EMILY DOLPHIN

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

ED: I’m not sure how to categorize my work, as I love to try different things all of the time. My work is very painterly, colorful and a bit silly. I love to paint animals and tropical themes with gouache and watercolors, experiment with digital layering and play with ceramics and textiles.

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

ED: I get my inspiration from nature, tropical locations, the beach, animals, patterns and character designs.

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

ED: I do lots of drawings in my sketch book and brain storm ideas. Some times I like to sketch after a swim at the beach, if I’ve seen a cute animal, listening to music or podcasts or if I get a wave of inspiration. Other times I have to sit down and work at finding ideas and I do that by thinking and reflecting about the things that I like and playing with sketching different shapes and ideas or just writing ideas and thoughts down. I usually like to work on ideas that give me a little chuckle and I stretch those ideas out into a collection because I want to bring other people joy and make them smile or giggle when they see my work.

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

ED: I would like people to get enjoyment from my work. If someone looks at a character I’ve designed and it makes them laugh or smile because it’s sweet, then I’ve done my job. I also want people to feel like they’re looking into a little world that they’d like to be in too.

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

ED: My lifestyle has changed over the years from working in full time design roles to working full time on my own art. Now I have a part time job working with children which I find fun and it also takes the pressure off my art to earn money and I find more enjoyment from it. My part time job allows me to create the art that I want and helps me to fund projects I want to experiment with. I have also recently moved to the beach and spend a lot of time having long walks and swimming and sketching by the sea, this is a great source of inspiration to me. As an artist, I spend time painting elements and ideas that I want to layer together digitally later. Then I will spend some time developing products, such as patterns for fabric or art works, from these paintings on the computer later. I also have pottery days where I’ll spend days just non stop hand building my ceramic mugs and planters and other ideas and then days painting them. I like to have a lot of variety in my art practice, but sometimes I have too many ideas to get finished!

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?

ED: I always like to have some rough sketches and have to work on creating some concept art before I start a piece. When I’m practicing painting for fun, I like to work on pieces without a plan.

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

ED: Don’t give up and if something seems too hard, keep trying to find ways to get it done.

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

ED: Not really, styles change and everyone has different taste.

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

ED: The amount of work you put in verses the reward. It can be really hard to put so much work in and not always get the success or financial reward to match your effort or passion. And also sometimes feeling undervalued when some clients expect your work to be cheap or are not particularly respectful or considerate in their demands.

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

ED: Being able to play, express my voice, and using my imagination. Haha that’s not one thing… I like lots of things.
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CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artist’s that inspire you in any way?

ED: I really love seeing other female artists having success. They inspire me to keep making art.

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

ED: Using technology gives me a lot more options with my hand painted art works and allows me to turn them into patterns and products or create more detailed and elaborate art works.

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

ED: Sometimes I think it makes me a bit more of a kid. I don’t think I take myself very seriously and love to imagine silly things.

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

ED: Of course I love travelling! It’s the best! I love spending time with my husband and exploring different places. I really enjoyed visiting Havana , Cuba last year.

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

ED: Just Kids, by Patti Smith is my favorite book.

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

ED: I’d love to write a children’s book and create more textiles with my art and have a solo exhibition.

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

ED: It means I can play and experiment with creative expression and gives me a lot of joy.

CH.89: What’s the last song you listened to?

ED: Queen Bee, Taj Mahal

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

ED: My art is really about creating fun little worlds and characters. It’s also about bright colors and loose translucent layering’s of water color and gouache. I enjoy using these mediums as I don’t want everything to be neat and perfect and enjoy having little mistakes and funny lines. It’s what gives my art more personality.

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