It’s been a while since our last Artist Corner interview, but we’ve got a treat for all you gay geeks and gaymers. We have an exclusive interview with Camillia Peyroux, aka Gokupo 101.
Originally from Cook Islands, she lives in Australia, is addicted to Overwatch, and has a love/hate relationship with broccoli.
So could you tell us a little bit more about this love/hate relationship with broccoli?
I love broccoli, I used to hate it, but only a few years ago I end up loving it.
How would you describe your style of artwork?
Hmmm flowy, especially with my lasso work, a good example of this is the Kaonashi year of the rooster or No – Face and the camera spewing colours. Both are done only using the lasso and gradient tool.
You’ve done a lot of work with anime, which one is your favorite?
I really love anime! Fullmetal Alchemist is one of my top favourites. I also love geeking out on anything Final Fantasy or Kingdom Hearts related and playing Guild Wars 2 with friends.
What’s your educational background in art?
I have completed a Diploma in Screen and Media it was really fun and interesting learnt a lot of cool techniques. From there I studied and completed a Bachelor’s Degree in animation at Griffith University, after that I did an Honour’s Degree for a bit, opted out and decided to continue on this year but I don’t think I want to do it anymore.
Every artist’s journey to become an artist, what’s yours?
Having an artsy family, watching all those cartoons on T.V like Pokémon, Digimon, Dragon Ball and Sailor Moon. Sailor Moon got me into drawing anime.
When I was a kid my cousins, sister and I had a deck of Pokémon cards. In the evening we would sit around the table and would try to draw them out. I remember drawing Tentacruel, it was bad.
Noteworthy mentions of your art (museums, galleries, design companies)?
In my final years of Uni, we had to create a short animated film for our final project. That went on to be showcased at the Cannes Festival in 2015, so that was cool! And it also won an award for best tertiary animated film in 2016. I forgot the name of the award. If it wasn’t for the team, Griffith University and our Director I don’t think we would have made it to any of those.
What piece of advice would you give to other artists?
Try to draw everyday you’d be surprised on how much better you will get, even if it’s just a few shapes. Try new techniques it might help upgrade your skills and stay motivated.
If you’ve made a mistake don’t try to fix it, turn the page and try again. Not the exact words but it helps when I draw.
How has your practice changed from going to school to now?
After I got through University I have come to recognize many ways and styles to draw certain things. Then I just tried them all and eventually I found something I can work with.
What other artists inspire you?
Nesskain, his works are amazing and my lasso art are inspired by how he colours his characters and environments.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
Last year at a convention I was doing sketch commissions for cheap, very rough pen, pencil on paper sketch, I was drawing a lot of fan art. The reaction I got from each person were priceless, especially one individual who pretty much freaked out once I presented the final result. I got overwhelmed with commissions that day that my amazing friend had to help me while looking after our table. I would have died.
Anything you would like to say to your fans?
You are all amazing people and thank you for supporting me and my art. I love reading all your comments it makes me want to draw more!
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