I usually do girls, there is amazingly two boys here today, but I usually only do girls and with the patterns and the Japanese — some of them have like kimono patterns around them and some are just flowers — but it took me a long time to figure out what I liked.
Q: How did you do it?
A: I think I just figured out what I didn’t like. And stopped doing it. I used to try and make it super complicated and do animals and backgrounds and landscapes and costumes and clothes and all this stuff — maybe I’m super lazy, but I just like faces. [laughing]
Q: What are the mediums you’re using for this series?
A: This is pretty much a style I’ve come up with: It’s watercolor for the base — like you can see on this one how it’s really rough, just watercolor — and then it’s color pencil on top and then it also has some acrylic paint on top as well.
Q: What kind of reaction do you want people to get from your art?
A: I like it when people say it’s the most beautiful thing they’ve seen recently and it makes them really happy. Because I know on days that I feel in the dumps, if I see a really beautiful blog or a nice magazine I didn’t know about before I’m so happy. It’s really cheesy to say I want my art to make people happy but I really do.
And some of the newer ones have questions. Like this one: Of course you can’t tell because it’s Japanese but this one is “trash or treasure?” It’s like young girls wondering about their worth and some questions that I have myself, too. And that fighting girl over there is “strong or weak?” She’s strong because she’s in a boxing stance but she’s crying, too. I kind of feel that way myself sometimes.