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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Rita Malsch said:

Congratulations, Jane! I truly admire your art. You have such a great talent with an impressive sense of detail. Not to forget to mention that you can express yourself in a wonderful way.

I can feel with you losing a parent/s. I lost my father when I was seven years old. My mother passed away three days before my wedding. These are not easy times we all have to go through, especially when we have a loving family.

I'm sure that your future in art is very promising. Exploring a new medium is challenging and fun, too.. It is great that you paint with your daughter and at the same time learn from one another.

Your life story is very interesting and I enjoyed reading it. I wish you all the best.

Hey Rita.....thank you so very much......life is hard and tests us at times but we still have to carry on....thank you for your friendship and I am loving your work too......big hugz....xx



Lynn Mckell said:

Congratulations Jane, your work is wonderful. You really deserve to be in the spotlight, it was lovely to read your story, both happy and sad. I'm so new to art your work is really inspiring to me. Well done. xxx
Hey Lynn....thank you so very much.......I'm so glad my work is inspiring to you and I love seeing all your work too......xx



Doris Culverhouse said:

Jane, love your art. it is well crafted and professional looking. great varied subjects too. 

Thank you Doris.....very much appreciated.....xx



Robert Tranchida said:

Beautiful ARTIST ...Creating FROM THE HEART IS EASY TO SEE IN YOUR WORK JANE ... LOVE IT CONGRULATIONS WELL DESERVED VERY TALENTED ... Very very good! ...
Thank you so very much Robert for your kind words.....very much appreciated....xx



Cat Demkiw said:

Wonderful interview Jane. I love your art and how it lifts ones spirits when I view it. Congratulations and can't wait to see your next amazing creations. :)

Thank you Cat......very much appreciated....working on dip pen and ink at the mo....trying something new......xx

JANE!! You are so awesome and you work is great as well!! 

Congrats!!

JANE!!!! You soooo deserve this honor. Your artwork is fabulous & how wonderful that your daughter shares this special talent. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your interview & getting to know you even better than I already do. Besides being an amazing artist you're also an amazing person & I love you to pieces! As you know I'm visiting my family in New Jersey but I heard you were POTW & wanted to congratulate you! xoxoxo

Great to see you  Profile of the Week Artist Jane I love your art all I can say is keep it coming !! Lyn x



Dusty Gonterman-Clare said:

JANE!! You are so awesome and you work is great as well!! 

Congrats!!

Thank you so very much Dusty....much appreciated....xx



Beth Scrozzo said:

JANE!!!! You soooo deserve this honor. Your artwork is fabulous & how wonderful that your daughter shares this special talent. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your interview & getting to know you even better than I already do. Besides being an amazing artist you're also an amazing person & I love you to pieces! As you know I'm visiting my family in New Jersey but I heard you were POTW & wanted to congratulate you! xoxoxo
Thank you so very much my dear dear friend Beth......I very much appreciate all your lovely comments and I love you too.....hope your having a fab time in New Jersey and so glad your feeling better now......xx



Lyn Pilgrim said:

Great to see you  Profile of the Week Artist Jane I love your art all I can say is keep it coming !! Lyn x

Thank you so very much Lyn...glad you like my art and yes I will keep it coming ...lol......xx

Just want to say a big Thank you to all your lovely comments and how honoured and  privileged I feel to being POTW....big hugz to you all ......xx

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