What type of art do you create?
Dark & mythical art you can rock on your body or on your walls!
I also do custom portraits and anything else that can get my creative blood flowing!
Where can we admire and purchase your art?
How did you get into the art field?
I have been doing art since I was a little living dead girl.
I would enter coloring contests to win tickets to the circus,
color my Barbies hair to make them look different
(that was until I was blessed with Jem dolls) and draw pictures for school
so I could be featured artist of the week in newsletters and contests.
To me that was always a HUGE honor as a kid. I guess it still is.
As I love doing interviews like these as well. I am an independent artist
still looking for that full time gig to work in any creative industry
(any one interested hiring - Linkedin.com/in/livingdeadgirlnicolegarcia ha ha).
But in the mean time it's what I do on the side of my current full time office job.
I use the internet, merch, do fan art for people I admire
and stay active in the Etsy Team communities and LinkedIn Groups
to help spread the word about what I do and it seems to be working well so far.
What was your first creation?
I honestly don't know the answer since I have been doing this since I was really young.
I do however have a couple photos of some of my kid art ha ha.. enjoy!!
How long does it take to complete a creation?
This all depends on what I am making..
something can take me an hour and something can be a day or week process.
Custom orders are always my favorite though.
I love when a client contacts me with an idea and I get to go all crazy with it.
What was your favorite creation?
Oh man.. this is really hard to pick just one
since I have made so many different types of things in the 31 years of my existance.
But I would say my favorite of the moment is my Zombified Doll..
I look at her in her cute little bloody dress with her one eye starring at me just waiting for a home to adopt her and I just want to keep her ha ha...
Adopt this adorable undead doll here!
[Enter Code HORRORLAND10 at check out to get her or any premade item for 10% off!]
Who/What inspires you?
My Dad, Tom Birmingham is a huge inspiration of mine. He is an artist as well.
He was my greatest teacher growing up.
He would always give me tips on things
and show me how to use different types of mediums.
He has always believed in me and my art. He is truley my biggest inspiration.
My favorite quote is "art washes away from the soul, the dust of every day life" - Picasso.
My friend Heather had that quote on something her Aunt had made her and it was displayed in her craft room and when I read it I was like.. that is my life in words. :)
It has stuck with me ever since. I even have it taped on my computer monitor at work.
It reminds me that when things get hard.. or stressfull..
my art room at home is waiting for me.
It really does motivate me. It inspired me to get this tattoo...
Tattoo done by Ken Culver
I am also inspired by other artists and creative geniuses like Rob Zombie, Tim Burton,
Jim Henson, Brian Froud, Eric Pigors, Chad Savage, Cleve Hall, Dave Hartman...
to name a few.
My work is also inspired by what I am into and what I love..
horror movies, halloween, rock music and anything out of the norm.
What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on jewelry!!
I am focusing on making accessories based off my portraits and drawings!
I am also working on a Zombie Head creation for a Harley Club in Germany
which is very exciting!
Do you have any advice for aspiring artists?
Never give up on what you love.
Even if you don't do your art for a living it doesn't mean you shouldn't keep creating!!
I still wish to one day do something artistic full time
but until then I will never give up on my passion!
Also don't ever let anyone change who you are as an artist.
As a dark artist my work is too bloody to some and amazing to others.
You can't win them all but you can be true to yourself!
I remember when I was in high school my art teacher didn't like something
in one of my drawings because she wanted to put it in a show
and didn't think the judges would appreciate it.
I told her it was my piece and it represented me as an artist.. and if the judges don't like it and I don't win because I stayed true to my vision then I didn't want to win anyways.
You know what happened.. the judges loved it.. and I won!
So never let anyone tell you how to express yourself!
Thanks so much for sharing with us, Nicole! You rock!
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