As part of Traditional Art History Month I will be interviewing some of the Traditional Art Community, including your lovely TradART Community Volunteers
Today it's the lovely `SylwiaTelari, your Community Volunteer for Traditional Art
Hi `SylwiaTelari, tell us a little about yourself and your style of Art.
I'm a creation addict... and my name is Sylwia (: My personality and interests are clearly visible in what and how I do; a bit twisted, with a creepy shell, sometimes rigid, but I tend to hide a smile in details that require your search.
I'm crazy about trying new things and techniques and what you can see in my dA gallery is just a tip of an iceberg.
What is it that attracts you to Traditional Art?
It's traditional (: Anything I do has a connection to the past and it gives me a chill when I think that some of the techniques I use were also used by creators I truly respect.
Also, playing with all the inks, paints, coffees, salts etc. etc. is kind of witchy, and I love doing witchy things.
How much do you think that the roots and origins of Art affect what we create today?
It depends. I suppose that most of creators respect what happened in art before they started and a lot of them find inspiration in the past, especially when they are aware about the history of art.
Often, it's not easily visible if they are straightly affected by any roots of Art, but there happen some small tips in the details of their artworks, the way they draw some certain parts or present a situation.
I notice a lot of such visible influence around, as well as in my own creations.
What do you think is the most iconic painting of all time?
If it's about the most famous one, I think it's obvious.
If about the best done technically one – well, there would be hundreds of them, just like about those giving emotions, or being accurate historically. Also, one piece of art can't satisfy everyone.
I'd go forGirl with a Pearl Earring by Vermeer van Delft, but only intuitively.
Are you a member of any dA Traditional Art Groups? If so, which?
I'm a member of a lot of traditional art groups, like #pencil-box, %Traditional-Artists, #WeLoveTraditionalArt, %Traditional-Media.
The most interesting one consider their specific theme would be #Coffee-Painting, which focuses on artworks done at least partly with tea or coffee.
Did you study Art at School / College / Uni? Or in your own time?
From the primary school to the high school – no, I didn't. Since October 2011 I've been studying at a university - computer graphics and design. Despite this, I consider myself as a self-taught creator.
Which is your favourite Traditional Art piece on dA?
A hard question. I'm very picky about what I take into my favourites – after nearly 4 years of being here I've got about 50 of them - and still it's impossible to choose just one piece from my tiny collection.
Every piece I added to my favourites is a quintessence of what I love and I feel bad about choosing only one.
But currently, I guess it'd be February by ~vaenaton.
I adore its colour scheme, composition, subtle feelings it gives and gentle details, like the pillow's tiny buttons.
February by ~vaenaton
Who are your favourite Traditional Artists of all time?
Sulamith Wülfing, Florence Harrison, Theodor Kittelsen, John Bauer and Alan Lee.
Praise be! They are all representations of the Golden Age of Illustration (except Alan Lee, but in my humble opinion his artworks are influenced by this trend a lot), which is a focal point of my art interests, as I'm mostly an illustrator.
Which Artist(s) have inspired your Art?
All of the mentioned above, plus some pre-raphaelitian artists, like Millais and Rossetti. A bit of Giger.
There are so many people doing things so much better than mine that it keeps me going further and improving all the time.
Thank you `SylwiaTelari!
Check out the %ArtHistoryProject for more about Traditional Art this month and be ready for the other galleries over the next year!