Feb 25 2008

INTERVIEW! (Like, FINALLY, right?)

Flat Art:

Why wouldn’t you use your mother as a model for some art? If you’re wanting to get back into painting, pastels, or drawing, shouldn’t you use any model who’s willing since you have your son and that hampers taking a life drawing class at the junior college?

I would (and have used) use my mother as a model. She is actually a good model, but, no matter how abstract I get, I always see my model in my art, and I don’t want it all to be her. I would take just about anyone, though- men, women, large, tiny, whatever. The only model I ever truly hated was a guy who obviously just wanted to have all the women see him naked. Seriously- he was getting… excited… as we were drawing. It was creepy.

What about still life work? (As if life with a two year-old is ever still, I know.)

Still life? Blech. It’s totally uninspiring. I also feel that people connect with images of other people in a way that they can’t with inanimate objects. Do you care about the story of a bowl of fruit? Feh- not me.

Which is your favorite medium to use and why do you think it lends itself to the style(s) that you’ve developed/enjoy using?

I love acrylics, but I can never use just them. Usually, my work is a combination of acrylics, pastels, pen, collage, crayon, and pretty much anything else that works. I like the acrylics because I think they are the least fussy of all the paints. I mean, what do you need? Paint, water, and brushes. Of course you can complicate it with other stuff, but it’s nothing like oils or watercolor. I enjoy how slapdash I can be with it. My art would never be called refined. I like for it to look rough- hence the other materials that I usually include. It’s fun. It’s like fingerpainting. I can’t be serious about it or I’d never do anything.

You told me once about an idea you had for a kids book that you would write and your mother would illustrate, if you had the time, would you be willing to do it all yourself?

Actually, I think my mom was writing and I was illustrating. I can’t write stories for shit. I can’t illustrate either, but I’ve certainly seen crappier than what I could do. The project I was more excited about was illustrating cards for a Magic-type game that John would engineer. But, like I said, I can’t illustrate.

Curved Art:

You studied some costume design and stage make-up in college, would you want to move into that sort of thing as a career if you could?

No. FLAT. OUT. NO. Doing costuming and makeup means dealing with actors and I HATE dealing with actors. There’s no group I’ve found that is more uptight and neurotic while wanting everyone to believe that they are “free spirits.”

Now- If I could do makeup by going in, applying a design to a model, and getting the eff out of there, then I would LOVE it. Unfortunately, to be able to do so professionally and make a living out of it, I’d need to live in a big city, and there’s no way I’m doing that.

Would, after Cole is older, you think about getting into the local rep theaters for costumes or make-up or is it more of a skill that you like having?

Ummm- see above re: actors. They’re certainly not all that way, just too many of them.

What are some of your favorite designs you did in college? (You can talk about Beauty and the Beast if you want, but I want to know about some others, too. Pictures are also welcome, if you had them.)

I do still really like the Beauty and the Beast design (done in Kabuki). I also really liked my Macbeth done in Dune (the first movie) inspired costume. However, Macbeth was for my final and the plates were never returned to me. I’m still pissed about that.

Which fairly well known story or fairytale or myth or legend would you want to design costumes and do make-up for? What sort of theme would you use in your design?

I think Mulan would be fun in Steam Punk.

Entertainments:

You said you read mostly “brain candy” right now, if you had the time to read anything you wanted, what would it be? Would you read less “brain candy”?

It’s not only about time, but also about not feeling that reading books of “great importance” is really all that… important any more. It’s merely entertainment, so reading should make me happy. So no, I probably would read the same things I do now, though maybe a few more technical books about skills I’m interested in acquiring/improving.

You tend to enjoy genre fiction, movies, and TV, what is it about science fiction/fantasy/horror that draws you in? How does the more “fantastic” genre style of storytelling affect you differently than more “realistic” settings?

I don’t like horror anymore. I haven’t had the stomach for it since I had Cole. I can’t stand to see people scared or in pain (unless it’s somehow important to the plot, like in Buffy). I enjoy fantasy/sci-fi more for the same reason I don’t read”serious” books- entertainment should take me out of my world and make me feel good. My life has enough challenges/difficulties/pain without my needing to have it in my entertainment, too. Even if there are unpleasant things in those genres, I can tell myself that it just happens in THAT world, not to me. Denial? Certainly. But it’s healthier for me.

I also like the ideas in sci-fi. There are theories and situations that can’t be explored in a setting that has to adhere to what we know in real life.

Which actress (or actor, if that’s who you want), alive or dead, would you choose to play yourself in the movie of your life? The actress doesn’t have to look like you at all, so I want to know who you think could best portray your essence on screen.

It’s cliche, I think, but I’d say Katherine Hepburn. No matter what movie she’s in, she is the character I identify with. Alternatively, I’d say Janine Garofalo. Not for her acting skills, but because, from what I know of her personal life, I think she’s someone I could hang out with. I also think Audrey Tautou is totally adorable, and there is a part of her eccentricity in Amelie that I can relate to. Purely for looks, though, I think it would have to be Anne Hathaway. At least, that’s what people have told me. A LOT.

Misc:

You have one, if you never had to worry about money for the rest of your life, would you push hard to have another?

Yes. Even without that kind of money I want another. Someday.

Favorite cookies to eat? To bake?

My own. Any. I am the human embodiment of the Cookie Monster (a trait that CLEARLY is genetically handed down from my father), but only for my own homemade (I’m also a snob). I really like baking Ginger Snaps with fresh ginger. They’re easy and smell so wonderful at every step.

Would you want to be the boss?

I AM the boss. Unless you mean at work, and then NO. NOT EVER. I have enough stress as it is. No amount of money would be worth that plummet in quality of life!

Thanks, ticknart! Uh… your questions are, um, in the mail! Yeah!

(Seriously, just give me another day. Pretty please?)

4 Comments

  • By ticknart, February 25, 2008 @ 4:29 pm

    I’m a happy panda!

  • By Elex, March 11, 2008 @ 7:31 pm

    I vote Audrey Tautou.

  • By Elex, March 11, 2008 @ 7:37 pm

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    I would consider posing for you (with permission from our spouses) although it scares me.

    And, how again do I get on this interview bandwagon?

  • By heels, March 12, 2008 @ 8:31 am

    Elex-
    Thanks! Actually, the only scary part about posing is how long you have to stay still and the wrath you face if you don’t(!!). When I have a model, s/he becomes a combination of shapes to me, which I later attempt to imbue with some sort of personality/meaning/history that is not the model’s. Does that make sense? So it’s not really YOU on the paper, it’s just a shape that looks kind of like you. More so, it’s ME on the paper in a shape that looks kind of like you. I really love drawing two people posing together. Would your lovely wife ever be willing, do you think?

    Interview? Just ask! And be prepared to reciprocate.

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