year of birth: 1988
Q1: When did you start making art?
I started drawing when I was very young – I always loved it, and drew everything I saw (or imagined) constantly.
Q2: What does inspire you?
I’m inspired by so much! Other artists, musicians, films, books, nature… I find beauty and inspiration in so many things, particularly strange, dark, and twisted things.
Q3: What are your techniques?
I sketch and draw in pencil, and transfer my sketches onto watercolor paper and ink them. Then I’ll add watercolor, scan the image, and finish the piece in Photoshop.
Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
It’s different depending on each piece. Sometimes it’s a portrait, and I want the viewer to focus on them. Other times the idea is more open-ended, letting the viewer decide the “meaning.” But for my part, the ideas are very broad. I like to explore the beautiful side of ugliness, if that makes sense. I love looking at frightening things in a different, and sometimes endearing way. For one example, by drawing a hideous monster doing something simple, sweet, or looking sad or thoughtful, I’m making the viewer question what “hideous” really means.
Q5: What is the main color of your art and why?
I love vintage photographs and daguerreotypes, so I stick with sepias and murky greens to keep the palette earthy. Sometimes I like a very graphic and dark palette, and I’ll use red, black, and white schemes. Visually, it’s the most striking combination.
Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
I’d like to push myself to be more painterly, and rely less on Photoshop for corrections.
Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
I have hundreds of projects for the future, of course! My next projects are a retelling of “Beauty and the Beast” in a gothic tone, and an illustrated collection of Edgar Allan Poe’s stories.
Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of AbigailLarson.
Hmm… Eerie, ethereal, eccentric
Q9: Show us (link) your very first work. Describe it from techniques till feelings.
HERE‘s the first illustration I’ve ever posted online. I saw a stock image of a girl standing against a wall, and I wanted to draw it. It was so early in my exploration of ink and watercolor… but I loved the opportunity to use as much ink as possible! I thought it was such a sad, lonely pose, and I needed it to look very dark, but still having that light background to balance it.
Q10: What did change from your first work till now?
I rely much more heavily on Photoshop, now. I also have a more distinct style, and a better understanding of perspective, anatomy, tones, and concept.
Q11: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
Art is being able to say something without words. It can be an escape, and it certainly starts that way, but it has become my life. Whether it’s hearing powerful music, seeing something beautifully made, reading something profound, or experiencing the perfect taste on my tongue, art is very much a part of my life, while I’m busy escaping the stress of the more “mundane” aspects of life.