Art Motif Magazine is proud to feature Tucson, AZ artist Gabby Garcia in its inaugural web publication. At 19 years of age, Gabby has been honing her creative skills almost her entire life. She is a freelance makeup artist currently studying cosmetology at Aveda Institute in Tucson, as well as a talented cosplayer, illustrator, photographer and self-proclaimed film geek. As busy as life can be for the multi-talented (and quite comedic) young artist, Gabby graciously took the time this week to share some of her art and discuss her creative process with us.
What is essential to your work as an artist? Having music blaring in the background is essential to my work flow. The genres vary depending on what I’m working on. The music helps to place me in a state of deep concentration and it sparks my imagination.
Do you have a preferred genre/style/medium? As far as my illustrations go, I prefer black and white, minimalistic line art portraiture. That style came naturally to me and I enjoy dabbling with simplicity to give myself some balance.
What inspires you? My work is heavily inspired by film, television, and music.
What is your creative process? What does a typical day of creative expression look like for you? I have the same creative process today that I had when I was a kid. When I was watching a movie back then, I’d become instantly intrigued by the characters and run to my room to dress up as them. Over the years, I’ve just improved the outcome.
What piece of advice would you give other aspiring artists? Keep practicing. You won’t learn anything overnight. Find your own style and don’t get frustrated if it doesn’t come to you right away. It took about seven years for my style to find my address.
Who are your favorite painters? Kevin Llewellyn and Kelly Eden. They both focus on hyper-realism and I totally dig that style. Kelly Eden also inspired me to go from box-dyed, jet black hair to cotton candy pink hair. Don’t try that at home.
Who is your favorite hero/heroine in real life? Sophia Amoruso, the founder of Nasty Gal and author of Girl Boss. She’s a successful, self-made, business woman that kicks ass. I really admire her story. Sophia is a huge inspiration to me because I’m going into an industry where I’m going be my own boss throughout my career. She was able to keep herself motivated even though life tossed some crap at her.
Who is your favorite hero/heroine in fiction? Kiki from Kiki’s Delivery Service. She moved far from home at the tender age of 13 to a city she barely knew (solely because she could see the ocean) on nothing but a broomstick and found success by rooming with two complete strangers who coincidentally helped her find her passion in life. If she can do that, then I’ll do just fine when I move out to Los Angeles. Maybe I will also be able to find a place that doesn’t charge extra for a cat.
What is your favorite motto? “Make something beautiful before you are dead.” ~ A sticker I was handed at the All Souls Procession