GALLERY ARTIST INTERVIEW: JESSICA HALLEY OF WINGED COYOTE DESIGNS

What is the primary medium you work in?
I’ve mainly been working in paper-cut artwork, but this show, I ended up focusing more on my ink and marker work which has been one of my focuses over the years, but don’t make their presence in galleries as much.

What is your favorite medium to work in?
It all depends on the theme, but both paper-cut and markers are up there in favorites. Paper-cut can be soothing with figuring out how to make all the different shapes fit together and cutting them out. Markers can give me a more of an ‘instant’ gratification of finishing a piece a bit faster.

What is one medium that you would love to learn?
Currently I’ve been trying out working with resin and look forward to learning more of just getting better at pours and then how to do layered work and different mixtures within the resin!

What is your favorite subject matter?
I tend to gravitate to whatever my favorite media is, whether it’s a current find or an old favorite. The old favorites tend to be 80s-90s themed and also involve a lot of horses. My old reliable is definitely horses. When in doubt, that’s what I doodle. In non-fandom terms, I like mythology and magical creatures and designs like celtic knotwork. I also tend to be a sucker for making border/frame designs.

What art tools do you use, and do you have any tools or brands that you recommend?
I have a large collection of tools. My current favorites still for markers are my chameleon set with a small selection of copics that I hope to increase as time goes on.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the three art supply items that you would have with you?
Sketchbook, 2H pencils, markers.

What sources would you recommend for artists that are interested in pursuing your art medium?
Every time I do this interview, there’s this question. And every time, I say I’m going to look around for some content so I’m prepared for next time. And here it is, next time, and I still have no sources. XD There’s a lot of great paper-cut artists on instagram. A few that I follow are @ryanriller_, @manorplacesdesigns, @oodlesofcutoodles, @grovesketched, @marcelestaudenmaier, @bunnypirates, @popcutouts, @carolinedoodles, @matthewpleva, @ceres_lau, @jackiehuangstudios, @fenway.wei.fan, @dariaaksenovaart, @campluswhit, @adampapercuts, @shardula, @britsketch, and @theartofnathannaerica which can give you an idea of just all the possibilities with paper-cut artwork. As for ink and markers, I always recommend Todd Nauck’s youtube channel. He has a lot of videos up there of his post-it notes and covers where you can get a good idea of color choices and inspiration from how he does his drawings.

How and when did you start creating artwork?
I’ve been doing art for as long as I can remember. I’m not even sure of the how. I just would doodle and draw and it’s only grown from there thanks to teachers and family.

Who or what are your biggest artistic influences?
Oh there are too many. In the art history world, Alphonse Mucha is definitely a big influence. I tend to be a sponge otherwise and pick up things here and there from looking at other people’s artwork and what I like about them. There’s influences from childhood fantasy books. In recent times, @nokkinatter got me into the idea of shadowboxes with her wonderful work. I know Marcus To has influenced how I draw eyes and Todd Nauck has influenced noses and facial structure. I wish I could have the ease of emotion that Brianna Garcia has and tend to browse her work when I’m having problems trying to figure out how to do the right squash and stretch for a difficult facial expression.

If you could give any advice to your past-artist-self, what would it be?
Just keep swimming.

If you could create anything in the world, what would you create?
To just get all the ideas in my head onto paper. There are too many for the amount of time I have in the day.

What would you do if you were only two inches tall? 
I would curl up on top of one of my cats. Like when they’re curled up like a cinnamon roll, I’d just nestle right up in the middle as if they were a giant beanbag chair. Even if they’d likely try and eat me. I’d also want to just climb one of my lilac bushes. That’d seem like fun.

If you could shrink any piece of art to carry around in your pocket with you, what would it be and why? 
There’s a lot which is what postcards are for, right? But at the moment, I wouldn’t mind ‘Automedon with the Horses of Achilles’ by Herni Regnault in my pocket.

Can you tell us about the pieces you created for this gallery? 
Inspiration took awhile to come with the broad theme of the gallery, but eventually the idea hit to look at the different types of items that are the size of an artist trading card. I had ideas to do five types, but time got the better of me. The first of that initial idea was a tarot card inspired by the Old Guard. As soon as the tarot card inspiration hit, I knew I wanted to do Nicky and Joe as The Lovers considering that while upright the card symbolizes love, harmony, and strong bonds, when reversed it symbolizes distrust, imbalance, and conflict, which fits their long relationship very well. The second of the initial idea was to do a baseball type card. I’ve been wanting to do post-its of the wives of Henry VIII from Six the Musical, so this was the perfect opportunity to start out. I only wanted to do one since the gallery allowed five pieces and I didn’t want to pick with wife to leave out, so for the gallery I did Anne Boleyn considering her outfit is fun and also ‘Don’t Lose Your Head’ earworms me all the time. To fill out the other five, I included two pieces I’d done in this size for Game of Thrones which was fun as I had wanted to just do a mirror of Jon Snow’s black outfit with his white wolf and the snow and Daenerys’ white outfit with her black dragon. The last one is also another start of a series that I had an idea for awhile ago of the 2017 Power Rangers in gray scale with their Zords as actual animals. I picked Billy and his triceratops as the first as I just love him so much.

Are there any messages that you’re aiming to convey with the art you created for this gallery? 
Enjoy?

Would you rather have the ability to shrink very small or become a giant? 
I am already small, so maybe just growing would be nice if just because it’s make hanging artwork and things easier if I could just grow bigger instead of having to go get all the ladders and hoping they’ll fit against the wall right.

Is this the smallest piece of artwork that you’ve ever created? 
Do doodles in margins of notebooks count? I’ve done paper-cut objects in bigger pieces that are smaller than this, but as a whole, this tends to be the smallest I work.

Have you participated in the Artist Lodge Gallery before? 
Many, many, many times. And likely to be many, many more.


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