I don’t know if I have discussed this previously, but I am partially colorblind (lucky me!). I find that because of this I have always been drawn to the kind of dark, more whimsical pieces of art since the color schemes and illustrations stand out best to my eye. This is why I was initially captivated by the pieces of work by Rural Pearl (I have the piece above!). Angie Pickman is a full-time artist, not only creating one-of-a-kind works for individuals but also putting commercial work in the mix. When I envision what a true artist embodies, she definitely comes to mind. She definitely lives in all aspects as an artist from the house in which she lives, to her creative space, and how she gains inspiration for all her works!
Name: Angie Pickman
Location: Atchison, Kansas
Is this a full-time business for you?
I do cut paper art full-time. I sell my work online, at art fairs, exhibits, and through commissions. I also do illustration and commercial work and have a few licensing deals.
Why do you choose paper as your median?
Between all the art forms that I’ve experimented with, cutting paper has felt the most natural to me. I love the the boldness and subtlety of it. Your mind almost has to fill in some of the details when you have a black (or solid color) image without light and shadows, and I think that can help the viewer relate to it more because they’re more able to tie their own experiences into it when their mind is filling in the details.
What led you to this?
I was attracted to cut paper art while watching Lotte Reiniger’s stop-motion silhouette animation “The Adventures of Prince Achmed” from 1926. It was like a punch in the face. At the moment I started watching that film, I knew that’s what I wanted to do, so I initially started practicing by making cut paper silhouette animations. I still like to play around with animation, but 2D still art has become what I make mostly.
Do you ever feel “artist’s block”, and if so how do you overcome it?
I don’t know if I’d call it artist’s block, but I definitely have slumps that I think are usually caused by other distractions in life. I try to keep believing that there are no limits to ideas, and when I’m in a slump (that can last for weeks if I’m not careful!) I try to get outside and breathe fresh air, get some exercise and regain focus on the things that matter most to me — one of which is my artwork.
How would you describe your style
I’d describe my style as .. hmm.. contemplative whimsy
Who are some of your favorite artists and sites?
The artists that have had the biggest impact on me are David Weidman, Walter Henry Williams, Lotte Reiniger & Victor Moscoso. I’m not a great resource for website recommendations, but do I enjoy checking out Grain Edit from time to time. I love art from the 50s, 60s, & 70s, and Grain Edit does a great job featuring it as well as contemporary artists who are inspired from that era.
What makes you unique?
I think we’re all unique in our own ways.. I don’t know if I can pinpoint my ways, but I know they’re there..
Any small ideas you can include to help others create something small and from the heart?
When I really started to dig my heels into making art, I found myself looking at a lot of other artists’ work and trying to emulate it.. And that was frustrating to me because I never felt as good as them and I also wanted something of my own. I ended up sort of closing myself off from the world for awhile and just trying to form ideas and make them into something without looking at external things that might infiltrate what I was doing. And I think that’s how I developed my own style. Now I can look to other artists for inspiration and feel confident enough in my own style to use that inspiration to make something of my own. Most of the things that I make are based off of simple ideas and beliefs that are important to me. I try to keep some sort of emotional aspect in everything I do. And I try to trust my gut. When something feels right, I go for it. If it doesn’t, I keep shaping it until it does.
Any other products you are working on you can share!
I’m just getting back into making animations after a long break from it and it’s been a lot of fun. I love giving life to images. They are very simple and low-fi, and sometimes a little weird. It’s nice to have other creative outlets– it helps to keep everything fresh.
I love other artists’ creative space, could you share yours?
I work from home in a very old house that my great-great grandfather built. There’s a blanket over the windows to keep the winter wind from seeping in and to give me some extra darkness when I make my little animations on my light box. And I always have to be surrounded by books.. I love books!
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