Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Seven questions... with Zora Mae
Zora Mae is an awesome illustrator who I have had the privilege to get to know via Twitter... through her participation in the community of independent musicians, creatives and fans that we are both part of... this includes her involvement with Ambient League through which she has contributed her sound recordings into the mix.
I caught up with her via email... and asked her my seven questions:
1) Who are you and what do you do?
I am an illustrator known as, Zora Mae. I draw robots, critters and other things. My work can be found at http://www.zora-mae.com/ my little place on the web.
2) What are you working on at the moment?
Currently I finished illustrations for BugBear, a music venue in London, for their website (Follow them at @BugbearMusic)! I got the gig from @Lextrical who works with @TheBoxIsGone web productions. You should check http://bugbearbookings.com/ to see my little BugBears. We are in the process of planning Bugbear t-shirts. Also some of my work can be found at Lextrical's Magic Beans (http://www.magicmusicbeans.co.uk/). I am always working on random bots that I've been posting via twitter (@zoramae8). Eventually they will find a home on my site. Right now I am in the process of setting up shop through Etsy so people can buy a bot and whatever else I can come up with.
3) Who inspires you?
- Name an artist who has inspired you.
I have a collection of people that inspire my work. Writers such as Kurt Vonnegut, Shel Silverstein, Richard Scary to artist like Miro, Taro Gomi, Istvan Banyai...(I could go on forever.) Music is huge influence in my life that I can't even begin to list. I am enjoying a new part of my art where I am able to combine my love of music with art. For the past 6 months or so, I've been able to chat with a great group of musicians throughout the world and been able to feed off their creative energy and collaborate on projects.
- Name place that has inspired you.
The city. Even though I complain about Chicago, it is intertwined in my work. There are some amazing industrial pockets in Chicago that find their shadows in my work.
- Name some "thing" that has inspired you.
Metal, cute rolly pollie things and Robots.
4) What drives you to do what you do?
The true drive of my work is to give humor and enjoyment to people. And to give me an excuse on why I don't have a real job :D
5) What values do you wish your creativity to express?
My work tends to be light hearted but there's some human elements I bring into my work that has some political vibe that one can't help doing. For the most part, my robots deal with what I am going through at the moment. Right now Its their job to go out in the world and make me money.
6) What role does community play in what you do?
A huge part of my community involvement currently is through the internet! Twitter has been a huge help in promoting my work and meeting some great people. If it wasn't for a little monkey @de1bert I wouldn't have half of the work I've created in the past 6 months :D
7) What is next for what you do?
I have an on going project I am working on with Lextrical called "Cir-Cuit" Its a graphic novel, with music. The song that started it all can be heard on my site: http://zora-mae.com/illustrations/visualtunes/. I will have some concept art posted soon :) Also with music, I am a member of the @AmbientLeague. I do field recordings, attempt some music writing, and in the future more illustration contribution. Ambient League is a Twitter collective of artists around the globe. Its been a treat to chat and see what we can come up with. So far we have one single out called "The Enemy." More awesomeness in the future :). I am also working on some side projects that will hopefully take in more effect in February/March! TO BE CONTINUED.
Thanks Zora Mae!!! Please follow her on Twitter :: @zoramae8 and check out her illustrations.