Who is Amy and what do you do?
I’m that person sitting outside with a sketchbook. I love creating and am a graphic designer and illustrator with a background in fine art. I’m from the Eastern Cape, but am currently living and working in Joburg.
How would you define your style or art?
My style in general is bold and quirky done mostly in pen, paint and/or digital. But by always experimenting and working on it, “style” becomes a very dynamic and loose concept and I find my works tend to go through stages of similarity depending on what particular aspect or medium I’m fascinated most with at that time. At the moment I’m focusing a lot on creating exciting and more detailed line work done in pen. I also really enjoy doing hand rendered typography.
What inspires your work?
People and nature mostly, they form a majority of my subject matter and inspiration for most of my works. I’m fascinated by the organic beauty and details, patterns and colours found in nature and animals. Also, I love people-watching and sketching (coffee shops and beaches are the best for this), it really helps enrich visual story telling by observing and understanding people’s quirks better.
I’m also continuously inspired by the mounds of talented creatives showcasing their work online through various art and design platforms, it’s not only eye-opening to new methods and concepts but it makes me want to work harder and continuously develop my own work.
What are you currently working on?
Right now I’m using my free time to keep creating and improving my skills and ideas and building up my portfolio. I find keeping a regular blog and setting weekly goals for myself gives extra reason to sit down, be productive and create finished artworks that I am happy with and are worth sharing.
What advice would you give young creatives looking to do what you do?
Continuously work towards what and where you want to be in the creative field of your choice, and put your personality into your work, there’s so much more satisfaction in not being someone else’s copy. Also, carrying around an art journal and aiming to draw something (anything!) every day really helps. Practice and perseverance. “Expect anything worthwhile to take a long time.” – Debbie Millman.
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