Entertainment Spotlight : Artist Autumn Whitaker

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When did you know you wanted to be an artist?

I’ve never really thought about it! I’ve been drawing since I could hold a pencil. I remember getting really into it when I was 6 or 7 and I would fill up sketch books when I would watch Toonami after school. It’s a little embarrassing to admit, but the shows they played on there (1997-2003) were a HUGE inspiration and helped me stay motivated to keep drawing (mostly Sailor Moon).  😂

What do you want visitors and locals to know about being an artist that they may not already know?
Ooooh. I can’t really think of anything that isn’t obvious… Being an artist is super exciting and can also be exhausting. I can go days being grumpy and not touching a pencil because my brain and hands aren’t coordinating. Sometimes I need a break from it to get my groove back. When I’m ready to get back at it after having some time off, that’s when I usually make something awesome!
How has the industry evolved over the years?
I feel like social media has really helped a ton of people get their name out there and become successful artists. I love seeing younger artists making a living just by selling their prints and originals online. It’s really inspiring!
What inspires you for your art?
Mostly nature, games/movies, space, and people. I also enjoy making fan art on games and shows that I’m into (just like when I was a kid).
I love having Instagram and Sktchy to use as references! I usually scroll through random profiles until I find a person that I want to turn into something neat. Technology is great (haha)!
What’s next for you?
 
I moved here from a small town in North Georgia and Tallahassee has really opened a lot of doors for me. Right now I’m working on improving my watercolor technique and doing more shows. I’m hoping to start traveling around more and show in different states!
Describe being an artist in 5 words or less
A colorful escape from reality. 🙂
What social media do you use?

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