Welcome back to another installment of #GiftIndie! For today's blog, I have the honor of chatting with fine artist Diane Negron.
We met through an art FaceBook group and became cool friends. She is so talented and creative, I have bought art from her before and the delivery is quick, efficient, and the art arrived in great condition.
She's very versatile in her illustrations and paintings, ranging from anime inspired art to spooky landscapes to cute animals to extra terrestrials, you can find a wide variety of art with her versatility.
Diane has also been kind enough to share some of her insights on being an indie artist, specifically in traditional/fine arts.
What are you currently working on?
I'm currently working on a galaxy! After that, I'll be making a fantasy themed piece and a cosmic horse.
What inspired you to be an artist?
I've always been artistically inclined. After getting my bachelor's degree in English teaching, I decided to try something else. Mid 2014, I came up with my own online art business.
How long does it take you to finish a piece?
Some artwork takes me a few hours. Some could take months! It really depends.
What would you say to anyone that’s on the fence about doing something creative?
Do it! Find what moves you and go for it, even if it requires the tiniest of baby steps.
What’s your biggest influence?
I'll be honest. I have no idea, haha. I wish I had one.
What lessons have you learned from creating independently that you wish you had known before you started?
Don't take things to heart. Some people won't like your work no matter what, and that's okay. Focus on your accomplishments and less on what you think you lack.
What do you suggest to indie creators do to make their work stand out on the stands or on virtual stores?
Make as many connections as possible, both online and in person. Word of mouth will take you far.
Give us your elevator pitch about your project and why it’d make a great gift!
My work is one of a kind and made with a lot of heart. I like to think outside the box. Want a miniature? Ya got it. Want a painting half my size? I'm on it! Worried about international shipping costs? I have a solution for that! (I'm blessed to ship worldwide every year).
But I digress. Thank you again, Alvaro. This was fun!
Thank you so much for spending some time with us, Diane. You can check out more of her art at www.facebook.com/dianeooakart you can also contact her there for inquiries about her artwork.
As always thank you all so much for giving this a read, I hope you all have been having a great weekend. On our next #GiftIndie blog, I have the enormous pleasure of picking the mind a little bit of a comic book great, the amazing Jim Balent!
Cath you all next time, stay safe!