FLAVOR Interviews The "Talented" Asia Kendrick-Horton! (CHECK IT OUT!)
"Art is something out of this world. It speaks for it's self." This quote is something that explains Asia. Today, I got a chance to talk with her on her work, Lupita Nyong'O, and her favorite illustrator. She happens to be a woman that inspires me each day when it comes to art. I know I'm not the best, but one day I hope too! Once again, I wanna thank Asia for this wonderful interview! Check it out below:
1. How long have you been an illustrator?
A: I've been drawing my entire life, but became more serious about illustrating for about 5-6 years now.
2. What inspires you to draw?
Besides my absolute love for the whole process of creating art, I'm mostly motivated by and draw from real-life people or characters that inspire me not just artistically, but just in general.
3. Do you feel social media is the best way to get your talent seen?
Social media is so incredible in that it helps you extend to an audience that you may have otherwise not expected to reach. Being able to utilize that to your advantage I think is important, but it definitely takes some work and time. I feel so fortunate in having been able to build sort of a strong following by consistently updating to all my sites that I use, in addition to the content of my art that it appeals to. Getting yourself seen, may it be through social media or otherwise, is only as much as you are willing to put into it. Promote yourself everywhere!
4. Did you ever feel like you wanted to give up?
As with most people who love what they do, I think it's definitely natural to have feelings of self-doubt at some points and wanting to give up. I've been there repeatedly with constant art blocks, and it can be difficult to deal with. I've literally gone weeks without even having the drive to pick up a pencil because of being so burned out or not motivated enough. But I feel that it's just a time where you need to take a break, step back, and get yourself refocused to go for it again.
5. Who's your favorite illustrator?
It is so hard to just pinpoint one. I have and continue to be inspired by so many different extraordinary artists!
6. How did you feel when Lupita Nyong'O shared your art on instagram?
Freaking out from excitement was definitely my first reaction. Actually...it was my only reaction the entire time, haha. I was so elated that she was able to see it, and it just made my little heart smile.
7. What do you see in your future as an artist?
Having my own art studio as a full-time illustrator would be wonderful in my future! Possibly committing and putting together my own comic or a series of mini-stories starring my own characters. But even if any of that never happens, I just want to continue putting out work that I hope can brightens someone's day.
8. How Do You Feel About Lupita Winning An Oscar?
I was emotional. Lupita winning an Oscar for her phenomenal performance was absolutely well deserved. But even more so that not only as a woman, but as a young black woman, it just meant so much. The part of her speech where she said that "your dreams are valid", spoke to me on multiple levels. It spoke to black women and little black girls everywhere. Considering how often we are so minimized and reduced within society, witnessing that was extremely important and gives such a push of hope and inspiration. It reassures us to stay strong, keep going, and to just continue reaching to achieve our aspirations in life.
9. Does Art Express who you are?
I definitely think art expresses who I am in the sense that it is an extension of me and inner self. I'm actually a bit of a quiet and reserved person, but art gives me the opportunity to truly showcase all of the loud creative ideas and thoughts constantly flowing in my head.
Thank you to everyone who has been so supportive and following my work! Whether it's been several years or several days, I appreciate it so much and am so happy to keep sharing my art with you all. :)