This week, we’re going to hand over to Jenn, the TragicFangirl to show us some of her work and see what she has to say about it:
All the advice I could find about writing an artists statement seemed to suggest that I write complete and utter rubbish! Bloat my art with meanings that it doesn’t have and use overly complicated statements about my art and what it means. My work is so much simpler than that.
I create because it is fun. I create because I like to make myself and other people happy, there’s no more to it than that. I draw because it’s my favourite thing to do. Ever. Trust me, I’ve tried other things and I always come back to the sketchpad. My only goal is to make people smile, unfortunately, business and the need for income has come into play and I have to cater to that side of things too, so I offer freelance commissions.
I enjoy working within the Warhammer community as they’re overall a decent bunch of people! I also enjoy drawing anthropomorphic artwork from time to time. As for the how, I sketch everything with a Faber-Castel Grip pencil, use packs of decentish quality printer paper. Scan it in with a Canon Pixma Scanner and finish the artwork off with a standard Wacom Intous in a program called Fire Alpaca; nothing fancy.
It is hard starting up a small business. I stopped a well paid career to paint miniatures and the financial fall out has been a challenge. A good friend of mine has followed the same path, she has also stopped a well paid career to walk the path as a tattoo artist. She is damned good at what she does as well. Nansi Twice combines her immense real life drawing skills with the needle to create what I think is a unique look and feel.
Here are some examples:
Now, as a budding artist it’s a good idea to learn from the greats. She has applied to go to a seminar with a tattoo artist that she greatly admires, and got accepted! Win!
Now the tough bit. It’s in Berlin, she was told about it yesterday, and needs to pay for it by Tuesday Midnight. The problem here is that it costs £900, which is not a small amount of money to come up with in two days for anyone!
As a fellow artist in a small business, I said I would do all I could to help. Nansi has set up a GoFundMe and is doing all she can to raise the required money in the time frame. I don’t usually ask for money as it makes me uncomfortable but if there is anything you can do to help, please do.