Today's blog post features 16 year old artist Yasha Hennige. He has his own, amazing style when it comes to his colourful and playful artwork, which all seemingly have an underlying message.
Q:You have a very distinct drawing style, why do you like illustrating the way you do?
A: Drawing in a style that comes naturally makes it easier to communicate what I want to communicate. I enjoy drawing in this style because it allows me to focus more on the message I want to bring across with the artwork instead of having to focus on the style.
Q: What has been your favourite drawing to create so far?
A: I am really bad at these types of questions. But I'll choose one of my recent drawings, from Instagram.
Q: How did you start drawing? Did you discover your talent out of boredom or was there something that inspired you?
A: I have been drawing from a very young age. It started out as something I would do every now and then and then I started to incorporate it in my every day life. In class, on empty spaces of my notebook for example, I would then rip the page out if I liked the drawing and later recreate it on a bigger piece of paper.
I believe this practice was how I started to get into art more. It also helped that some family members are involved in and excited about art as well, such as my mum and her father, and I guess by seeing them create art as well I developed a greater interest.
There is, of course, something that inspires my drawings; a thought or emotion, or something that has happened recently for example. Art is how I process those feelings, to make them visual and to better understand them.
Q: There seems to be certain themes in your work or underlying messages. Could you tell us more about that?
I make drawings based on emotions and feelings and I try to represent them with something obvious, such as a tear which would represent sadness for example. Sometimes i make drawings just because I feel like making them too.
I believe that there will always be a reason why you make something but sometimes that reason can be quite simple. As long as you can express yourself in whatever way you feel comfortable in.
Q: How would you describe yourself as an artist and what do you hope to do or achieve with your art?
A: I wouldn't know how I would describe myself as an artist and it's very hard to put yourself in a category, but I know that I will keep making art because that is what I love doing. With my art I hope to inspire people and I hope to make them happy or view the world in a different way. I also hope to gain more knowledge and practice through making more art because there is endless room for improvement and discovery, which is an aspect that I believe is so great about art.
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