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Here is the latest edition of Behind the Art with Samantha Wells
In this fourteenth edition we talk with artist Samantha Wells from the United Kingdom.
Where do you find continued inspiration?
I find my main inspiration from other artists.
I’m in a lot of art groups on Facebook, so I see art constantly every day.
Also movies and computer games, not so much what I see, but what I feel when I am watching films or playing a game.
I work a lot with 3D models, and when I see something in the store, that gives me inspiration when I know exactly what I want to do with it.
What do you hope to achieve?
I would love people to buy my art to hang on their walls.
I guess just to get my name out there, so people know who I am and like my art work.
What are your struggles?
Being inspired. Sometimes images don’t come easy.
Having the time.
Once I start on an image, I like to finish it the same day, which can take up to 12 hours depending on where the image wants to take me.
I can have an outcome in my head of how I want an image to be, but in the end every image has taken it’s own course and almost made itself, I have just laid the foundation for it.
Then it is lots and lots of tweaking until my gut feels it is finished.
Comparing myself to other artists is my biggest downfall.
How did they do that? Why can’t I make images like that?
I have a constant battle telling myself that I shouldn’t want to be like other artists, that I want to find my own style and I am getting there.
But yes it is a struggle, which is why my art changes and evolves as I learn new techniques.
It is a hard thing to see when I make an image I am proud of, but others don’t like.
But I have to tell myself that it is OK, I should be making art for me because I enjoy it, not what others like or want art to look like.
And someone somewhere will like it.
Have you achieved what you want?
Nowhere near it.
It is a lot harder now a days.
Yes it seems easier with the internet and the millions of people you can reach with your art. But it is also harder as there are so many more artists out there now doing the same thing I am.
Trying to get their name out there.
How did you achieve your success?
I have my own website www.samanthawells.uk.com where I sell my images.
The site has a fantastic array of options to choose from and I have sold some art but not enough to even cover the cost of the website each year.
I think every year I will close it down but then I think, just one more year!
And Facebook is my main social site as it is so easy to use. https://www.facebook.com/samanthawells3DArt/
Is there anything else you would like to share about your story?
I also found liked the editing more than taking the photo. Then 2 years ago I stumbled on 3D and I have been using that ever since.
Now I can make my own lighting.
Place my models where I want them, how I want them and use whatever environments I like to make an image come together.
My art is constantly changing in small ways, which is good.
I like to grow and learn.
Finding a new way of editing is one of the ways I can get excited about an image.