I’d love to welcome digital artist Jacey Chase to the blog! Check out their beautiful artwork and interview below.
About Jacey Chase
Jacey Chase is an independent artist and content creator. Their artwork draws inspiration from fantasy, art nouveau, cartoons and comics. They have a background in web marketing and enjoy helping other artists connect with their audience more effectively. They are currently developing several illustration series, including Cheveux de Fleur and Mermaids and Magic.
Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I’ve pretty much always wanted to be an artist since I was a child. I loved making little books about my friends and family. I’d make these crude construction paper books and have my mom help me staple them together and then make everyone I knew read them.
Despite a lifelong passion, I did take a pretty long break from art during my 20s and I’m only just starting to get back into it. I found myself on a career path that revolved around web marketing and content management. It was an exciting career in a lot of respects, but ultimately left me feeling unsatisfied creatively. After a lay off, I decided to get serious about art again.
What do you love most about the work you do?
I primarily use streaming and video content to promote my artwork, which helps facilitate a really close connection between me and my audience. My favorite aspect of making art is connecting with others. I’m constantly inspired by the talented, hard-working people around me. There’s so much creative energy and it’s infectious! I’m also deeply honored every time someone tells me that my work has inspired them to draw more. To be, even in a small way, responsible for more artwork in the world, makes me so incredibly happy.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I love fantasy art, cartoons, art nouveau, so those things tend to influence my work. Lately I’ve been getting into drawing more flowers and trees and trying to incorporate nature into my work.
What do you like about your work?
I tend to experiment a lot as an artist, so sometimes I feel like my work has lacks consistency and I’m hard on myself. But I’ve become fairly confident about my linework skills and I’m starting to develop more of a clean art style and I’m excited to see where it goes.
What is your favorite piece you’ve created?
It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I have a really strong connection to my “Esper Nouveau” piece. It’s fanart inspired by the game Final Fantasy 6, which is one of my all-time favorite games. I’m absolutely in love with Mucha and Art Nouveau, so it was fun to create a piece inspired by that style of art. This piece means a lot to me because I felt like it helped me really discover my art style and develop techniques for lineart and coloring that I enjoy.
What would be your dream project?
I have sort of an art bucket list of dream projects I’d love to do at some point. It includes, painting a book cover, illustrating a comic book cover, publishing a book of short comics and designing my own Tarot deck.
And, seeing as this is a bookish and sometimes geekish blog, what are some of your favorite bookish and/or TV/Games/Movies?
Lol do comic books count? Growing up I was really into X-Men and Spiderman. I’m also a huge fan of Legend of Zelda and Final Fantasy games. I’m currently a huge Steven Universe fan and I love cartoons in general.
Thank you Jacey for joining us today, it has been a pleasure!
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