Today’s fan artist spotlight is on CynderMizuki!
Introduce yourself to our readers.
I’m an artist of many mediums: origami, sculpting, sewing, ink, colored pencil, paint, jewelry, fashion, and anything else that would best fit amongst various unique trinkets at a small-town art fair. I’m also a singer and an actress who has (unfortunately) yet to be in the position to professionally pursue either.
When and how did you become a Star Wars fan?
The memory is embedded clearly in my mind like a movie flashback. I was 9 years old and my dad gathered up my younger brothers and me and had us spend the whole night marathoning all six movies. We started with the original trilogy (where he immediately spoiled the connection between Luke and Vader for us), then the prequel trilogy. And while I haven’t focused on Star Wars before like I do now, it’s always been part of me.
When and why did you start to create fan art?
Creating Star Wars fan art was partially an attempt to drag myself out of a depression and part seeing another’s work and realizing “I know how to do that!” Since then, I’ve been re-learning what it seemed I’d given up years ago.
Why do you think fan art is so popular?
Fan art is a way to connect to something bigger than ourselves, and it can give a sense of purpose.
What tools do you use to create your art?
I use copics, colored pencils, acrylic paint, watercolor, ink, and digital. Any given piece of mine might be a mix of three different mediums. I’m not standard (or consistent).
What is your favorite Star Wars piece that you have created and why are you fond of it?
It’s hard to choose a favorite from my own, but I’m particularly proud of the giant mural of Kanan and Hera I’ve painted on the wall of my apartment. As ridiculously cheesy as it may sound, it gives me hope and makes me happy when I feel down.
What are the best and most difficult things about being an artist?
For me, I find it most difficult to hope for a reaction to a piece only to be met with silence. It definitely stems from a fear of being excluded. Also, drawing hands. Hands are a pain.
What advice would you offer to someone who is interested in pursuing art as a hobby or profession?
Don’t beat yourself up over perceived failure, which is definitely some advice that I should listen to myself. And also, buy a poseable model hand. It really comes in handy! *rim shot*
Thank you for reaching out to TWG, CynderMizuki. We hope to see more of your art soon!
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