Soooo, some of you know that my art was featured in an awesome exhibition today! ;) It will still go on until the 16th of February so if you want to drop by at Zeche Zollverein, I would love that! ;) For more info go here!
This was a request actually :D I know I don't usually do that much with pencil, especially not those realistic kind of drawings so it it really interesting to me to try all the different things out. It is not done yet, still needs quite a bit of polishing ;)
Hi everyone. Drawing class today was fuun! Portraits! :D
They are a lot more traditional than the stuff I usually do and I must say, it was a cool experience-but that is not me, that's not my style. I like looking at them, but I don't like drawing them too much... xoxo Alex
Okay, so I'm trying to design a bookmark at the moment (for the showcase by doodler's anonymous). The sketches are pretty rough at the moment (and take aaaages) but here's something that sparked out pretty spontaniously that I really liked!
This might be a little cryptic, especially because that is not bookmarky at all, but don't worry-it'll come together! xoxo Alex
The mouth came together today! lots of black, that takes a long time! :O I kind of am facing a problem though. Between the front part of the head and the ear, there is kind of a lot of empty space. I'm afraid if I leave it empty, it'll look weird, but If I put every single hair of the fur in, it will look weird as well and I will die. I don't know what to doooo!
When I did that Sleeping Beauty Post, I told you that in art class we're drawing with feathers and tusche at the moment. I had to do like a whole sheet of exercises, and it took aaaaages, so sadly I have nothing cooler for you today. Sorry!
An optimist is someone who gets treed by a lion but enjoys the scenery-Walter Winchell (Well technically it's a lioness, but whatever :D) I really enjoyed yesterday's owl, so I started a lioness in the same style. This takes long and you have to be quite careful, so it might take a while.
Hey everyone! Meet
Bettina Zachow. She's not only an amazing artist who creates intricate
pieces mainly out of hair, but also an awesome person with an
interesting story. I sat down with her to talk about her artistic work
and career. Enjoy!
How did your passion for art begin?
As a little kid I already drew a lot. I really enjoyed it. Then, in the 5th
or 6th school year, I watched my brother, who was training to be a
dental technician, draw teeth, with shadows and everything. I wanted to learn
how to do that. When this passion for art had become more and more apparent, I
stood in front of the work by Joseph Beuys, a gigantic installation, and my
heart started beating really fast. It was so mysterious and incomprehensible
but magical. I think those are the moments you search for, where one is touched. When and how did you make the decision to become an artist?
You have to consider that I didn’t get as much support from my family as you
maybe do now. I come from a family in which everyone is an engineer, very down to
earth. I am the only one who was a little kinky. My father didn’t support me in
my creative ambitions, only my brothers sometimes bought me colors or a canvas
here and there. So after you finished school, you decided
that’s what you wanted to do.
Well, actually I thought, because I knew you couldn’t make much money from art
that you maybe tried to find a practical job that still has something to do
with design. That’s why I studied biology for a half a semester.That’s when I heard about the lectures by Max
Imdahl, a very famous German art historian. He really was an eye opener. So I
studied art history for quite a while. Then suddenly my dad died and I thought
hard about everything again. I came to the conclusion that I wanted to do hands
on work, so I studied art in education. This was also because I always thought,
what I did wasn’t good enough for me to go to an academy. I finished the
theoretical part of the studies, but didn’t carry on to become an art teacher,
because after I had finished my state examination about hair, I felt like I’d
finally achieved something. I had the feeling that this was the right path. In
the end I had taken a lot of detours to come to this point that others might
have somehow been able to skip through a better support or a more stable self.
But then again I would probably not be able to work the way I do now without those
detours though. Do you make enough money to live from your art?
I can tell you what
it was like during the first ten years after university. I did a lot of
side-jobs, didn’t have a lot of money but had a lot of time for my art. I
managed a lot during those years, more than I had ever thought I would. Were you able to sell your art?
Yes, the little
things I sold. Not in the kind of masses you would need to sell to live from it.
You are usually happy if you arrive at a zero at the end of the day. The money
from art prizes made a difference though.
So basically you worked to finance yourself and
the art paid for itself? Yes, even though I
really tried to work as little as possible. I had a job where I worked about
four to five hours day and on weekends, so I had enough time to do art in a
What would you tell people who want to become
artists but fear the financial instabilities which come with the job? I would definitely
try to stand on two legs and not simply wait until it works with the art. There
are a lot of people who go to the area of graphic design. I would strictly
separate that from personal work.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Well, the work itself, when you get into this flow. While working you get a lot
of ideas as well and I always write all of that down. Or in literature and
language itself, I note extraordinary words. I have a book of beautiful words
for example, in which I write everything that I find. Observations from
everyday life as well. These are the inspirational impulses
which make a person an artistic one. An artist is able to read between
the lines or think outside the box.
What do you think is important to know if you would
like to become an artist?
course you should look about in the world, but somehow always stay yourself and
explore your own ‘view’! That’s a question of character. I think authenticity
in artistic statements convinces instantaneously and intuitively. One should
start working on that very early. It is very important to know, that there is a very big injustice in the
visual art. This is that you don’t get anything for presenting your work. You
present your work, maybe also in large exhibitions, and you are proud of that
and it gives you publicity but nothing more. And I doubt that this will change
any time soon. The advantage of course is that you produce something that is
there to stay, so you have the possibility to sell it. Sometimes
I do regret maybe not having a job which is more respected in society and in
which you can really build up a lot of skill. However, I think there is
such a thing as an ‘art drive’. That is a kind of drive that somehow wants you
to do something and when you do it, it is good. You have to look at it this
way: the time you spend making art is valuable, much more valuable than all the
fuss about exhibitions and that kind of stuff.
Photographs are by Christiane Bach, Andreina Francese-Thomas, Dirk Hoffman, Hendrik Lietmann & Bettina Zachow
I have to say this unfinished piece is bothering me a little. I decided I finally have to make some meters today so I began coloring using watercolors. This is a lot faster than the colored pencils I was using before, and more importantly I have them at home!
Now this has got me thinking. Should I go over it in a very detailed manner with ball point pen. Or should I leave it like this, more dreamy and unfinished?
Well hello everyone :) This is just a little introductory post, introducing a new category, I'm very excited to begin here.
Every 4 weeks, I will be interviewing someone in an art related job. The focus of the interviews will mostly be their career, so I'll be asking what exactly they do everyday, how they landed in this area ,what their tipps are for aspiring creative people. I will always announce who I'll be interviewing next on my facebook page and in my daily posts, so if you have any questions you would like to ask, just comment! :D Also if you think you would be a good person to interview or if you think you know someone who might be willing, please contact me! I'm so looking forward to the interviews! I hope you'll enjoy,