Artist of the Week: Dusty Plume

Dusty Plume is a sophomore and a very active member of the art club. He is also a part of drama club and will be performing as the dentist in our 2020 spring musical Little Shop of Horrors.

Q: How would you describe your style of art? A: I have a very whimsical, fun style of art that I would consider to be cartoonish. I tend to shy away from colors with high contrast, often going with very pastel, dimmer colors.

Q: What is your favorite media/material to work with? A: My favorite medium is by far digital art. The ability to erase mistakes without losing a mark, to shift parts of the drawing so that it does “look right”, and to use layers to create a drawing piece by piece makes it more fun than other mediums to me.

Q: Do you have a favorite artist/ biggest influence? A: I adore the work of Hayao Miyazaki! Although his style is his own, and incorporating it into my own style hasn’t happened much. Rebecca Sugar and Alex Hirsch have contributed to my style a lot, as well as many smaller artists I find across the internet.

Q: If you could meet any artist dead or alive who would you meet? A: Alex Hirsch, definitely! To have the ability to meet someone who not only inspires all he works with, but makes heartfelt, stunning works of art, as well as being living proof that art as a career can be lucrative…it would be a dream of mine come true.

Q: What or who inspires your art? A: Emotions, the relationships of color, and myself. A blend of the three and the pieces of animation that I’m surrounded by are what I’d most consider my inspirations.

Q: Do you plan on having art as a career? A: I’m not sure. I’ve been considering both illustration and 2d since I was a small child. It’s what I love, and as such, I’m prepared to follow such a dream but it’s still worrying.

Q: Does making art stress you out, or is it calming for you? A: It depends. The pressure to always improve and always have everything be perfect puts a lot of stress onto myself. And having artist’s block is never fun, not being able to produce anything despite having the time and tools ready to do so. However, the feelings of being able to express myself is very therapeutic, and creating characters and giving them their own stories is quite a bit of fun. I also enjoy drawing gift art, to see that glow on other peoples’s faces when they see it… it makes me very happy.

Q: What does your work aim to say? A: That there’s value in self-expression. We all have things to say and emotions to express, and I think making such things known is incredibly important.

Q: What is your favorite piece you’ve made so far? A: No. All of my favorite pieces are pieces I end up feeling hyper-critical and self-conscience of soon after making them. A lot of icons of my characters that I drew for Halloween I still really like though.

Q: Any advice for younger/new artists? A: Never stop expressing yourself. Your work is important and it will probably look bad at first, but the more you study, practice, and express yourself in general, the more your own unique style will develop and blossom into something unique and truly beautiful…Also, don’t worry about developing a style immediately-it’s something gradual that develops as you express yourself more and more. It’s something I worried about at first, but reflecting on it, I can see why it was such a constant struggle.

One of Dusty’s pieces

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