A Chat With: Leigh Ellexson

Hey Gang!

I’m so excited about having Leigh on the blog! I feel like I talk about her and her work everytime I mention youtube. Her videos are calming, and they always get me into the mood to create!

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NAL: Can you walk us through a typical day for you?

LE: Every day is really different for me! My job consists of a lot of different types of work. I wake up between 8 and 9 in the morning with my dog, Toadie. We eat breakfast together (cute). Then I typically start work... this may be making art, filling orders from my online shop, designing new products, answering emails, updating my Patreon, making a YouTube video, and the list goes on. Sometimes I wait until the afternoon to start on something and work at night instead. I'm really not on a routine

NAL: What’s Your creative process?

LE: My creative process is pretty much, I decide I want to make something and get started! I don't do a lot of preliminary sketching or planning. Really... I don't do any. I don't have a plan for what I'm going to make or how I want it to turn out. The more I think about what I'm going to do the less likely I am to get started!

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NAL: Do you have any advice for beginning artists?

LE: My best advice for beginning artists is to not overthink it. Once I let go of wanting to make things look a certain way or to look "right," I was able to relieve a lot of stress I had associated with making art. Jump in before you have time to doubt yourself!

NAL: How did you choose your color palettes, your art is always so bright and cheerful?

LE: I usually base them off of complementary colors or a loose interpretation of the primary colors. I've been shying away from purples and greens for a while. (Also not planned)

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NAL: Who are some of your favorite artists?

LE: furrylittlepeach

sarlisart

choodraws

foreversoftcore

mcmintea

taylornprice

My favorite "classical" artist is John Singer Sargent 

NAL: Who Are some of your favorite youtubers?

LE: You can peep them on my youtube channel. I have a few featured,

Furrylittlepeach

HollyExley

Frannerd

Minnie Smalls

Bybun

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NAL: Tell us a little about Herc and Toadie.

LE: Herc is 6 years old. He's a parrotlet which is a parrot breed that is about the size of a parakeet but the personality of a macaw (the big rainbow ones). He's sassy as all get out. But also sweet when he wants to be. He is the CUTEST thing ever. I stare at him in awe of his cuteness. Toadie is a 3 year old pupper. He's mostly french bulldog, I'm not sure what else he is... I found him on Craiglist. Pros... good boy, sweet, loves walks, loves fetch, pro cuddler, garbage disposal. Cons... farts.

NAL: What would be your dream project? 

Maybe to illustrate a children's book I'm not really sure honestly... I haven't really ever thought about this. I'm not the best goal maker.

NAL: What’s the most favorite piece you’ve completed?

LE: UHHHH! I'm not sure. Tough question. I get sick of looking at my art after a while. I constantly am changing my favorites to the newer pieces I make just because I like to look at something new 🤷🏻‍♀️

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NAL: What’s your favorite TV Show?

LE: Parks and Rec, The Office, Merlin, Avatar the Last Airbender, Downton Abbey... to name a few!

NAL: Do You watch Anime? What’s a favorite?

LE: HAIKYUU!! ( also love naruto )

NAL: If you could live in any fictional world (Anime, TV, or movie). What would it be and why? 

LE: How to Train You Dragon. Why? Dragons. DRAGON FRIENDS.

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NAL: Do you have any tattoos? Do you want any?

LE: I don't have any tattoos. I can't ever decide and all the tattoo artist I like are so far away from me.

NAL: Tell us a little bit about yourself?

LE: Favs:

-bats

-red pandas

-colors

-walks

-french fries

-carrots

-games

Not Favs:

-mosquitos

-olives

-flip flops

Don’t forget to visit Leigh at the links below!

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