- How long have you been on DeviantArt?
I started on dA in 2003 under the name gibberstoadzdoll, so this will be my 12th year on deviantART. I opened this account in 2006 for a few reasons. I needed a new name, and wanted to distance myself from my ex-fiance whom was connected to that account. This was before we could change names,
What does your username mean?
Gillian Ivy is my real first and middle name. Fortunately, they are unique. There seems to be only one other on the entire internet than me. My last name is mundane, and very common. I wanted to be more professional, and using my name sounds better to me.
Describe yourself in three words.
Obnoxious, Fantabulastic, Artistic
Are you left or right handed?
I am right handed, and completely useless with my left hand. It is just stupid and serves to do nothing but get in my way.
What was your first deviation? (on this account)
What is your favourite type of art to create?
I love traditional art. I use mixed mediums, one of my favorites is metallic gel pens. But I also love painting in acrylics and watercolors. I like to create detailed art, with lots of fine lines and accents.
If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?
I would love to be an expert photographer as well, or rather, incorporate my photographic and traditional art skills together for a mash up of all my art. Maybe animated. Like cinegraphs and animated doodles.
What was your first favourite? (this account)
What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?
I love traditional art the most, especially those that bend the concept of what is traditional. I'm not really into 'modern' art, loving the classical paintings you'd find at the National Museum. However, I love Sci-Fi and Fantasy pieces a lot.
Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?
I'm terrible at picking a favorite. There are so many artists I love and admire their work, spanning every genre. My favorite artists I've known in person are Charles Flickinger and Cheryl Casteen. They used to work as a couple and were a huge influence on me. They aren't on deviantART though. Together, they would sculpt these amazing figures. Using glass eyes and real teeth, these works looked alive.
If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be? (look at my front page for artists who are my friends)
How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?
I met Reignson/silverbane in 2004 on BigFatKitty coloring book club founded by me and a friend before there were groups or something. We instantly connected and fell into dA loves. We met in person and have been together ever since. This year will be our 11th anniversary. We have an 8 year old son and I'd definitely say Reignson has been a huge impact on my life.
What are your preferred tools to create art?
My hands! Whatever I can get my hands on, I'll make into art. I suppose pens and pencils are my favorite. They are the most readily accessible. And I love to draw.
What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?
I suppose if I had an ideal place, it would be somewhere in a wooded area, with big open windows to let in the natural light, maybe in the mountains. I love the mountains. Gesundheit was the most inspiring place I have ever lived in West Virginia. Or Christiana's house in Baltimore. She was an amazing artist who would hold these May Day art events on her property. They had a May Day pole and everything. Artists would exhibit their work all over her home and throughout the landscape. I don't have my own inspirational place for art, but those memories are in my heart.
What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?
My favorite memory was in February 2010, when my bf bought me my first Premium Membership for Valentine's Day. That started me on my path of making deviantART journal skins. This one is still a WIP and is not available yet.