Featured Artist: LittleClyde
1) Where are you from?
I grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, but now live in Berlin, Germany.
2) How would you best describe your art style?
Narrative and a bit whimsical. Mostly (but not always) digital meets analog. I work with a lot of clean shapes and lines combined with watercolor textures.
3) Where do you find your inspiration when creating your art?
I’d say it’s a combination of the world around me and a stream of consciousness that comes out in random doodles that I turn into more finished work. I’m also very inspired by the natural world - landscapes, plant life, animals - as well as by geometry and form. Nostalgia for my childhood in Hawaii plays a big role as well.
4) When did you know you wanted to make a career in the art world?
Honestly, I never thought I could make a career out of it! I always considered myself a random doodler at best - it wasn’t until sites like DBH started exploring the crowd-sourcing frontier that I found an actual outlet for my work and, more importantly, a reason to keep working and improving.
5) How does art impact your day to day life or your impression of the world as a whole?
I suppose I look at things more carefully sometimes. I appreciate colors and shapes and lines in the environment around me. I’m constantly collecting ideas for designs when I’m out and about.
6) What does a day of creating artwork look like for you and how to you start your creative process?
My creative process is all over the place, it’s not very disciplined. And it rarely happens in a day. Most of the time, I'll start out doodling while watching tv or talking on the phone. If I’m lucky, I’ll see something on the page that I like and want to take further. I may make some more sketches, or go directly to drawing on the computer with my graphic tablet. Usually I’ll spend a long time tweaking the composition and color scheme. If I need new textures I’ll bust out the paints and do some painting. This all happens over a few days, or I’ll start something and put it aside and come back to it much later.
7) When you're not creating, what do you like to do with your time?
I have a five year old, and I love watching her observe and define the world around her. Traveling with her and watching her experience new things is amazing and inspiring. On the flip side, having a five year old is also exhausting, so I love having free time to just chill out and read, watch tv, go out to eat with my husband, drink a beer in the sun and be lazy.
8) What artist (either current or past) do you most admire and why?
Of one my favourites has always been Paul Klee. I love the humour in his work and the way he plays with shapes and forms. His work can be so scratchy and doodly and absurd, but also very sophisticated and he does such beautiful things with geometry, color and texture.
9) What's the best advice that's been given to you as an artist?
Keep at it, and eventually you will define your own style. Let yourself be inspired by other artists but don’t copy - keep refining and exploring until what you create is truly your own.
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