My 21st #bday #gift to my dear friend @janelizmontes ♡ I drew her with La Katrina make-up on c: love you! #illustration #lakatrina #diadelosmuertos #drawing #halloween #dayofthedead #redhead
*Time to wake up*
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GOLDEN BOY PRESS Interview #134
A young 15 year old portrait artist has made her mark in the art world early on in her journey. We spoke to Namalas about her process, her ideas on color and how they affect us daily, as well as the story on how she started creating. It’s wonderful to see her grow and take risks in her art! Enjoy!
Could you introduce yourself?
My birth name is Alexandra Salaman. I am known as namalas. I am a 15 year old artist from Puerto Rico, based in Florida.
What started it all, what interested you in art?
I’ve always liked art. My aunt is an artist and I was always very interested in her paintings and how she expressed herself. I started focusing on it a lot more when I was 12. In my tween years I was a very sporty active girl. I broke my left wrist and had surgery. I stopped my training for volleyball for a long time. In those long breaks I didn’t have much to do, so I began doodling. I found my passion for drawing, and from there on I kept practicing every day.
Can you tell us, in-depth, your thoughts about uses of color, and how that influences your work?
I think color is my biggest struggle when it comes to drawing. I am colorblind. I cannot see red, so there are certain things that are very simple for the normal human eye to perceive and draw that I cannot. I challenge myself anyways and add the color to my work with the help of color ID applications and studying the color spectrum in my computer. I think colors are so beautiful, they dramatically change how you feel about my art, or so I think. Colors change our moods and make us have certain feelings, for example; sadness, anger, happiness, etc. I think it’s very important to add colors in my work so I can direct you and express the way I am feeling.
How has your style developed over the years?
My style has changed so much. When I first started drawing I would only draw eyes with black and white ballpoint pens. A few years later I progressed to doing very unproportionate faces, and as time went on I practiced more often until I got them just right. Now my style is very colorful and much more meaningful.
How has your experience working with Lily Evangeline been, could you tell our readers the concept behind the series?
I had so much fun working with Lily, she is so sweet and communicating with her was so easy. I think I had a great experience because she gave me so much creative freedom, and I think we did really beautiful pieces together. The concept behind the series was to incorporate two styles together with absolute creative freedom, testing her textile’s versatility and my portrait aesthetic mixed. I think it turned out really great and I would love to work with her again. She is very talented and such a sweetheart.
Who are some of your favorite artists you look up to?
I really look up to my good friend Valerie Wrede, her style is really beautiful and has a really beautiful aesthetic.
I also look up to Ariel Inez O’Connor, her illustrations are flawless.
You can find them on instagram to see their artwork:
Ariel Inez O’Connor: @hellviticus_
Valerie Wrede: @eggflowersoup
How do you choose who you want to draw?
I do paid commissions, but when I actually get to pick who I draw, I just pick people who I like or find alluring.
Do you tend to multitask when you work on your art, or complete focus? What’s your process?
I multitask!! I study and draw at the same time, listen to music and chat with people online and do all the chores my mom tells me to do. A lot of tasks done all at the same time, but I manage to finish them all.
Where do you see yourself in three years?
What makes you happy?
My friends and family and the positive people around me make me feel very happy. My success makes me happy. My health makes me happy. My opportunities make me happy. Love makes me happy. Art makes me happy. I’m a happy girl for the most part. :)
Any closing comments?
Stay Passionate, Stay Positive, Make Art and Make Out! :~)
So incredibly proud :’D
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