Transcript of the INTERVIEW WITH AMY ROBINS for upcoming issue Sketchozine: Vol 3 VANITY, INTERVIEW CONDUCTED BY MARCIN MIGDAL
MM: Hi Amy, thanks for being here with me, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
AR: Thanks for having me! I'm 21 years old and currently studying in Wales, although I'm from England originally.
MM: How did you get involved with art, as a child is it always what you wanted to do?
AR: Actually I didn't discover art as a hobby until I was a teenager, and it was quite a sudden realisation that it was what I wanted to do. I haven't looked back since.
MM: Did you go to school to study art?
AR: I am studying Fine Art at the University of Wales, Newport at the moment and I'll be graduating next summer. I studied photography for a couple of years previously, so I am trained in both art forms.
MM: How have your friends and family felt about you pursuing art as a potential career?
AR: They are incredibly supportive! My family is quite artistic so I am lucky in that sense.
MM: Your pencil renderings are unbelievably photo-realistic, how would you describe your style?
AR: I'm interested in 'traditional' arts' relationship with photography and vice versa. Alot of my preoccupations lie in the translation of an image from a photograph to a drawn one, especially with many images now being created and presented digitally.
MM: And can you describe your workflow and process?
AR: Generally speaking I don't use grids or other visual guides when composing a drawing, and I often draw from the image displayed on my computer screen and go by my own judgements. I tend to work solidly on a drawing, spending several hours a day on it. The drawing itself is made relatively quickly; it's the planning beforehand that consumes much of my time.
MM: Why would you say you are so good? AR: Years of solid practice and dedication, that's all! MM: What has been your most memorable assignment and why?
AR: 'Gaya' (http://bit.ly/kEZt5J), most definately. The scale of the piece is much larger than anything I'd worked on before and the detail was very challenging.
MM: What do you feel is the most challenging thing about a career as an artist?
AR: Getting recognition for my work; with so many self-publicised artists on the internet I think it's very difficult to stand out nowadays.
MM: How do you market or promote yourself and your work?
AR: Until now I have mainly used art-community platforms on the internet, but I am currently planning to enter in some national art competitions with the aim of gaining more exposure and creating a new audience for my work.
MM: Is there anybody or anything you would love to draw?
AR: The more visually complex the subject, the better! I'm not too interested in drawing well-known personalities, my interest is in the aesthetic power of an image.
MM: What do you feel is the most vital element of an image?
AR: An image needs to be eye-catching and beautiful in some way to entice the viewer... in the same way a movie needs to entertain the audience, now matter what the underlying message is.
MM: What advice do you have for somebody who wants to pursue a career as an artist?
AR: I think you need alot of determination, and you need to be able to take the blows and keep going no matter what. It's a tough industry to break in to.
MM: What is your greatest fear?
AR: Letting myself down.
MM: What talent would you most like to have?
AR: I would love to be multi-talented so that I could adapt to anything!
MM: Something you’re still learning?
MM: Which 5 words would your friends describe you as?
AR: Hard working, patient, clumsy, daft!
MM: And the last question, if you had one wish…
AR: I wish to lead a happy life, whatever that entails...
MM: Oh one more, if someone said ‘how can I be the next Amy Robins?’ What would you say?
AR: Stick to what you love doing... and keep working at it.
MM: Thank you Amy for telling us about you, hopefully this is one step closer to getting you exposure:)
AR: Thanks Marcin, your readers can find out more about me at www.sketchoholic.com/AmyRobins