Our third featured artist is Sey Studios! You may recognize Sey’s work from past galleries with The Artist Lodge. Sey is also the founder of the successful Bubble Pop Gallery located in downtown Bakersfield.
How old are you?
You never ask a lady her age!
What is the primary medium you work in?
Acrylic, ink, color pencil and watercolor.
What is your favorite medium to work in?
What is your favorite subject matter?
I find myself drawn to mermaids, round animals, and cryptozoological creatures made cute.
What art tools do you use, and do you have any tools or brands that you recommend?
I use a mix of things. For acrylics and watercolors I use brushes (preferably Trekell brushes), Deco Art Acrylics, Shin-han Watercolors, Prismacolor Pencils, and Higgins inks. I prefer to illustrate on smooth surfaces like Bristol board, watercolor paper, and illustration board.
What sources would you recommend for artists that are interested in pursuing your art medium?
Oooo… follow your favorite artists and see if they have posted any links or classes. I would recommend attending a con and going to through the Artist Alley area and see who you like and purchase their art books. I always recommend retro drawing books, history art books, children’s books (find illustrations that call to you), etc. There is so much out there. Watch the behind the scenes or extras on various animation films to learn how artists create art for movies (always fun).
How and when did you start creating artwork?
I started falling in love with art when I was only 4 and coloring. I became an artist then. I was in my first art show my senior year of high school, and have been in over 100 gallery shows since. I started feeling like a real artist in 2010 and now in 2020 I feel I know who I am, what I love doing, and doing what I love!
Did you go to school for art?
Yes, but I want to note that I don’t think every individual who wants to become an artist has to go to school for art. You can learn in so many ways, and it depends on how you learn. I’ve told my past students this. Sometimes your best learning isn’t done in a classroom, sometimes it is. You need to figure out what works best for you.
With that said, I went to Bakersfield Community College for my AA in Studio Art. I followed up with my BFA in Illustration from CSULB. I learned a lot from all my instructors, but I also learned a lot about business outside of school too.
If you could create anything in the world, what would you create?
I am creating it! But right now, at this moment, if I could work on a personal project it would be to illustrate another book (I keep starting a handful, but haven’t completed any because I’ve been so busy with commissions and orders.) I’m so grateful for it all.
What is your ultimate goal as an artist?
My ultimate goal as an artist was to be an artist and a stay at home mom, which I get too! I’m living my dream.
Can you tell us a bit about what you’re working on for this show?
For “With Love” I decided to paint Bobo the Bear (my favorite Muppet character of all time.) I have him in a powdered blue suit ready to find his mate on a 70s dating game show. I just picture him being the perfect bear-cholar (ahahhahaa).
What is your favorite Jim Henson film/project/book/etc?
Bear in the Big Blue House!
If you could live in any Jim Henson universe, what would it be?
Muppets Treasure Island
Who is your favorite Jim Henson character? Why?
Bobo the Bear. He is a fan of lists and punctuality. If I was a muppet, he would be my bear.
Who would win in a battle, Jareth and his Goblin Army or The Muppets?
Anything else you’d like to add?
Thank you so much for picking me as one of the artists to participate in this fun tribute!
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