Interview with Andrea Young | graphic design | Tattoo art  16/05/2013

Q: Sexy, inspirational and creative design would be my description of your art, how would you describe your style?
A: Thank you! That is an awesome compliment. I usually describe it as fun and kitchy illustration and design with a sexy edge.

Q: What is creativity for you?
A: I think creativity is being able to create something tangible that you gave birth to in your mind.

Q: Do you remember your firs creation, If so what was it?
A: I don't remember my very first creation, but I do remember in kindergarten painting a Native American girl and the staff hung it up in the cafeteria. I was very proud and honored they would do that. I guess it was my first art show!

Q: How do you get inspired and stay motivated?
A: Other artists are inspiration. To see their drive and the new things they create are the biggest motivation.

Q: Artists are constantly changing their style... How has your work evolved over the years? Do you have any influences?
A: My work is very illustrative and cartoony. I've been toying with adding more realistic elements to my art. I'm nowhere near a realistic type style, but its fun to add something new into the mix and expand and learn.

Q: You have a very unique style. When I first saw your designs I was really fascinated. pin Up, vintage, brave women are really eye-catching designs in your portfolio. Would you say that your style express your personality?
A: I think my style expresses how I would like to be seen or how I would like to see myself. Fun, flirty, strong and independent.

Q: Unique and confident women might be your biggest inspiration. Do you want to see more women on the streets like your imaginary muses? :)
A: I'm absolutely inspired by the women' nature. Woman are very unique and there are so many facets to explore. I think my drawings are inspired from woman who already walk the streets.

Q: Is there any message in your creations? Would you say that a bit of art "rebellion" is a necessity?
A: I don't have a purposeful message, but when I look at my work I think at first glance one thinks "oh how cute", but then they notice the lingerie the provocative pose and realize there is a bit more too it. Just like a woman.

Q: How do you feel about the modern-popular media? Do you feel overwhelmed? Would you change something?
A: Since having a child I've had to distance myself quiet a bit from the scene due to time restraints, so I'm not to hip to the exact current situation. I keep up with what is going on through social media as much as I can. I think people are going to do what they want to do and act like they want to act, who am I to say what to change or how something should be. Exploration and experimentation are what let us discover who we are in the end.



Q: Can you tell me about the making process? Do you use a sketchbook?
A: I have lots of sketchbooks and a lot of plain sheet paper lying around or in boxes. A lot of times Ill see a beautiful pose a photographer took of a model or an element from the wardrobe and my mind builds off of that. Ill start sketching and refining until I feel its what I see in my head. I used digital color methods a lot of the time. Its very relaxing. I can imagine its the same feeling a painter gets. Id love to be able to paint on canvas one day with that same feeling.

Q: Would you change something in your style or start working on something completely different?
A: I'd love to go back to school and learn more and just see where that takes me.



Q: What part in being a graphic designer you find as most challenging?
A: At the current moment the most challenging thing is balancing home life and work. I'm also a wedding photographer and have a 14 month old so I don't have a lot time to devote to design. I'm very selective of the projects I take right now so I don't get overwhelmed.

Q: What are the most interesting experiences with the customers? Share some of your funniest stories.
A: I don't think I have any funny stories! I've been lucky and most of my clients are so nice and easy to work with. They know what they want and the want my style not to have me re create someone else's style.

Q: People could be ruff, jealous, crazy, super-cool... As an artist, what are some of your greatest challenges or obstacles you face?
A: My greatest obstacle is myself! I see other artists work and feel envy of course. I get "artist block" and become sullen, but in the end I don't want to force anything or compare myself to anyone. I'm me and what comes out of me and from within. I'm not trying to be someone else. I like creating honesty and pretty things for others to look at and enjoy or be inspired by.

Q: Any advice for those who are starting out their career?
A: Don't force it. Go with your gut. Decide for yourself. Be yourself. Keep learning. Don't give up. Don't do it just for the money.

Your feature plans?
I've really slowed down in the art area for now with my child and surprise! another one on the way! So I will be focusing on my photography with Calicreative Studios which provides a great creative outlet while the illustration and design are on hold. I plan to come back to it when I'm able to have some time!