Well, we get lucky, because this week we have top class interview with artist Anna Tuza. She is a talented young girl from Ózd, Hungary and she loves to draw, and she is doing that with a style. I have stumbled on her works on a Instagram, on this image of drawing before and after. And I have seen big motivational words from her spreading through a community, and I was sure that I must get an interview with Anne. After only a few exchanged emails she accepted my interview, and I can say now that I have done the right thing because she have a lot of great advices . What you will notice about this eighteen years old young lady that she is actually very modest, she is a top class artist but she doesn’t braggin around. Instead of that she is sharing advices, and motivating beginners to become better.
So welcome Anna to my blog, and thank you for your time once again.
Anna, what makes drawing with pencils so special to you?
I think it’s about creating something so complex and beautiful with something so simple and ordinary. Pencils are very versatile, so you only need one pencil and a piece of paper for drawing.
I actually love oil painting as well, which is a rather strange story. I finished one painting so far, my first one. (That was a portrait of David Tennant, in 2012.) I used two colors, white and green and I haven’t watched any video or read any article on how to paint with oils. It turned out much better than I expected, so I figured that I’ll look into this painting thing. I think I made one of the biggest mistakes in my life right there, because now I leave every oil portrait unfinished… it’s such a complex and amazing form of art and I feel so talentless whenever I try to paint something. Funny thing is that I love oil paintings the most… but we all love the things we cannot yet achieve, don’t we?
Every artist created some favorite piece of work that is proud of, what’s yours? And why?
You know, there is this cliché sentence everyone used to answer to questions like this: ooh, but it’s like choosing a favorite child! It’s nothing like that, at least for me. I do love my drawings, but it’s more about the personal connection with them. I’ve spent 40-60 hours working on them, I better love them after that.
But to answer your question, I have favorite works in different categories.
My all time fav is my Radagast piece, I drew that at the age of 16.
I remember I finished it at 4:56 am, without any sleep because I was so focused working on his staff. So that one is probably my all time favorite, so far. (Though my second Tauriel drawing is also something that I’m very proud of.)
My current favorite is my Ivy Levan portrait, which turned out better than I thought it would. She is such a talented, badass woman with the most unique style, voice and beauty that I just had to draw her.
Anna I have seen your drawings from four years ago, and many drawings from today. How did you get where you are today, what pushed you not to give up?
I did give up, many, many times. I still do. Whenever I see somebody else’s work, that is more unique, personal, beautiful, gorgeous than mine (which happens 300 times a day) I feel so little and talentless. It’s extremely hard to keep up the positivity when you’re an artist. Especially now, with all these social media platforms around us. It hurts when you’re young and you work on something for days/weeks/months and then you get 3 likes. That’s why I wouldn’t advise on using them if you take these things seriously.
Also, if you’re a young artist, you have to realize 4 things early on:
1) There are thousands of other artists out there, which means that you better show the world something unique to gain recognition.
2) You’ll never be the best artist, so stay humble and appreciate every single person who likes your work. My followers are the reason why I still draw, the support of the people who’ll likely never meet you is an extraordinary feeling.
3) You can always be better at what you’re doing (This applies to everyone, not just artists.) If you draw or paint something amazing then you’ll have to draw/paint something that is 10 times better next time. Otherwise you’ll stay at one level and never actually improve your skills.
4) Your family and friends are there to support you, but they’ll always love your work. Sad fact, but accepting critique from them is only good for your soul, not for your skills. So be sure to ask the opinion of strangers as well, because they’ll tell you the truth. Which will hurt most likely, but listen to what they have to say and learn. (Unless they’re really rude and insulting, then just leave them in their misery.)
Also, look back at your works later and examine their faults, because learning from your mistakes will make you a better artist. I always take photos of my works and compare them to the original picture on my computer. It helped me a lot to see my mistakes.
Oh, also. Learn anatomy. Please.
Do you have your favorite artists that inspires you and why?
My all time inspiration is Lori Earley. I remember seeing her works when I was around 9-10 years old and I was stunned by her paintings. I printed out one of her portraits and gave it to my art teacher at the time saying „Teach me how to draw like THAT.” Unfortunately she has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, so she cannot paint these days as much as she used to, but she has the most positive attitude I’ve ever came across in my life and she inspires me not just as an artist, but also as a human being. I think it’s safe to say that she is my all time favorite painter.
So I’d like to ask every person who’s reading this to check her out and give her some love, because she deserves it. You can find her at Facebook and she also has her own website, www.loriearley.com.
I’m sure that many young artists are inspired by you and your artworks, do you have advices for your fellow artists that are facing hard times during the learning process?
I think I gave a few tips already, but the most important thing is to LOVE what you’re doing. Otherwise it just won’t work. Also, never, EVER make art because of the money part. Taking commissions is fine, we all do it, but drawing only for money is wrong and you’ll hate it in the end.
Oh, and don’t be afraid of asking help and questions. Just because somebody has more followers than you on any stupid site that doesn’t mean that they’re unreachable. Send them a message, ask for opinions and help if you need any, most of them will gladly answer you.
Where do you see yourself as an artist in the future?
Sitting in a chair above a drawing, having the biggest back pain of my life while my hand is hurting and my eyes are bleeding? Jokes aside, I’d love to finally find my style. I think I’m on my way, but my works are still very „mainstream”. Creating my own style is something I worked on for years, but lately I gave up and figured that it’ll happen sooner or later if I don’t stress about it. I’d love to have an exhibition too, but I still need to work on my repertoire …I’m a perfectionist, so it’ll take years till my portfolio is as good as I’d like it to be. Also, as I mentioned before, I’d love to finally work with oils. I’m still fairly young, so there is time for everything.
And for the end, I’m sure that readers would love to know where they can find you on social networks?
I’m on Facebook as „The Art of Anniebradsw’, that’s a more official site, with high-quality pictures of my works.
I’m most active on Instagram, you can find me as „anniebradsw” there. I post WIP pictures, tips, tricks and all the fun stuff there.
I’m not on YouTube yet, but I’m planning to do a teaching channel, where I’ll upload tutorials and talk about supplies and drawing methods. It’s taking more time to set up as I expected, but follow me on Facebook or Instagram, I’ll post about it when it’s finally up and running!
Well Anna I hope we will see you soon on YouTube too, and I’m sure that among me many others would love to subscribe to your channel. And I wish to thank you for giving me and my readers chance to find out more about you, and thank you for all the advices.