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Here is the latest edition of Behind the Art with Rebecca Magar
In this sixth edition we talk with artist Rebecca Magar from the United States.
Where do you find continued inspiration?
I wouldn’t say that I always feel excited or inspired to make art, but I do always feel compelled to do so.
I live with the idea that I don’t want to die before I have created everything that I was meant to create.
That’s not to say I don’t feel inspired, because I do experience inspiration and excitement on a regular basis but I don’t rely on these feelings to drive me. I think a deeper sense of urgency is a more reliable motivator.
If I don’t feel inspired, I keep pushing anyway.
Sometimes my best ideas come after I have emerged from a frustrating night with nothing but a pile of crumpled-up drawings to show for it.
What do you hope to achieve?
I was recently inspired by a trip to IX Arts (an imaginative realism arts conference in Reading, PA).
After sitting-in on a number of thought-provoking presentations and viewing works from hundreds of the best illustrators in the field, I gained a new perspective on my own work.
I returned to my studio with a renewed vision and a specific set of ideas on how to improve my compositions, techniques and processes.
My current goal is to create a complete collection of cohesive illustrative pieces. I would like this collection to become an art book and have named this druid-themed project “Seasons of Sacrifice.”
I believe in order to complete this project I will need to make my own ‘sacrifices’ (making changes to the way I work, pushing myself out of my comfort zone and hopefully learning and improving in the process), so this project is sort of a metaphor for my own personal goals.
What are your struggles?
I guess I have experienced a lot of the same struggles that most artists go through.
I work full-time as a web developer, so I have limited time to dedicate to my art. This is probably my biggest frustration.
I feel like I spend more time daydreaming about making art than I do actually making it.
I haven’t really been able to break into the illustration world the way I hope to. I think my work still needs improvement but I hope that one day I can be viewed with some level of respect by my piers (those who are also doing imaginative realism and fantasy related work).
I’ve had incredible support from numerous people online and through social media outlets though and I really appreciate every one who has liked, commented-on or followed my work in this way.
Have you achieved what you want?
I think of my art as a constantly evolving beast.
I will never be as good as I want to be, and for every goal that I accomplish, I create five new ones!
I think if you ever really achieved everything you wanted too, then there would be nothing left for you to do!
How did you achieve your success?
I have exhibited in a few smaller galleries including Hive Artspace in York, PA and Ghost Gallery in Seattle.
I’ve also had great success selling reprints of my work online and I have been really fortunate to find a niche in the music scene.
Most of my illustrative work has been for musicians and bands in the Heavy Metal genre, and I’ve had my work appear on some well-known metal e-zines and magazines like CvltNation, SludgeLord, ViaOmega, Metal Injection and BraveWords.
I love working with bands and this genre is the perfect home for my work.
I think the successes I have had in this area have meant the most to me, and I hope to continue to produce work in this way.