Featured Artist: MarciesArt
MarciesArt’s designs are like a page out of a storybook; each graphic is an adventure just waiting to be told. The cloaked figure of Death — like all of Marcie’s designs — is a perfect mixture of both the innocent and the eerie and it beckons audiences into a world filled with monster kids, zombie pugs, and voodoo rats.
MarciesArt believes that her hometown in the Netherlands, named Venlo, is the “best of both worlds” because it has elements of a small village, with the convenience of a bustling city. However, she believes that home is really wherever she has her “boyfriend, my pets, and a way to stay in touch my with friends and family.”
She shares, “I’ve loved to draw as long as I can remember” and admits that she’s always chosen to draw things that make her “happy” with wide-ranging themes like Halloween, insects, traditional houses, and more. She suffered from “several chronic illnesses” as a child and art became a way to distract her from the darker side of things. She hopes that her art can provide a similar sense of comfort to others as well.
MarcieArt acknowledges, “I’m very much a perfectionist” and she plans out her designs before she even starts. She also admits that she usually works on several projects at one time, but that no matter what project she is working on she must always have her fineliner black pens because she would “feel really lost without them.”
She is really excited about a recent art purchase, or the “Book of Bun” by Roxanne Coble, because of the color and the free expression in the art. Marcie feels that her own designs are often more “precise and controlled.” She appreciates being able to see a style that is very different from her own and even jokes that it is “all the things I’m bad at!” She is also inspired by the pop surrealist painter, Mark Ryden, because of the “beautiful, dream-like scenes” in his work.
Although she is often her own worst critic, Marcie recognizes that her greatest success is when she likes her own artwork. She admits, “it's great if others like it too, but that's not my goal while working” and she encourages other artists to focus on personal satisfaction as well.