FEATURED ARTIST: Interview with California Artist, Adrianne Tamar Arachne

Adrianne Tamar Arachne

Illustrator | 31 | California

@adriannetamararachneart | www.adriannetamararachne.com
We are super excited to have, Adrianne Tamar Arachne, as our Featured Artist, she is an amazing artist that creates awesome fantasy art, we can’t get enough of it and we know you’ll love it, so head over to her wall to scope all her work, while your there make sure to 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 guess the typical answer is “as long as I can remember”, and that definitely holds true here. I was drawing characters and scenes and creatures ever since I could hold a pencil, and luckily my mom encouraged creativity as I was growing up. My specialty in terms of subject matter is shamanism-influenced fantasy illustration. My specialty in terms of medium is oil paint, colored pencil, and digital work. I find inspiration in my spirituality, nature, bio-luminescence, and the beautiful, glowing colors that emerge around sunrise and sunset.

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 am a part time freelance illustrator at the moment. I’ve gotten to work on some fun projects, including taking the lead on a Last Unicorn themed tarot deck earlier this year. If there’s anything I don’t like about freelancing, it’s the inconsistency of the business.. you don’t always know where your next gig is coming from, and it can be a little stressful between jobs. My dream job would probably be just getting paid to create my own world all the time.. is that a possibility? 😉


Do you have a favorite Artist?
Oh, so many! I think Wylie Beckert and Peter Mohrbacher are amongst my top picks.

What is one accomplishment you’ve had in your life? Does not need to be art related.
Well.. two years ago, I went down to Peru to live with a Shipibo tribe for 3 weeks, and involve myself in their shamanic practices. It was a life-changing experience, and profoundly shifted my life as well as my devotion to my art.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 20 years?
To be honest, I don’t know what’s going to happen. Not now, not tomorrow. I’m not sure that I have a set-in-stone plan, nor even a vision, about how it’s all gonna be. All I do know is that I want to keep creating, and to keep creating from the authentic magic in my being. It’s been the one consistent thing that has stayed with me my whole life. If I am somehow still able to keep devoting my life to art 5 years from now.. 10 years from now.. 20 years from now.. I’ll consider it a life well-lived. But I anticipate that, within that time, there’s likely to be more than one surprise.. and.. who knows.. probably some unforeseen shifts in my life direction. And that’s ok. 🙂

If you could meet and talk to any person in the world, dead or alive, who would it be?
Oh man. Probably Hayao Miyazaki.. a lifelong hero of mine.

How is one way you make money with your art?
Selling prints off my website is fairly lucrative at times, also doing events/festivals is a great way to peddle off a bunch of art sales.. mostly due to the high exposure that happens in a concentrated area. Freelancing gigs tend to be the bread and butter, though.


If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
Norway! Because of the fjords. And the Vikings. I’ma catch me one!

What is your favorite brand of art supply? Whether it’s a brand of pencils or brand of camera or software
Well, I still use Prismacolors.. although they aren’t made as well as they used to be, these days. As for oil paints, I’m all over the place.. but tend towards Grumbacher if I can. As for my digital equipment, I’m pretty standardized with an iMac and wacom tablet. 🙂


Any advice for young artists?
Just keep going. Really. Just keep doing it, and don’t stop. Even if you get discouraged, or overwhelmed, or look around at other artists and just feel like you don’t measure up.. keep doing it for the sake of your own expression. Don’t compare yourself to anybody else. Just measure yourself against yourself. Be achievement oriented, not competitive. And do it for the love of it. <3


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