Hope your week is going well and you got to experience some sunshine. It was just another sunny California week for me, except I was sick with a cold. Eww! I know but once I got to talk to my good friend the amazing Victoria Gedvillas, I felt 100% better! Ok, ok, so maybe besides the kind words to get well and cute artwork overload I had some NyQuil and Vick's Vapor Rub too.
If you haven't heard of the lovely Victoria Gedvillas than you are missing out! Hailing from the sunshine state (twinsies) in Naples, FL. She graduated from Ringling College of Art and Design with a BFA in Illustration. Her work is so charmingly cute with a unique and whimsy style. What's amazing is that she does it all traditionally with Copic markers. Whoop! Whoop! So are y'all ready to hear the juicy details!
Let's get it, let's go!
"Self Portrait" © Victoria Gedvillas
L: WHAT KIND OF ART DO YOU DO?
V: I absolutely love to draw girls in all their glory. Cuteness overload, sassy divas, the reserved, magical girls, I love them all. My art style is a combination of manga and western computer animation. Copic markers are my main jam but I do enjoy other mediums like watercolors and oil painting. Occasionally I like to practice figure drawing or doodling from life at cafes. It’s a fun balance between cartoon and realistic.
L: DRAWING AT CAFES ARE ESPECIALLY FUN! HOW NEAT! SO WHY ART?
V: I can’t see myself living without art. The experience is like a roller coaster, one moment you have a blank page and next there is some sort of mess going on, and then before you know it, something beautiful comes out of that chaos.
"Magma" © Victoria Gedvillas
L: I CAN DEFINITELY AGREE WITH THAT STATEMENT! SO WHY DON'T YOU TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR PROCESS.
V: A little bit of colored pencil, block in shapes with Copic markers and some refining with brush pens and white gel pens.
L: FAVORITE ARTIST?
V: I absolutely love Liepke’s paintings. In addition I’m a big fan of George Petty and Charles Dana Gibson. Early and mid twentieth century illustration has a special place in my heart.
L: ALRIGHTY, SO WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT?
V: My greatest accomplishment is creating a YouTube channel where I can help and motivate other artists to pursue their own dreams.
"Briar Rose" © Victoria Gedvillas
L: HOW ADMIRABLE OF YOU TO DO. SO TIME FOR A GAME! MARRY, DATE, OR KILL? TUMBLR, YOUTUBE, AND NETFLIX. GO!
V: I would marry YouTube, date Netflix, and kill Tumblr (but out of love).
L: NICE! WHAT'S ONE THING YOU LIKE AND ONE THING THAT MAKES YOU GO YIKES?
V: Having grease on my fingers. As much as I love french fries, I’m not a big fan of grease
"Witch" © Victoria Gedvillas
L: SOMETHING THAT ALWAYS MAKES YOU SMILE?
V: Sea otters, seriously, they make me smile in a heartbeat. I have a silly dream of one day making a sea otter children’s book and donating a portion of the profits to a sea otter sanctuary
L: THAT'S NOT SILLY AT ALL! I'M SURE YOU COULD DO IT! SO LAST QUESTION. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE THE LOVELY ARTISTS OUT THERE IN THE WORLD.
V: Be fearless in your adventures and keep drawing!! Art is a very rewarding journey, but it all depends how much you effort you put in.
There will alway be rocky moments, just remember those rough spots will eventually pass.