POINT OF VIEW INTERVIEW #46
VISUAL ARTIST: ELENA FORTUNE
16-year-old Elena Fortune is just only beginning to display her talent and skill for making pieces that stand out like no other. Her use in unique character design and outstanding color choices is what makes each of her pieces different from one another. Every character has a distinct and bold sense of style and persona, none which are the same but correlate together in a brilliant way. From clothing designs to show posters, the animation and vibrancy in Fortune's art hold every set of eyes to stop and analyze the personality and skill incorporated in every medium. She is truly a mastermind in delivering work that only projects her vivid and luminous imagination. Below check out the interview with Elena Fortune and get to know more about the inspiration behind her work! Enjoy!
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Question 1: What got you into making art?
According to my mom, I started drawing when I was like, 3. Or however old I was when I could hold a crayon. I got really serious about my art around 2012 when there was this intense battle for attention in the fanbase for The Creatures (a group of gaming YouTubers that I was really into). I started working super hard on pieces so that I could get more notes, get more followers, and get attention from the Creatures themselves. It was kind of an unhealthy environment to develop artistic ability in, but it really pushed me to improve and care about my work.
Question 2: What people intrigue or inspire you to pursue visual art?
My biggest influence is probably a Japanese artist by the name of Jinx88kc. You can clearly see their influence in my work-- the way they do detail and color and characters with markers totally enchants me. I'm also crazy in love with the work of Bryan Lee O'Malley-- his work with Leslie Hung on Snotgirl is one of the most amazing things I've read in a long time. I so desperately want to be Lottie. Ko Takeuchi-- the dude who does the art for Rhythm Heaven and WarioWare also completely inspired me to do thick, graphic lines and colors like that. He drew my buddies dogs once. He's amazing.
Also whoever did the cover for the Kaytranada album 99.9%. If you're reading this, contact me, I love you.
Fashion-wise, a lot of my designing influence comes from people like Jeremy Scott and the Moschino label, or Tyler the Creator and the GOLFWANG stuff.
Question 3: How would you define your style of artwork?
Maybe like..... Kitschy-colorful-cartoony-Redbull-ugly-overwhelming-graphic-happiness realness?
Question 4: What do you hope someone will gain out of seeing the pieces you create?
Oh, gosh, happiness I guess!!! I'm a strong believer in the fact that art doesn't have to have any deeper meaning or whatever, so my main goal is that not only do I have fun making my art, but other people have fun looking at it. That's what's so fun about hiding so many things in my art-- it's like a lil scavenger hunt every time!!!
Question 5: What is your favorite piece you have created so far?
This is a tough one... but I think maybe my identity piece for AP art?
It's super detailed and was really really fun to make.
Question 6: How far do you plan on taking your art? Any plans or goals you wish to achieve?
As far as I can go!! I'm hoping to have my own line walk the runway one day, but for now, I'm just gonna do the best I can and have fun while doing it!!! :3