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Namiren is a female artist from Hungary with an addiction to art. Her main tool of the trade is watercolor and the emotions she can provoke from her paintings with this medium is astounding. Whether she is working on emotional pieces such as “Stress” or “Empty Game” or one of her many commissioned pieces, her work is always a joy to browse through.
Toonari Post (TP): How and when did you first start practicing your art (are you traditionally trained or self-taught)?
Namiren (N): I have been drawing ever since I knew my mind, but I started to be interested in manga style about the eighth year of elementary school. I’ve studied graphics, but of course it has nothing to do with my manga drawings, so I’m mostly self-taught.
TP: What mediums do you use for your art work? Which is your favorite and why?
N: I’ve tried many and I would still love to try out new ones, but currently I mostly use watercolors and black pen. I also love oil paints, pens, and my Wacom tablet.
TP: What piece of your work is your favorite and why? Which one are you most proud of?
N: Hmm…my favorite is “New Room.” It’s not the my most favorited picture on DeviantART, but I like to look at it and remember of those feelings what I felt when I painted it <3. The one I’m most proud of is “Happy Birthday Hungary.”
TP: When you first started did you ever hit any bumps in your art process. What were they and how did you overcome them?
N: Yes, of course and I am still faced with many problems, but my love of creating always drives me past them. I usually have tons of ideas at the same time, my main problem is the need for sleep and lack of free time.
TP: Who or what are your inspirations and why?
N: Who…hmm.. good question. Lately I’m not into anyone’s art style that much. I barely have time to surf on the Internet, but maybe: Katsura Hoshino (the latest D. Gray-Man chapters are epic <3), Junji Ito (I just finished reading Uzumaki) and from DeviantART, Deino3330 (I love his music videos).
TP: Have you ever had to deal with a situation where someone else took credit for your work? If so, what did you do to resolve it? How did this art theft make you feel?
N: Luckily I haven’t had to deal with art thieves, only copy cats. I didn’t know how to react to her annoying acts and I still don’t know I how should. That’s why it’s not bad to be unpopular on DeviantART. Personally, I really hate tracing/copying and art thievery. It really pisses me off, more than it should. So, I usually try to ignore it instead of making drama.
TP: What is your favorite subject to draw and why?
N: Mostly humans, but not only in manga or realism because I think the main theme of my drawings is me (my feelings). I also love backgrounds, biiiiiiig detailed backgrounds. I’m that type who can be easily bond emotionally to places. That’s why I always love drawing them.
TP: If there was any art medium that you wish you could master, what would it be and why?
N: Hm…well…I think I’m on the way to learning my own style in water-coloring (even if i still have many thing to learn), so I would choose computer related graphic design. I love the creative designs of websites, posters, ads, and logos you can create with it.
TP: Outside of art what is your life like? Tell me anything about yourself that you would like.
N: Well…quite simply, the number one thing in my life is art, so after work I don’t have time for too many things. I only have a few hobbies, like ball jointed dolls, horror movies, and friends. I’m a very social person. I never miss a chance to be with the people I love.
TP: What are your goals in life? Do you plan to continue art as a hobby or make it a career?
N: I don’t really know yet. The number one love in my life will always be manga art, but,of course, you can’t live from drawing manga here in Hungary. Of course, I would like to work with some kind of art related stuff in the future, but what I don’t know, yet.
TP: Do you feel that your culture has influenced you in some way that makes you different than other artists?
N: I think I must be influenced by our culture (I love folk art and places in Hungary), but I’ve never thought I was different than other fellow artists. Maybe just my topics and expression tools are a bit different.