About the artist
This week we discover the fan-art and fantasy images of Elizabeth Hinders. Elizabeth comes from Kettering, near Dayton Ohio. Right now, she lives in an apartment with her mother and four animals: two dogs and two cats. Her art mostly stems from a need to express herself in healthy ways, emotionally and physically. Elizabeth started taking art seriously in 2009 with photo-manipulations and has since started learning digital painting and darkroom photography. She currently works at Goodwill in the back room and creates her art in her free time.
How did you first get into digital art?
I preferred traditional drawing at first because I felt like I had more control over what I was creating; once I found Photoshop I switched to photo-manipulations.
Why did you choose digital art as your medium?
Photoshop was just so fascinating to me. The art I could create with it looked so alive. It started out as creating banners; eventually I got bored with making those and wanted to learn more. I also joined deviantART and seeing all of the beautiful artwork there, decided to work more on my technique.
What artistic styles are you particularly drawn to?
I’m really fond of impressionism and how it can be so abstract, while at the same time coming together into something recognisable; it seems to me to express more emotion. Pop-art also interests me, incorporating all the wild images that might not usually go together, but which work in that setting.
What inspires you?
Music and other forms of art inspire me, amongst other things. It seems like the highly emotional works draw me to create, but sometimes beauty wins the day as well.
What is your artistic motivation?
The main reason I create is to release emotions; artwork is the best way for me to channel what I’m feeling into something productive. I used to be pretty self-destructive but now, doing this, is what saves me.
Of all your images to date, which is your favourite and why?
My favourite image is called ‘I want to eat your cancer when you turn black‘. Ink is very attractive to me and I love what it looks like when photo-manipulated against another stock image. It always seems to exude darkness and chaos. And I also love Nirvana and was happy to make a fan art of sorts.
Which three words or phrases would you use to describe your work?
Emotional. Dark. Pop.
What memorable responses to your artwork have you had?
The responses that affect me the most are those I never get. I hate so much making something and loving it, only to find out nobody else feels that love. The best compliment I have gotten is that my work is good enough for Rolling Stone. That made me feel pretty awesome!
Name three artists who inspire you.
How do you think you’ve improved as an artist compared to when you first started?
At first, I had a lot of trouble keeping motivated long enough to make anything coherent. It wasn’t quite feeling bored, it was just impatience. Now, I try to spread out the time I work on things so that I give myself more than one day to decide if something is finished or not.
What advice would you give yourself if you could go back to when you started making art?
I would definitely tell myself to slow down, that you don’t have to post every day. And to appreciate the work myself and not to rely on how much other people like it.
What devices/equipment do you use to create your art?
Wacom Intuos tablet.
Which apps/programs do you use to create your art and which are your favourites?
Almost exclusively Photoshop.
Do you use images from stock sites as well as your own photos and if so, which are your favourites and why?
I use stock images along with my own resources because I don’t have the time or money to hire models, etc. My favourite site to visit is called unsplash.com. You wouldn’t believe how much selection it has and how all of it is royalty-free. I also use Depositphotos, mostly for specific images I’m looking for.
And finally, do you find that digital art is often dismissed as a valid art form?
Definitely. When I tell people about making art, they seem to lose some of the interest when they find out it’s digital and therefore assumed not to be as hard.
Thank you very much for sharing your insights and work, Elizabeth!