Tattoo | art | illustrations | interview with Lidia Misfit 11/02/2015
Hello Lidia! Thanks so much for taking the time to
answer some of our questions. I feel truly honored for having a
person like you to interview, as I find you so creative and also so
brave to bring up some cool, unusual artworks to the public. I guess
your creative journey has lots of stories to tell, let's start with
some basic info about you...
Q: Since when you got interested in art? What kind of art interested you at the beginning?
A: I supposed I would have been about eight years old when I become interested in Dylan Dog comics (an Italian horror comic book), I adored the artwork. From there I progressed to admired the work of Luis Royo and H,R Giger as a teenager. I become very interested in fantasy and dark art , and began drawing my own comics in that style.
Q: Did you draw a lot as a kid or you find yourself as a very talented person?
A: I have been drawing ever since I can remember, people told me I was good from early age, I wasn't sure about that. but I carried on anyway .
Q: Having a talent is a blast, but being dedicated artist is a must! How long took you to develop your own style?
A: My style is just my style, if other people want to try and describe it that's fine, I just pick up a pen and draw whatever I have in my mind. It is constantly evolving and improving and hopefully always will.
Q: Every artist finds a way to express
through their artworks. What would you say your art covers the most?
Is there any special message you want to send to the viewers?
A: Some specific pieces have a message, in general they all reflect things that happen to me and how I'm feeling at the moment and also they reflect the horror and the beauty in the world around me.
Q: Strong, seductive women must be your inspiration, how do you see women in punk, alternative style?
A: I do like women in that style but only when they have a particular style that has their own personality stamped on it and not just copying a fashion. I find it easier to bring out their essence when I draw them if they are like this.
Q: A bit of horror note is always in the details. How would you connect this type of art with your personality?
A: I have been obsessed with horror movies and horror stories for most of my life to the point that I now see horror all around me even in everyday situations, maybe that makes me disturbed, I don't know!
Q: Gotta be honest, I really like your
personal style, I guess the black make up is up even when you have a
'day off'? Tell me more about yourself, your clothing style and of
course, your tattoo collection ;)
A: Well Thanks eheheh I never go anywhere without my black make up not even the supermarket it is part of me eheheh
My clothing comes from mostly high street stores and charity shops, I think that it is how you wear them and how you customise and accessories them that makes them a bit more interesting. I find most "alternative" clothing both too expensive and too cliched for my liking. I got a few tattoos on me, some are artworks of other artists that I love and some I design my self but my favorite is a caricature of my beautiful cat Punky by my favorite tattoo artist Shakey Pete from Cornwall... and I admit it was also the most painful!
Q: Do you have any role model from the
movies? Btw. What are some of your favorites?
A: It is not because I want to be a men but the person I most admire in movies is Vincent Price, he brought charm and charisma to every role he played. I love his character in the Dr.Phibes movies, that great love he had for his wife and cruel vengeful streak he had too, perfect combination don t you think?
My favorite movies are Evil Dead with the great Bruce Campbell and the Wicker Man with the amazing Christopher Lee, another actor I love in any role he played. I also really love Japanese horror movies, they are so sick and creepy!
Q: Working hard and trying to be creative every day, is not for everyone. How do you cheer up yourself when inspiration goes down?
A: Well my easy way is taking a break and go out, see friends and go to see a band or two, music is another great love in my life and I draw great inspiration from it!
Q: Tell me more about the making process, do you draw some sketches and then use some software or?
A: Yes most of the time I sketch stuff on paper then scan it to the computer and transform it using Photoshop and MangaStudio 5 or sometimes if I'm in mood I just use traditional tools as acrylics, pencils and stuff like this.
Q: I've seen lots of great illustrators
making a living of their art, doing clothing lines etc. Do you have
any special career plans for the near feature?
A: Yes I have always dreamt to be a tattooist and I'm trying to find a tattoo apprentice ship at the moment, which isn't as easy as it sounds. At the moment I'm working on commissions and my own stuff to grow my portfolio.
Q: I guess every now and then artists are trying to progress even more. Have you ever thought of working on something completely different or on a different medium such as painting, sculpturing etc. Btw. Making voodoo dolls would be awesome during the Halloween euphoria ;)))
A: Yes I try every time to learn new medias, I used to paint a lot with acrylics, then to my surprise I fell in love with digital art which I use a lot now. I also use pens and Prismacolor a lot for my tattoos designs.
New medias that I would love to learn are for sure the tattoo machine and wow I would love to understand how to make my own dolls and dolls clothes, it will be awesome one day to be able to make some kind of scary rock n roll dolls.
Q: You're now based in London, UK, How is the alternative scene going on there?
A: Well London has a great history of alternative culture but a lot of it now still looks to the past rather then do anything new. But also a lot of venues have been closed so it is harder to find cool places to go to.
I have been here for seven years and I have seen a big decline in alternative scene over here plus now everyone can buy a lather jacket and pair of boots in the high street and think they are unique.
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Q: What are some of the motivational words for the aspiring artists?
A: What I can say to them is (and my self too) always enjoy doing what you do and never stop to learn new things, most of all be yourself.
Lidia, Thanks so much for the interview,
Keep up the great work,