Good morning folks! Today we're ending our 'Artists from the Netherlands' month and what better way to say goodbye to this great country than by welcoming the great Amanda Majoor. With her retro art style and her great sense of rhythm, she gives us a great preview of what's best in the Netherlands right now, illustratively speaking. Let's get the chance to know her better.
-What are your name, surname and nickname?
-My name is Amanda Majoor and I work under the same name.
-How old are you?
-Where do you live? -I live in the Netherlands.
-What's your job?
-Currently I work as an illustrator/comic artist, collecting different art-related assignments here and there to promote my work and gain more experience as an artist. In the meantime I'm working on my first comic book about swing music in the Second World War, which is a lot of work, but above all a super exciting project.
-What's your journey?
-When I started my first year at the Art Academy in Zwolle I focused on illustration. I had always loved to draw and I was still eager to work on my technique. However, just before the second year started, the possibility to study as a comic artist popped up and I didn't hesitate to take that chance. Making illustrations is one thing, but with comics I could work on my drawings as well as developing my storytelling skills. Also, being a comic artist is one of those childhood dreams come true.
-What are your inspirations?
-There are several things in life that help me get inspired as an artist. Life itself (obviously), designs and art from the 1920-40's era, my passion for (swing) music, the assistance from my boyfriend, history/comic books, photographs, movies and so on.
-Do you read webcomics?
-I've never really been into webcomics that much, though I sometimes read an online comic when someone shares it or sends it to me. The only comic series I'm following online are the daily's of my dear friend and colleague Abe Borst. I've been reading his short comics since the beginning and watched him develop to the artist that he is today. It's also fun to see what he's up to now that we don't see each other that much anymore.
-Tell us more about your website.
-I publish my art on a blog named Swing und Bratwurst, where I share my work with the rest of the world. The name comes from two interests of mine: swing and Germany. A friend of mine wrote it on a shirt as a goodbye gift when I went to Hamburg for an internship and it stuck with me ever since. They're also the keywords of my story, so I figured it'd be a good blog name. The main focus of my blog is the progress of my comic project, but I also use it to publish other artwork and write about art-related events that I go to.
-How do you work?
-That depends on my mood. Mostly I prefer to work traditionally, using charcoals, paint or cut and paste techniques. After I scanned my drawings I usually touch things up digitally. I like to mix those two. At other times I just open up Photoshop and start drawing from scratch. In the same way, I sometimes prefer a minimalist approach over an ellaborate illustration.
-Why did you choose this FML story?
-Out of the stories I received this one made me think of story that wasn't just the text turned to image. While reading, I made up this girl who is secretly dating some sort of alien and takes him to her house where she's is in for an unexpected surprise.
If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice [at] fmylife.com including a link to your website/blog/DeviantArt. But DON'T send your illustration right away! You need first to get in touch with me, and I'll tell you what you have to do!
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