name: Jana
surname: Heidersdorf
year of birth: 1993
country: Germany


Monster by Checanty

by Checanty


Banshee by Checanty

by Checanty


Q1: When did you start making art?
I started to take it seriously when I was about 14 and wanted to become a comic artist. That’s probably not my goal anymore, but that’s how it started.

Q2: What does inspire you?
Stories, thoughts, feelings and nature.

Q3: What are your techniques?

As long as there’s a pencil involved and I can get my hands dirty I’m good to go.

Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
Common themes are nature and fairytales, although I think there’s a feeling of calm melancholia that is underlying most of my work.
Sometimes I feel that’s what’s holding it together.

Q5: What is the main color of your art and why?
I’m currently working mostly in a very monochromatic, muted colour scheme so I can focus on the lighting, shapes and textures to create atmosphere.

Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
Apart from the never-ending need to improve my overall skills, I’m always looking to find a balance between being rough, sketchy and dynamic and creating precise, detailed drawings, so I will continue to experiment with that (it’s bit like searching for the Holy Grail, I guess). Otherwise it’s probably time to face my fear of architecture. (Anything with straight lines is not my friend.)

Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
My sketchbooks are filled with possible projects, but I’d really like to work on a picture/art/comic book about a boy and a jackdaw. At the moment things keep getting in the way, but it’s written in big bold letters on the to-do list for the next few years.
Another thing I’d love to try out is stop motion animating my dolls. There’s no specific project attached to that, though.

Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of Checanty.
Feral, fluffy, fantastic.

Q9: Show us (link) your very first work. Describe it from techniques till feelings.
This HERE is the first image I posted on DeviantArt. It doesn’t really qualify as ‘very first’, but it’s pretty old (2008, I was about 14). Back then I tried my hand at painting with acrylics and had really trouble drawing hands, so this was an advanced study decorated with green slime to make it pretty. Also, marvel at the advanced Photoshop skills.

Q10: What did change from your first work till now?
Well, the slimy hand originates from a time when I had no idea what I was doing, really. So since then I learned a lot not only about drawing, but the whole process of creating an artwork itself, which (hopefully) shows.
So what has changed? I guess it’s mostly being more conscious about what I’m doing. There’s a lot more thinking, worrying and fear of failure involved, but it results in progress and better work.

Q11: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
For me as a consumer it’s a form of escapism, as a creator it’s the essence of life.

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