This interview is about Nicole Bishopp whose hobby is drawing. Nicole was born and raised in Maryland. She has traveled and lived all over the U.S. Working in the drawing medium, Nicole uses Sharpie marker to create the original design and then colors and re-draws some of the images digitally. She currently resides in WA state. She is showing her art-works in several Exhibitions this year in Washington and Colorado.
AP: When did you get involved in drawing?
NB: I started drawing again after the birth of my son. There were many sleepless nights so drawing was my way to stay sane during that period. Then it turned into ‘my time’ to get away from the daily routine. Now it’s just an outlet to relax and to unravel from the days’ events.
AP: Do you have any formal education in your sphere or were you self-taught?
NB: As far as illustration goes I am self-taught. I took a few drawing classes in college, but never really focused on that. I have always been more 3 dimensional so when I started drawing I surprised myself at what would appear on the paper. Now I’m addicted to drawing.
AP: What genre are your works?
NB: I have always been more of an abstract artist. Even with my sculptures I lean toward abstract.
AP: How would you describe your works?
NB: A lot of people have described my work as mesmerizing and unique. Most will see very different images or things in my drawings. So they are always a good conversation piece. I am simply sharing my feelings through my works so a lot times it is really up to the viewers’ interpretation.
AP: What kind of equipment and techniques do you use?
NB: I use a Black Fine Point Sharpie marker to create the original drawing. For color, I have been using Photoshop. However I just painted my first skateboard deck with Posca Paint Pens and loved it! So I for see more of that in the future.
AP: Would you consider yourself as an expert in this sphere?
NB: Wow, that’s a interesting question because I have never felt I will be an expert at art simply because art changes with you and I’m not an expert at being human. However, yes I am very excited to entertain the notion of being a professional artist!
AP: Do you have any exciting art-projects to tell us about?
NB: This year I have had my art displayed and for sale in several different shops every month from May to this current month. It’s nice to have it online but there’s always something unique and wonderful about seeing it hanging/in person. My latest interview/feature was with Sharpie Permanent Marker. One of my deck designs is part of Tricked Out: A Custom Surf and Skate Show in Pensacola Florida. It will be going on September 16, 2011.
AP: Is there someone who helps you in your creativity?
NB: My best friend supports me 100%. She is kind of my liaison when it comes to opinions, ideas, etc. for my art going to the art world. The main part of my creativity comes from how I’m feeling and the events of the day. I really do have a conversation with the paper when I’m drawing. It’s my way to release my thoughts to have a clear mind for the new day.
NB: Would like to wish something to your readers and AstrumPeople?
NB: Absolutely! Do what you love and be passionate about it! You only live once and why waste it on something that you don’t believe in 100%.
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