Another month means another featured artist on the blog! Women’s month has just started and everyone’s thinking of ways how to celebrate it. It is also a wonder since it’s fire prevention month which means safety is also a priority. This month’s featured artist hails from Bicol and she’s a wonderful and very talented illustrator. She’s none other than Ysha Morco.
Featured Artist for March: Ysha Morco
March is women’s month as well as fire prevention month. This time, I choose to feature someone from my hometown and someone who’s talent is really simply amazing. Honestly, I do not possess any talent when it comes to illustrations and drawings. I just admire my friends from afar, continue supporting them and even encourage them to just continue doing what they’re doing. Well, as long as it makes them happy.
She has been one of the people I have been admiring online. I knew about her through a common friend, Christian. Now, this is about her, passion and even her craft.
Getting to know Ysha
What made you start with this craft?
I guess I was just naturally drawn to art at a very young age.
How long have you been doing this craft?
I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember.
Why did you pursue it?
It felt like being an artist is inevitable for me.
More about Ysha
Did you have struggles in pursuing the craft?
I was lucky enough to have supportive parents when it comes to pursuing my career as an artist, so I didn’t have any problems in that regard. Hmm.. I guess my biggest struggle was when I was still a student in uni.
There was that phase in my life where I really didn’t feel like I was good enough to be an artist. I instantly felt discouraged when I see a really beautiful piece created by a colleague or if I see another artist doing stuff that I can’t do.
It frustrated me but I’ve learned to just focus on what I can do and develop my own sense of style, and instead of competing with other artists, I just competed with myself everyday. I am very critical of my own work and I aim at a very high standard. I think that’s important in developing as an artist.
The worst enemy to creativity is self doubt.
I’m a big Sylvia Plath fan! ☺
Top 3 favorite tools?
- I do digital mostly so I’d say my Wacom Graphics tablet.
- For traditional work, I like using the Pigma Micron Pens and the ever reliable Prang Watercolors.
If you are to share your tips and tricks to newbies, what would those be?
PRACTICE YOUR CRAFT EVERYDAY.
I can’t stress this enough, there’s no shortcut to getting better. Newbies always wants to know the easy way through but really, it’s always just hard work and a lot of heart. Learn the basics and fundamentals of your craft. Buy books, watch videos, observe other artists and study their work.
You can’t be a master without being an apprentice first. Always make sure that your work has an idea behind it. Sometimes even the simplest piece can make the biggest impact as long as it tells a story and it sparks a certain feeling.
Art is after all, an expression.
If you were to describe the craft in three words, what will those be?
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How do you like her illustrations? ☺