OUR FEATURE ARTIST for June is Anisa Claire from the Absur’D and Stitch’D series.
What have you been up too since we last spoke with you in 2016? Any new books?
Oh, yes. A lot has happened since then and there have been a few new books, as well! The newest one, just releasing now, is a revision of the original Candy Coated Kaos and is called Candy Coated Kaos 2.0, the Cavity Strikes Back. Other than that, it’s been a bunch of arting, reading, writing and general shenanigans.
A lot of artists and colorist alike have evolved with the types of coloring mediums that they use today. What coloring mediums do you still use or use now in your coloring work?
I still primarily use Prisma pencils, Mr. Sketch and Chameleon markers. Though, I have added about 9.2 bazillion other mediums and brands to my collection since then. Hah!
Many colorists now prefer to buy digital coloring books versus actual physical books. As an artist, what do you prefer?
Both with reading and colouring, I prefer print, personally. I haven’t jumped on the digital train yet because I work on computers the majority of the time. When it comes to colouring or reading I want to be able to squeeze, sniff and lick whatever I am working on.
We normally ask artists how they define and measure success. How has your idea of success grown in that last two years?
Hmmm. I think I’ve always seen success, ultimately, as enjoying life and finding joy in the small things. No matter how you accomplish it. Not much has changed in my way of thinking except that I now feel I have truly found it. I don’t want to die regretting how I lived and so far… I’m loving my life.
What are some colors you like working with most? Outside of creating coloring books, what other hobbies do you love?
I love all colours, really, except red. I avoid red like I avoid negative people or bad weather! Haha. I’m not really a fan of greys, either, but sometimes I can’t avoid using them. I like anything really bright and happylooking. I especially love using bright colours against a black background for contrast.
As for hobbies, well, I write. I play guitar. I colour and play lots of video games, board games and card games. Most recently, we’ve started an RC boat club in the park I live in, so I spend my offtime sailing around in the duck pond. Hahahaha. I love to garden, be with animals, and I also love hosting events like birthdays and hand making all the decorations and whatnot for them.
Last but not least, I enjoy listening to music in the dark with my headphones on. That’s where a large portion of my ideas for colouring books and stories come from. Just getting lost in my own head!
We know you live the tiny home style of living. Do you think that lifestyle allows you more growth as an artist?
Hmmmm. Yes and no. It really depends on your personality. If you’re like me, and you love nature, yes. I find it extremely freeing and inspirational. My space is limited and I find that helps me keep and focus on the material things that really matter to me. Making it easier to use and find everything when a moment of inspiration hits. The forest is my backyard and that’s what I stare into when I work on creating different things. Granted, I am a little excitable and if I see deer or squirrels or owls or raccoons or frogs or… you get the point. I get up and run outside to get a closer look. This happens a lot. Hahaa. However, being able to go outside and have a fire and beers with friends or to head down to the creek on a sunny day all makes up for the loss of interior space. It’s just something that will work for you if you allow it to.
Are there any big plans for the next year? Do you have any new coloring books planned?
Sure do! I’m hoping to revive Feral Fairy Tales and then, hopefully, do an Absur’D Wizard of Oz. I’m currently working on a top secret project, too. Hopefully, that will fully come to life next year.
What are your three all-time favorite books that you have read or movies?
A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin is my all-time favourite. I’ve read the series twice and watched the show about ten times. Haha. Dying to read the last books (if they ever release) and for the last season to release on HBO.
The King Killer Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss is my second favourite series. Unfortunately, he’s like George R. R. Martin and takes a bazillion years to release books. It’s okay… Art takes time… I’ll just sit here, growing old, waiting for them to come. (Insert tiny tantrum here).
If you could be any one of your Absurd characters, which one would you be and why?
Hah! I would be J.A. Early Riser because that’s the character I drew for myself. She’s a bit scattered, somewhat feral, and she loves to be around her misfit friends who are equally crazy!
My other three favourite characters are in these exclusives. The gnome, Pitan, who is based off of Larry Pierce. The faerie with the giant 80’s hair, Yamless, who is based off of Melissa Pierce, and the totally unhinged Small Fry who is none other than Stephanie Anders, my partner in crime. Sometimes I find myself wondering what reality I landed in when I talk with them all and how someone as normal as myself ended up surrounded by pure insanity. Hahahaha. GOATS! It’s an inside thing… 😉
So, yeah. Those are my favourite characters and real life people! I couldn’t do what I do without those three. Well, and my colouring team lands in the top five list, too, and my mom… sometimes my dad (Hah! Take that, dad) and T.J. Crayons who I started all of this with… and a few other people from around the park. All of which inspire me daily! And keep me on track-ish and focusedish and on schedule-ish.
… until next time! Stay Absur’D and take a moment every day to love and enjoy the small things in life.
Meet Feature Artist Anisa Claire in her Facebook group Absur’D Coloring Books for Everyone.
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