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Amplify meets gh0stbuggy

In the week leading up to our Amplify: Forever West event, we’ll be getting to know the artists and small business owners that will be joining us on Sunday.

Hollow by gh0stbuggy

Tell us about yourself?

Hi, my name is Camille and I’m a 20yo artist from Naarm! Since childhood, I’ve always loved creating; at first cute little projects like making teddy bears or scrapbooking, and then drawing and painting a bit later. Up until recently (I think less than a year ago) I focused my art on photorealism, but ultimately got bored and wanted to change my style! I make both traditional art (watercolour, acrylic or pencil) as well as digital art (using the Ibis Paint X app). More about me- I love animals and am studying to become a veterinary nurse, and I have two silly little dogs. I love nature, music, and my favourite show is Adventure time :]

Describe your style and what inspires your art form?

I’m not very versed in art knowledge or styles, but whenever I’m drawing I try to make my art look soft and dreamy, whilst also eerie or melancholic. My favourite colours to use are pink, blue and earthy shades like brown and cream. I love using muted colour palettes, and my favourite themes to incorporate into my art are animals, nature, the nervous system (hearts, brains, veins, etc.) and cells. Inspiration for my art could come from literally anything OR literally nothing; Sometimes I see a random pic or hear a word and it will inspire me, but other times no matter what I try I just can’t find inspo. The biggest sources of inspiration for me are music/lyrics, shows (like Adventure time!!!), animals, weird dreams, as well as other art/artists that I follow.

What motivates you to create?

For me, motivation comes in random waves and from many different sources! Sometimes I’ll feel motivated to draw 50 things at once, and other times nothing at all. I think practising as much as you can and writing down any ideas you have are good ways to stay motivated, but I don’t tend to follow my own advice all the time haha. I kind of just go with how I’m feeling and draw whenever motivation comes naturally to me. One of the biggest motivators for me however is support! I genuinely feel really motivated by any form of support that I get from others, and I’m just so grateful and happy that people are enjoying my art!

Your art has this beautiful childlike, nostalgic feel to it - how did you learn to make that style of drawing?

Like I said before, I used to do a lot of photorealism and portraits of famous people that I liked. Although it was satisfying to see the end result, I found myself wanting something different. At first I started incorporating different colours or themes into realism to see what I liked, and then started exploring more cartoonish styles. It took me a long time (with a lot of trial and error) to find and realise what I like, but I'm super happy I changed it up! In my sketchbook I have pages of just sketches where I changed shapes/proportions of body and facial features in order to learn what best suits me. I think that my art has a childlike, nostalgic feel because of the media that I loved and consumed as a kid (as well as now), such as Coraline, Studio Ghibli, Adventure time, music, etc. I really resonate with media that instils themes of comfort and longing, and I think I intend to portray that through my art too.

i think there are worms in my brain. by gh0stbuggy

You can see work from gh0stbuggy this Sunday at Amplify: Forever West.

Settle in at the Bluestone Church Arts Space for an afternoon of live music, literary performances and art by emerging artists from the Western suburbs and beyond, guest-curated by Rude Baby Records.

Sunday, June 19 ♡ 4:00pm - 6:00pm

⛪️ Bluestone Church Arts Space - 8A Hyde Street, Footscray 3011

More info + tickets here


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