Throughout the month, we'll be sharing quick interviews with artists from the DeviantArt Collective; a group of streaming artists on DeviantArt who have been creating positive and creative spaces. Today's featured artist is @ChrissaBug! We think you'll really enjoy the bright colors and brilliant glow in their art!
What's a memory you have from your time on DA?
After University I was extremely burnt out from drawing or creating any art. After 2 years of not drawing at all, I finally came back to digital art and started posting my work on DeviantArt again. I didn't consider myself good enough to even think about offering commissions, but one day on DeviantArt someone messaged me asking for my prices! It was a huge boost of confidence that someone thought my work was worth paying for! It's really moments like that on Deviantart, where someone in that community, showed their support that helped start my professional illustration journey.
If you had to describe your art in 5 words or less, how would you describe it?
Bright, Cute, Expressive and Whimsical.
What pulls you to create art?
I love escaping to fantasy worlds and getting engrossed in stories. It gives me a lot of joy and has saved me at many times throughout my life. So creating art where I can imagine a world and story behind it is a really important escape for me. My hope with my work and projects is to give that same experience of a temporary escape to story and imagination to someone who experiences my work.
How do you set goals for your art?
Short term, I usually aim to complete about 4 illustrations per month. This is mostly to keep myself painting and drawing all the time. Specific goals around trying to improve an aspect about my art, usually come about by me getting a little bored of my current style, so I will choose an aspect to focus on for a few months. For example, a couple years ago, I decided that I wanted more expressive characters, so for every piece that I worked on, I made sure to push the character's emotion and expression in their face and body language. Always looking at reference when I needed to! After a few months of doing that with every drawing, it has become pretty second nature, and it's time to move on to focusing on the next goal.
When streaming, what atmosphere do you aim to set?
When I stream I try and create a fun and encouraging environment with plenty of humor. The stream isn't just about watching the art process, it's also about connecting with each other and having fun, real and insightful conversations with fellow artists and art lovers. Creating can feel like a very solitary and lonely experience sometimes, so I think its important to have places where we can connect , relate to each other's struggles, triumphs and sometimes just have a good laugh!
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Showing the world your beauty is wonderful and really helps inspires introverts to spread the love for art. Yours (to me) seems like a fantastic fairy tale and crossing fierce characters to jump to life.
Keep it up and keep choosing what's good for you, hun!