A Chat With: Ursula Decay

Hey Gang!!

  I'm so excited about the new year! Can you believe it? We survived 2017! I have a lot of ideas for Nerdette At Large in 2018, so thanks for sticking with me. I'd love to introduce you to Ursula Decay today. An awesome Illustrator, I came across her twitter and was instantly addicted, I'm so honored to have her on my site today! Keep reading to learn more about her and her work!

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NAL: How would you describe your art style?
UD: I am heavily influenced by the color palettes of the 80's and 90's. Lots of either pastel colors or really grungey colors. I grew up with a lot of stuff from older cousins: JEM, Care Bears, She-Ra, Rainbow Bright, 80's Barbies. So that really had an impact on my art. I never got to have the "anime phase" haha I had an old cartoons phase and copying ads from old fashion magazines and that kind of grew into what I have now: a  not realistic but cartoony with real-ish proportion with a little bit of comic book-y ness and a lot of fashion influence, I'm making up words. 

NAL: What's your favorite thing about your art? 
UD: COLOR! I really like the colors I use. I spend a ridiculous amount of time collecting photos that have colors I like for inspo. It's my favorite part of the whole process too, just coloring.

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NAL: Walk us through a typical day for you. 
UD: This is going to be really boring because I am a freelance artist that works from home, so 70% of my life is in PJ's. But it would be like Coffee, Check social media, emails, making to-do list for the day, check if there's a deadline due haha, DRAW DRAW DRAW, lunch, DRAW DRAW DRAW, break to play with my bunny and pomeranian, Draw, check social media AGAIN, I'm a weirdo... I don't have a car. so skateboard to buy stuff to make dinner, cook and either play some Overwatch or try to learn a new song on the guitar, watch trash TV or Crime Doc or anime, go to sleep.

NAL: Can you walk through your creative process?
UD: I am a reference junkie, so I gather a crazy amount of images, even if the image is not what I'm drawing exactly and just has a color combo or has a feel to it / aesthetic I want my drawing to have. I collect it and make a collage of all that. I just have that open on my screen and start sketching. I really love the look of sketches so I just color under that, woking kind of backward, color before line art. 

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NAL: Do you have any favorite artists?
UD: YES! Babs Tarr #1  my fav, Cameron Stewart. HIS LINES?? HAVE YOU SEEN THEM?? WOW!, Loish. Everyone loves Loish, Audra Auclair. so creative with color and subject matter, Mioree. just look her up you'll see why, Victoria Evans. so good with color, shape, and silhouette, god I have so much more. Basically, everyone, I retweet on twitter. I follow so many Amazing artists.

NAL: What are some of your favorite fandoms?
UD: Horror movies!! Movies by Tim Burton, Del Toro, Tarantino, Rob Zombie, Bands DANZIG, T.O.N, H.I.M, NIN, Stranger things, Sailor Moon FOREVER

NAL: Do you have any tattoos or body modifications? 
UD: Yes! I have a few Tattoos: some teeth on my arm, a sugar skull on my foot, a #13 on my ankle and an ice cream cone I did on myself when I worked as a tattoo apprentice back in school, had my dimples pierced my septum and have my ears stretched to 1 inch AND I WANT MORE!!

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NAL: Does your art resemble you?
UD: I think so. I'm heavy into Alternative fashion, punk, goth, metal head, rockabilly and everything in between and dress my characters in clothes and hairstyles I wear.

NAL: What advice would you give to beginning artists?
UD: Horse blinders. focus on you and working on getting better don't be jealous of peers and compare yourself harshly to them it really holds you back. look at other artists as motivators, when you see an awesome piece of art think "oh man I wanna go home and draw" not "they're so good I should quit." Draw what you love, use reference.

NAL: Dc or Marvel?                                                                                                                            UD: DC.

NAL: What's your favorite Movie?
UD: It's so hard to choose so it would be either Pan's Labyrinth or The Crow. Followed by, Jeepers Creepers, The Craft, and The Devil's Rejects.

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 To learn more about Ursula, you can find her art here, and make sure you follow her on Instagram and Twitter! 

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