure I’d dabble in cartoon animation as well. I’d love to take part in drawing for the people who make Adventure Time and I’d love to take some time away from America to go to Japan and work in anime production and to work with one of my favorite artists and movie producers of all time Hayao Miyazaki. It’s a lofty dream but I have to start somewhere, yes?


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