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Hi Guys,

I got to do a fun interview for my Thinkspace Gallery Beauty In the Breakdown show, I thought you'd like to see!
You can RSVP to the event page here, come see me tonight at opening Reception!  www.facebook.com/events/792931…

1. When do you get the most painting done? Morning, Noon, Night, Middle of the Night/Morning?
-If you can believe it I'm both a night owl and a morning person so most of my work is done in the am and late late at night. I think I spent a couple of months going to bed at 4am and getting up at 9am while painting some of these pieces. Not much sleep was had, but it was worth it. I never regret my sleepless nights and days because I'm so motivated and inspired that if I had it my way I'd pull two months of all nighters if it wouldn't kill me. 

2. Have you ever accidentally drank or was about to drink the dirty 'paint' water?
-Full disclosure....yes...hangs head in shame. I totally dunked my paint brush in my tea and didn't realize it until I had a sip. Not surprising fact; Holbein Oil paints don't taste good. 

3. What inspired the direction of your work for the upcoming show?
-This show is my 10yr anniversary show so I spent some time thinking about my journey as an artist over the past decade, from the beginning to present and was really fascinated by the journey my work seemed to take. People reflect who they are in their art and seeing who I was back then and who I am now was something that I wanted to explore. The work is an exploration of the many facets of myself as an artist and person so there is a wide variety of themes rather than one singular one. I equated it to a parfait, there is a layer of playfulness, sadness, romanticism and even the bizarre. Each piece is inspired by a different faction of myself but also a mixture of past and present. I am a hopeless romantic to this day but I've changed in 10 years, from a single girl to a married woman. I can look back at my early work and see a lot of themes of unrequited love, heartbreak and passion but rather than repeat that theme I wanted to blend it with who I am now, so its a more mature view about love I think. 

4. What other artists work are you 'fan-girling' over right now? 
-I am head over heels for Hikari Shimoda right now. I just had a show with her in NYC at Cotton Candy Machine and seeing her work in person was unbelievable. There is so much depth and layers in her work that will blow you away. She's a total sweet heart so that makes her art that much more beautiful to me. I could look at her work for hours its so good.

5. What motivated you to choose the life/career of an artist? 
-Poor life choices. Ha ha no I'm kidding. The truth is that I always wanted to be an artist since I was a kid. Anyone that knows me knows that even as a kid all I was interested in was drawing and watching cartoons...and dinosaurs. I would have been a paleontologist if I didn't have such fair skin and burned like a lobster in a pot whenever I'm in the sun for 10 minutes. So I put all my eggs in the artist basket and worked hard to develop my style and career and I love it. I get to be a big kid and its great.

6. What brand of paint so you use? What's your favorite color and brush right now?
-I get asked this a lot, I use Holbein DUO oils. They are so delightful! I am in love with Ice Green, its like a soft teal that I wish I could just paint my entire house with, it would be so magical.

7. How long does it take to complete a single piece? Do you work on multiple pieces at one time?
-Honestly it depends on the size and elements in the painting, plus how much energy I have during my painting sessions. I don't even know how to measure how long it takes sometimes because I can work on a painting for a week from morning till the wee hours of the night. It can take anywhere from a month to a week and a half of hardcore painting and I tend to work on one at a time so it keeps things straightforward in my mind.

8. What creative person; artist, musician, director, family member etc...  has had the most influence or inspired your own artistic voice?
-That's a HUGE question  like casting a net into an ocean that connects to a lake. I don't know that I have ONE person that has inspired me the most but rather a cast of characters that I can say have influenced me over the years. If I had to narrow it down to the people who have inspired me to be myself and given me the confidence to express myself freely then I'd say it would be my sisters, my bff and my ever supportive husband. The people who are closest to me have given me the support that I needed to be myself without worrying that I had to edit myself.

9. What do you know now, that you wish you would have known when first embarking on your artistic career?
I didn't know that being an artist was also a business. I think with my heart first and my instinct is to just go with the passionate side of art without considering the consequences. It would have been great if I had known to consider the pragmatic side of being an artist I think I would have been better prepared for what it means to be a professional artist now. 

10. If your could invite 5 people dead or alive to a dinner party, who would be on your guest list and what's on the menu?
Oh my gosh...i kinda want to invite a guest list of fictional characters. I'll answer this in two parts. Real life...hmm.... Leonardo DaVinci, Albert Einstein, Ian Somerhalder, Jane Austin and Cleopatra. I couldn't imagine a crazier cast for a wildly inspiring dinner party! We'd eat a gigantic Italian meal that is 7 courses of carby goodness and end it with a glass of grappa over gelato. If I could have a dinner party with fictional characters I'd hate Damon Salvatore, Daryl Dixon, Dean Winchester, Mindy Lahiri and Tuxedo Mask. We would eat chinese take out because with that ensemble you know that its a safe bet, but i think by the end of the dinner half of us would be dead. It would be a memorable night thought and that's what life's all about afterall. 
  • Mood: Joy
Queen Beatrice wip1 by camilladerrico
Queen Beatrice wip1
This painting will be titled "Queen Beatrice", for my Beauty In The Breakdown exhibition this Saturday at Thinkspace Gallery ^_^ If you're in the Culver City area, come say Hi to me at the show!
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Mademoiselle Gatto by camilladerrico
Mademoiselle Gatto
This is the final scanned image for my new painting, "Mademoiselle Gatto", for my Thinkspace Gallery exhibition Feb 28th ^_^ It features a painted cameo of my french bulldog, Loki, and his bulldog cousin Eggo.
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Camilla dErrico
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
Canada
I am a product of my split heritage, Italian and Canadian rolled into one: Italian fiestiness, Canadian politeness, and an early addiction to Saturday morning cartoons, comics and manga. Growing up I was more often doodling sexy girls and dragons on my textbooks than reading them. In 1998 I attended my first San Diego Comic Con and found my calling, I would be a manga artist. I am very prolific with relentless passion for art, dedication, and just enough sleep deprivation, I followed my dream of working creatively for a living.

I have worked with Dark Horse Comics, Image Comics, Random House, Tokyopop, Hasbro, Disney, Sanrio, Neil Gaiman and also with video game and movie companies on character development. I have my own characters and properties, Tanpopo and Helmetgirls. I've successfully merchandised and licensed my artwork across a variety of categories: clothing, stationery and gift, accessories, art prints, etc. and I continue expanding my licensing program each year.

I can't live without Holbein's "DUO" water-soluble oils, green tea lattes, Hello Kitty merchandise, and my daily fix of manga and anime and pop surrealism

Camilla is proud to be supported by, and to work with, Vancouver based Pac Blue Printing and their team of professionals for all her printing needs.

"Its about expressing what they feel and feeling what they express"

More Info:

website: www.camilladerrico.com
online store: store.camilladerrico.com/
merchandise: www.zazzle.com/camilladerrico*
Facebook: www.facebook.com/camilladerric…
Twitter: www.twitter.com/helmetgirl

Current Residence: Vancouver
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Hi Guys,

I got to do a fun interview for my Thinkspace Gallery Beauty In the Breakdown show, I thought you'd like to see!
You can RSVP to the event page here, come see me tonight at opening Reception!  www.facebook.com/events/792931…

1. When do you get the most painting done? Morning, Noon, Night, Middle of the Night/Morning?
-If you can believe it I'm both a night owl and a morning person so most of my work is done in the am and late late at night. I think I spent a couple of months going to bed at 4am and getting up at 9am while painting some of these pieces. Not much sleep was had, but it was worth it. I never regret my sleepless nights and days because I'm so motivated and inspired that if I had it my way I'd pull two months of all nighters if it wouldn't kill me. 

2. Have you ever accidentally drank or was about to drink the dirty 'paint' water?
-Full disclosure....yes...hangs head in shame. I totally dunked my paint brush in my tea and didn't realize it until I had a sip. Not surprising fact; Holbein Oil paints don't taste good. 

3. What inspired the direction of your work for the upcoming show?
-This show is my 10yr anniversary show so I spent some time thinking about my journey as an artist over the past decade, from the beginning to present and was really fascinated by the journey my work seemed to take. People reflect who they are in their art and seeing who I was back then and who I am now was something that I wanted to explore. The work is an exploration of the many facets of myself as an artist and person so there is a wide variety of themes rather than one singular one. I equated it to a parfait, there is a layer of playfulness, sadness, romanticism and even the bizarre. Each piece is inspired by a different faction of myself but also a mixture of past and present. I am a hopeless romantic to this day but I've changed in 10 years, from a single girl to a married woman. I can look back at my early work and see a lot of themes of unrequited love, heartbreak and passion but rather than repeat that theme I wanted to blend it with who I am now, so its a more mature view about love I think. 

4. What other artists work are you 'fan-girling' over right now? 
-I am head over heels for Hikari Shimoda right now. I just had a show with her in NYC at Cotton Candy Machine and seeing her work in person was unbelievable. There is so much depth and layers in her work that will blow you away. She's a total sweet heart so that makes her art that much more beautiful to me. I could look at her work for hours its so good.

5. What motivated you to choose the life/career of an artist? 
-Poor life choices. Ha ha no I'm kidding. The truth is that I always wanted to be an artist since I was a kid. Anyone that knows me knows that even as a kid all I was interested in was drawing and watching cartoons...and dinosaurs. I would have been a paleontologist if I didn't have such fair skin and burned like a lobster in a pot whenever I'm in the sun for 10 minutes. So I put all my eggs in the artist basket and worked hard to develop my style and career and I love it. I get to be a big kid and its great.

6. What brand of paint so you use? What's your favorite color and brush right now?
-I get asked this a lot, I use Holbein DUO oils. They are so delightful! I am in love with Ice Green, its like a soft teal that I wish I could just paint my entire house with, it would be so magical.

7. How long does it take to complete a single piece? Do you work on multiple pieces at one time?
-Honestly it depends on the size and elements in the painting, plus how much energy I have during my painting sessions. I don't even know how to measure how long it takes sometimes because I can work on a painting for a week from morning till the wee hours of the night. It can take anywhere from a month to a week and a half of hardcore painting and I tend to work on one at a time so it keeps things straightforward in my mind.

8. What creative person; artist, musician, director, family member etc...  has had the most influence or inspired your own artistic voice?
-That's a HUGE question  like casting a net into an ocean that connects to a lake. I don't know that I have ONE person that has inspired me the most but rather a cast of characters that I can say have influenced me over the years. If I had to narrow it down to the people who have inspired me to be myself and given me the confidence to express myself freely then I'd say it would be my sisters, my bff and my ever supportive husband. The people who are closest to me have given me the support that I needed to be myself without worrying that I had to edit myself.

9. What do you know now, that you wish you would have known when first embarking on your artistic career?
I didn't know that being an artist was also a business. I think with my heart first and my instinct is to just go with the passionate side of art without considering the consequences. It would have been great if I had known to consider the pragmatic side of being an artist I think I would have been better prepared for what it means to be a professional artist now. 

10. If your could invite 5 people dead or alive to a dinner party, who would be on your guest list and what's on the menu?
Oh my gosh...i kinda want to invite a guest list of fictional characters. I'll answer this in two parts. Real life...hmm.... Leonardo DaVinci, Albert Einstein, Ian Somerhalder, Jane Austin and Cleopatra. I couldn't imagine a crazier cast for a wildly inspiring dinner party! We'd eat a gigantic Italian meal that is 7 courses of carby goodness and end it with a glass of grappa over gelato. If I could have a dinner party with fictional characters I'd hate Damon Salvatore, Daryl Dixon, Dean Winchester, Mindy Lahiri and Tuxedo Mask. We would eat chinese take out because with that ensemble you know that its a safe bet, but i think by the end of the dinner half of us would be dead. It would be a memorable night thought and that's what life's all about afterall. 
  • Mood: Joy

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feliu Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Professional General Artist
adore your work BTW!!!
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feliu Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Professional General Artist
i would love to se your take on any mainstream super heroes, two come to mind, Ghost rider and Spawn, challenge extended.....!
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Theotakulover123 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  New member  Traditional Artist
I love all your artwork! When i grow up, i also want to be a manga artist ^w^ keep up the awesome work!
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camilladerrico Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Keep following your passion! ^_^
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Theotakulover123 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  New member  Traditional Artist
Your welcome! And thanks ^w^
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Kaida-nee Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I just bought your book today and I can honestly say I love everything!Giggle 
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camilladerrico Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
That's awesome! Which book did you get? ^_^
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Kaida-nee Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I got 'Pop Manga'and I love it. *-* Awesomeness
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camilladerrico Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Sweet! My next book is Pop Painting ^^ I hope you like it too!
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KittyStardraco Featured By Owner Edited Feb 13, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
your works are beautiful love your style!
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