About the artist

This week we meet psychedelic image maker, Monika Michl. Monika is a retired saleslady from Germany. Before retiring, she worked part-time and also had a graphical online business on the side, which made her life much more fun! Her first experience of digital art was in the 1970s, where she became hooked and has loved it ever since!

Monika has several artistic styles, her favourite being pop-art and what she calls her ‘flipped out edits’. She uses a mixture of stock images and photos she takes to create her art; her subjects vary but are often portraits, to which she applies her trippy, frenetic editing techniques.

How did you first get into digital art?

Through my computer in the 1970s. It was an early giant model, but I was immediately hooked, especially using it to create fractals.

Why did you choose digital art as your medium?

I love it. I was used to creating my art by hand; digital art has so many possibilities!

What artistic styles are you particularly drawn to?

Pop Art, fantasy, and all the unique types of work I can find.

What inspires you?

Life, nature, people and especially abstract art.

What is your artistic motivation?

Just the ability to express myself.

Of all your images to date, which is your favourite and why?

Oh gosh; I really can’t answer that honestly! It always depends on my mood. One day I find this one is my favourite, and the next day another one.

Which three words or phrases would you use to describe your work?

Mine, unique and various styles

What interesting responses to your artwork have you had?

Ìn highschool, I entered exhibitions and was awarded a lot of prizes. It wasn’t digital work back then, though!

Name three artists who inspire you.

Steve Radlow, Dali and Picasso.

How do you think you’ve improved as an artist compared to when you first started?

It’s difficult for me to say. I would have to leave it to other people to comment.

What advice would you give yourself if you could go back to when you started making art?

It would definitely be to learn a bit more from other people; like I do today!

Which apps/programs do you use to create your art and which are your favourites?

Too many to mention! My current favourites to work with are PicsArt, Toolwiz and Pixlr.

Do you use images from stock sites as well as your own photos and if so, which are your favourites and why?

Yes, I use both. My favourites are Pexels Stock and FreePixels Stock. They are useful apps, and their customer service is excellent.

And finally, do you that people often dismiss digital art as a valid art form?

No. Not on Instagram, at least; I feel the opposite is the case. I do think drawings taken into digital art are not given the applause they deserve, though.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and images with us, Monika!

Where to find Monika’s work online

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