• Tessa Barron

Jan Art Showcase: Tesetch

Here we are again!

A new month, a new year, and another Artist Spotlight.

This month we are all about fantasy, and the quirky, fantastical art of Tesetch is a perfect fit for the occasion.

So without further ado, let's take a peek at the goods!

Who is Tesetch and how did you get started?

My name is Tess, and I live and breathe in Queensland Australia.

I think I got started drawing when I saw certain detailed illustrations in children’s books that my parents bought me or I would come across at school. The work of Colin Thompson and Graeme Base are two very good examples. Illustrations that were so detailed you could find something new every time you did another scan of the pages. I wanted more, so much more in fact, that I had to start drawing them myself.

(Of course, mine were not as good, but I didn’t realize that at the time.)

Where do you find inspiration for your work?

I find my best original pieces come from my own sketching and scribbling. Music helps too, but sometimes it just happens by itself. I start drawing something with no intention of making it into a full-colored picture, but by the time I am almost finished the sketch, I am in love with it enough to see it through.

Who or what has influenced and motivated you?

I went through a big Tim Burton-loving faze in high school, and his art style heavily influenced me for a while. Nowadays, I really love Bobby Chiu's creature designs. I also love Yernata (Emilyena) Mukhanzharova portraits. All three artists have both a creepy but humorous side to their work, and I am seeing that come out in my own more and more.

What advice do you have for budding artists out there? What's the best advice you have gotten?

That you don't need to be "talented" to be an artist. Every aspect of art is muscle. If you are bad at drawing hands, you don't get better by NOT drawing hands. If you feel you lack creativity, you don't get creative by drawing the same portrait over and over. Everything can be learned and practiced, it is those who have the ongoing interest that become good.

What are your goals for your work? What's in the future?

I used to not be interested in making art my job because I was scared it would take the joy out of it. As I've grown older, I don't believe that is the case anymore. My dream is to be a full-time freelance illustrator/artist from home and hopefully, within 5 years, I will have started posting and showing my comic to the public that I have been working on for the past year.

And I can't wait to see what my art will look like in the next 5 years!

The pieces featured here on FFF are only a portion of what there is to see.

Find more of Tesetch at these places...

Website: https://tesetch.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tesetch/

Tumblr: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/tesetch

DeviantArt: https://www.deviantart.com/tesetch

ArtStation: https://www.artstation.com/tesetch

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TesEtch

Want to see more great art?

Check out last month's featured artist: PTITVINC

If you're an artist and would like to submit your work for one of our features, email the editor at tessabarron@foulfantasyfiction.com

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