Oriana Fernandez, an emerging artist from the quaint town of Mapusa - Goa, has a unique approach to art!
Below is an excerpt from our interview with Oriana.
A: How would you define your artwork?
O: I like to keep my illustrations clean and crisp with clearly visible lines and lineweights. While I prefer drawing black and white illustrations, I have recently been rediscovering the importance of colour, and various ways colour can breathe life into an illustration. I use black ink pens for outlines along with alcohol markers and colour pencils to make a drawing more vibrant and realistic.
A: At what age did you start creating art?
O: Since I was three years old. My parents used to get me loads of colouring books and as I got bigger, activity books. I started taking an interest in drawing and sketching when I was about 6-7 years old. I used to take part in drawing competitions in school and won quite a few as well. I was always in charge of crafting hand-made cards as well for numerous family occasions, from birthdays to festivals like Christmas. I work as an architect, so my time in architecture college helped me in getting my lines and compositions more put together and detailed. I have to admit, that my time in college saw me losing my artistic drive since we are required to make more technically accurate sketches and perspective views. This Inktober 2019, I took on the challenge just to rediscover my love for art, and what drove me to love art in the first place.
A: Do you look at art as a full-time career?
O: Art for me is an escape from the techical machinery that an architect has to deal with. I enjoy art as a hobby and don't really see myself as a professional artist. I enrolled myself in the School for Visual Storytelling (SVS) recently on my birthday in November. It is a great platform to meet and learn from fellow artists. This platform is the brainchild of Jake Parker (the Inktober guy) and Lee White (the Slowvember guy). SVS is a great online learning platform if you're looking to brush up on your techniques or just want to learn something new and improve your artwork. There are a range of classes, right from the fundamentals to more complex classes. At the moment, I just to learn and improve on my art.
A: What kind of impact would you like to create using your skills in art?
O: I want people to experience a range of emotions when they see my work. I would like them to see the worlds and characters I have created through my eyes. I am currently writing a book. I have been illustrating scenes from my book to get my story across to more people. This is again, just a hobby. Maybe once I'm done, I would look at getting the book and my illustrations published, but not just yet.
A: Any suggestions/advice to your followers and our readers?
O: Carry a sketchbook and pencil/ ink pen at all times. You never know when you might get a great idea for a story or an illustration. Keep on sketching and share your work with your friends and artist network. You learn so much in the design process, and constructive criticism is always welcome!
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