Chris Andruskiewicz was the first place winner of the Pinup Palooza contest, held last month on Fine art America, and was judged by pinup artists: Dick Bobnick, Brian Gibbs, myself and photographers Cindy Nunn and Sue Rosen.
Chris is a professional graphic designer who’s work is a mixture of digital collage and photography. Her unique style is a seductive blend of vintage imagery, combined with layers of color, texture and vectors.
What made you start creating digital art?
As a kid, I was always drawing, painting, anything creative…and knew I wanted to be a fine artist. As a teenager, my parents convinced me that the term “starving artist” was that for a reason. So I looked into other possible career choices, however, I wasn’t interested or good at anything else. So at age 18 enrolled in art school for a degree in commercial art.
How did you stumble upon your unique style?
I don’t really know how or when I decided to create my Nostalgic Seduction series. Maybe it was from those naked lady velvet paintings hanging in the Texas honkey-tonk bar my parents used to frequent and take me to as a child.
What is your design medium of choice? Digital, traditional? Software? Cameras?
My favorite medium is traditional art, hand to pencil, pencil to paper. But the older I get the more life gets in the way of having the time to dedicate to traditional methods. Now the majority of my works are created in design software.
How do you overcome those times when the creative spirit is not there?
I don’t. It’s either there or it’s not. If you y to force it when you are not in the right mindset, all that’s going to happen is spending way too much time on something you still won’t be satisfied with when it’s done. Better to just put it aside and revisit it another time.
What food, music, beverage, chemical, etc do you need for you to get into the creative flow?
I got nothing. When I was younger, I could probably list quite a few different vices to help the creative process…but now…just gotta do it when the mood strikes and hope I don’t get tired and need a nap before the piece gets finished.
Do you design in your sleep?
No. I dream. Crazy wild nightmares actually. Not something I would ever want to put into art form.
Do you see your pieces before you begin or do you just start?
Most of the time I just start and go with it and see what happens. My favorite thing is when I look at it and think…hmm…ok, I think this is done now…and then wonder how I made it happen.
What does the future hold for you? What are you working on next?
My main objective is to grow my business, Sparrow Graphics. I love creating visual unique art, whether it be traditional art, photography or graphic design.
What words of advice would you give to someone just starting out as an artist?
Hmmm…I had an art teacher in high school who, let’s just say, we had personality conflicts. At one point, she told me that I was “bad at art”. How anyone can be bad at art is beyond me. Art is subjective. It’s your personal representation of whatever you want it to be. It’s impossible to be “bad at art”. Well…here I am years later, a degree in graphic design, my own business, 17 years experience under my belt, successful in my other artistic endeavors, and happy. So my advice is very cliche, but don’t let anyone tell you who you are or are NOT. If you have a passion, pursue it!
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