Friday, March 4, 2011


Ahoy, friends! It's Friday, and that means a healthy helping of art features coming atcha!

Today I have the pleasure of introducing Effuchu, an artist whose playful and thoughtful style is refreshing, and whose textures and tones will have you feeling super artsy!

Commence the very official-like interview!

Q. First off, what got you interested in art? Tell me about your background.
A. Weeeell... to be honest, art hasn't really been something I’ve been interested in for very long, and I have no fantastic background in art. Initially I was interested in anthropology and psychology, which is pretty far from art to be honest. Drawing was just a hobby for me for a good part of my life, seeing as I saw no real future in it. Started pursuing art seriously about four years ago though, when my mother bought me a copy of Shaun Tan's 'The Lost Thing', which really opened my eyes to the opportunities that were out there for artists in Australia. I'm currently working on my Bachelor of Illustration, which I began just the other week (as well as my first life drawing lessons ever! I’m more excited than I probably should be. harhar.)

 "Leaves" by effuchu

Q. Before we delve further into your current work, I see you are from Australia. Do you have a funky cool accent?!?
A. Ahaha, I wish I had an awesome Australian accent. But, seeing as I am of Asian descent, I have this awful warped accent instead. I think I may have picked it up due to the sheer amount of television I watched in different languages as a kid.

Q. One of my favourite things about your work is the varieties of texture. Are there some pieces where you intentionally create the texture to enhance the message, or is it mostly a result of your medium?
A. I don't really add texture to my work to enhance the message, though I’d like to be able to say that I do. Mostly, I think it's just personal preference and technique. I like lots of texture, so I incorporate a lot of texture.

Q. What are your inspirations? I've heard your work called, "dreamlike"; do you take a lot of inspiration from your dreams? 
A. I like to take inspiration from every-day objects and from things like mythology and science-related subjects. Work by other artists tends to influence my work as well, especially work by Van Gogh and John Tenniel. Not too sure about dreams, seeing as I rarely remember what my dreams are about. I suppose it's possible that I could be subconsciously affected by them, which would be pretty cool to be honest.

 "Solitude" by effuchu

Q. I've seen you do all three: Do you prefer to work mostly traditionally, with mixed media, or digitally? Why?
A. I like being able to work in as many mediums as possible, because I think it gives me just that little bit more freedom of expression. For example, if I were to work on something that I wanted a clean-cut look for, I’d be more likely to work on it digitally rather than traditionally. It all depends on what I’m working on at the time, really.

Q. And finally, what are your goals for your work and your desires for the future as an artist? 
A. My goals? Well, I’d like to say that I have my whole artistic career mapped out perfectly by now, but that would be a horrendous lie. I’m still working out things for myself at the moment and taking life one step at a time. I’d have to say though, that my current goals are to improve as much as I can and to be able to support myself though my work in the future. Where that will lead me, I still can't really say.

A huge thank you to Effuchu for being part of my features and sharing her wonderful work!

Be sure to check out effuchu on the web! 

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