Our last Inner View interview for this series… sort of… is with my friend TJ Lubrano. She has an awesome blog: http://tjlubrano.com/blog-2/ and a Facebook thing: https://www.facebook.com/tjlubranosillustrations She lives in Holland, and she is an artist. Her drawings are awesome. I haven’t had a chance to explore all her stuff yet, but I am going to.
Let’s get to the interview.
What do you like best about my blog?
The conversation threads that starts below the posts! And the fact I saw pirates, too.
(I must admit, the conversations in the comments are some of my favorite parts of the blog. I have the best commenters. I have two posts that have over 1,000 comments on them. And I totally stole Captain Jack Sparrow’s hat… I have proof… I did a post about it)
2. Do you like monkeys?
Why, yes. They can be slightly annoying to draw though.
(I did have some trouble doing the illustrations for my children’s book. I wanted to make the monkeys cute, but I had to do monkeys that were part people… or people who were part monkey… also. That was hard)
3. If you won a free, month-long trip to Paris, but each day for one hour you had to stand under the Eifel Tower naked, would you still go?
Hell no. What if it’s super hot? Raining or freezing? Then you’re standing there and then BAM!, you’re sick for the rest of your holiday. Not fun.
(That was the best-thought-out answer to a stupid question ever)
4. What makes your blog unique?
I like to take people on a journey through how I see ideas in my mind and how I tackle them. It’s main focus is art, but I write about more than that. I hope that by doing this I can make the artistic world more approachable. Creating art is a selfish thing, but for me it really comes alive when I can share it with the world. It makes everything that much interesting.
(Art that you don’t share is just wasted. When we share it, we can show people new ways to look at the world. We can create entire universes and let other people see them. It is possible to do that with just words, but then everyone imagines your idea in their own way)
5. If you were in charge of the universe, what is the first order you would issue?
“Let there be tasty fooooood!!” At least, I think I would say that. Oh the possibilities! But, I can obviously issue more orders after the first one, right? Okay, let’s just stick with the food.
(Good answer. And I am going to assume that you mean an end to world hunger and good food for everybody, and that you aren’t just ordering a nice meal from your new personal chef)
6. What is the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?
I don’t have one specific thing. But this one time, I started with a presentation without turning on the powerpoint. I only noticed it when I eleganty (in my head it was elegant) pointed to the sheet behind me, which was pretty floating logo of Windows. The national TV crew of Lithuania was present as well. There was laughing and me mumbling stuff while I shifted around the papers… Also, I slid with my shopping cart through the store. Not on purpose. I was skipping and apparantely the floor was wet.
(Well, unless the Albanian news media got footage of you sliding through the store, let’s stick with the first one)
7. Would you rather spend the day with an adult, a kid, or a baby?
A kid! Big enough that he can walk by himself and I can have fun conversations with him too. And I have an extra excuse to order from the kids menu in restaurants. Seriously, they usually have tasty things. Obviously the kid can also be a girl. Just saying.
(Using the kid so you can order macaroni and cheese for a cheaper price. Brilliant)
8. What, in your opinion, is the worst thing that Dick Cheney ever did?
I had to google that dude. The name sounded vaguely familiar. Usually when this happens the person did something so absurd nonsical that it didn’t deserve a space in my mind. To answer your question, I googled him and…let’s just move on as I’m pissed off here. *zen mode*
(How does the whole world not know about this guy? But I approve of your anger)
9. What is the worst thing that you ever did?
I can’t tell you as people are reading and listening. If I did, I’d have to haunt you all down.
(So there are people out there that you did bad stuff to, and if they found out about it, you would have to do more bad stuff to them? And maybe us too? That is just badass)
10. If you could have dinner with one fictional character… including cartoons… who would you pick?
I can’t choose between Wonder Woman, Phoenix, Dory ehm…I can’t choose just one.
(That is the thing about the artistic mind… it tends to run around like… a herd of crack squirrels)
11. If you were locked in a room with a knife, a barbeque, and a living cow, would you die of starvation before you could bring yourself to kill and eat the cow?
Hey! What if the cow dies a natural death before I’m starting to starve? That would solve my major dilemma as I wouldn’t be able to kill the cow. I could milk it as well, so it would save me from starving a bit longer. The horror.
(This question seems to be the one people have the most trouble answering. The thing is that starvation is one of the slowest and most painful ways to die, and sooner or later, that cow is going to get it… I guess that isn’t funny, but I did want people to have to think about things a little. Vegetarians always say we shouldn’t kill and eat the cows. If we all stopped eating them, what do you think would happen to all the cows in the world? Ranchers wouldn’t keep paying to feed them. If we let them all go, most wouldn’t survive in the wild. I’m just pointing this out… for no real reason at all)
12. What one word describes your blog best?
Magical Happiness. I know they are two words, but say it quickly and it sounds like one word!
(I just spent five minutes saying them together really fast, and I am going to allow it!)
13. Is there one celebrity that you would leave your family for if they declared their undying love for you?
You make me wonder here. Would I have this “undying love” back? In the end, it doesn’t matter as I would never ask that from someone, so if someone asks this from me, I’d probably say “Sorry, nuh uh. So ehm…bye.”
(I was going on the assumption that they would love you forever and you would be happy… except for the horrible, crushing guilt of having left your other family)
14. If I got my hands on a photo of you and did funny things to you in Photoshop for a whole week, but you had no input into what I actually did to you, and I posted everything I did, would you be okay with that? And can I have a picture of you?
What would you do??! I’m a control freak like that and I rather have some control or knowledge with what it’s done to a picture of mine. *eyes Art suspiciously*
(Why does everybody react like that? I am not some kind of perv. I have done tons of pictures of people on the blog. I just do funny stuff. I am starting to think that you all have dirty, suspicious minds, and I am the only one here that any of you should trust)
15. What makes you cry?
A lot, really. I can be very tough, but the sight (well, sometimes I just read it on Facebook) of friends who are hurting or animals in pain just get to me in seconds. My empathy towards others can be very high.
(I have that too. I am a big softy. I am glad to know there are more of them out there)
16. If you could cuss out one famous person, living or dead, who would that be?
From the top of my head, I’d probably go for Kanye West and then I’d curse in my mom’s language, Sranan.
(Ooohhh… now we are learning stuff… where is the Sranan language from? I could Google it, but that would require effort… I only learn things if it requires no work… I am an American, dag nab it)
17. Tell me the truth, do you really like me?
Yeah, I do, but I’m still eyeing you suspiciously about the photo question…
18. What kind of circus trick would you like to be able to do?
An aerial ballet balancing act in the air! I answered a similar question on my blog a while back and this is still high on my list.
(Draw us a picture of you doing that… oooohhhhh…. what if you gave me a drawing of you and let me Photoshop it? Please please please please please)
19. Which drug side effects from those TV commercials disturb you the most?
All those commercials disturb me! I hardly watch TV, but when I catch a glimpse of one, I’m even more disturb. So the general side effect that disturbs me is how these commercials keep people glued to the screen.
(Now that is a good answer)
20. Who the hell do you think you are?
Well, I like to think I’m a magical…wait. You could use this information against me. Do tell me, who are YOU?
(I answer that question every day here… this blog is me, I am this blog… I am art, and art is me… If you read this whole blog, you will know me better than anyone in my family or any of my friends that don’t read my blog)
21. Now tell us why we should follow you…
Because the art world doesn’t consist out of pretty pictures alone. There’s a lot more to this and since I ventured onto this artistic path without a degree, I’m figuring things out as I go along. I write about my process, tips and tricks and random observations that aren’t arty at first glance, but they do influence how I grow as an artist. 2014 will consist out of regulary writing and a lot more fun things! You really have to hop on one of those fluffy clouds and join me on this adventure.
(You have me convinced… it sounds like we have a lot in common)
22. What is the craziest thing you ever did there? (amsterdam question…)
*sigh* People probably think that everyone smokes pot in Amsterdam. I didn’t. I never did drugs. The craziest thing I did was probably tripping over nothing.
(I have been to Amsterdam twice… and I almost got shot once… but I don’t want to talk about it here)
Just for you…
1. Why do girls like to do those sideways-looking, from the back pictures like the one on your gravatar… not that it isn’t a nice picture, and is that really you?
Haha! Not sure if it’s a typical pose, Art. But it was the one I liked the best when my sister snapped some pictures of me. Oh and I hired someo…I mean. yes. It’s me.
(You are so mysterious. Now we will never know if that is you or not. But we respect your privacy… now give me a picture of you!!!)
2. Tell us your entire life story… take as long as you want…
Oh my gosh! You really shouldn’t give me that much space to ramble. The short version is, I have always been a daydreamer that’s awake. I’ve walked through life with a book of fairy tales in one hand and dreams in the other. They slowly hid behind a wall of responsibilities and gloominess until I decided to break that wall down again. 🙂 How’s that for a short-ish, slightly mysterious life story?
(Ummm… I don’t know if you need to say ‘daydreamer that’s awake’… I think that is how that works… but that is beautiful and you have captivated me just a little)
3. Who… besides me… is the biggest influence on your life?
Hehe. Besides you…I’d say the biggest influence, artistically speaking, would be Kei Acedera. She’s a super talented artist from Imaginism Studios and while I have a bunch of artists that I admire, I actually got a real comment from her while I was struggling with a difficult choice I had to make and I was no where near the art skills I have now. Her simple words “never stop drawing”, made a huge impact on me and it’s something I’ll always remember. Who knows! Maybe I can do the same for someone else.
(I am tempted to do a joke about how ‘Imaginism’ sounds like a pretend orgasm, but I am much too mature for that)
Well, I hope you all enjoyed that. Go visit her. She is a dreamer and an artist and a woman of mystery who may or may not be looking back over her shoulder at us as she dreams her dreams and draws her drawings.