Annie is an 25 year old amazing artist travelling in Asia. She does not have any permanent location, but she always return to Thailand.
How would you describe yourself?
Storyteller. Pirate, princess and dragon at the same time. Trying not to be a dragon 24/7. I need a lot of personal space. This is my cave with the treasures that I guard. Therefore, I am a dragon, haha. Am I a dreamer? Definitely. But I like to bring ideas to life more than to dream of something abstract..
How would you describe your art?
Modern fairytales. Symbiosis of human and nature plus some magic. I like to draw aggressive animals more cute than they really are. All characters in my art-world are kind creatures.
Often l draw gloomy gothic things about witchcraft, but I don’t want them to look repulsive.
How would you describe your field?
Graphic design and illustration. Two fields.
I’m more a designer than an artist today and more an artist than a designer tomorrow. Creativity came into my life from childhood and became a part of me. I graduated as a graphic designer.
What / Who inspires you?
Nature. Lines and textures, mountains, forests, night sky and ocean. Camping, surfing, long walks. And animals of course! Birds of prey and snakes mesmerize me especially.
I often watch scientific programs about Universe. It inspires me too.
I’m obsessed by Asia. Megacities and wild jungle, uninhabited islands and noisy streets. This is a different energy located a step apart!
Does your work comment on your social or political issues?
The first idea was to answer “absolutely no”, but some promises is still there.
I would like to draw attention to the uniqueness of flora and fauna. Many people take nature for granted. For them this is a tool for obtaining resources without return in return. Now society is thinking about ecology and animals conservation more and more and it’s good for all. I want the children to look at my drawings and think “this snake and tiger are my friends!”.
In my art there is also a theme of woman’s power, freedom and independence.
What obstacles have you faced?
The most terrible demon of creative people is self-digging. Even if no one will tell you anything, you will find a reason to lower yourself.
Did I choose the right path? Is it worth all the effort? These questions arose at the beginning of the way. But if you love your job, these thoughts will disappear.
What is the best advice you could give to someone entering the same industry as you?
“Always be a beginner.”
This is really an universal tip. It includes: don’t be afraid to learn, don’t be afraid to make mistakes, don’t be afraid to admit that you screwed up, forget about your ego. You always discover something new and grow.
On a more pragmatic level have you been supported during your project?
Yes! And I would like everyone to have support in their work. It would be cool if people were not so critical to others. Creativity comes from our souls and is a very vulnerable place. Someone is taking the first steps and perhaps because of harsh words he will leave this area forever.
I was supported by my close people. I want to say thanks. I love them.