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This month’s featured artist is Kelsey Derringer, otherwise known locally as #KAYDEEcraft! Her trippy, colorful, and crazy art has been dominating my news feed for a while, so I was stoked to be able to chill with her, get some insight, and put the spotlight onto her work. Her entire house is a personal art gallery, with walls covered in a collection of intriguing drawings and paintings. Continue on for our interview and pictures (that definitely don’t do justice) of her work.
Is art your day job or a hobby?
Both. My day job and hobby…most things I do involve creativity somehow.
How did you start?
I don’t remember starting I just remember doing. Art is really the biggest thing I’ve ever flourished in….since i was little.
What’s your work space like?
I work at home or outside mostly, so…..depending on the day it can be a mess and rainy, or bright and tidy. But its where I thrive so I try to stay creative even when surroundings aren’t to par.
Are you working on any projects right now?
It feels like I always have something i work on, most times i shift between projects.”
I recently saw she’s working on a mythical pinup creature project. I can’t wait to see all the pieces.
Two of my favorite pieces from her. They both glow in the dark!
How has your work changed over time?
I’d say its just improved over all…I still have styles I prefer that I have since I was young….but the quality got way better lol.
What inspires you?
Life. Situations. People. Love, hate. Death and sadness…feelings. I find inspiration everywhere. Don’t get me wrong though sometimes it’s difficult.
Any art supplies you can’t live without?
Micron pens, Pencils, erasers, Acrylic paint/markers.
What do you find hardest about being an artist?
Definitely. That’s something that’s hard for any artist, regardless of the medium.
What are your goals when it comes to art?
To have it solely be what brings prosperity to my life.
Any advice for others?
Market yourself. Don’t put prices on your art that others influence you to put, YOUR creations are worth what YOU say they are. Always. KEEP MAKING ART.
If you don’t use it, you lose it.
So I’ve decided to work on the blog some more. In doing so, I’ve decided I want to spotlight some of my friends and some of the amazing artists I know. “Do gnarly shit” is kind of a motto around here now, so I’m gonna be bringing you people who do just that.
To start off I’m bringing you the homie Savonne Hagans. I met him my first year at college in 2D foundations class. He said I looked mean (I do) so we didn’t talk the beginning of class, but weeks later he’d become the only person from school I still fuck with. His work caught my eye because it’s so detailed, I wish these pictures did it justice. He does all of this in ballpoint pen, and many of them are life size. Here’s an interview we did and some of his amazing work. Click all the images to enlarge.
Alright so, tell me a little about yourself. What do you do that’s so gnarly? How long have you been drawing?
That’s actually a good question because I have only just started to make drawing pieces only 6 months ago. But before that I was doing relief printmaking.
How did you develop your style?
I developed my style from watching and studying the Japanese artist Shohei Otomo. From there i made my own style.
What are some things or experiences that inspire you?
Things that inspire me to make art is the ugliness in peoples faces. All of my pieces the model will have a unconventional face. Which sets apart just the basic portrait.
What are some mediums / tools / supplies you can’t live without?
Some supplies i cant live without, would be my Zebra rubber 80 r-8000 japan. Those pens are oil based and are life.
What motivates you to keep making art?
My sanity, i tend to get angry and irritable. So i try to make about two pieces every month at least.
Whats the biggest struggle of being an artist?
The biggest struggles of being an artist is knowing your own style. But knowing your style can be pricey in its own way.
What’s the hardest step in creating?
The hardest step in creating art is being happy with what you do. No idea is super original anymore, but you can learn from others. But make sure you don’t take so much from someone else and lose your own style.
Who are some of your favorite artists?
Shohei Otomo, Vincent Van Gogh, and Dirk Hagner.
What’s your favorite piece of your own work?
I really don’t have a favorite piece. I try to best each piece i do with the next, so i will always better myself.
Why do you focus on faces?
I focus on faces because thats where the feeling is, but i never do pictures of someone just smiling. Pictures like that are a waste and never have any feeling and emotion.
Have you had any memorable responses to your work?
The memorable response to my work, would be when i won the Ohio’s Governor Art Award. My art director took the piece without my permission and hung it in the school. I was going to confront her about it, but she flooded me with compliments. I just let it slide lol.
What’s your dream project?
My dream project is actually my last piece i want to make before I die. Which is a self portrait when i am really old.
What do you goal when it comes to your work?
My goal for my work is to have people look and really think about my work. Not just a glance and move on. Something that when they leave a gallery they still talk about later.
Where can people find your work?
My instagram @thehipsterickross, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any advice for others?
Stay true to your own style and put yourself out there! Don’t ever be scared to show your work. You put too much time and effort into just to let yourself see it.
Here’s two pieces he did for Proper Gnar! I love this red one so much. One original is available in the store.
Ladyfest is a community-based, not-for-profit global music and arts festival for female artists that features bands, musical groups, performance artists, authors, spoken word and visual artists, and workshops; it is organized by volunteers.
The first ever Ladyfest was held in Olympia, Washington in August 2000 with over 2000 people attending. Prime motivators in the event were Sarah Dougher, Sleater-Kinney, Cat Power, Neko Case, and Teresa Carmody.
Since the first Ladyfest, the event has branched out into other urban centres such as Amsterdam, Atlanta, Belgium, Berlin, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Brooklyn, Cambridge, Columbus, Chicago, Cardiff, Dublin, Glasgow, Lansing, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Melbourne, Orlando, Ottawa,
Philadelphia, San Francisco, San Diego, Sevilla, Toronto, Washington DC, and more. Each new festival is organized locally and independently of other Ladyfest events in other states or countries, primarily by volunteers, and most proceeds are donated to non-profit organizations.
I’m so happy to be part of this event, thanks again to Clash Dayton. I’ll be showing 4 new looks. It’ll be super fun, make sure to come out if you can.