Friday Featured Artists are back!
Coriander Shea, artist and director of Enchanted Visions
, approached me a couple of weeks ago to ask if I would interview the very talented artists who participate in Enchanted Visions. Of course I said yes!
Every Friday for the next few weeks, you’ll meet one of the very talented artists who create art monthly for Enchanted Visions. You can read all about Enchanted Visions HERE.
The first artist we are going to meet is
Rebecca Brogden N.
|Enchanted Visions Artist, Rebecca Brogden N.
Who is, “Rebecca Brogden N.”? Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a digital artist who enjoys creating illustrations for all ages. When I first started drawing, I drew anime fanart. Even though it wasn’t all that good, I kept practicing. I later drifted away from anime into more of a fantasy interest and started painting faeries in watercolors inspired by Amy Brown. Due to the high prices for traditional media, I switched to digital media only in 2008. After temporarily getting bored with fantasy in 2010, I began to paint animals. I would still do fantasy from time to time, but the focus was on animals. Since summer 2013, I have set animal paintings aside and reincorporated fantasy (but with an anime style) back into my gallery.
How did you hear about Enchanted Visions and why did you want to become a member artist?
I first heard about it when I closely followed Amy Brown’s website. It wasn’t long after I was contacted by Coriander to participate in doing Enchanted Visions themes. I wanted to join in because I loved the idea. It would provide me a way to try something different and it would keep me creating especially since I was battling personal issues that damaged my “muse” at the time.
Each month, Enchanted Visions artists are challenged with creating a piece of art for that month’s theme. Please share some of the art you have created for Enchanted Visions with us. For each piece of art, please describe how it interprets that month’s theme, any story behind the art, and the theme’s meaning to you.
|Awakening by Enchanted Visions Artist Rebecca Brogden N.
“Awakening” – When I was pondering this theme, I kept revisiting the thought of a phoenix rising from the ashes. Or maybe rising for the very first time. I couldn’t let the idea go so it turned into a phoenix ‘girl’ awakening from her slumber.
|Changes by Enchanted Visions Artist Rebecca Brogden N.
“Changes” – While brainstorming this thought, I kept thinking of a metamorphosis idea. Back when I was into painting animals, I particularly liked painting mice. So I decided to give a mouse a new set of wings instead of going with the realism of a caterpillar turning into a butterfly.
|Winter’s Song by Enchanted Visions Artist Rebecca Brogden N.
“Winter’s Song” – The title of this theme says it all. I was going to paint something for this theme that involved music. At first I struggled with the type of instrument to go with. I really wanted to paint a violin, but I couldn’t get the violin to look right. So I went with the harp because it was much easier to design.
Enchanted Visions has a monthly auction of the work created. Do you sell your work there?
Because I am a digital artist, I don’t have anything tangible to sell for the auction. I’ve thought about the rough sketches on paper I do before they are scanned into the computer, but they are extremely messy.
Are there challenges knowing you are one of many artists creating art for the same Enchanted Visions theme? Does this knowledge hinder you or give you momentum when creating for the monthly theme?
To me, I don’t find any challenges. Enchanted Visions is not a competition, but collaboration. I’m thrilled to see how others interpret themes each month. I get momentum just working and brainstorming each theme and knowing that I’m not alone in the process.
Muse – Which definition works for you? to reflect or think about, usually in silence , or a physical source of inspiration? Which do you rely on to create your art? What happens if your “muse” isn’t working? How do you break through?
I would have to say that my muse is a physical source. It’s like my drive or will to do things. If I’m tired or going through personal issues, my muse isn’t going to work. But there are days where I just feel uninspired. To get past that and get my muse working again, I find things to get inspired by such as music, other artists, tutorials, etc.
Describe (and provide a photograph if you like of) your studio/workspace. What would you change about it, if anything, for it to become your dream workspace?
My workspace is ever changing when it comes to sketching. I might be sketching in my living room, den, office, or at Starbucks. When it comes to working on the final piece, I’m in front of my computer with my Wacom Intuos5 tablet in hand. I wouldn’t change anything about it. I fits my needs just right.
“Paint” a picture of yourself for us using 10 colorful words to describe you, the total picture.
Determined, Stubborn, Perfectionist, Loyal, Achiever, Underdog, Responsible, Passionate, Introverted, Dreamer
Thank you so much Rebecca for this wonderful look into your creative process, your art and you.
Please visit ENCHANTED VISIONS to see more of Rebecca’s art and what she has created for the latest theme.
If you would like to see more of Rebecca’s art, you can find her at the following links: