helena-frankCH.89: If you were to categorize or describe the style of your artwork, what would it be and why?

HF: Realistic pencil illustrations of non-existing people.

CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?

HF: Primarily thoughts and feelings that don’t make sense. Mixed with a bit of nature.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new project/ piece of artwork?

HF: If it is a personal project, it usually starts with a hang-up on something. An animal I have seen, a face or a funny body that inspires me.

CH.89: Is there anything in particular that you would want people to take from your artwork?

HF: No, nothing in particular.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?

HF: It’s the funniest, most inspiring and best job in the world. Apart from having no money, loooooong work-hours and pressure. I start working when everybody else does, and come home when everybody else is sleeping.

CH.89: When starting out an artistic task, do you think it is better to have a particular direction/set plan guiding your way? Or, is it better to act on impulse and go from there?

HF: I like having a direction set, so all the impulses know where to go.

CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist thus far?

HF: I will never be as good as I wish, that’s why I carry on working for it.

CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?

HF: Of course.

CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?

HF: The uncertain future, not knowing if I’m going to earn enough money next month as well.

CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?

HF: I actually hate being an artist. But I love to draw.

CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artist’s that inspire you in any way?

HF: Egon Schiele and Tom Waits

CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?

HF: It’s wonderful! Making it easier to reach people and get more work opportunities.

CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?

HF: Yes I do. However I think all nurses, engineers and home wives believe something else.

CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?

HF: Of course. However my favorite city is my own – Copenhagen. And the predictable enough, New York.

CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?

HF: Franz Kafka and Tove Jansson.

CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your artwork?

HF: To get better, famous and rich.

CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?

HF: Passion, hard work and uncertainty.

CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your artwork?

HF: No.


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