GALLERY ARTIST INTERVIEW: DIANE MCAMIS

How old are you?
29

What is the primary medium you work in?
Graphite, ink, water color and acrylic.

What is your favorite medium to work in?
I love working with graphite and pencils.

What is your favorite subject matter?
Definitely portraits! Whether it’s real or fantasy people, I love drawing busts and portraits.

What art tools do you use, and do you have any tools or brands that you recommend?
My main weapons of choice are regular mechanical pencils, Daiso thin erasers, Copic multiliners, Holbein water color and Golden & Liquitex acrylic paint.

What sources would you recommend for artists that are interested in pursuing your art medium?
I don’t have anything specific, but, Youtube has turned into an incredible resource with so much content for free. Outside of that, drawing from life or through life drawing courses will help hone your skills. If life drawing classes are out of reach then find a person or place or object that strikes your fancy and snap a photo. Having references helps immensely and it’s an inexpensive way to practice.

How and when did you start creating artwork?
I started very young. I was so inspired by Sailor Moon and the Pokemon and YuGiOh card art when I was little that I wanted to constantly recreate it. From there it evolved and I found my love of creating fantasy ladies.

If you could give any advice to your past-artist-self, what would it be?
Make more art and don’t be afraid to try new things.

If you could create anything in the world, what would you create?
I have this strong desire to create an illustrated book/light novel. The amount of work would be intense but it would be a cool project to complete!

What is your ultimate goal as an artist?
I want to find a good balance of beautiful and unsettling in my work to make the viewers feel something and do a double take.

Are you ready for the Halloween season? Is it your favorite holiday? 
I am so ready! It is in fact my favorite holiday. 🙂 I love the idea of transforming yourself and dressing up. Such a fun creative outlet!

What do you love most about The Haunted Mansion? 
I love the different interactive experiences the audience goes through throughout the ride from the beginning in the stretching room to the end of the ride where you get to take a ghost home. It creates different levels of fantasy and whimsy that you get to experience up close. There’s so much to take in that I feel like you’ll find new things every time you go.

Who is your favorite Grim Grinning Ghost/room at the Mansion? 
This is a toss up between Mrs. Constance Hatchaway and the dancing ghosts in the ballroom.

The 2003 Haunted Mansion film with Eddie Murphy, yay or nay? 
I know I’ve seen it but for the life of me I can’t remember much about it. So I honestly can’t say.

Which is better and why: the traditional Haunted Mansion, or Haunted Mansion Holiday? 
I love both for different reasons. But the last five years I’ve mostly caught the Haunted Mansion Holiday so going back for the original was nice.

Would you like to share any stories/experiences/special memories that revolve around The Haunted Mansion? 
I wouldn’t say it’s special but during the Haunted Mansion Holiday the ride stopped during the ballroom scene for a bit and I got to fully appreciate the gingerbread house that was on display that year. It’s different every year and made by some amazing bakers. It’s so intricate but you don’t always get enough time to really look. AND they make it smell like gingerbread so that’s always a plus!

Would you take a hitchhiking ghost home? 
Of course!

Have you participated in the Artist Lodge Gallery before?
I have! Always a fun time with great themed shows. 🙂

Where can readers find your work? 
You can find my work on instagram @dianemcamis

YOU CAN FIND MORE FROM DIANE HERE:
Website
Instagram

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