GALLERY ARTIST INTERVIEW: JESSICA HALLEY OF WINGED COYOTE DESIGNS

How old are you?
38

What is the primary medium you work in?
Paper-cut artwork utilizing scrapbook paper modified with markers. Also do ink with marker drawings.

What is your favorite medium to work in?
Paper, marker, and pen currently. I used to be big into colored pencils.

What is your favorite subject matter?
Different sort of fandom related topics. Usually my current and past favorites. I do love a good mash-up as well as something with a bit of humor in it. My default go to is horses, whether from TV, movies, or books or real life.

What art tools do you use, and do you have any tools or brands that you recommend?
I use a variety of tools. I have a surgical steel blade I’ve used to cut that is still my favorite that I need to repair. My current favorites for markers are Chameleon markers that blend really well and interact well with copics. I also really enjoy the Kuretake Mangaka Flexibile pen for inking.

How and when did you start creating artwork?
I’ve been creating art for as long as I can remember. My parents both encouraged me and I had the good luck to be surrounded by family, friends, and teachers who loved art. My Great Uncle Donald gave me many lessons whenever we’d visit him (and was key on helping me learn how to draw horses). Whenever we’d vacation, we’d always stop in at the local art museum as well. I have sketchbooks going back all the way to elementary school. Even back then, the art I did was mainly of the characters that I liked from the shows I watched. And of horses. Always drawings of horses.

If you could give any advice to your past-artist-self, what would it be?
Always keep drawing. That and look into artist internships. I learned about far too many great opportunities that were out there after I just graduated college because the internship program was focused more on business and law than art.

If you could create anything in the world, what would you create?
My answer to anything seems to always be everything. I have so many ideas in my head from single pieces to graphic novels to thematic connected pieces that I would love to just have them all out in the world for people to enjoy.

What is your ultimate goal as an artist?
To make pieces I love and that bring a smile to others. With the pandemic, the one thing I really miss about in person shows and conventions is just getting to interact with people. To see people’s face light up when they see a fandom that is under-represented and get to talk to them about it. To be entrusted with requests for commissions of characters that aren’t often drawn. That sort of connection is wonderful and I’m glad my art can bring that sort of happiness into people’s life.

Are you ready for the Halloween season? Is it your favorite holiday? 
Our mantle has been Halloween-ified for a few weeks already! As well as our front door. It is definitely my favorite holiday, even if I miss the brisk chill and fall leaves I usually associate with it here in hot and sunny SoCal.

What do you love most about The Haunted Mansion? 
The sheer amount of things in it. I feel like no matter how many times you go on it, you’re likely to find something new with each ride. It’s certainly a ride I don’t mind getting stuck on (and we’ve gotten stuck on it quite a bit).

Who is your favorite Grim Grinning Ghost/room at the Mansion? 
Despite not liking crowds or the dark, I’d have to say the Stretching Room (and the hallway afterwards too). The effect is just so cool and it’s so fun to see the scenes unfold as the paintings get longer. And then also that sense of anticipation of everyone in the room and wondering what is going on. I also enjoy seeing the different portraits in the following hall and how they change with the lightning flashes.

The 2003 Haunted Mansion film with Eddie Murphy, yay or nay? 
I’ll admit I’ve never seen it! I had the Art of book that was a gift, but I never have gotten around to watching it that I remember.

Which is better and why: the traditional Haunted Mansion, or Haunted Mansion Holiday? 
That’s hard. I have more of a soft spot for Holiday as we usually see it more as whenever we’d go to the park, it was during that Halloween-Christmas time. I’ve also liked Nightmare Before Christmas for a long time and the Gingerbread house they make each year is EPIC.

Would you like to share any stories/experiences/special memories that revolve around The Haunted Mansion? 
When I was little and we went to Disneyland, I remember the pop-up ghost/skeleton when you first enter the graveyard startled me so much that I still look for it every time I go on the ride. I also feel like I made my mom or dad sit in the middle because I didn’t want a hitchhiking ghost appearing on top of me, but I’m not sure if that happened or not. Regardless, I can say that being in one buggy with my parents as a lot roomier than trying to fit three adults in one buggy. It was a very snug fit and we know better now. XD

Would you take a hitchhiking ghost home? 
I’m not sure them and the cats will get along, but if they’ll help clean up the house a bit, sure!

Have you participated in the Artist Lodge Gallery before?
Many times! I love it here!

YOU CAN FIND MORE FROM JESSICA HERE:
Website
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