1.What inspired your works? This varies from each piece for an artist, inspiration is a key factor in creating works. For me personally this can vary from experiences in my life such as love, or a hardship I had to overcome or even from pure imagination.
2.Which of your artwork pieces is your favourite? A tricky one…I think when I’m in a place of great emotional distress or trauma, I feel my greatest works are achieved. But at the moment, I quite like my prints of the human body. (these can be viewed here) http://jamiejones93.deviantart.com/gallery/?offset=24#/d4zz0hm
3.Is there an artist you relate to? Yes defiantly! My greatest inspirational influence is a Russian impressionist artist called Leonid Afremov. His art is simply like poetry, and very appealing to the eye. I love how his atmospheric colours can stir emotions, which is quite difficult to get any response from your audience and he does it so refreshingly.
4.What would you call your style? I always found that I could not paint in a traditional method like realism for example. Until I discovered I had a eye for colour, which suited me best. From there on I started to discover impressionist artists and their style and painting methods of light.
5.Did you ever feel like giving up? On multiple occasions! Some advice for all artists or anyone who’s passionate about something, DONT GIVE UP. I know that may sound difficult when your mountain deep in coursework or projects. But like authors you got to finish that story, it’s the same with a painting, and without practise you won’t improve.
I look back on some of my earlier works and at the time I produced it I thought it was my best, and for that moment in time it was. But now, I have improved so much from practicing my drawing and painting techniques, style and learning from my mistakes alongside being obsessed and passionate about art, I’m a better artist because of that.
6.How long have you been painting/drawing/etc? Well I discovered a drawing recently of Disney. Basil the Great Mouse detective pencil drawing signed at age 5. So if my crayon scribbling counts before that then from as young as I could pick up a pencil I guess. We all had to start from somewhere, and who knows those scribbles could be worth millions one day, look at Jackson Pollock for example!
7.What’s the best thing about being an artist? Personally for me it’s the pride I feel from my art. To be honest in school i was not partially good at maths or English for an example. But art I discovered I had a eye for, and when I was thirteen by then I dedicated any moment spare I had to reading art books and drawing, and now I’m in university studying Fine art!
8.What’s the worst thing about being an artist? For me it’s time management, I do find it hard to balance with my own work, socialising with my friends and my part time job, which is most likely why I party to the fullest when I go out. That and paying for art equipment, which can be expensive. But as a artist you do need some sort of stable income to help with art materials, and you cannot just rely on paintings you sell or commissions! It all depends on several things like your location.
This can benefit you and be a advantage in smaller communities by spreading the word and showing as many people as you can of your art. But I find it’s harder to sell your own work, so try asking local shops or cafe’s can you display your artwork to sell (I have done this so it does work). Also as an artist you must be ready for criticism, a great artist is someone who can listen to other people’s opinions even if they like or dislike your work. That is very important, you must know what your audience are looking for so don’t forget your research! From this you can progress your style and techniques and become a better artist.
9.Is there a purpose to your artwork? In the sense as a artist it’s a way of relief. As I have mentioned, in times of great emotional distress I produce my best works, and the best way I have discovered of dealing with stress is painting. Also I have found the enjoyment I evoke to others when they see my art is something to be proud of, which results in me creating more art and challenging myself on harder projects.
10.How do you feel when people interpret your artwork differently? Quite interesting to be honest. I know how I felt when I create something from the use of colour, or of the subject. But to others it’s more of a psychological reaction as they each individually relate to the piece through a memory or experience of their own.
To me that’s more interesting than explaining what it means, but any art piece is supposed to allow the viewer to think for their selves and decide what they think it means, thus allowing them to experience what the artist wanted them to feel in their own way.
11.What advice do you have for aspiring artists? A good question! I cannot exaggerate anymore on how important it is to PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE! Draw, paint and experiment as much as you can to develop your style and skills.
From there on research art competitions, design websites to post your art on which helps networking and advertising your works, and if you can get your art into shops, cafes or local galleries, and build up your portfolio.
Also as a artist you can run out of steam if you constantly create. My advice for that is to eat chocolate, sweets and watch your favourite film to relax. If not go for a walk, go shopping, go clubbing even. You need to recharge your creative batteries and your artwork will then be to your best thinking and inspirational abilities!
Great free art sites that I found to be very helpful
I hope this helps and answered a few questions you have and I wish all the best,