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Featured Artist Site of the Month - October 2006
Rebecca Sinz is the fantastic artist we are happy to have for FeyRealm's Featured Site of the Month!
Striking and vibrant, Rebecca's art is exquisite in detail and execution. Moody and sensuous, her art is a true feast for the eyes and senses. If we are introducing you to her work, it is a mutual pleasure!
Please scroll down to learn more about this amazing artist!
Name: Rebecca Sinz|
Other Links: http://elfwood.lysator.liu.se/art/b/e/beckysinz/beckysinz.html
Favorite Music: Mostly metal
Favorite Color: crimson
Favorite Medium(s): Watercolor
Favorite Book: The Kushielâ€™s Legacy Trilogy by Jacqueline Carey
How old were you when you first realized you wanted to be an artist?
Iâ€™ve enjoyed drawing, for as long as I can remember, but I never really considered making any sort of career out of it until after I was part way through my first year of college. I was originally majoring in psychology. So I guess I was 18/19 years old when I started to take it seriously and also got into fantasy/fairy art.
What was the main thing that made you decide you wanted to be an artist?
Iâ€™m not sure what triggered it all of the sudden, really. I just found myself drawing more and more, and when I discovered Brian Froud and all the fairy art, I was just so inspired and felt like my creativity was boundless. With fantasy art I have no limitations and can create whatever I want. And I became quite obsessive when I started using watercolor. I just fell in love with that medium.
Have you had any formal training, or are you entirely self-taught?
All self-taught. The last art class I had was the only one I took in high school.
What was the most important lesson that you have learned so far in regard to your art or developing as an artist?
Not to be afraid to use contrast in your paintings/drawings. It happens very often, especially with watercolor, where people end up making the painting too light and it really loses a lot of depth that way. Iâ€™ve also learned that practice really does make perfect. The more you draw/paint, the better youâ€™ll get.
Do you have any favorite artist(s)? Who and why?
Well, as mentioned before, Brian Froud because he really introduced me to the art of Faerie. And little did I know before that he did the design work for one of my long time favorite movies, Labyrinth. He has a creativity for creature design that I could only dream of. Then probably Amy Brown because, again, she was one of the first fairy artist that I discovered and I love her work. Other favorite are Kinuko Craft and Josephine Wall for their amazing detail! And also Linda Linda Bergkvist because her digital work is awe-inspiring. Oh and finally, Waterhouse, because his work is brilliant and I never tire of looking at it. I love pre-Raphaelite artwork.
What is your primary medium that you work in? Why do you find you enjoy that medium the most? What others do you like to use besides that?
I mostly use watercolor. I often mix it with other mediums such as gouache and colored pencils. I first did this out of laziness, in an attempt to speed things up, but then I just liked some of the effects I got out of mixed media and kept using it. I love the transparency of watercolor, and all the effects that you can get from it. It became an addiction of sorts. I also enjoy doing pencil work. I sometimes find that I enjoy the sketching process almost more than painting. I love to see it all taking shape. Colored pencil is another medium that I really enjoy working with and have done a few purely colored pencil pieces.
Which mediums would you like to explore in the future?
Oil/acrylic painting and digital art.
What and who were or are your major influences as an artist?
Hmm, probably all of the artists that I mentioned above in one way or another. Other influences come from books (I read a LOT), music and my own stories that I write. These all influenced the style and subject matter in my art.
If you could have an afternoon with any artist, alive or dead, who would that be? What would you say or do?
I would love to see how Kinuko Craft works. I would just like to watch her work.
If you could do a collaboration with another artist (or more), who would it be, and what would you create?
I donâ€™t know if I would be good at collaborations. I like to have a hand in every step of the process. But itâ€™s not something that Iâ€™ve ever tried, so I canâ€™t say.
How do you get ready to create? Do you have any specific things you MUST do before you can sit down and be creative? Rituals, time of day, location, etc.
I wouldnâ€™t say that there is anything that I MUST do before I paint. I just have to have music on the whole time. It helps to put me in that artistic zone.
What is your favorite piece you've created?
Iâ€™m quite happy with my latest, â€œMidnight Empress.â€ She was one of those paintings that came out of no where. She kind of developed herself on paper, and went in a completely different direction than Iâ€™d first intended when I started drawing her. Sometimes work like that ends up being a disappointment, fortunately this time it worked out for the better. My all time favorite piece, though, is â€œEnchanted Melodies: Violin.â€ Even though it was done over 2 years ago, Iâ€™m still very proud of that painting. The pose and the perspective of the violin were all very challenging, and I love the colors.
Where do you live? Where would you like to live if you could live anywhere at all?
I live in Michigan. I would love to at least visit Scotland. It looks like such a beautiful country.
What do you hope people come away with after seeing your artwork?
I hope that people will like it and want to come back and see more. But it is always satisfying to hear that your work has touched someone in some way. I love to hear how people relate to my art, or even their interpretations. I know that when Iâ€™ve had a bad day in the past, sometimes looking at art would make a good distraction. So, if my art can make someone feel better even for a moment that will also make me happy.
What moves you as an artist?
I am moved by strong emotions in work, where you can almost feel what the subject is expressing.
What is your biggest joy and your biggest rant as an artist?
My biggest joy is creating art and having people enjoy it. Hearing how people like it makes all the time Iâ€™ve spent on it worth it. Biggest rant? When other artists put others down instead of being encouraging. And the disrespect of art thieves, who claim work for their own that someone else put their heart and soul into.
What is your favorite way to wind down?
Other than drawing/painting, I love to read. Iâ€™m almost always reading a book in my free time.
Any tips/techniques you've discovered or created that you'd like to share with the readers?
With watercolor, to make sure that you use good quality watercolor paper. It really makes a difference on how smooth the paint blends. It was something that really changed my work for the better!
Have you ever had a creative block? How long did it last? What did you do to break away from it?
My creative blocks seem to manifest themselves more in the form of lack of motivation than in lack of ideas. There was really nothing I could do but wait for it to pass because forcing it just led to frustration. The longest block lasted about a month or so.
Why do you like creating artwork that celebrates the fey? Do you have a favorite type of fey being that you are drawn to?
I donâ€™t know, really. I just found them to be fascinating little creatures and they sparked my imagination. I love dark/gothy fey. They have a lot of mischief and you canâ€™t tell for sure whether they are good or bad because looks can be deceiving. Just like if something is really beautiful doesnâ€™t mean it canâ€™t be very evil. This is something that I often like to incorporate into my art.
What are your plans for 2006?
Just to keep on working on my art and to learn more of the business aspect of things.
Where do you see yourself as an artist in the next 5 years? The next 10 years?
Hopefully to keep doing what Iâ€™m doing, to keep growing as an artist, and to have more and more people see it.
Do you have any specific goals as an artist for yourself or your art? What are they?
Right now, I would like to work on having more elaborate backgrounds. My work has yet to really capture some of my visions.
How do you promote yourself as an artist? What worked and what didn't work?
I try to join and be active in as many art communities as I can. Being active is really important because you have to give as much as you receive.
What artistic advice would you give to a budding artist?
Well, I still consider myself to be a budding artist, but from my experience I would say to practice as much as possible. It is really the only way to really improve on your work. And also not to be afraid to experiment. You can learn a lot that way.
Everytime a new story is told, a faery is born.
-- Author Unknown
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