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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Featured Artist::: Megan Eckman

Hi Friends!

I've had the immense pleasure of chatting with this week's artist, Megan Eckman, and I'm sure you guys are going to love her. Her illustrations are both quirky and charming. And as a special treat, we even get to hear from the artist herself! Welcome Megan!

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1. Tell us a little bit about you as a person

   I'm the girl who never grew out of her imagination.  I apologize when I scare birds, I fear monsters in the closet and under the bed, and I'm constantly asking what else could be possible.  I'm an avid book reader, though I'm embarrassed to say that most of my collection is young adult books.  I also love being a mad scientist in the kitchen and have recently taken up vegan cooking just for the fun of it.


2. Tell us about your craft, how you got started, and how you got to where you are today?

   I made a promise to my parents that I would start a business before I graduated with my degrees in creative writing and drawing.  They fully supported my career choice and were happy that I kept my promise.  So, after graduation, I applied to 6 graduate schools...and was rejected by all of them.  I wallowed in ice cream for a little bit but then my boyfriend got accepted into a graduate photography program in San Jose, CA, so we were off on a cross-country trip.  I worked at Borders for 8 months before they closed to pay the exorbitant rent of Silicon Valley.  Once they closed, I took that as a sign that I had to do my own thing.  That was 2 years ago.  I'm now a full-time artist working for myself, creating quirky pen and ink illustrations and writing silly stories for them every day.


3. Where do you get your inspiration from?
 
   A lot of my inspiration comes from my own imagination.  Oftentimes, I wake up in the morning with a fully-formed idea.  Other times I go for a short walk round the block and, without fail, by the time I come back, something has popped into my head.

 
4. Who is your favorite artist {other than yourself}?
 
   Ooh, that's a hard one.  In my own field of pen and ink, Edward Gorey is definitely my favorite.

 
5. What do you love most about what you do?
   
   I love that I don't have to answer to anyone.  Unlike in art school, if I want to draw tea pirates, I don't have to justify my decision to my classmates and professors.  That freedom truly sets my mind free.


6. What is your workspace like and what is an essential aspect of your working day?
   Haha.  Oh this is embarrassing.  Since Silicon Valley rent is atrocious, my boyfriend and I live in a one-bedroom apartment.  Two artists, two studios, one tiny apartment.  You see where this is going.  My studio is set up in the kitchen,, where most people would put a dining table.  There's a very large window behind me to let in tons of light and an equally large cork board over my desk that holds inspirational images, cards, Chinese lanterns, and my ever-growing to-do list.  My poor desk is then surrounded by the fridge and the four printers I own.


7. What do you do when you're not working?
   
   When I'm not working you can usually find me out for a long ride on my road bike.  I put in about 8 hours every week on Paul, my vintage Trek, and I love every moment of it.  The scenery and hills here are simply majestic.

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Megan is also working on a 365 portrait challenge, an enormous undertaking if you ask me! I sent her a photo of The Beard and Luna for her to use and the illustration she sent back is just wonderful. See? Isn't this just amazing? It makes me laugh every time I see it. If you want to participate you can read more about the project HERE.


Thank you again Megan for sharing with us and for working with me on this post!

2 comments:

  1. I found Megan last year thru my web design group - someone posted a link to her blog because of the shopping cart plugin/set up she uses and I was lost on her site poking around for ages.

    that portrait is a treasure.

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  2. Wow! These are incredible. Thanks for sharing other artists you love.. I have found so many just through your blog (which is also so cute!)


    -Courtney
    www.alwaysrooney.com

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