Artist Feature [Uszaty Arbuz]
Uszaty Arbuz is an amazing artist and, though her art is very different from mine, I am very excited to feature her here on my website. :D I asked her a series of questions for which she gave very detailed answers so I decided I would post the whole interview here instead of paraphrasing as I usually do. So here it is:
What are your goals as an artist?
It won’t be a surprise, if I say that my main goal is to be good enough, so I would be able to earn for living only by making art. There is nothing better than to be able to earn money for a living with doing what one truly loves, because that’s one of the things that makes people happy in their lives. And creating art is such thing for me.
Out of ‘smaller’ goals is to create and publish calendars. It has been my tiny dream for a couple of months now, on which I’m working on since then.
Other than that, I wish to practise other mediums than digital art as well, especially the ones that I lately get into the swing of: traditional art pencil portraits and handpainting porcelain. Captivating and addictive!
Are there any projects you’re working on?
A couple of them. The most serious ones are the calendars that I mentioned earlier.
When I firstly got an idea for the calendar, I was aiming at including my art about birds in it, a bit cartoonish and with funny or interesting concepts. Later on, while creating new art pieces to include, I ‘accidentally’ developed my style and for now I’m ending with around ten pieces finished, where the style vary from the one I mentioned to really realistic and colorful, as well as more serious and from a scientific / natularistic point of view. I’m on the crossroads, whether to go with a cartoon style or realistic one, but I think I’ll go with the second one this time. Adding short curiosities about particular species would make a really cool calendar for all bird lovers!
My theme for the second calendar is “365 days of Halloween”. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, and it’s really inspiring me! Even if in Poland we don’t celebrate Hallowen much. The art pieces for this calendar are going to include jack-o-laterns and ravens. This one is a lot more ligh-heartedly themed and is aiming for kids, although the art pieces are mostly set up in dark purple, black and shades of orange. So far I created only three pieces for this calendar (I wanted to focus on the first one), but I already have finished most of the all remaining nine art sketches, that are ready to be re-created digitally.
Lastly, even if it’s not my main medium I’m in the middle of doing hand-painted sets of porcelain tablewares. The first one is a set of six porcelain mugs and the other one is a set of two teacups and a sugar bowl. So far the theme I am doing for all my haind painted porcelain is flowers of all kind, but I plan to experiment with the styles and methods of paintings soon. I’m really inspired by the combination of indigo and gold colors!
Why do you want more viewers and what do you feel you have to offer your audience?
I think an audience is an inherent part of being an artist, although there was exception in the history.. It’s just a great thing to share with other people your ideas and mood that is pouring of the artwork. It’s great to inspire poeple and guide them, if they ask to. I’m always willing to share my knowledge and tips if someone ask, and it always makes me feel amazing when someone say ‘You inspire me’ or ‘I want to be as good as you’. It’s a situation where both sides win, either author and the audience.
How often do you update and how serious are you about your art?
It really varies for the digital illustrations. Sometimes I create a few in a row, like every week or so, and sometimes I have a break for three or more weeks… Although I do work on art in general all the time. It’s like a job with no weekends and no holidays – when I have to create someting, or I want to create something, the time and day doesn’t matter.
My HQ, sort to say, is my deviantART profile. I submit every art I do there (excluding traditional art), not only digital illustrations but also art I did for other people and some of the artisian crafts I’m most happy of. Here, I schedule pieces of art to submit them twice or three times a week, and for example at the moment I have pending art that is scheduled till the middle of Febuary.
Other than that, I use Instagram for other mediums, such as traditional art and photography. It’s updated once or twice a week.
How serious I am about my art? You could tell that a lot, after reading about the projects and my golas earlier here. I do really wish to develop it to the stage where I could live out of it, and I’m at a crossroads in my life, not only talking about my art, but also work and education. It took me many years to realize that the thing that I want to do in my life is art, and now it’s really hard to find a good way, a solution for the situation I’m in at the moment.
What are your biggest influences?
I could tell that nature itself, but that’s not quite true. It’s really interesting and quite funny how I develop my art.. I started to paint birds by anccident: I just though that I want to draw smething cool and the topic pop up in my head. After I finished the first one, I though “Wow, I didn’t know I can draw such stuff!”. Birds are really grateful yet exciting topic, that makes you exercise through different styles, textures and color schemes. I sticked to it, because it gives me huge possibilities to try and exercise different things, according to my desire for the particular moment.
One of the things that influence me the most are converastions with other people. Sometimes you can find a great artist that treats you on equals, regardless of your capabilities, medium and any other things. Talking with such people is really inspiring for me, as they are giving tips and guides that I want to try myself. This way I started to paint cuttery, as well as developed traditional portraits to higher stage.
More from Uszaty Arbuz’s ‘Birds’ Projects