Alex Constantinides – Alexartdreams

How would you describe yourself?

I am a loud and bubbly person that likes to do the right thing. I don’t take myself too seriously and generally like to poke fun at myself and others. 

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How would you describe your art?

I would say my art is an ever changing butterfly, full of colour and vibrancy. I love having the freedom to express what I want, what I feel, what I need at that precise moment. As a result, my work can sometimes look drastically different from day to day, this used to bother me but I have learned to embrace it.

How would you describe your field?

The field of art and illustration is a rollercoaster ride. You gets your ups and downs as with any other profession, with this field you can have a lot of different obstacles to overcome as well as your own demons to battle to stay in the game. One of the highlights is most artists and illustrators are wildly interesting, quirky and just a little crazy and they are totally my kind of people. I have made some great friends and met some really cool people from this field and when you get together and share your hopes and fears you realise you are not alone.

What do you want to say through your art?

I want to create something that is visually appealing and makes someone feel good just by looking at it. I generally like to create light hearted and bright pieces, nothing with too much depth or to be taken too seriously. I feel, as time goes by and as my hand grows older and my mind and heart becomes wiser, I will eventually journey into a different style of art, perhaps even more political and more outspoken but for now I am content with what I am doing. 

What / Who inspires you?

 Inspiration comes to me in so many forms. Inspiration usually hits when I spend time in nature and I feel like my head is clear so I am ready make something. Other times I am inspired by my daughters clothes, she is almost 2 years old and has a very colourful wardrobe. I see a colour palette in her clothing and then it can spark from there. There are also other times (these occurrences are rare) I will be in conversation or over hear a snippet of conversation and boom it creates a spark of inspiration. Ofcourse I would be lying to you if I didn’t also say that just by scrolling Instagram I am flooded with tonnes of inspiration!

Does your work comment on your social or political issues?

I would say only some of my work does, my goddess and feminine works certainly take a jab at patriarchal society. 

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What obstacles have you faced?

The biggest obstacle I ever had to face was myself! I know it sounds cliche but for so long I put off trying to make something of my art because of my lack of qualifications. I never formally studied art at university and this always made me feel like my work was less worthy. The more work I produced the more I stopped caring about a formal degree. I understood that my art was made up of me and my everyday life experiences and I started to believe in myself more and more.

What is the best advice you could give to someone entering the same industry as you?

My best would be:

1. Believe in yourself
2. Make art every single day, even if it is a 5 minute sketch
3. Make friends in your field
4. Constantly learn new things, not just new mediums and new techniques but also read more books, talk with intellectuals and older generations and learn/hear their stories
5. Have fun while doing all of the above 

On a more pragmatic level have you been supported during your project?

 Absolutely. I am very fortunate to have the love and support from my family and friends who are always lending a shoulder or giving me great advice. The biggest supporter is my husband, from the beginning he dreamed the same dream I had, he was beside me when I squashed personal goals with my work and he continues to support me to this day. 

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