1) Please tell us a little about yourself first.
My name is Amy Marie Hollingsworth and I live in Hazel Green, AL, USA. I have been on da since Oct 3, 2004 at 9:58 PM. (lol) I am a woman, though people sometimes assume I am a male because of the type of art I create. My moods vary day to day, but luckily I found a very handsome and loving man, who is my fiancee. I have a lot of os and bs in my life...my fiancee is BOBBY E. Neal, cat is BOOBOO and my teddy bears name is BOB. I try to keep kinda active, as I know sitting behind a pc all the time can make a girl lose her shape and I want to be healthy when I get older. I am currently a student at Calhoun College in Graphic Design/Digital Media and I am going into be getting into freelance projects within the next year. I love doing what I do and don't plan on quiting anytime soon. I hate rippers, if you simply ask me, I will usually work with you as much as possible. I love almond pistachio ice cream, mst3k, and cartoons. My favorite colors are just about everything..though brown is low on the list.
2) How did you start out with art? Which was the first (digital) medium you used and why this one?
I actually started in Paint Shop Pro, which was all I could afford at the time and then a copy of PS6... which I don't want to talk about lol... just trying to make a sig. I actually started about 2 and a half years ago when I saw all the 3d art and sigs while trying to find codes for my ex boyfriend. Then I got my legal copy of Photoshop CS and started finding my way. 3dsmax and bryce soon followed and the rest is history. Lately I have been developing my own ideas more than those of others. Awhile back I kept saying how I wanted to take a pic and add in a 3d render which was before anyone (that I had seen) had done it yet. I started talking about it and all of a sudden I was seeing it happening. Now, I am doing more and more of it and its very fun.
3) What prompted you to venture beyond this medium?
Personal drive has always been my motivation. I have no idea why, but ever since I started this, I keep wanting to learn and do new things with my art. You can't go anywhere with your feet stuck in the mud. You have to venture out to find new things in life and that applies here and everywhere else in life.
4) What does Mixed Media mean to you?
My gallery lately. A variety of the real world depicted in a snapshot of time and amplified by an element of the abstract world that one can create. I hope that doesn't sound corny, but its the best way to describe it. I was explaining vectors to my mom in a real world sense by using something she can hold in her hand. (The explaination was instead of using the words "pixels of colors" vs. "paths" i explained it by the way a sheet of construction paper instead of taking a paintbrush and painting each spot in a color to make a picture) I feel that this gallery contains something (ex. a picture) you can hold plus an element (ex. vector or 3d) you may not be able to. Different digital mediums put together to make something even more beautiful.
5) Which media did you use for your deviation No Exit? Why did you choose these specifically and which part of the deviation is what?
I love this piece, though it isn't the most popular, by far, in my gallery, because it contains 3 separate digital elements, vector, 3d, and photomanip (the girl is a separate picture, so even before the 3d and vector were added, the image was photomaniped beforehand). It is a very complex piece, and I think its perfect for showing what the mixed media gallery can be.
6) Do you have any tips regarding the use of several media in ones art is there something one should keep in mind when combining the art forms?
PATIENCE. That is the keyword. Try to take a digital piece and add another element into it that would add another dimension. Look to retain some of the original elements instead of cutting them out and just add to it..but, dont just paste everything in there and hope it works.
Thank you very much for taking the time to answer these questions.