Artist Nichole Witholder #interview

Please give a warm welcome to artist Nichole Witholder

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Have you always wanted to become a designer/artist?

I’ve been making art since I could hold a pencil. I’ve taken lessons in drawing and painting. My father was strongly against my becoming an artist since he saw family members with similar talent struggle so much.

I also happened to be immediately in love with computers. At 5yrs old in 1986, this wasn’t as common as it is now lol. I quickly realized that making art on a computer didn’t require me to ask my father for art supplies.

I never planned to make money from my art. I was worried about adding the stress of money to something that’s so important to me. But I happen to be an avid reader. When the indie author world blew up and I had access to more and more awesome books I noticed that the talent for writing wasn’t always well represented by the cover art. I thought to myself, “Maybe I could help out there.” May 10 marks my one-year anniversary.

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Where do you find inspiration for your work?

I people watch. I’ve studied artists techniques in every piece of art I look at. I pay attention to how light interacts with everything. I’m constantly listening to music, constantly reading, and keeping a close eye on pop culture. I think a lot of my inspiration comes from there.

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What are you working on now?

Several covers, a logo, and researching new techniques I can use in my artwork. It’s important that I’m discreet with my client’s info so I can’t say more than that lol.

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Do you have any quirks while working?

I can’t handle unsolicited advice or critique lol. Like someone leaning over my shoulder saying, “hey you should do this”. And this may be part ego. Though I think that mostly, it’s my needing to focus. I have plans upon plans in my head when I finally get out of my mind and start to do actual work. When someone tries to edit while I’m in the middle of that, I tend to lose my temper. This is good and bad. I should definitely be more open to listening to other ideas, however, my ego insists that I’m the artist and I’m the one who knows what I’m doing. It’s a struggle lol

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Do you have any advice for new artists about the publishing world?

Become involved in the community.

Read the books you’re trying to design for.

Interact with author groups.

Join the design marketplaces and research pricing.

If you design a flop that no one wants, keep making new art. Art is a constant process of growing and learning. You can’t expect everything to be a masterpiece.

Study marketing techniques used by new businesses to gain a customer base.

Work with integrity and good morals. Karma exists.

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What are your hopes for the future?

I hope to expand on my techniques and skills to include more, always. I’m no good at staying still and I want to grow until I drop lol. Rainy Day may possibly be branching out even more toward promotion in the next year or so.

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Do you have anything to say to your fans?

After being told for so long (by my father) that my art would never amount to anything. That I could never make a living. Every single time one of you supports me, comments on my artwork, buys a piece, I am so incredibly shocked and grateful. Slowly you are all healing that scar on my heart. Thank you ♡

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Links

Website

Instagram

Rainy Day Artwork

Digital Artist Imaginary Rosse #art #interview

Please give a warm welcome to digital artist Andreea Grigore

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Tell us a bit about yourself

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My name is Andreea, and I’m a digital artist based in Bucharest, Romania.

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I’m a very melancholic person, daydreamer and I take my energy from the times I get to be alone with my thoughts. I’m a crazy cat lady, currently having 3 cats, but also happily married! *wink*

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How did you become a digital artist:

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My journey started back in 2004, when I first started playing around with Photoshop.

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I found it fascinating to be able to blend together different images and create something that comes out of your imagination. It was like creating a different reality, in which I got to express my dreams, struggles, and so on. I’ve come a long way, but there’s still a lot left to learn.

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What is your inspiration for your art?

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I love princesses, witches, warriors, fairytales, mythology, glowing stuff, magic… So I take my inspiration from anything around me that has this elements. There’s a lot of talented photographers out there that are very inspirational, movies, stories. They blend in my imagination, and I create from the stories they blend into.

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Do you sell your art?

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I’m currently not selling prints, but my works are available for licensing.

Most of my work can be tweaked or sold as a whole to authors, artists, etc.

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Contact links

Website

Pinterest

Facebook

Instagram

DeviantArt

Cover Artist Carol Marques #interview

Please give a warm welcome to artist Carol Marques

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Tell us a bit about yourself

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Well, I’m a Brazilian artist. I am 23 years old. And I always liked beautiful and artistic things.

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Have you always wanted to become a designer/artist?

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No. Initially I wanted to be an architect. I started my studies but I ended up losing interest along the way. Parallel to this my twin sister graduated in graphic design and see her in this course interested me a lot. So after her training I started to want to learn from her. And after learning I started to work in the area of graphic design.

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Where do you find inspiration for your work?

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I always try to keep abreast of trends and I’m very interested in digital illustration. I always look for sites with good references of covers, illustrations and photographs.

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What are you working on now?

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Currently I work with Book Covers, Premades and Custom. I have my group on facebook since July last year.

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Do you have any quirks while working?

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I do not think so. Apart from the fact that I love working at dawn. I am much more productive throughout the night than in the morning.

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Do you have any advice for new artists about the publishing world?

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I believe the basics but that is essential. Be truthful, honest. Seek to do your best and always improve the skills. Support other artists and authors. Always be humble.

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What are your hopes for the future?

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Produce high quality results. Impress my clients. And always support and help those who are starting.

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Do you have anything to say to your fans?

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I do not think I have fans yet. But I thank all the authors who supported me from the beginning. I have eternal gratitude for the first author who decided to buy a cover of mine. I always want to keep that gratitude for each one. I wish the best for both authors and artists. May our community grow without rivalry. But with understanding, mutual support and high quality!

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Links

Facebook

Carol Marques Cover Design

Artist Dani Smith #interview

Please give a warm welcome to my fabulous friend, artist and author Dani Smith

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m an illustrator and book cover designer focusing on fantasy, horror, and romance themes. I have been creating and publishing my own comics and novels through my boutique publishing and art business, QuickDraw Studios, since 2010. I have been on Top 100 Bestseller lists numerous times, outselling select issues of titles like Hellboy, The Walking Dead, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer in digital format.

I currently am at work with my husband and partner, Alex Julian, on numerous novel and comic projects that are projected for publication in the next year. We live in a little white cottage in San Diego, CA. with our boy Ryker, a terrier mix named Arrow, a fat guinea pig named Freckles, and a sassy black cat named Gabe the Prince of Darkness. Our house is full of murals, nude and pinup art, and rock n’ roll. We are the all-American family. 😉

Have you always wanted to become a designer/blogger?

I knew I was an artist from toddlerhood. I never questioned it, though that may not be the popular or “right” thing to do according to the society in which I live. Sometimes you are just born who you are meant to be in a straightforward fashion, no questions asked. I got into book cover illustration during my 2011 pregnancy with my son, and I have enjoyed it ever since.

My favorite book cover projects are illustrated, though I have also created covers using stock photos for authors, if this is requested. I also love doing interior illustration and character design for authors in the romance, fantasy, sci-fi, and horror genres.

What was your inspiration for your current work?

I have always been inspired by folklore, anthropology, fairy tales, film, and music. Lately I have been creating personal works for my Instagram, @daniquickdraw, that reflect my favorite popular characters or portray Instagram models that I find creatively alluring. These personal works have been immensely popular.

What are you working on now?

I am always working on the next comic book project, most recently the next issue of my bestselling Black Dog and Rebel Rose series, and two illustrated novels, ASYLUM and SHALE CITY. You can see examples of work done for these on my Instagram and Facebook pages fairly regularly.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I love to go “sideways”—that is, I drink strong coffee while also drinking a glass of wine or champagne. The alcohol relaxes me while the caffeine stimulates my creative brain and gets the juices flowing. It’s a really great combination. I love to listen to folklore, true crime, and anthropology podcasts while painting, as well as indie soundtracks on YouTube that fit whatever project I am working on at the moment.

What are your hopes for the future?

I currently have a live action film option on the table in Los Angeles for my most popular comic series, Black Dog and Rebel Rose. It has been a long time in the works, and we have had a few hurdles to jump over as time has gone by, which seems to be a fait accompli for indie films. But I remain hopeful that the project will pan out and be a success. Most recently, my producers are planning to film a teaser trailer featuring the five major characters that will be launched worldwide to promote the funding of the project.

Do you have any advice for new designers about the author world?

Make sure your work is top-notch in quality. Try to stand out from the crowd—discover what is unique about your work and focus on that. Let your light shine and the right folks will find you.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I love every single one of you. Without my fans and supporters, I would be nowhere.

Buy links

Strange Days

Boobes: An Adult Coloring Book

Skriker: A Boy and His Beast

Black Dog and Rebel Rose: Chapter One: The Road to Hell

Black Dog and Rebel Rose Revamped

Being Ophelia and Other Poems

Social media links

Twitter

Amazon

Facebook

Instagram

Goodreads

Dani Smith International Fan Page

Quick Draw Studio

Isola Bella 2 #wanderlust

It’s time to explore the lower level of the castle.

Passing classic sculptures and funny ones.

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On the lower floor of the pallazo you see the cobblestoned shell grottos, embellished with black and white rock and tuff stone chips. Source

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The view is towards the Fisher island.

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The stones on the floor is shiny due to lots of use.

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Another beautiful ceiling.

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The flowers are painted on marble.

The tapestry gallery is beautiful.

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I really wish we’d had more time there. After the tapestry gallery we continue out to the amazing garden. That will be the next blog post.

Isola Bella #wanderlust

The first day in Verbania the guide took us on a small tour around the city. Afterwards we took a water taxi to the Borromero islands. The first island was Isola Bella. We unfortunately had very limited time there since we went with the travel company’s tour of all three islands. We had to rush through the amazing baroque castle and barely had time to check out the garden.

Isola Bella (lit. ‘beautiful island’) is one of the Borromeran Islands of Lago Maggiore in north Italy. The island is situated in the Borromean Gulf 400 metres from the lakeside town of Stresa. Isola Bella is 320 metres long by 400 metres wide and is divided between the Palace, its Italianate garden, and a small fishing village.

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The island is a natural treasure made even richer by human intervention; it has always been one of the favourite visitor attractions of Lake Maggiore, not to be missed if you want unparalleled views of the lake and its surroundings. Isola Bella is dominated by its sumptuous Baroque palace, along with a luxuriant Italian-style garden, which reaches a height of 37 metres and is laid out on ten terraces. Many parts of the palace are open to visitors: richly furnished rooms and opulent salons embellished with priceless artworks.

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Adjacent to the palace and the gardens is part of the village which used to occupy the island, with some restaurants and souvenir shops.

Everything is gorgeous, especially the ceilings. The pictures are a bit crooked since we were in a hurry.

Hall ceiling.

Aside from the ceilings, there was Murano chandeliers everywhere.

Murano glass is glass made on the Venetian island of Murano, which has specialized in glassware for centuries.

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Agate and other semi precious stones are inlaid in the bureau’s.

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The paintings was almost working as wallpaper.

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In the end of the room there was a bed.

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The craftsmanship is amazing.

There was even a throne with a canopy above.

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The next room was filled with Murano glass.

Then a circular room with a round ceiling.

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The family crest includes a unicorn.

I loved the pink music room’s ceiling.

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View from bedroom.

The island you can see from here is Isola dei Pescatori (meaning Fishermen’s Island).

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.The next blog post will continue in the stone basement. I can’t describe it so you’ll just have to wait for the pictures.

*Death and the Maiden* #poetry

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His mahogany voice

Full of whiskey
Whispered promises
Of nebulous deeds
Star shattered feelings
In the obscure part
Of my opaque spirit
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Revelry ruptures my placid Hart
Benevolence flees my body
In search of pleasurable pain
To alleviate the empty space
Left in my dying imagination
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Oh how sweet the memory
Of sublime creation
My milky way of artistry
Leaves me with tears of starlight
Filling the river Styx

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On my deathbed
His whispers
Destroy and rebuild me
Fortifying my eternal devotion
To his purpose
To his very essence
The other half of my soul

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©Helle Gade 2018