Today we are talking with the artist Kim Turner. Kim does wonderful fantasy artwork especially Faeries.
You can visit her website and purchase her PSP tubes from PSP TubeStop. Thank you so much for talking with us today Kim.
1) How did you become a part of the psp tube community? Through the initiative of Lisa Cree, she found a niche for artists and I jumped at the chance to be a part of her team.
2) What does your artwork mean to you? My artwork is everything to me, it's great to be able to create a little bit of fantasy or whimsy to brighten someone's day. I love being able to unwind or get into the 'painting zone' and just create however it evolves, so besides being fun it's also great stress relief.
3) What inspires you in creating your artwork?Anything in nature, faces, eyes, colours, flowers, wings, bones, feathers, scales, words...other art... the list is endless. But who knows what triggers it, and have definitely felt that crumminess that comes with finding no inspiration!
4) How long have you been selling psp tubes?
Only a very short time, but I'm really enjoying it so far.
5) How do you create your artwork? Is it by hand or digitally? What tools do you use in doing the artwork?Mine is all created by hand, sometimes I use watercolours, pencils, acrylics and a combination of all to get a colour or tone I am after. It's good to be able to jus create from your own imagination, but sometimes it's also good to have reference to work from too - I bought myself one of the Elf dolls Uyoo, and now I find I have a lot of faeries with rather long necks ;)
6)Aside from psp tubes, what else do you create with your artwork?Actually I have to say I am pretty mad for Zazzle and all their amazing products. It sounds like I work for them, but I can't believe how awesome their print quality is. When I am not painting I spend time there creating new prints, greeting cards, postcards, mugs ~ even printed pillows are now available! It's easy to spend hours creating fabulous new items.
7) As you have developed your style and artwork, which artists have influenced you?Any of the traditional masters, Bougereau, Waterhouse, of course Alan Lee and Brian Froud, any of the 19th illustrators like Dulac, Rackham, Bauer...
8) Does the psp community help artists become more well known with getting their names and artwork more visible?Definitely, it's a great community to be involved with, I've already met lots of new artists and I look forward to lots more in the future.
9) What do you enjoy the most about being part of the psp community?I think the challenges and group collaborations for me have been the most exciting part, as an artist you tend to be insular and just do your own thing, so it's good to have different challenges set and work in a team for a common goal.
10) What are some of your favorite art pieces which you have done and why?I think my favourite would be the Marie Antoinette Let them eat cupcake series. They just are a bit of fun and people have responded well to them which is nice feedback for any artist. And perhaps one of my first ever, a faerie called Celeste which managed to make it into The Art of Faery book by David Riche. It's over ten years old now, but I still like her.
11) Do you prefer tags with your art tubes animated or non animated? Or are both great to you?
I think both are great, I'm a would-be-faery, so anything that sparkles gets my vote!
12) Do you do commissions for taggers? How about ideas for tubes which taggers may have?
I haven't done any as yet, but certainly open to the idea.
13) Is there anything which you don't allow to be done with your artwork? For example mirroring, animation, etc.I think anything that changed it so much it wasn't recognizable would be on the list of please don't do's, but anything else which a psp artists feels looks good, I say go for it!
14) Would you like to receive tags which our readers may do featuring your artwork? We often love to send the artists tags by our members.
I'd love to see what anyone comes up with! kimturnerart at yahoo dot com dot au