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Welcome Welcome to this week’s Spotlight On Art

Today we are talking with the wonderful illustrator Louise Boulter, of Louise Boulter Illustration.

  • How did you get started in illustrations?

When I think about it,  I was illustrating to text when I was at school, creating stories and illustrating them.  My first job was for a lovely lady who owns fashion label Brat and Suzie. She got me going by asking me to come up with some illustrations for her t-shirts.

That sounds like a lot of fun!

  • Has art been a lifelong passion of yours?

I grew up with my mum who was an artist and Studied fine art at Wimbledon school of art. So I grew up in that environment.  It felt unnatural and intimidating studying fine art, but drawing and illustrating has always been something I’ve done, like sitting down to a good book.

My mom is also an artist, and my illustrator, but I could never draw well enough to suit myself so I stuck with writing. I think it is always amazing when someone can draw and create like that!

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  • How do you want people to feel when they see what you’ve created?

 

Most of the time the work I produce is commissioned by a client.  So I want them to like it.  I do family portraits so I would like the client to feel I’ve captured the nature of their family in one way or another.

Understandable! You want to make sure you capture what they want…which would drive me crazy. In my opinion, that is probably much more difficult than creating what pops into your own head and then hoping people in general enjoy it!

 

  • What media do you prefer to draw/create in, and why?

I love drawing with a scratchy fountain pen and quink ink when its all scratchy and unpredictable.

I enjoy writing with a fountain pen as well, mostly because the ink flows in funny ways and the scratch is very ‘old world’ and satisfying. 

 

  • What is your creative space/working environment like?

A complete and utter mess.  I am currently surrounded by receipts for tax, scraps of paper, pens rolling around the desk top and as it stands 4 empty teacups.  I try and tidy it once a week.

I don’t believe in completely clean work spaces! I always feel like if the work area is clean (while you’re in a project anyway) that you are probably having issues with the job at hand. 

 

  • What is something new that you’ve either learned or noticed recently?

These wonderfull GIFs that have been floating around.  Ive seen so many beautiful moving images recently.

I love those! 

 

  • What illustration related projects would you love to be able to do in the future?

A childrens book.  I am currently going though a process with a writer.

Wonderful! Children’s books are so much fun!

  • What inspires you?

People and nature.  I find I don’t really need to walk far at all until I see someone interesting.  The sensations of walking by the sea or in a forest or clifftops is almost like my fuel to keep me inspired and happy.

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Nature is so amazing, ever changing and ever solid. I find a lot of inspiration there as well. 

Thank you Louise for joining us today! It has been a lot of fun getting to know you and I look forward to seeing that children’s book soon.

You can find Louise Boulter at:

http://www.louiseboulter.co.uk/

and on Twitter: @123lop

Remember, if you, or someone you know, would like to be featured on a Tuesday Spotlight or on an Author Interview Friday please leave me a comment letting me know!

As always, I look forward to hearing from you so start up a conversation in the comment section and I’ll hop on in! Until we meet again, may your week be full of blessings and inspiration!

Author Interview: Kayla Matt

Thank you everyone for joining us on another segment of Author Interview Fridays. Today I have the great pleasure to present to you the author of what we’re calling ‘hybrid’ novels, Kayla Matt.

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Thank you for taking the time to participate in this Kayla! Let’s get to it:

Author Interview Questions

  • What name do you write under? Is this a pseudonym? Do you use more than one name when you write?

I usually go by K.Matt. It’s not a pseudonym. But if I did have one, I’m not sure what I’d use.

  • Tell us about the first time you realized that you were an author or were going to be an author.

To be honest, I can’t really pinpoint when, exactly, I’d realized that I was an author. I went to college to become an illustrator, and am still working at that. If I had to choose a time, I’d say that it was sometime in middle school that I started writing more. But I never put much thought into publishing anything until after college.

  • What genre(s) do you write in, and why?

Now this is a loaded question… My work is usually some blend of horror, sci-fi, and urban fantasy. The books themselves are 1st person/present tense, and consist of a combination of prose and graphic novel elements. The reason I stick with this—let’s call it a hybrid—is because I enjoy it. I wish I could say there was more to it than that, but there really isn’t. I enjoy it, and find myself hoping that others do, as well.

  • What genres are your favorites to read? Why?

I’ll go for pretty much anything that’s not romance/erotica. But if I had to pick a favorite, I would say probably fantasy. Usually, I’ve been reading a lot of graphic novels. For those, the same rules tend to apply: nothing too heavy on the romance.

  • Tell us about your two all-time favorite characters: 1 that you wrote and 1 that someone else wrote.

Now this is a hard one… There are a lot of fictional characters out there that I love. And having to choose just one of my own is like trying to tell someone to play favorites with their kids. But here goes!

Out of all characters created by someone else, I think one of my favorites of all time may be Batman. Not a literary character, per se, but the different approaches taken with the character over the past 75+ years interest me. People have gone campy with him, they’ve gone serious… there’s a Batman for pretty much every mindset. He’s been a favorite of mine since I was a kid.

I will accept Batman as a literary character!

As for mine, it’s a toss-up between Travis and Ivy. Travis is my favorite to write. He’s the main narrator of my first three books, and is a half-monkey man with hair longer than any of those around him. His friends and family have probably taken to calling him Rapunzel behind his back, after a certain point. Also, he possesses a strong regenerative ability, accompanied with an insanely high metabolism. Along with all of that is some level of insecurity, some of which concerns his nose, and a lot of it having to do with his childhood.  As for Ivy, she was the first one I’d created, around 13-14 years ago. Telepathic, telekinetic, and has a very unique blood composition that requires her to drink alcohol as opposed to water. She works as an assassin, but greatly enjoys her downtime. And both can veer into smartass territory every so often. So, like I said, it’s sort of a tie between these two.

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  • There is a lot of controversy about allowing books to be made into movies (especially when they cut or change large portions of the plot). Would you be willing for your books/stories to become a movie? Why or why not?

 

I think it would all depend on how much input I would get. If someone were insane enough to want to make a movie based on these books, I’d hope they would agree with my vision. I’d definitely want it to be animated. At the same time, I would NOT want it to be geared toward children. Seriously, just no. Of course, the controversy that would likely stem from it would definitely help raise further awareness of it… But no. I’d rather not receive angry letters from someone’s parents.

  • How do you handle writer’s block?

In that case, I usually put on some music, watch cartoons, and grab a snack. Or roleplay with a friend. That generally brings about ideas.

  • What inspires you?

Oh, man…I have a lot of inspiration out there…horror movies, Disney films, animation, the works of Stephen King and Jim Butcher… And comics. Can’t forget comics.

  • How do you respond when people ask what you do, then make that face if you say “I’m an author”?

Oddly enough, it hasn’t really come up. Though I would imagine I would get offended. Usually, they seem to be somewhat interested, and then ask where they can find my books. Which is, of course, some degree of nerve-wracking.

Seriously, apparently the people in my area are the ones that worry about ‘stability’ and ‘money’…or maybe they’re just the ones willing to rudely spout it out to a person they’ve just met.

  • Finally, tell us where to go to find you

My Twitter handle is @MarieTwixie, and my Facebook page for my books is at http://facebook.com/HellBentBookSeries ,where one can find all sorts of artwork and updates pertaining to these books. Both Visions and Retribution can be found on Kindle and in paperback on both Amazon and CreateSpace, and in hardcover on Lulu.com. Book 3: Destruction is currently in the works, and if I can get it finished when I’d like to, it should be up for release around Halloween. Hopefully.

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*All images provided by, and property of, Kayla Matt*

Thank you Kayla! We look forward to seeing what you do next.

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Artistry?

Have you ever wished that you knew how to do that one certain thing? Perhaps you always wanted to learn to skateboard, or to do a back handspring, or to turn junk shop finds into high end treasures.

For me it has always been the desire to learn how to draw. I can copy fairly rudimentary patterns with a small amount of success, but to draw my own illustrations…that’s a dream that I just can’t seem to realize.

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(actual paintings created by me: Elizabeth S Tyree)

My illustrator is my mother, and she is an honest to goodness artist. The woman can paint, draw, or sew just about anything you ask her to, as long as she can visualize the outcome. If I do my job correctly, she can visualize and draw out my characters EXACTLY how I see them. Of course, without a writer’s words paving the way, you may never know about the purple and orange aliens that reside on the small planetary body of R1392Q12. That’s where I come in.

You see, the inhabitants of Planetary Body R1392Q12—which they refer to as Glorph – are a peculiar race.

With heads and long necks similar to those of our giraffes, a body that resembles the size and stature of a large horse, and eyes positioned in their nostrils, Glorphians can be told apart mainly by the number of spots on their back legs, and the color of their tongues. The spots on their back legs often include lines of runes, these lines denote their family titles and are tattooed on in lime green by Glorphites (a race of mole-like mammals that live as a lower class society to the Glorphians and use their own quills to tattoo the upper class). Tongue colors, which are natural and change from the birth color at about 6 weeks, denote their job types and can range throughout the rainbow and include neon pink for school teachers, burgundy for butchers, and black for their politicians.

The language spoken, and written, by all of the residents of Glorph is a softly guttural range of clicks, clacks, grunts, and whistles. The runes used to write this language closely resemble plantlife, the curving lines almost surprising coming from brushes of sweet grass held in the Glorphians mouths and dipped in dampened, crushed stones of various colors.

Their planet is made of gray and deep green, but the stones that are mined provide all colors for artwork and reading materials. Buildings are tall versions of the old cliff homes in our own state of Colorado.

Without this information, the artist may not be able to visualize the subject. So I do my part and paint a mental picture. Maybe that is a form of drawing, maybe I provide the image and inspiration for artists…OR…maybe I’m just a dreamer. Yeah, that’s probably it. Both those Glorphians are really nice guys!