My name is Lois van Baarle and I joined DeviantArt when I was just starting out with digital art, in 2003 - 13 years ago! I’ve always been really passionate about drawing digitally and also sharing my work and getting to know other artists. That’s why DeviantArt has always been so important to me. It’s been a way for me to find inspiration, learn new techniques, and get in touch with other artists.
My art is digital, and my main focus is on getting my art to show a lot of emotion. I try to do this through color use and by using nature, lighting and surreal imagery to give the drawing a poetic feel. I usually don’t have much of a backstory to the images, which makes it so amazing when people comment with their interpretations of my images - not only does it inspire me but it also shows that my work resonates with others.
When I joined DeviantArt, I was a 17 year old who drew as a hobby… over time, I went to animation school, started work as a freelancer, and now do character design work. This year, I released my first artbook, and my creative choices for that book were based on feedback I got here on DeviantArt! Even though my life has changed so much since 2003, this community still means so incredibly much to me. Thanks so much for all of the support and inspiration!
Deviousness Award Winner
If you’ve visited DeviantArt in the last decade years, chances are good that you’ve seen Loish’s artwork. Loish has been an inspirational member of the DeviantArt community for 13 years, during which she has become one of the most recognizable artists on the site. Her signature style is varied yet distinct, as she features women of different sizes, shapes, and colors in her artwork. And true to her cause of inspiring artists of all skill levels, her older deviations prove her dedication to the arts, displaying the types of extravagant improvements one can make over 13 years of practicing and perfecting one’s style. Soaking up feedback and tips from her fellow deviants, Loish was able to sharpen her digital painting abilities and turn her into the artist she is today.
In addition to her tremendous artistry, Loish is a source of light for the community as well. Eager to maintain an open dialogue with her watchers, Loish has helped many other artists grow and develop their styles with encouragement and support. And by providing valuable resources to the community in the form of brush sets and tutorials, she has guaranteed the growth of her fellow deviants.
loish has captured many deviants hearts with her captivating sense of visual language! Her gallery is full of beautiful colours and content that really draw you in. Her works are so recognisable. She is very influential and inspires a lot of artists who are just starting out! She also engages with the community well and has a great relationship with her watchers!”
I have admired loish since my earliest years on DeviantArt – and rightly so. Lois is well known, amiable and respected amongst the many facets of this community. Her gorgeous art style is also highly distinctive and vibrant. Her talents are far reaching and each breathtaking deviation speaks for itself. She engages the community in an easygoing manner, drawing in old and new artists alike. She also frequently goes out of her way to help other artists improve while continuing to polish her craft. She is undeniably someone truly worth admiring – helping to make DeviantArt home for several talented artists – including me. I offer you a heartfelt congratulations, loish your deviousness is well earned!”
The question “Who is your favourite DA artist?” is pretty common around the site, people ask this in their journals and forums… and whenever I come across this question a couple of deviants come to my mind every single time. One of them is loish I still remember the time when I participated in an interview with her in the DA chat some years ago and told her I wanted to have her babies. She laughed at me. It was awesome. Lois is, I think, one of the most influential artist in her field not only on DeviantArt, but in general. I think many of us can say her work has influenced ours in some way, be for her bold use of colors, forms and textures or her defiance to contemporary beauty standards, her character designs and visual concepts are always full not only of aesthetic and beauty, every image is so rich in intrigue and unwritten words, you can imagine a whole story looking at a single image of hers. So happy to know Lois is receiving such a recognition, well deserved!”
It’s been a pleasure following loish’s work and watching it evolve over time - a reminder that there’s no point at which an artist stops developing.”
I don’t exactly remember how exactly found out about loish but I am mostly certain it was while browsing DA (categories, favourites) and recommendations and conversations around DA while I was new on here. It was like a ritualistic obligation to know of her and sprinkle around her name for amazing artworks on DA and what not. It seems overused to say the least, but loish’s artworks are gorgeous. Even though her works aren’t labelled as such, but it gives off that ‘Art Nouveau’ (specially Alphonse Mucha and Gustav Klimt) feeling on a fair share of the works when I view them. The characters are full of life and personality on her work and the overall mood she can portray is dynamic and quite inspiriting to see. It also makes it quite nice to recognize her works when browsing around DA. Not only that, she also shares a variety of resources and processes, which is of great help and inspiration for beginner and intermediate artists! She takes inspiration from a lot of sources, and it’s such an important feature to be versatile enough to accept and gather information from various ways for beginners to learn and continue to develop their style, that I admire her for being someone I was introduced to when starting out on DA. I am never not amazed when seeing her continuous improvements from where she was to where she is now, and continuing to inspire others! She is so amazing I thought she already had a Deviousness Award from when I was new here. Now, as a once upon a time a new deviant it’s such a pleasure to write a wall of text on her being awarded the Deviousness Award! Congratulations!!”
loish has always been an inspiration to many people. I started following her art many years ago, back when she was drawing the sweetest Disney princesses, and she has never lost the charm she manages to capture in her pieces. She has always been open and honest, with both herself and her fans, and it has been wonderful to watch her artistic journey. I can’t wait to see what new projects she comes up with!”
Throughout the years DeviantArt has been an incredible place to meet artists,to get to know the vision behind their proposals and know the evolution of the works as well as artists. In the case of loish, whom I met thanks to friends who did not stop to recommend that I should take a look at her work, observing this evolution has not only been to see how she grows technically as an artist, obtaining a wide and varied record, but also her expressive range grows, achieving what few artists can: Get a solid style, without giving up the experimentation of texture, color, composition and the artístical search in general. I’m really happy, not only because I’ma fan of her work, but also because this is an acknowledgment to an artist who not only surprises and delights us, to the many that follow her work, but also is those wonderful cases, where we see how the evolution of a colleague inspires us to improve. Congratulations loish!”
loish has the special ability to transport us into a world of inspiration!!! Her illustrations have a lot of charm and both her recognizable style and her amazing use of color, make her digital painting skills ‘Out-of-this-World’ to many of her 210,000 watchers!!! She’s able to tell beautiful stories in every and each one of her creations. I know without a doubt that if I’m in need of food for the soul, I can go to her page at any moment and find her work right there, for all of us to contemplate and admire!!! I could not be any happier knowing that our beloved loish is getting this award today!!! Congratulations my dear, you’re absolutely amazing!”