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Sunny Master is a 17 year old Norwegian artist who is never afraid to experiment with different art mediums. She brings a dose of traditional and digital artwork, as well as nature photography and tattoo designs to her gallery. Her dragon pieces are her most well-known and is the subject that she has been drawing for the longest period of time. Aside from these mystical creatures, Sunny also enjoys drawing animals, like wolves and horses, and adding fantastical elements to them.
ToonariPost (TP): How and when did you first start practicing your art (are you traditionally trained or self-taught)?
Sunny Master (SM): I started drawing in kindergarten, so I guess that will be as long as I can remember. I am self-taught. In kindergarten I started drawing horses a lot first. Later it became more dragons. I was always a girl who wanted to be with the guys and not the girls. I was never interested in playing with dolls, I would rather dig for worms. So I made dragons, trying to impress the boys. After that, I never stopped drawing them.
TP: What mediums do you use for your art work? Which is your favorite and why?
SM: I use both digital and traditional mediums. It’s hard to choose which I like best. I think I like them both just about the same. With digital art, I can change the picture more easily as I go. With traditional, if you make a mistake, the whole picture might be ruined. But with traditional art, you can keep the originals! There are ups and downs with both, that’s why I like to do some digital, and some traditional. It’s fun to experiment with both.
TP: What piece of your work is your favorite and why? Which one are you most proud of?
SM: Um… I don’t actually know… there aren’t any pictures that I am fully satisfied with, but I guess at this time I will choose the picture that I called “The meeting” and I think it’s because it’s my most popular deviation on DeviantART, yet!
TP: When you first started did you ever hit any bumps in your art process. How did you overcome them?
SM: Yes, there were many times that I felt like I couldn’t draw, and there were times I had to take a break from it all. But I think art blocks might be a good thing, sometimes, because you usually come back better than before.
TP: Who or what are your inspirations and why?
SM: There are many artists that inspire me and most of them are, or have been, on DeviantART. I have learned most of my art by studying them, and trying to figure out how they’ve made their pictures. There are so many inspiring artists, I can’t name one! Also, I like nature and animals, and I often use them as inspirations. And often I mix in some fantasy, too.
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?
SM: Oh, I don’t really know. There are probably a lot of artists that would be cool to do a collaboration with, but Hughebdy, VampirePrincess007, PearlEden and Kerembeyit are the ones I can think of right now, but there are so many others I would like to collaboration with too!
I have no idea how it would go if I did do a collaboration with them, it would probably fail, but I’d have to try it to find out, I guess.
TP: If there was any art medium that you wish you could master, what would it be and why?
SM: I think, maybe digital fantasy art. With that, I could maybe make book covers. I would love to make some book covers.
TP: What are your goals in life? Do you plan to continue art as a hobby or make it a career?
SM: I honestly don’t know.. There are a lot of jobs I’d like to have, but it’s difficult to do art for a living. Book illustrator would be a cool job, though. I hope art is something I can work with because I love to do all kinds of art. But if not, I can always do it as a hobby. I’ll just have to wait and see I guess! I’m still only 17. In the next years, I think I will go to some art schools. I’m looking forward to that!
TP: Can you tell me more about your background? What experiences brought you to be the person you are today?
SM: Well, I had cancer when I was 10. A tumor-type in the bone in my leg, called “Ewing sarcoma“. So I had to be at the hospital for a year and get chemotherapy and some operations. I had to lay in bed most of the time. I was drawing a lot than, when I wasn’t too sick. I was sick a lot because of the medicines. I didn’t go to school during that period and I didn’t see so many people because my immune-system was low, and it would not be a good thing if I got sick.
Most people I talked to in that period, was my mom, dad, and the nurses. I couldn’t even see my brothers and sisters often. When I started school again, my hair was short, and I sat in a wheelchair. So I couldn’t do the activities that the other children did.. so I was drawing. Now I am fully recovered, and I can run and jump around just as much as other people my age. I have always kept doing art after that.