GALLERY ARTIST INTERVIEW: ALEX FLORES OF SIMPLY SKETCHING

How old are you?
24

What is the primary medium you work in?
I primarily work digitally, or with 3D programs.

What is your favorite medium to work in?
My favorite medium to work with is pencil or marker.

What is your favorite subject matter?
My favorite thing to draw is animals!

What art tools do you use, and do you have any tools or brands that you recommend?
I really love using Col-Erase Prismacolor pencils and Copic markers. I recommend the Col-Erase pencils for anyone that enjoys sketching or gesture drawing, they’re very affordable and great to use for layering.

What sources would you recommend for artists that are interested in pursuing your art medium?
For anyone looking to get into art, no matter what medium, I highly encourage figure drawing or drawing from life. Just draw anything and everything! I really love the website Line of Action, you can pick from multiple subjects and can adjust timers for drawing as needed.

How and when did you start creating artwork?
I started making art when I was very young, my dad would draw pictures for me with pencil and paper and I’d try to copy what he had made me. I haven’t stopped ever since.

Who or what are your biggest artistic influences?
I have many inspirations and they vary depending on my medium, but most of my artistic influences come from nature, the current state of our environment, the animation/entertainment industry, and paleontology.

If you could give any advice to your past-artist-self, what would it be?
If I had to give any advice to my past self, it would be to keep making art, don’t worry about whether or not its good. Just keep creating.

What is your absolute dream project? If you could create anything in the world, what would you create?
My dream project would be to do anything dinosaur related, or anything related to animal or environmental conservation.

What is your ultimate goal as an artist? Has this changed over your art career?
My ultimate goal as an artist is to make art my career, whether working at a studio or working independently. I’d ideally like to work on awesome projects with awesome people.

What is your favorite plant and/or animal? 
My favorite animal changes pretty often, but my current favorite animal is the Bengal tiger, and my favorite plant is the Monstera plant.

Is nature something that you’re drawn to? 
Absolutely. I love being able to venture outdoors and be able to experience nature.

Can you tell us about the pieces you created for this gallery? 
For the gallery I really wanted to try blending different shades of color and experiment by adding some different techniques to my work. I’m pretty happy with the outcome.

Are there any messages that you’re aiming to convey with the art you created for this gallery? 
In the past I’ve made some pretty elaborate pieces for the Artist Lodge. This time I decided to go with something a bit simpler, a “less is more” approach.

Would you like to share any stories/experiences/special memories that revolve around the theme of this gallery? 
I think back to my childhood when I would visit Oregon for a big family reunion. My cousins and I would always try to catch animals out in the woods. We would catch and release all sorts of creatures, it was something I looked forward to every year as a kid.

If you could invent any kind of plant or animal, what would it be/look like/what kind of environment would it thrive in? 
I think a fully aquatic big cat would be something really cool to see! Like a Jaguar or Tiger, but to the extreme.

Have you participated in the Artist Lodge Gallery before? 
Yes, this is probably the third or fourth Artist Lodge gallery I’ve participated in.

Anything else you’d like to add?
Thank you so much for including me! I always love how creative and open the Artist Lodge galleries are.

YOU CAN FIND MORE FROM ALEX FLORES HERE:
Website
Instagram

*Please note that all artwork is reposted with permission from the artists. Please do not use, alter, or repost the artwork without direct permission from the artists. Each artist may have a different Creative Commons license on their work/images and you will need to contact them directly in order to obtain permission for your uses.

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