GALLERY ARTIST INTERVIEW: BRIGITTE CHANTAL ACOSTA FLORES

What is the primary medium you work in?
I mostly paint in watercolor or acrylics.

What is your favorite medium to work in?
I like watercolors!

What is your favorite subject matter?
I am a big fan of fairytales and I enjoy illustrating my take on them. It’s a bonus if I could paint flowery landscapes.

What art tools do you use, and do you have any tools or brands that you recommend?
When it’s possible, I like to use Arches coldpress 140lb watercolor paper. Otherwise, I’ll use Canson paper instead. Other than that, I’m not incredibly picky with my paints.

What sources would you recommend for artists that are interested in pursuing your art medium?
I love to watch Heikala’s process videos on Youtube/ Instagram/ Twitter. Watching her paint is so inspiring! Framed Ink by Marcos Mateau-Mestre is a really good book to read on creating compelling compositions. 100 Tuesday Tips by Griz and Norm is another great book!

How and when did you start creating artwork?
I’ve been drawing since I was small. I read a lot of books and watched a lot of TV that inspired me to draw. In middle school, my friends and I were into anime and manga. We were all inspired by it and would write and draw our own stories, then share it with each other. Although, I don’t make comics as often as I used to, I haven’t stopped making art.

If you could give any advice to your past-artist-self, what would it be?
This may be generic advice, but draw as often as you can! Reference from life or photos! Recognize the progress you make, and realize that you can only compare you to yourself.

If you could create anything in the world, what would you create?
I’d love to illustrate a children’s book/ graphic novel or finish an animated film. Can you tell I’m overly ambitious?

What is your ultimate goal as an artist?
I’m sure a lot of people say this, but I would love to be a director or showrunner in animation someday. Although, I would be happy with putting out stories in whatever medium, with the hopes that they help someone in any way.

Are you ready for the Halloween season? Is it your favorite holiday? 
I LOVE Halloween! It is most definitely my favorite holiday. I love to wander the aisles in stores and look at decorations and costumes (although I’ll just safely look online and pretend I’ll buy something this time). I enjoy spooky, creepy things, but I have the heart of a chicken. It’s an odd balance.

What do you love most about The Haunted Mansion? 
The songs, the ambiance, the animatronics, the art, the puns! I love it all!

Who is your favorite Grim Grinning Ghost/room at the Mansion? 
My favorite is the Ballroom scene. The ghostly effects are so entertaining. Also, I am a hopelessly cheesy romantic. The ballroom dancers are incredibly sweet.

The 2003 Haunted Mansion film with Eddie Murphy, yay or nay? 
I love Eddie Murphy, and some of the ideas presented in this film were fun and the production design was nice, but I don’t think the movie was a good adaption of the ride.

Which is better and why: the traditional Haunted Mansion, or Haunted Mansion Holiday? 
I like both! But if I have to choose, I like the traditional Haunted Mansion. I appreciate how creative and unique the concepts are.

Would you like to share any stories/experiences/special memories that revolve around The Haunted Mansion? 
I worked at Disneyland for a bit, and manned the Haunted Mansion shop once (though it was a scheduling error) and spent the night telling people bad jokes. It was fun!

Would you take a hitchhiking ghost home? 
Probably not. I’m a very jumpy person, in addition to a scaredy cat.

Have you participated in the Artist Lodge Gallery before?
Yes! I created stuff for the LAIKA/ Tim Burton Tribute, 2nd Annual Ornamental Oddities, Studio Ghibli Tribute, and Legendary Creatures and Monsters Galleries.

Where can readers find your work? 
I’m mostly on Instagram @brigittechantalart and am still figuring things out on Twitter @BChantalArt.

Anything else you’d like to add?
I really enjoyed working on the art pieces for this tribute gallery and am greatly looking forward to the event. Although I’m sad they couldn’t take place in person, I’m really grateful that events like this can still take place safely.

YOU CAN FIND MORE FROM BRIGITTE HERE:
Website
Instagram
Twitter

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