Chris Ousley is an artist and illustrator in LaVergne, Tennessee.
Furies Magazine: When did you get your start as an artist?
Genevieve Koberstein: I started drawing when I was a wee little thing. I had a very active imagination and always doodled. I got in trouble a lot in school as a result. I drew for various commissions and projects throughout my high school years, and I illustrated a children’s book for my AP art class. I’m currently attending the Savannah College of Art and Design. I haven’t really made a breakthrough as far as “getting my start” as an artist goes, but now I’m just excited to learn new things and have been coming up with crazy ideas for projects in the near future.
FM: Are there any other artists in your family?
GK: Not really. My dad likes to doodle, and draws little comics about a drummer with kick ass drum sticks, but that’s pretty much it.
FM: Do you force yourself to work or do you wait for inspiration?
GK: If I force myself to draw I can only expect it’ll look like shit, so I wait for the moment when I’m like “I want to draw everything that ever existed, ever.” When I wait for those impulses my work comes out a lot better. Even if it’s 3 in the morning, and I suddenly get that urge to draw, I will draw for hours and then not sleep.
FM: Where do you turn when you’re lacking inspiration?
GK: I usually look at different kinds of plants or crazy vegetables or fruit I’ve never seen before. Their unique shapes or colors give me ideas for all sorts of crazy shit I could draw.
FM: What type of music do you like to listen to when you’re working?
GK: Metal, or if I’m feeling less evil, Radiohead.
FM: What is your work space like?
GK: I usually like drawing outside, but my work space is pretty cool, it’s got a bunch of bones and plants on it.
FM: Has your work ever interfered with your personal life?
GK: Not exactly. I’ve made comics about personal issues that close ones have read and have been disturbed by, but I’ve never lost a friendship over a comic or a piece that I made that offended them in some way. That would be lame.
FM: What current projects are you working on?
GK: I currently am in the middle of a quarter so I’m distracted by homework, but I want to illustrate a children’s book soon about a girl who obtains a magic fox mask from a fox spirit. The illustration “Tree Spirits” inspired this idea. I want to incorporate the trees and spirits from that illustration into the book. I’m hoping to start it this summer.
FM: What are your future plans?
GK: If college doesn’t work out for me I want to do freelance work and illustrate all the books I’ve been cooking up in my head this past year. I have so many ideas, and college is kinda keeping me from starting all the projects I desperately want to start. The future makes me nervous but I’m just trying to keep it together, relax, and enjoy doing the work I love.
Let us introduce you to Zachary Sweet – an illustrator/artist from
Furies Magazine: Do you force yourself to work when you have no inspiration or do you wait for inspiration to strike?
Zachary Sweet: I don’t believe in creative block. I’m constantly drawing and the world is full of inspiration. I think it’s just a matter of sitting down with a selected medium and just going at it. scribble, splatter paint, place shapes etc. the rest will follow.
FM: Do you find that art is hereditary in your case?
ZS: Not at all. My father was an artist and one of my first influences but I feel that it was my own curiosity that kept me being creative. That and my grandmother. she was extremely supportive.
FM: Is there a particular theme that you find yourself returning to?
ZS: Without trying to fallow a certain path, I will always be inspired by my dreams, past and present. My dreams keep me on my toes and everything I experience seem to go through a filter when I sleep.
FM: They say that Stephen King gets ideas for his books from his dreams. Do you think what you’re doing is anything like that?
ZS: I am constantly day-dreaming. I spend hours fantasizing about images or themes that stimulate my mind. I also continue to use my dreams, nightmares, and neuroses as my main point of inspiration. These visions are as real to me as anything else in this world, so I consider myself a surrealist if I have to put a label on it. I think about Frida Kahlo’s most famous quote here: “They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn’t. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.”
FM: What are your plans for the future as an artist?
ZS: Once I finish with school I want to start working on creating my own production company. I have also thought about teaching. so many options. that’s what is cool about the future.
You can find more of Zachary’s work on his tumblr.
I came across some illustrations today that are absolutely fabulous.
These pieces are done by Sara Ligari – a freelance illustrator and fashion designer based out of Milan.
If you want to see more of her work you can check out her website.
You can support her by liking her facebook page.
And you can buy some of her prints here.