Monday, September 3, 2012

FEATURED ETSY ARTIST - Leanna TenEycke -By the Oak Art

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by Leanna TenEycke

I'm delighted to feature Leanna TenEycke and her Etsy shop - BY THE OAK ART here on my DZFANTASY blog.  Being a fantasy artist myself, it is always fun to see and learn about other fantasy artists and their creations. 

Leanna not only creates fantastic drawings, but also beautiful pendants, charms, bookmarks and more!  I've tried to incorporate quite a few of her creations in this feature, but be sure to visit her BY THE OAK ART shop on Etsy to see her full line of creations, and to visit her other links listed below. To go directly to any item that is shown in this feature, just click the description link below the photo.

Ophelia Art Pendant and Earring set

 by Leanna TenEycke

1. What led you to start creating your art/craft?

I have always been in love with the fantasy genre and had a strong interest in drawing, and when I was a young girl decided I wanted to be an illustrator or artist in some form. I was very fortunate to have my family give me a lot of support, encouragement, and send me to art classes. I tried out many painting mediums including both traditional and digital, sculpture and doll making, sewing, and jewelry making but my main focus has been on digital painting. It was in April that I decided to try combining my artwork with jewelry to make wearable art.

Angel Egg Wings Bronze Fantasy Necklace

2. How did you decide what medium you wanted to work with?

Digital is my favourite medium because I can freely create and experiment without being conscious of how much material I am using. I always have complete control and freedom of my canvas, and I don't see it as a crutch or feel shame in using that freedom.

 by Leanna TenEycke

3. What aspect of creating your art, do you find the most fascinating?

When I have a particularly fun project to work on, or an idea that I really need to bring to life, it is work but sometimes it doesn't feel like it. I can spend hours assembling jewelry pieces or working on a new painting and the time flies by. Though this is definitely not always the case! Sometimes it can be very frustrating, but always worth it in the end because everything is a learning experience.

4. If you had to choose a fruit OR a vegetable, to describe your art, what would you choose, and why?

I would like to say tomato, because beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, but I believe the cherry best represents my work. I love to use reds, and cherries are small but have very feminine flowering trees.

5. If you had to choose one other medium in which to display your “creativity”, what would that be, and why?

I would like to paint full sized in oil someday. There's just a different feeling standing in front of a large painting, and I find the medium very fun to work with.

6. What message, if any, do you want to convey with your art?

I try to tell a story, describe the culture and emotions of a character, or depict a dream-like environment to let the viewer's imagination wander.

7. What advice do you have for other artists?

Be proud when you create something you think is beautiful, be accepting of helpful criticism, treat your customers or clients kindly, and always strive to improve yourself.

Thanks, Leanna, for sharing your thoughts and wonderful fantasy creations with us.  It was great to get to know a bit more about you and what motivates you to create!  Best wishes for success!!

Be sure to visit Leanna's links below to see more of her fantasy creations.

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