Welcome to Profile of the Week! We are delighted to present Cheekyjane from Hampshire, UK.

Cheekyjane creates eye-catching illustrations using pens and markers.  To see more of Cheekyjane's artwork, visit her gallery: http://community.art-is-fun.com/photo/photo/listForContributor?scre...

When you view her portfolio, be sure to click on the images to view them larger!

Please join us for this interview with Cheekyjane:

How would you describe your art?

Ummm this is a little hard to answer as I’m not really sure how I would describe my work... let me think... I think I would have to say Expressive, Funky Fun... a combination between cartoon and realism. I want my work to express emotion, be expressive, fun and funky with a touch of realism. I like to draw off the page as I feel this adds character and expresses my style. I think I have managed to create a style of my own for people to recognise.

How long have you been an artist and how did you become an artist?

I have been drawing since I was knee high, my mum bought me an art set when I was about 4 years old. I took art as a main subject at school and passed both exam levels from two different examination boards. I have on and off over the years done other crafting such as paper craft, card-making, scrap-booking and sewing but I am always drawn back to my love of drawing and so now that’s what I devote all my time too.

What is your favorite medium and why?

I have tried many different mediums over the years and always used to use watercolour... but a couple of years ago I discovered Alcohol Ink pens (Copics, Spectrum Noir, etc) and I just simply love using them. I love how they blend well and that they are quick and easy to use. If used correctly they make your artwork look as if it’s just been printed. The only downfall with these pens is that they are a little costly to buy. I have just invested in the Inktense pencils and so am practicing with them too right now.

Pick one work of art from your Art Colony portfolio and tell us the story behind it. Why does this piece have meaning to you? What steps did you take to create the piece?

I have put 3 pictures into one for this question... hope that is okay as these pics have such a special meaning to me in my heart...

My Memories

The reason I have chosen these pictures is kinda sad but happy really... Due to grieving the loss of my parents I didn’t do any drawings for 5 years... here goes... my mum passed away suddenly the day before my birthday in November 2007 and as you can imagine it was not a very good Christmas either that year. Then just over a year later on 1st January 2009 my dad passed away, he couldn’t live without my mum and died from a broken heart. This time of the year is always the saddest for me but putting that aside and looking upon the happy side of things... In April 2012 I gave birth to my little boy after having 4 girls who are all grown up now and something just clicked in my brain that I should start drawing again, thus I went on the computer and discovered the Alcohol Ink pens... The two Summer Fun pictures I drew to remember all the good times we had... I would often take mum and dad on a road trip and we always ended up at the beach, they loved it and we had some good times. I have the pictures hanging in my living room, I often look at them as they remind me of good memories. The “my salvation” picture I drew because I know that one day it will be my salvation to be reunited with my parents.

All 3 pictures have such a special meaning to me... I look at them and know that mum and dad are always with me.

Tell us about one medium, technique or style that you would like to try working with (that you have not tried before) and why you would like to try this.

Well this is easy to answer... having tried mostly all mediums over the years, the one I have never tried is dip pen and ink. I love the very fine detail you can create and adding colour wash just fascinates me... so I know this takes a little time to get to grips with but definitely very soon I will be practicing with pen and ink. Can’t wait to add my own style to this technique... watch this space.

How do you make time for art?

Making time for art is very important to me and I do try to do at least one drawing a day... but being a busy mum with a demanding 2½ year old and 2 teenage daughters its quite chaotic at times, my 2 eldest daughters don’t live at home now but are always popping in and with a grand-daughter too, plus hubby you can imagine it's one busy household at times. So in between all the chaos and running a home I do try and draw when I can during the day, but I find evenings and weekends are the best times for my art.

If you could imagine the “perfect art day” for yourself, what would it be like?

My perfect day would be spending the whole day drawing with my daughter Rhian, she’s 16 years old and studying art at college... she’s fab at portraits and uses watercolour pencils... (I put 3 of her portraits here in my gallery, they are 3 of the supernatural characters as supernatural is her life. Our day would consist of just drawing and learning from each another and just having fun with our creativity.

If you could spend 24 hours with one artist, living or historical, who would you want to spend the day with and why? What would the two of you do?

Ummm... I have several artists that inspire me but the one I would love the most to spend 24 hours with is Leonardo Pereznieto. He is a fantastic artist and uses all mediums, I love his work and he is also a great teacher of art. Our 24 hours would consist of him teaching me his many techniques and to add some fun to the time we spend together I will teach him my style of drawing... hehe.

Do you have any tips or advice for aspiring artists?

My advice to any aspiring artists is never give up, sometimes it takes me 3 or 4 attempts until I get it right. Don’t be afraid to try things out or ask for help. Always remember Practice Practice Practice... it really does work and Practice does make Perfect.

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Could not be a worthier Profile of the Week than Cheekyjane!  You know I love your art and so wish I had your concise way of drawing.  Congratulations, Jane!

Awwwwwww, well this certainly put a smile on my face!  Congratulations, sweet lady!  I am delighted to see you have been chosen as Profile of the Week!   You already know how much I love you and your art, so all that's left to say is enjoy your week every awake moment and in your dreams, too ~~ you deserve it! ♥ 

whoo-hoo jane! i have the BEST of friends! such brilliant artists especially YOU!!! weeeeeeeeeeeee! i'm so happy to see your name! i look every sunday and i always know the artist and this week it is ESPECIALLY GOOD because it is YOU! 

ps i LOVE that blue scooter!

congratulations cheekyjane. enough can't be said about how fantastic your art is…whoo-hoo!

i needed something good to happen this morning and here it is! wowieeeeee.

NOW i'm going to read your interview. lol. i was so excited, i've calmed down just enough now, to drink my tea, take a deep breath, and read your words. so cool my friend haha.

shell mwah! xx

awsome work and congratulations on the profile..well derserved (thu8mbs up)

Congratulations, what a wonderful interview. Get yourself a pen and ink setup and get to work! Im sure you will love it and be great at it. Enjoy and give yourself a big high five!!!!!!

Cheekyjane !, how wonderful  person, mother, daughter, and artist you are. Your natural force of attraction makes you special for any one who can feel. Your easy lines and obvious thoughts with real warm feelings , in your pieces, give the viewer real joy and feelings. Your interview is a smooth natural real piece of nice talk. Congratulations to us before you.

Congrats Jane! An honor truly deserved. I enjoyed your art very much and look forward to much more.

Jane, I am so happy to see your receive POTW! You deserve the honor so much!! I have loved becoming close friends with you this past year and each post has been better than the one before it. Your talent is incredible and your feelings pour out of every one of them! I love your work!! Your interview was special! I can relate to losing parents during the holidays, as I lost both mine the same way. Never a good time...always sad! We are blessed to have them for how ever many years...so for that we must be thankful! Happy holidays to you and enjoy your week now as POTW!! You rock!!!

Congratulations Jane!!  Love your art and love your story.  Thanks for the advice to aspiring artists.  You have inspired me to practice more often - if you can do it with a house full of kids, this empty nester has no excuse!  

Congratulations Jane! Your art is gorgeous as ever, can't wait to see what you'll do with a dip pen and ink, you'll rock it as always. All the best

Congrats my lady friend!  lol............I enjoyed reading your interview Jane and as said you do deserve it. Love your art, beautiful, so clean and crisp, if that makes sense..lol.........Very sad, but you have great memories as I do. I know exactly what you're talking about. I lost both my parents 3 months apart. I have always told myself they would want me to think of the happy times, that has helped me. Can't wait to see your dip pen & ink girl...lol

BEAUTIFUL !! work,Jane. Love your style and colors.Congratulations !!! xx

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