Artist work: @gloom.kitten
Water Coloured Matrix
Have you ever asked yourself, “How can something that represents nothing in particular be so eye-catching to look at?”
Well, art is open to interpretation, and that is one of the beautiful things about it, as explained by artist, model, and featured muse of HST’s 2020 calendar, Discord Kitten…
Admire her evolving work on her insta page @gloom.kitten
SBB: How did you start making art?
DK: I’ve been drawing since I could hold a pencil. My mum taught me the basics, and it’s been a pretty big part of my life ever since.
SBB: What is the role of the artist in society?
DK: I think artists are there to share truths, and make people think. To share and spread beauty in all its forms, in a world full of hate.
SBB: Which is more important to you, the subject of your painting, or the way it is executed?
DK: It depends on the piece, to be honest. I am quite impulsive in my choices, but my intuition leads me pretty strongly when I’m giving a creation my all.
SBB: How do you feel when you are letting your emotions loose on the canvas?
DK: I actually work mostly on really nice, thick paper. It allows me to use many media types on the same piece. You go through many emotions while working on a piece. Happiness, warmth, joy at seeing it come together, stress, frustration… haha. It’s always worth it though.
SBB: Is there a piece of artwork you’ve created that you’re most proud of? Why?
DK: There are a few that I love, but proud of… Hmm. Not so much. I struggle to see them as accomplishments. I just get a bit neurotic if I don’t create regularly. Usually I’m turning my concious thoughts off and letting my hands do what they want.
SBB: How do you know when a work is finished?
DK: If I’m ever unsure what mark to make next, I stop. Sometimes I come back to it in a few days and realise it’s finished. Sometimes I come back knowing which direction to take it in. Gut feeling, I guess.
SBB: What is your most important artist tool?
DK: For me, personally, I couldn’t live without my mechanical pencils. Every time I’ve got one in my hand I get inspired. So lightweight and versatile. Usually making such lovely lines. Either that or my Van Gogh watercolor paint palette.
SBB: Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?
DK: Access to caffeine and natural light.
Southbank, VIC Australia
Always Bet on Red
When it comes to redheads… they grab attention. A colour like red is not a wallflower background colour and instead shouts out from the page or canvas laid upon. Red even jumps out of photographs and signs… like in this webtorial.
The colour red represents physical energy, lust, passion, and desire. Packed with emotion ranging from intense love to anger and violence — representing both cupid and the devil. It is a hot, strong, stimulating colour that represents excitement and energy.
Red is the colour of passion.
Passion is the opposite of neutrality.
Think about what happens when you take a passionate colour like red… and add some skin.
Q: What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your Instagram?
A: I can feel exceptionally shy and awkward doing everyday things like phoning to make an appointment, ordering food or returning an item to a store. This really surprises people as I tend to come across as a bubbly, noisy, extrovert, even online.
Q: Do you think nude art photography can be both artistic and also erotic? How do you draw the definition?
A: I think the human body is a little like a Magic Eye image. It is layered with meaning and can transform as your perspective changes. Our bodies can be seen as purely functional, a simple contrasting shape on a horizon. They can speak to our… experience and impact on the environment. They can be sensual, or emotive, or sexual.
I think the category an image falls into depends on social cues, context and intention — both of those creating the image and those viewing it. The weight of art or erotica can be carried in a pose, an expression, an angle, what is shown and what is hidden from view.
Both are beautiful. Both have their place.
Q: When you’re not busy modeling, what are some of your favorite things to do?
A: I’m quite a spontaneous person and I love trying new things — though I am not always so great at following through on my bright ideas or good intentions! In an ideal world, I’d be travelling with my favourite people, but I’m far more likely to be found sampling a new Australian gin, dancing around my kitchen in very fancy underwear, having a leisurely breakfast (and dessert) with friends, patting an alpaca, listening to a true crime podcast, binge watching a new tv series or making my way to the front of the mosh pit. Or sadly, scrolling through my phone. Instagram steals a lot of my time!
Q: You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
A: Emerald green. There is just something about that colour that has always drawn me in — even before I was a redhead. It is deep and bold, with just a little bit of old school glamour.
Q: What’s your favorite snack?
A: It’s a tie breaker between fresh warm doughnuts and hot chips. Resistance is futile on either of those fronts. I would happily eat both every day and preferably one after another. I can’t go past that salty sweet combo!
Q: What is your all time favorite movie and why?
A: A tough call, but I would have to say Fight Club. I’m a big Fincher fan, but I particularly like the nameless main character, the use of narration, the visual layering, the way that you notice something different every time you see it and its refusal to give you a simple answer tied up in a bow. Palahniuk, Pitt, Norton and Bonham-Carter is a recipe for gold, honestly.
Q: Come the weekend, what’s your favourite thing to do?
A: Wake up to a day with no alarm, no plan and no expectations
The Devil’s Elixir
Doing business and raising babies.
Mother of two, pinup model, social worker and tattoo studio owner Dahlia Black breaks all molds.
I admire any woman who can juggle a successful career, healthy lifestyle and family life. Dahlia carries herself with so much grace although her children shall grow up thinking shes a badass someday for pursuing her dreams.
She looks like an elixir of colour and passion but if you manage to sit her down for five minutes, you shall soon realise she is an entrepreneur.
Q: If you did not have the career you have now, what would you want to be doing?
A: I’ve always aspired to be a police officer, or to work in the field of criminal psychology. I’m pretty content with where I am now, but I could still pursue those options down the track.
Q: Tell us about your kids?
A: I have two kids, a one year old boy and two year old girl. My daughter is a fiery little thing, she’s so stubborn and strong. And my boy is a sweet, giggly and gentle soul who LOVES his Mama. They are the best, ever.
Q: What is your parenting style?
A: I don’t really know how to describe my parenting style, I’d say it’s very affectionate and loved up parenting – my children are always told how beautiful, special and loved they are!
Q: How do your kids feel about your tattoos?
A: Sometimes I don’t think they even notice that Mummy is any different to anyone else, it’s the norm for them. One day I’m sure they’ll think I’m so uncool though! Ha
Q: Have you ever faced any discrimination due to being a tattooed mom? What happened?
A: I do get a lot of judgemental looks, which I noticed a lot from hospital staff while I was pregnant actually. I haven’t had any outright rude comments to my face, but have definitely felt judgment from other parents.
Q: Tell is about your tattoos? Who did them? What do they mean and which one is your favourite?
A: Most of my tattoos are by my darling husband Aaron Smith, at our tattoo studio Faith Hope Charity Tattoo in Flemington. Majority of them don’t mean anything, I love traditional tattoo imagery which is why I have the style that I do – I do have a few pieces that are special though. My favourite would probably be my stomach piece.
Q: With such a busy schedule and so many kids – how do you make time for your family? Do you have any tips on balancing a successful career and family?
A: It’s really hard for us to make time to enjoy each other’s company, but we always have at least one designated day of the week where we go out as a family. I don’t really have any tips on how to manage, I’m of the mind that a short term sacrifice is worth it for a long term pay off – so missing a few things now because I need to work hard means that I will have more time/freedom/money to enjoy everything when I’ve established myself properly.
Q: What is your idea for “me-time”?
A nice bubble bath, or a relaxing massage are my favourite me-time activities.
Q: Would you rather fight a vampire, werewolf or a zombie? Why?
A: Oh, that’s hard. I think a vampire would be the easier fight of the three so I’ll go with that!
Well, we’re a little late for Shoutout Saturday but I guess that’s what happens when you start day drinking and forget about your phone!
HST took some time to catch up with @suzyinacent for a mini interview about her bad photoshop art, why she loves it, and where she’s taking it in the future. Check out the comments below to read our seven questions with Suzy and head over to her page on Instagram and show some love.
1. What inspired you to start doing bad photoshop?:
I think I began editing photos back during the early 2000s to put on my Myspace. I remember combing through banner after banner and thinking they all were lame, so I made my own.
Then computers got smaller and smaller and photo editing software was increasingly accessible, now I spend under a few hours on my phone, dinking about if I have a fun idea, or if I cant sleep.
The surrealism thing is new though.
2. What’s your favorite thing about bad photoshop?:
That my art doesn’t necessarily NEED to be “good”. I make content I enjoy, or I experiment in the moment. I sometimes have a loose idea of what I’m going to end up with, but the end result is never really where I wan to take my art, it just ends up there.
3. What originally inspired you to paint pennies?:
I belong to a very wholesome group where we paint rocks to brighten someone’s day. The more I painted the more I wanted to challenge myself, and it was fun to try to paint as small as I could.
Unfortunately, penny-painting is paused for the future – my fine motor skills have been compromised due to medication side effects.
4. Is there any other kind of art you are interested in?:
I love editing videos. I was never into scrapbooking, but that’s what’s happening when I make videos; I edit video because that memory is important to me, or there is a feeling I’m trying to convey.
Sometimes I just wanna fling lettuce at my dog and film it in slow-motion.
5. Three favorite words:
Is this a quiz? HORROR, SLEAZE, TRASH, duh.
6. Throwback to the days when I met you in a comic book shop – is there any comic/graphic novel series you think everyone should read?:
For everyone? Bone. It’s super cute and light reading and set in a fantasy world.
Maybe not for EVERYONE, but Saga. I love Saga. It has amazing imagery, aliens that I adore, relevant themes, trauma, violence, sex, interstellar war.
7. What are you goals with bad photoshop and @suzyinacent for the next year, if any?:
I just need an outlet for all the crazy I’ve got in my brain. I’d like to make fan=art of my friends, but I’m afraid that’s too Tina Belcher.
Is this where I hashtag #SendNudes?
You can find Suzy at http://www.instagram.com/suzyinacent
Gwil James Thomas
Considering that you’re here it seems more than likely that you’ve already heard of the inimitable British poet John D Robinson – if not, then now would also be the perfect time to start. In 2018 he’s had four chapbooks published ‘Hitting Home’ (Iron Lung Press) ‘The Pursuit of Shadows’ (Analog Submission Press) ‘Echoes of Diablo’ (Concrete Meat Press) and the forthcoming ‘Too Many Drinks Ago’ (Paper & Ink)! His work is collectible and usually limited and for that reason it tends to sell swiftly and it’s understandable why.
One of the biggest things that strike me about his poems is the rhythm – no word seems out of place. For that reason he’s a master of vignette poems – painting scenes of poetry with laugher, tragedy, revelry and hope. And like all great poets, once he gets you with his hook – the bastard will have you latched on for life. Robinson’s chapbooks are the sort of material that you want to have in your arsenal the next time you meet someone that says ‘I read poetry back in school and found it boring,’ before they get back to checking their phone. That said, if I’d have been aware of poets like Robinson when I was in school, then my interest in poetry would have stared much sooner. Above all of this though, Robinson comes across as a humble and good soul. Someone who genuinely loves and understands his craft and would be doing it whether the world, or nobody was taking note of him. In that sense he is a true artist and encapsulates everything that made me want to write in the first place.
GJT: I’ll start off with a simple question – do you write to any music? If so, what’s your preference?
JDR: Music has always been a life-long importance to me: I gave up on popular music about two and a half decades ago, occasionally, every six months or so, I will dig out some Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Ramones and listen for 10 minutes and then switch it off, reminding myself why I stopped listening: I listen to nothing but classical music these days: Sibelius, Part, Vaughn Williams: Butterworth: JS Bach: Beethoven: Mozart: Vivaldi: Mahler: Handel: Vivaldi: etc: and scribble as I listen.
GJT: I’ve noticed both cats and dogs being given an affectionate nod in your work. Deep down I think that everyone prefers one, over the other. So, I’m sure that the question on everyone’s lips is – are you a cat man, or a dog man?
JDR: Cats : I am obsessed with cats, I have been around cats all my life and I love their company, their independence, their mystery: I am with the ancient Egyptians on this one: There is a wonderful film ‘Excavating Taylor Mead’Poet/painter/actor, a Warhol superstar who spent a great deal of his later years wandering around New York feeding the stray cats (You Tube). I have two cats at present though at times I have had four or five, but I think you can’t have too many.
GJT: If you had to name one novel, or poetry collection that had inspired you to pick up the pen, what would it be?
JDR: I could give many answers here: but I think I would have to mention Steve Richmond: ‘Earth Rose’: an extraordinary collection and an exceptional poet who is quite often overlooked in the shadow of Bukowski: a poet that truly opened my eyes, the brutality and starkness, the beauty and lyrical of this life: he lived a truly eventful life: a poets life: buy his ‘Gagaku’poetry collection published by Dharma Books: But to hammer it down I think it would be Doug Draime: ‘More Than The Alley’: I never tire of reading his wonderful work and have many of his books: he was a poet who lived as a poet and never backed down on his journey: whose work was diverse but always captivating and very often, funny but always with a sting in it’s tail: the collection, selected poems ‘Farrago Soup’ should be on every poet’s shelf:
GJT: Arguably, drinking whilst writing can lower the inhibitions – but the line between buzzed and blotto can naturally get blurred and writing blotto is impossible. Do you typically approach the blank document with a full glass? And if so what’s your favourite bottle?
JDR: I drink whilst I write everyday: my favourite fuel is ‘Casillero del Diablo’ ‘Wine from the Devils cellar’Chardonnay: one would not work without the other: poetry and wine are just two of my demons and it took me a long time to become friends with both, a long and varied journey we’ve undertaken: friendship, love and lives have been lost along the way, but like Ferlinghetti said ‘I’m on an even keel these days’.
GJT: As I mentioned before I love the vignette style of your poems – but it made me think about how good a novel could be in this format, if not a hard fucking task too. Would you ever consider writing a novel?
JDR: I have no plans to do so at the moment: I have written short stories, but have often found prose to be challenging and very time consuming: but I wouldn’t want to rule the idea out.
GJT: I think it’s essential for writers to have hobbies, interests, or some other place to go for ‘downtime’ away from writing. Is this what painting is for you?
JDR: Painting is something that I enjoy: particularly painting non figurative works: I like to work in acrylics on canvas or wood, I also enjoy making collages which I am doing at present, again I usually work to classical music whilst my cats walk over my materials: I love the work of Basquiat and attended the large exhibition ‘Boom For Real’ in London earlier this year, a fantastic show: Janne Karlsson and Marcel Herms are two contemporary artists whose work that I love and admire.
GJT: Would you ever consider holding an exhibition for your paintings?
JDR: I have exhibited my paintings in the past on several occasions: Coffee houses: bars: small galleries and enjoyed the experience and would be interested in doing so again if the opportunity arose.
GJT: In relation to those last two questions – I’m reluctant to call writing a hobby. I think that there’s this point when going down the road of being a writer, that you realise that it’s become more than a hobby. It’s not something that you can pick up and put down as easily as a hobby. To an outsider that probably sounds pretentious, or delusional and it’s hard to explain to people that don’t write – but if you look at the things it can cost you down the line it can be more like an addiction, or obsession. Do you think that there’s a point where writing becomes more of a way of life? Or really is it more a case that unless you can regularly pay the bills with your writing, then you’re just another full time hobbyist?
JDR: I think that you are right: for me writing poetry is an addiction and an obsession: I try and write everyday: It is something that makes my life richer in many ways: As a teenager I knew that poetry was going to be a life long love and that its passion would not fade: if I don’t write for a few days I get miserable within: but I wait for the return of the muse and she comes in many guises : reading the work of a fellow poet: some music: a conversation with a stranger on a bus: a distant memory: there is always a poem to write: Like Rauschenberg said ‘just walking around the block you will find art’ I don’t figure writing poetry to be a hobby but it’s what I do and I don’t know what else to do and there is nothing else that I would want to be doing.
GJT: What’s next for John D Robinson?
JDR: I will continue writing and sending out to small press publications and online literary journals: 450 poems in over 80 publications have appeared so far.I thoroughly enjoy creating books, formatting and editing, reading the work of quality poets and seeing this brought to life in print is a joyous thing.
I have planned split chapbooks with: Gwil James Thomas, Janne Karlsson, Joseph Ridgwell, Ryan Quinn Flanagan and Catfish McDaris. Holy&intoxicated Publications will continue to publish quality chapbooks: solo collections in the future will feature the poets – John Grochalski, Ally Malinenko, Adrian Manning: Ryan Quinn Flanagan and no doubt this will grow. The Holy&intoxicated Publications Poetry Card series will continue: Series 7 is currently at the printers – Ryan Quinn Flanagan: Dennis Gulling: Scot Young: Catfish McDaris and Arthur J Willhelm are the contributors. I select and approach the poets for a contribution to this series. Series 8 will have special guest editor, Adrian Manning taking over the controls.
This poetry life is a life I love, it has its downs just like everything else in life but making contact and talking to quality poets all over the globe is simply an honour and always inspiring.
As poet Gary Aposhian stated: ‘Buy my Books!’
And thank you Gwil for all your time and hard work.
Shot on location in Melbourne, Australia
Have you ever sat down and asked yourself how much it would cost for you to show yourself naked on the internet to thousands of people without your face being blurred out?
Is $50 worth getting your top off? What about bending over and spreading your legs? And please remember to smile for the people only identified by a few letters, underscores and numbers who could be illegally recording you to quickly upload to tube sites!
Twitter and Instagram are cracking down on sex workers using social media to advertise to their followers when their next live show or interstate tour dates shall be.
Twitter and Instagram state they’re enforcing community guidelines, not targeting an industry in any way… or are they?
Sex workers are concerned about increasingly being pushed off social media platforms. Between suspended accounts to complete bans, sex workers are feeling unwelcome and having to constantly re-create social media pages to let their fans know that they are still active and available to attend to their short-lived desires.
Recently I had the opportunity to shoot and interview an emerging and popular cam girl, Lady Lush, about her personal brand and experiences in this unforgiving industry. Read on for more below….
SbB: How does nude modelling impact your life on a personal level?
LL: Nude modelling has impacted my life in all positive ways! Initially it was to confront my body image issues due to pregnancy. I am now a lot more confident to be in my own skin. I am body positive in a way I have never been in my whole life and I’ve got to meet the most amazing people along the way!
SbB: How important is social media for models nowadays?
LL: Unless you have a good network of people already, I think social media is the key to really putting yourself out there in order to reach out and network with others in the industry who can contribute to your ambitions and goals in order to help you grow.
SbB: How often do you upload new material to your Only Fans page?
LL: I upload content once or twice weekly.
SbB: Have you ever received gifts from clients and your fan base?
LL: I sure have! It’s such a great feeling knowing that people really appreciate my content and express this through extra tips and lovely gifts. It gives me more of a reason to love doing what I do.
SbB: What are your out-of-pocket costs?
LL: Out of pocket costs goes to outfits, lingerie and props, but it’s all worth it when I see how much my followers love it and tip me extra for it.
SbB: Where do you see your Only Fans modeling going in the future?
LL: I am so content where I am right now because I see it as a hobby in which I get paid for. If I can raise my earnings further down the track that would definitely be a bonus!
SbB: Do you consider yourself a porn actress, in a sense?
LL: Initially I thought what I was doing wasn’t classified as porn because it’s always just me, myself and I in all my videos, no men or other babes. But then I realised that playing with kinky sex toys and masturbation is a sub category of porn, so in a sense yes I am a porn actress.
SbB: Can you share a fun fact about yourself?
LL: Despite my raunchy persona as a sex icon, I know I could appear to be intimidating, but I really am just a nerdy, dopey, loving mother if you get to know me.
More from Lady Lush and Lee Baker below:
Pachu M. Torres is an artist based in Spain, addicted to black coffee and specializing in erotic art. His work focuses on the synesthesia of pleasure and colors, BDSM and female passion. You can find his art on the social media and many magazines like ‘PLAYBOY’.
Pachu M. Torres: Thank you! I’m glad you like my art that way, and even more to have this conversation with you.
Pachu: I became interested in drawing erotic illustrations after I had my first sexual experiences at 14-years-old (1999, more or less). I remember that my classmates and friends liked my illustrations and they bought many of them from me or asked for other things hahaha.
Pachu: Many factors have caused my art to change over the years, and I’m aware of it: first of all, I focused my art on the eroticism. This was due to the success of this designs online 6 years ago. I shared them in a time when I was working in a national Spanish Newspaper (ABC), where I was doing other kind of illustrations (portraits, superheroes, cartoons, etc.), but as soon as I shared an erotic sketch on Instagram, it went viral (and after the success, Instagram disabled that account, of course). So I started sharing my erotic designs and being more and more open with my own tastes and sexual interests. At this point, they can be considered like a daily diary hahaha. But one of the constants in my art it’s that I don’t like to be explicit, but rather, suggestive; there’s the real power of my illustrations. So, over this 6 years I have a greater assertiveness on the strokes with the brush (due to a greater experience), I risk more with digital colors and their combinations and the compositions are more elaborated.
Pachu: I admire many artists. Milo Manara, Serpier, Bastian Vives, Tomer Hanuka, Horacio Altuna, Jordi Bernet… all of them are awesome comic-book creators; Olly Moss, Gigi Rose Gray, or David Sossella are stunning illustrators as well.
Pachu: I agree!
Pachu: I definitely will.
Pachu: The choice for my favorite movie is between ‘Paris-Texas’ (Wim Wenders) and ‘Mulholland Drive’ (David Lynch). Two masterpieces! And my favorite book, ‘Lila Says’ (Chimo).
My name is Tatiana and I was born in May 1998. I’m a self-taught digital artist and I go as Tati MoonS. I mostly paint girls and women, but you can find some animals and males in my artwork as well.
Horror Sleaze Trash: I’m really excited to get the chance to talk with you! I love your artwork so much! Tell us a little about yourself.
Tatiana: So, my real name is Tatiana and my last name Luna. I was born in Spain in 1998. I turned 20 in May and my favorite animals are tarantulas and giraffes.
HST: When did you first become interested in art? What made you decide to start create the work that you do?
Tatiana: I have been interested in art since I was a child, I can’t remember exactly when it began! I’ve always painted girls and my favorite characters, so my style has developed itself, making me create the work I do nowadays!
HST: Your character fanart is actually how I first discovered your art! I came across your Marceline and Bubblegum and loved them. I’m a huge fan of Adventure Time. Anyway, what would you say most inspires you?
Tatiana: There is nothing at all that inspires me, but at the same time everything inspires me. It’s really just everyday living, I guess. I get really inspired and involved in every little detail, or from a little idea that gets bigger and bigger and that’s really it. Sorry if that’s a boring answer, but it’s the truth! I always keep myself involved in things that require something related to art, like video games for instance.
HST: How do you feel your art has changed and developed over the years?
Tatiana: As I said before, I’ve always painted females and fanart. It’s always on the same line but with slight differences that have eventually developed into what I do now. When I was a child, about 3 to 4 years old, my parents always gave me Disney Princess stuff like stickers, colouring books, all that girly stuff that dads and moms usually give to their little girl. I also loved painting so if we take a look back to my first drawings, they were Cinderella fanart. But in 2002, Bratz dolls came into my life and I loved them! I thought their style was unique. I loved the fact that they wear big platforms (which I love, I have many!) and they wear black! My favorite color! I instantly began painting them. My interest in clothing started to increase as well. When I was about 7, the Internet came to me and discovered the goth/emo/scene style and fell in love. So I painted ‘goth’ Bratz and darker original characters. But, I also played a lot of video games when I was a child, which gave me interest in digital stuff. My dad gave me my first Wacom tablet when I was younger, but it was hard to use which made me give up on digital world for a long time. In 2010, I moved to another city where I started high school and I stopped painting since I had no time. Sometimes I painted very dark original drawings focused on pencil portrait, but I usually only drew while I was in class. It was a lot of quick pen sketches of women with messages promoting the ‘free the nipple’ movement and other similar movements. That was the year I really involved myself in feminism. I kept doing that until 2016, when I decided that I wanted to make my own t shirt brand and decided to use the graphic tablet again. In December of that year, I opened my Instagram account to share that stuff. I was reported, so Instagram deleted my account for nudity (even though they say you can post females nipples if it’s a drawing). I was finally able to reactivate it, but I was kind of disappointed that I had to censor my art, so I rarely posted or painted anymore. I had to convince myself to start painting girls with clothes again, which really sucked for me, but as time passed I was enjoying that more and more, and then suddenly I found myself painting everyday and finding the perfect job! So that is the story of how my art developed! It’s been a mix from all the painting stages and styles in my life; Disney princesses and others with cool clothes, promoting feminism whenever I can, and of course tattoos, scarifications and others since I really loved the 90s hardcore scene as I was a teen!
HST: What other hobbies or art do you indulge in? What do you like to do with your free time?
Tatiana: Whenever I’m not painting, I spend a lot of time playing or creating something on The Sims 4! And this isn’t a hobby since I don’t practice it yet, but I would love to be able to tattoo some day. That’s been a passion of mine since I was a teen. I also spent a year studying to become a dead-bodies makeup artist/preparer (I think it’s call an undertaker in English, but I’m not sure), so if I ever have time I would love to do that job as a hobby as well.
HST: What other artists do you look up to and/or admire?
Tatiana: There are a lot! This is the hardest question, honestly. Astri Lohne was the one that made me want to keep doing digital art even though it wasn’t my style (plus, I love all her illustrations). David Lucas’s art is phenomenal too. On the other hand, we have Ursula Decay. I wish I was able to paint cartoon drawings like hers! There’s also the traditional stuff like Victoria Frances. Pff! There are so many artists!!!
HST: Do you have a favorite piece that you’ve worked on? Is there one that was most challenging?
Tatiana: I love my fanart of Shego! But my ‘Darlene Pian’ one still my favorite. That one is very beloved, since was one of my firsts and has a lot of meaning to me. The most challenging one was the Sailor Moon fanart I did. I tried to get out of my comfort zone and paint a background, but I feel like I messed it up so I quite hate it.
HST: Speaking of challenging, you mentioned to me that you often have other people use your work for various reasons without speaking with you first. Is that something that’s frustrating to you or does it not bother you too much?
Tatiana: If someone takes my art and gives me credit properly, I have no problem, even though I think that asking first gives you some professionalism. (I don’t know if this is legal to say, but BoredPanda never asked me if they could use my work, and it’s okay because I don’t mind, but as a big magazine, someday someone could get mad at that). But there are some other little things that bother me; obviously deleting my sign or not giving me credit, and what I hate the most is when they ‘edit’ my art. For example, cropping only the paintings where I added stretch marks and hiding them, or hiding t shirt quotes. Seems like they do not want polemic, but if you are going to gain views and cash with my art, then do things properly or go home since I do not only want to paint characters if not giving a message too.
HST: I think that’s a really good point. I bet a lot of artists feel that way. What’s your favorite movie and/or book?
Tatiana: There are a lot of movies! I can’t pick one! But probably The Nightmare Before Christmas or Coraline or Spirited Away! As far as books go, I really love the Emily the Strange saga. Also, Rébecca Dautremer’s illustrations are awesome.
HST: I’m a big fan of Coraline and Spirited Away myself. You also mentioned you like video games. What are your favorite video games?
Tatiana: My favorite video game is Kingdom Hearts! But I also really enjoy survival horror ones, like Silent Hill or the first Resident Evils. I also love Forbidden Siren 2. Oh, and of course there are the classics, like Crash Bandicoot 1 or 3, Spyro… all that stuff.
HST: Are there any fictional characters that are your favorite? Are there any you relate to?
Tatiana: I love Scarlett Kensignton from the book ‘Ghostgirl’, which I read when I was 10 or so. In fact, I really love almost all books characters since I can imagine my own version of them! I also relate a lot to Violet from ‘The Incredibles’.
HST: Well, thank you so much for talking to us! It’s been a pleasure and we can’t wait to see more of your art in the future! Where can we find you and connect with you online? Social media? Website?
Tatiana: It’s been a pleasure for me ❤ I post all my content on Instagram @tatimoons. You can also find me posting stuff on my Facebook page and I try to make daily updates on my Patreon page. I also have a website where you can find my full portfolio and shop!