Nilay Çınar

How would you describe yourself?

I’m a little bit moody but mostly cheerful. I love to gain new skills, discover and create some thing new.   
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How would you describe your art?

I have been drawing/painting since my childhood but I started to focus on watercolor arts only 5 years ago. Since I have anxiety, I use my art to express my anxiety-driven feelings about the things happening around me. I try to observe life in the streets and reflect it on the watercolor paper with my color palette.  

How would you describe your field?

Everyone thinks of a traditional format when they hear the word “watercolor” but I try to use it in a modern way to differentiate from the classic style. People can’t believe it is watercolor or something different because of its sharp lines.  

What do you want to say through your art?

When I share my artworks on social media I see that the impression on people is the same as my feelings at the time of creation as I realised this I decided to use my real life experiences to create my art. I make sure that every character I create has a background story which I tell in the paintings.  And also i’m doing commissions for people or local brands.  

What / Who inspires you?

The life itself is the main inspiration for me but other than that, the people I see in the streets, the animals, my cats and my best friend. These are the main themes for my art.  

Does your work comment on your social or political issues?

Definitely no. 🙂 My art is not related to any social or political issues.  

Wonderful art from Nilay Çınar illustration
Wonderful art from Nilay Çınar illustration

What obstacles have you faced?

I was trying to save money to buy kits at the beginning. Good quality paper and colors are quite expensive in Turkey. Other than that, I was working as a full-time strategist in an advertising agency and I started to paint during that time. That was quite a struggle to do both that is way I left my full-time job and focused on watercolor only.  

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

My advice would be checking all kinds of watercolor styles before creating their own style. There are many different types of artists on the web that they can check. They should be training all the time they can find until they are satisfied with their own work. Inspiration comes when you search for it.Go  to parks and streets, chat with your friends, read, watch movies and observe the environment. And the last thing… Don’t compare yourself to others.   

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

My husband has always been supportive and he encouraged me a lot to leave my full-time job and focus on the thing I love. Also I should add my cats here, since they were the only company I had during my watercolor trainings at home. 🙂  
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