Aryanna Salmon is just an 18 year old on the east cost of America, but what makes her different from the rest is her art. Mainly planted in surrealism, her art has a fun comic-book-cartoon flair rooted from her childhood love of anime’s such as Inuyasha. With painting and drawing always being at her side, she is beginning to focus more on her clothing brand Souper and creating shirt designs. In this interview we cover where Aryanna’s drive comes from and we create a little message for new hopeful artists in the middle of it.
Sharnelle: When did you start creating art?
I started when I could basically learn how to pick up a pencil. I mean of course I started off with your basic stick figure drawings and such but grew more into it as I got older. I grew up surrounded by cartoons, like my first favorite show was Inuyasha haha, so growing up around anime and cartoons I was fascinated by the art and drew fan-art and stuff. I drew fan-art for a long time actually, only until recently I started drawing from my actual feelings and imagination.
Sharnelle: I do actually sense the cartoonish animated vibes from your work and can see you ending up in that field yourself. What or who inspires you to create what you do?
I’m not too sure what inspires me. Mainly I look at classic art and then I get inspiration to make something similar but add my own style. Like for a while traditional Japanese art was a huge inspiration for me, just the way they painted was beautiful so that’s all I painted. But now I see certain people and I kinda collect their features and want to subtly draw them, but in my own imaginative way or definitely enhancing gross things on people, I think it’s fun. But right now I don’t have any artists that inspire me, if I see anyone’s good work it motivates me to work and do better.
Sharnelle: Speaking of taking features from people’s faces, I do think it would be important to note that it’s natural and important to develop your style by learning from other people’s art and finding what works for you, don’t you think? What would you say to people trying to develop their own personal style and start drawing?
I would say be patient. It took me a long time and I’m not even too sure if I have found my own style, I’m definitely still growing as an artist. New artists should never stop practicing, you’ll get to a point where you see your art and compare it to others that are way more advanced and then you’ll wanna give up. We don’t become Picasso in one day, art is about learning to strengthen your mind and skills to create something you want to portray. So never give up and always practice because even if it’s cliche, practice does make perfect. Continue to be inspired and if you lose that inspiration, find it in something else and continue to create. Art is such a vast subject, it’s one of the best things to be able to express without the rules of society.
Sharnelle: Would you say the rules of society play a role in your creation of art, in a way where you want to break them?
Yeah, definitely. Especially as a woman. In my art I like to portray women indifferent ways and in more of an ugly way too because I’m tired of our
beauty standards. I’m also tired of how clothes are treated towards women, and how easily labeled we are as something sexual if we wear anything revealing. So I like to draw women in natural states, nude or whatnot but nothing about it is sexual. The idea of everything part of the female body being represented as sexual angers me.
Sharnelle: You have an online shop where you personally and originally customize clothing pieces via painting your art onto them. What else do you plan to do with your shop?
I’m planning on creating more jewelry since a lot of people seemed to like that. I wanna try and make it unique, not like something you would see in Forever 21 or something. I also plan on creating hats and bags and actually creating clothes from scratch, and show that I’m capable of more than just putting art onto paper. I hope that my store becomes like the next Gucci or something, haha.
Sharnelle: Do you draw with pencil or digitally? Which do you prefer?
I draw with both. I prefer digital because I get my work done way faster that way. Yet with pencil it shows more craftsmanship.
Sharnelle: What motivates you to continue to create?
Music and people definitely. I like looking at people and music, it just generally expands my creativity. I always have to be listening to music when I create.
Sharnelle: Would you then say that Instagram is a great platform to gain inspiration? I’m just wondering because people always bash Instagram for not being that interesting for them, but I do feel like it is a great space for creators and artists of any form to get motivated and inspired and connect.
Definitely, there are so many amazing people on here who create. It’s made for artists, all you see are images so hell yeah it’s a great platform for that. Twitter is more for talkative people in my opinion, like you just say your thoughts and stuff, but here all you see are images and then you can pay attention to the caption if you want. It’s so easy to get inspired on here.
Sharnelle: Are you self taught? Did you ever take any art classes?
Yeah, I’m self taught. I never really learned from art classes in school. I was very picky and liked doing things my own way. It also helped that my mother also used to paint and make clothes too and she definitely inspired me. Nowadays in school I deliberately take art classes because all it takes is for my creative side to just work and not do stupid math and academics that literally don’t matter to me at all whatsoever.
Sharnelle: What are your artistic goals for 2019?
To create more than just more drawings and to project my art into video form.
Sharnelle: Is it easy for you to just start drawing/creating, or does more come into play with whatever image you want to create?
It’s easy when I get into that creative mood. The hard part is getting the mood in the first place though. When I have no motivation I cannot create at all. But when I do I won’t stop until I cannot physically move my hand anymore.
Sharnelle: Thank you for taking the time to interview with Fangz Magazine. Any shout-outs or anything else you would like to add?
Shout-out to all my friends and family who constantly support me, I would be nothing without them.
Small town canadian writer with a love for felines. Into personal fashion and expressing yourself, as well as anything fantasy (including video games).