A: What sort of materials do you prefer using?
N: "Pencils, pens (biros are so underappreciated!) and
Photoshop, generally. I like alcoholic markers and acrylic
paints too, but I rarely get the chance to use them these days."
A: Do you have a dream project?
N: "I'd say yes, although it's hard for me to define what my dream
project would be now. I've been blessed in my career so far in
that I've already had the chance to work on a 'dream project' or
two. But I'd love to design characters for an actual anime
and/or see my characters made into toys! Also, I'd love to
produce more marketing/merchandise artwork for musicians, given the
A: What tips would you give to a budding artist?
N: "You get out of art what you put in, so draw as much as
you can whenever you can. And enjoy it! That's the most
obvious tip, but if you're looking for a career in art as opposed to
just doing it for fun/a hobby then there are lots of things to
consider. Personally I've found that life drawing studies (at
college) have been an invaluable asset in developing my character
design skills. Also, when seeking art-related employment it
helps to have a diverse portfolio showing the full spectrum of your
capabilities, as opposed to just focusing on one or two particular
styles that you personally like working in. You've got to be
prepared for the possibility of a potential employer not going a
bundle on your primary style (I've encountered quite a few people
who don't like anime, for example). So, the more flexible you
are artistically the more employable you are, generally speaking.
Sometimes it's easy to get downhearted on the journey to becoming a
better artist. But practice and persistence pay off, so never
give up on your dreams!"
A: Do you have your own website / are you on deviant art?
N: "Yes; there's
but admittedly my husband and I have been too busy to do much with
it of late, so my deviantART's probably the best place to go to see
what I've been up to:
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