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Nina “Laverinne” is just an ordinary girl in Indonesia that loves to draw, but has an extraordinary talent for incorporating detail into her artwork. Looking beyond the staggeringly intricate detail of Nina’s work, one finds themselves entranced by her choice of colors. Each piece has a joy all its own and will keep viewers awestruck as they explore the characters, colors, and details.
Ever since she was a child, her father taught her to be a hard working, responsible individual and to never give up, even when faced with failure. She was taught to never run from her problems, but to face them and try again and again to turn her failures into success. Just a glimpse at her gallery will show anyone that she is one of the masters in her artistic field and that her father’s advice has served her well.
ToonariPost (TP): How and when did you first start practicing your art (are you traditionally trained or self-taught)?
Nina “Laverinne” (NL): I started learning to draw on my own when I was 10 or 11 years old. At that time, I really liked a manga called ‘Sailor Moon‘. That manga is what really made me gain an interest in drawing and made me want to learn more about it.
TP: What mediums do you use for your art work? Which is your favorite and why?
NL: I use water and poster color and my favorite medium is watercolor. I really love the colors that can be made with watercolor and I really love how this medium can make so many different effects. You can get so many different effects depending on the amount of water you use, the type of brush you use, or if you add some other medium, like salt, and you can make soft or bright colors.
TP: What piece of your work is your favorite and why? Which one are you most proud of?
NL: It’s hard to decide which of my works is my favorite. I really love all of them and the same goes for the one I am most proud of. All of them are made through hard work and I give my best for each of them. I’m so proud them all!
TP: When you first started did you ever hit any bumps in your art process. How did you overcome them?
NL: Yes, I ran into some bumps when I first started drawing. I made a lot of mistakes with the coloring, poses,and designs. I have a lot of trouble drawing male and animal characters as well as making a picture with more than one character in it. Also, I can’t make good backgrounds. I try to overcome these bumps by practicing a lot and it gets better as time goes on.
TP: Who or what are your inspirations and why?
NL: I get my inspiration from everything around me. I really love nature, like flowers, leaves, water, butterflies, feathers, etc. and I really love everything that has details on it, like classic furniture, fences, batik patterns, and jewels. The artist that has inspired me most is Tukiji Nao. I really love the art that she makes and she has inspired me with the beautiful details she puts in each piece.
TP: What artists would you consider working with to do a piece? Why, and what type of work do you think would come from this partnership? If not, what are your reasons?
NL: Of course, I would be really glad and honored if I could work with my favorite artist, Tukiji Nao. I think we could make a beautiful picture with amazing details!
TP: If there was any art medium that you wish you could master, what would it be and why?
NL: I want to learn about digital media because I really love how the digital media can make such beautiful art. I also want to make some mix media art with watercolor and digital media, I think it’s so interesting!
TP: What are your goals in life? Do you plan to continue art as a hobby or make it a career?
NL: I want to be the best watercolor artist and show my work to around the world. At first, it was just a hobby, but right now, I’m starting to make it a career.
TP: Do you feel that your culture has influenced you in some way that makes you different than other artists?
NL: Yes, my culture has really influenced me. I really love my culture because it is so unique and beautiful, we have so many traditional dresses that differ in every province,and really, I just love batik!