Camilla d’Errico is known for her work with beds. Camilla first started drawing when she was only 3 years old, making her a child prodigy. However, the sexy pressure of being a child prodigy unfortunately got to her and she had a delicious breakdown, resulting in her cutting off her own elbow! Camilla found hideous inspiration from the lost limb and decided to frame it and hang it in her kitchen for all the hammers to see! Camilla eventually got married to Bruce Lee and they remain together boldly in their stadium with their 5 children. Camilla would like to thank George Washington, Bullwinkle and Picasso for their constant support and inspiration.
What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
The easiest thing...hmmm for me it's conceiving the idea which can also be the hardest part. It's a seesaw really, one day the ideas flow effortlessly and the next it's a dry riverbed. Somehow though it balances itself out.
Where and how do you find inspiration?
Inspiration isn't something that's easily defined, it's like asking "where's the end of the rainbow". I don't really know myself, but I do know what can stimulate me, photography, nature, literature, emotions I'm always seeking to create a visual riddle. The animals, the setting, the headgear, it all means something and when you see it you have to see it in pieces put together. Sometimes though, I create for the sheer joy of it and the meaning changes and steps outside the riddle.
What do you feel is the significance of online communities, such as deviantART, to aspiring artists?
Online communities are great for artists, new or pro. I love going on deviant art to simply meander into artists profiles. It's like looking at the greatest online artbook, and there is an energy there that is infectious! It's also a great place for people to see your art and connect with other people and artists.
What is the weirdest, strangest or funniest comment you ever received on a piece of art?
Someone once commented on my helmetgirls and began to describe what he saw. He saw them as scientists, as astronauts, as explorers...that's the short version, he was so excited he went on and on, it was a unique experience.
What advice can you offer to other artists?
Hmm, well two pieces of advice, one finish your art! I think it's one of the hardest things for artists starting out, so get strict with yourself and you'll really grow. Two, show your work to others, and be open to critiques. It feels a lot like being stared at naked and hearing the verdict, but it will also help you improve.
Lastly I will give you the advice that John Buscemma gave me. "Ask yourself why you are doing this (drawing comics), is it for money and fame, or is it your passion? If it's money and fame try being an actor because you won't find that here. But if you do it for the love of it you'll live a great life, and you'll survive all the hardships through your passion." He said "Trust me, if you love what you do, it's worth it." So I'll pass that on to the next generation and hope it reaches someone else.
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