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Taniya Dickerson

For me art starts by observing. I stockpile as many sources of inspiration as I can, and I retain every image, color, texture, and idea that sings to me. I play with colors first, medium second. I often try to expand my knowledge on different mediums and the effects I can achieve with them. Becoming a master at manipulating my tools is what helps me to achieve good pieces. My art grows and develops as I do. It is as colorful or dull, as energetic or stagnant, as purposeful or as meaningless as I need it to be.I started drawing by sketching the cartoon characters I saw on TV as a child, as I got older it evolved to me drawing new characters for my own made up storylines. I would spend hours practicing how to draw the human form to make more believable characters, but as a result I stopped drawing new characters and I drew purely from reference. My art had become too academic, skill-wise it would be good, but it would be too superficial and lacking creativity. I managed to do some reflecting and  discovered that not all my forms had to follow anatomical law, or any law for that matter. I started to become more loose with my drawings and paintings, and after that I fell in love with art again.Once that realisation came to me, I was able to more deeply appreciate other people’s art for what it was. My creative process is no longer dependent on my skills or drawing techniques, but by what idea I want to get across, or what color I want to interpret. In some of my more recent watercolor illustrations, I completely omit pencils or starting with an initial sketch,and I go straight in with painting the colors in a form.Aesthetic appeal is a major driving force behind my work and how/why I create. I am still trying to develop my artistic style and get used to creating more conceptual pieces and return to the cartoony style I fell in love with so that I may also create comics, cartoons, and animations to inspire a new generation of young people and artists.


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