I first became familiar with Wylie Beckert’s beautiful work through a Facebook art group called Team Awesome. Wylie’s work has a very distinctive and eye catching style, that I really like.
Since I first came across her work Wylie’s career has really been of to a good, well deserving start; recently she was published on the cover of ImagineFX, one of the most popular magazines for Sci-fi and Fantasty Art. I’m curious to see where her work will take her in the future to come and I hope you will enjoy this interview with Wylie.
Tamlin © Wylie Beckert
Miss Wylie with her amazing bangs.
1. Please give a brief introduction of yourself, your career and your work My name is Wylie Beckert; I started freelancing on and off about two and a half years ago, but I’d say that it’s only in this past year that I’ve started to take illustration really seriously, and started to focus on creating art for the SF/F genre. My most recent professional projects have included cover art for ImagineFX and Annick Press and card art for Fantasy Flight. My current work is a combination of digital and traditional media; I love creating stylized, somewhat whimsical fantasy art with an emphasis on vivid characters and storytelling.
2. When did you start drawing? And when did realize you wanted to make a career of it? I’ve been drawing all my life - and drawing very badly for most of it. I always assumed I would be an artist, because that was the skill people always told me I was good at; but looking back at my abysmal art from high school and college, I have no idea why everyone allowed me to labor under this delusion. Towards the end of college, I think I started to realize how lacking my art was and got discouraged, because I didn’t pursue any work in the industry for a few years.
I’ve been drawing all my life - and drawing very badly for most of it.
Then, while I was working a totally non-art related office job, an old school friend contacted me with a small freelance job. Working on that handful of illustrations reminded me how much I enjoyed doing art (and how much I hated doing office work) - shortly thereafter I quit my job and set out to build a career in illustration.
Pointless Quest © Wylie Beckert
Please read the full interview here: http://kirileonard.com/women-fantasy-illustration-wylie-beckert/
I have a real treat for you today; an interview with illustrator Elisabeth Alba. This interview marks the beginning of a new blog post series featuring interviews with women in Fantasy illustration.
I came to know of Elisabeth Alba’s work through our common friend; social butterfly, illustrator and art director Marc Scheff. I had a chance to meet her at The Society of Illustrator’s MoCCa Festival of Arts last year.
Elisabeth works mainly in watercolor and acryla gouache with a touch of digital. Although her published work is mostly children’s and educational illustration, much of it is also Fantasy related.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone © Elisabeth Alba
1. Please give a brief introduction of yourself, your career and your work: Hello! I’m Elisabeth Alba. I have lived in New York City since 2006 when I came here for grad school. Since graduating in ‘08 I have been drawing my weeknights and weekends away, much to the dismay of my non-artist friends (sorry, dudes).
I have a day job at a private school, hence, the weeknights. My clients include Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Oxford University Press, and Henry Holt Books for Young Readers. Though the work I’m doing for publishers is often of the educational sort, my true passion is fantasy art, and I am working on focusing my portfolio in that direction.
The Girl in Cairn Woods © Elisabeth Alba
2. When did you start drawing? And when did realize you wanted to make a career of it?
As all artists say, I was drawing since I can remember. My parents indulged my artistic whims, buying me art supplies and letting me spend hours on the computer scanning and learning how to color and draw digitally. I roleplayed online and was constantly drawing my characters and my friends’ characters. I also always had a book in my hand, usually a graphic, YA, or historical fiction novel. Most importantly, though, my parents never swayed me away from considering art as a career.
My parents never swayed me away from considering art as a career.
In college I majored in both art art and English. In my English degree, my concentration was in children’s literature. I just enjoyed drawing so much; I wanted to get better at it, and nothing else seemed to hold my attention enough (though I had a couple of strong impulses over the years to drop illustration and go into art therapy, or to drop art all together and go back to school for astronomy…)
Read the full interview here: http://kirileonard.com/interview-elisabeth-alba/
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To make a living as an artist it’s important to promote your own work, social media and online art communities are a great way to do this without adding up too much of an expense on your own account, other than time at least.
It’s no secret that maintaining an active presence on various websites can easily turn into a time sink. A tip to avoid this time sink is to schedule the time you spend on online self promotion; for instance every day from 5.30 pm to 6:00 pm could be assigned to updating your various websites.
Some websites are naturally a lot more beneficial than others and often times it will also depend on what type of work you do, so I’ll leave it up to yourself to decide but here is a list of 10 art specific sites that I find worth the consideration if you’re a working artist:
Please read the full article here: 10 Art Sites for Artists