Interview with an Artist Q7: Shiney!

Question 7

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Sss-Mine! by Liiga Smilshkalne. “This naga lady doesn’t mind the occasional bird snack, but this one sings oh-so-pretty, and they’re so hard to come by underground…” I loved this; it tells an entire story.

It wasn’t what I was looking for that was most important when I tried to find an artist, it was more important what I felt.  That’s what got me about Liiga’s Sunlight—the way the woman in the portrait seems to have transcended the moment.  That reminded me of Teara.  She retreats to the gardens where she can be alone with the sunshine, the birds, and the flowers and trees.  There she can transcend to steal moments of peace.

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Brenell by Liiga Smilshkalne was commissioned image for the RPG Forum “Skeyra—Eine andere Welt” (Skeyra—Another World). This one got into an art book: d’Artiste: Character Design by Ballistic Publishing.

I wanted that kind of emotion in the portrait of Falion, too.  When I went to Liiga’s gallery, I found several pieces that stirred me. That’s when I knew it was worth throwing the dice.  Sss-Mine is one of my favorites because it appeals to the storyteller in me.

Having found my favorites, I wanted to know what the artist’s were and how she gets inspired to make moving pieces or art.

Question 7: What are some of your favorite pieces and what inspires you the most?

It is difficult to pick favorites from my own works due to the common artist malady of picking out all the flaws in them once the initial excitement has worn down. So far the ones that have held up best in my own eyes are Brenell and Candlebright for Bella Sara. As for inspiration, it can be in a variety of places—the right kind of music, a foggy sunrise, a concept that explores interesting contrasts, or just the opportunity to draw shiny details, to name a few. And if all else fails, looking at art usually does the trick.

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Bella Sara—Candlebright by Liiga Smilshkalne was commissioned for Bella Sara, a game where you journey into the magical world of horses. © 2011 Hidden City Entertainment, Inc. All rights reserved.


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