FEATURED ARTIST: Interview with Canada Artist, Lucas O’Dell

Lucas O’Dell

Freelance Aritst | 22 | British Columbia, Canada

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We are are excited to have, Lucas O’Dell, as our Featured Artist, he is a very talented artist that draws some amazing portrait illustrations, as well as other paintings of some awesome subject matter, show some love and go check out his wall and hit that follow button to support a fellow artist!

How long have you been an artist? What is your specialty? Where do u find inspiration?
I have identified as an artist from when I was young. However, it was only in June of 2017 that I took my artwork seriously and understood that this is what I want my career to be. I find inspiration from many of my favorite things including; Anime, Television programs, Movies, Amazing individuals who inspire me, and ultimately making people happy is my biggest inspiration.

Do you have a job in the art industry? If So, what’s one thing you don’t like about it? If no, where would your dream job be?
I have a job creating art commissions and selling original works. Before I tell you one thing I don’t like, I would like to preface with something that I do like! The kind words people have left in reviews on my store are so heartwarming that even on the worst day, reading these words gives me more motivation than anything else. Now for the thing I dislike.This industry can not only be hard to get work in but by far the most frustrating thing is starting a commission order and having the client cancel the order within the time-frame I allow (24 hours).

Do you have a favorite Artist?
I have many favorite artists from many different art forms, it would be impossible to pick one. I can however mention one man who influenced how I approach art. His name is Salvador Dali.

What is one accomplishment you’ve had in your life? Does not need to be art related.
The biggest accomplishment in my life by far has been proposing to the love of my life whom I will be marrying in September. She has been the most supportive of what I do and spending my life with her is my greatest accomplishment.


Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 20 years?
in 5 years, hopefully living in my own house where I can derive most of my income through artwork. In 10 years, happily married tackling different and difficult projects that impact my community. in 20 years, Successful enough where my artwork will be enough to provide for my family entirely.

If you could meet and talk to any person in the world, dead or alive, who would it be?
I would like to speak with Bob Ross. One of the kindest men to have graced this earth and an inspiration to me and others.

How is one way you make money with your art?
If you are interested in making money off your artwork you should start by creating various social media accounts as well and a center hub where you can sell your works. From my experience people are more attracted to custom commissions so be ready and able to produce artwork for others beside yourself. The thing every aspiring artist who wants to make money off of their hard work should know is this; find a balance between what you love to make and what people love to see you make. When you put yourself out there in an area where everyone can observe you have to remember that the people watching need to be engaged.

If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
I would like to travel the whole world over. I’m not a one destination guy. the world is my oyster.

What is your favorite brand of art supply? Whether it’s a brand of pencils or brand of camera or software
I’m a massive fan of several brands. Prismacolor (Sponsor me please…), Strathmore, Canon, Gopro, and Adobe.

Any advice for young artists?
Advice for young artists? Don’t be discouraged. There is always someone more talented than you. Simultaneously there is always someone less talented than you. You must grade yourself not by others standards but by yours. Look up to amazing artists, let them inspire you. Don’t put others down, everyone is on their own artistic journey and we all should be supporting everyone to the best of our abilities. Make art, not war.


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