Today, I’m sharing meet the girl behind EllaART in the Anna Aspnes Designs store.
Ella happens to be my daughter, is the beginning of my career as a digital designer, and is turning out to be a veritable artist on her own.
I hope you enjoy getting to know her – She’s a super-special young lady.
Meet The Girl Behind EllaART
How/why did you first begin creating your art?
Art is a way for me to relax and escape from reality – i.e. chores and homework.
I started creating art when I was really little, but didn’t get serious about it until 6th grade, when I was identified as Gifted and Talented in the Fine Arts.
In Middle School, I tried out for a few school performances, and played the part of an art critic, Sisky in ‘The Apple.’
It was an awesome experience. I totally love being on stage.
I also began challenging myself in my art classes, and having a lot more fun than I did playing sports. It was at this time, that I gave up volleyball and decided that sport is definitely NOT my thing.
Many people think it’s weird that I don’t play any sports, but I have accepted that I’m just unique, and am happy doing my own thing. It’s OK to be different sometimes.
This past year, I have been getting into both photography and making videos, which is quickly becoming my favorite pass time.
I like to play around in Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, and have recently began converting my sketches into brushes under the eA brand found in the EllaART category of my Mom’s online store.
I think it’s SO COOL that my doodles randomly pop up on the internet and will be printed in a magazine this Fall.
Thank you for supporting my designs – I was recently able to purchase a camera with my Mom and Dad’s help.
Now I can take pictures of whatever inspires me and have SO MUCH FUN editing them.
What tool/technique do you consider indispensable?
A pencil and a notebook is absolutely necessary.
Wherever you are, you can just pull out your notebook and doodle or sketch.
Doodling is one of my favorite things to do, especially if I need help concentrating.
Everyone should also have some kind of camera with them at all times. You never know when a memory will happen and will want to take a photo, or if there is something that inspires you, or think is beautiful, you can just capture the moment.
Describe your work space…
My work space is actually really simple – Just a white desk in my room with many cups of pens and pencils. It’s always really messy because I am always creating or dreaming about creating.
But I consider a work space to be anywhere with a pencil, some paper, and a computer.
If I could choose anywhere to have my work space, it would be a nice coffee shop. I am huge fan of our local Legends Coffee place, or when i get older, I want to explore coffee houses in Europe.
My dream is to be a traveling photographer.
Something that inspires you outside of your art?
It may seem weird, but something that inspires me, is people watching.
Sitting at a cafe (I’m slightly obsessed), or sitting on a bench somewhere, watching the people walk by.
I love seeing all the different expressions on their faces, even the way they walk, or the vibe that they give off.It all inspires me to make more drawings and/or even take photos of them.
What are your favorite themes or subjects to pursue in your work?
I love to paint and draw portraits, or paint pictures that have a meaning or story behind them.
I used to used a mechanical pencil for all my sketching until my Mom recently got me some proper ones.
When it comes to photography, I enjoy candid shots and food – I really like food and coffee.
I also love to bake – We usually bake gluten, dairy and sometimes grain-free, so I have to get creative with the ingredients.
And I have recently developed my own my own natural lip balm recipe, designed a label and would like to begin selling soon.
What has been the best advice given to you as an artist?
The best advice I have ever been given as an artist is that practice makes perfect.
You can’t just instantly be the best most greatest artist ever. It takes practice to get there.
My mom always tells me that and I think she’s right.
For example, I love photography but I’m not the best at editing yet – I will keep on trying until I reach the level of my favorite photographer idols.
Who are your artist idols?
My most well-known idol is Pablo Picasso, because he took his emotions or what happened in his life, and made it into abstract pieces of art, that are beautiful.
Abstract art is my favorite type of art because it tells a story without too many details.
In photography, I look up to @brandonwoelfel on Instagram – There is just something about his work that is absolutely mesmerizing. I hope that someday, with enough practice, I could come to close to his talent.
What is your perfect creating scenario?
I would like to fly somewhere in Europe – France or Italy probably, and find the most aesthetically pleasing cafe. There, I would find a table outside, and order a latte, with a couple of my favorite gluten-free macarons on the side.
It would be so inspiring to soak in the ‘wonderfulness’ of the place, and watch the people, as they pass me by.
Tell us something unusual about your creative practice.
Whenever I have coffee, while I am creating, it gets me more inspired and motivated, to just create in general.
Or to just keep on creating, because the inspiration keeps on flowing.
Then again, it could just be a coincidence that I like coffee so much – It’s a good job my Mom limits me to 1-2 cups per day.
How do you handle creative block?
I love Instagram and follow lots of inspiring instagram accounts.The artists below are completely different from each other, but still all inspire me to do something.
BIG THANKS to Ella, the artist profiled in Meet The Girl Behind EllaART.