Ayduin explains their art
Ayduin: A lot of my medium is digital art because it's a lot easier for me to send to people who are in different countries. So it's one of my favorite mediums. I can also do, I feel the higher quality art that I prefer; a lot more detail, because I can do layering stuff like that and make sure that I know exactly how I want it to look and I don't have to worry about sitting down, sketching it out, done inking, then having to sketch again to make sure that everything's correct and the way I want it before I ink again, and then put the color down and oh, that wasn't the right color. Do it all again.
Jessica: Yes, I understand that,
Ayduin: Though I do love like watercolor and all these other ones, digital is my favorite, I think.
Jessica: That's more forgiving for sure.
Ayduin: It really is. And when you're working with someone who doesn't know exactly what they want, you can make mock-ups a lot easier and I find that it's a lot easier to change color when it's digital because instead of blue, they want like maroon. Instead of redoing the whole piece and then getting there and you're like, that's all it was, just not the right color. I am like Oh, right color. Thank you. Yes.
Jessica: We love to feature some of your art with our post if that's cool with you?
Ayduin: Oh, sure. I'll have to send a few.
Jessica: That'll be awesome. I know our listeners will probably be very interested like, oh, what do they do?
Ayduin: Yeah. A lot of my art is very varied. I really do enjoy drawing people. As my main skill I guess. I can do some lettering, which I enjoy doing, but I really enjoy portraits.
Jessica: People are so interesting.
Ayduin: They really are and that's why I think why I love doing it because I always try and, like, capture someone if I'm doing their portrait, not as their, I guess physical features, but more like how you see them as a person. I enjoy doing that a lot more. I also have a thing where I always make the eyes way too fucking big but I'm working on that. That's because I think in my theory, and what my professors in Art School told me was because I see the eyes as like the best way to express emotion like you can honestly give any face to someone and have them almost believe it until someone looks in your eye and so that's one of the reasons I like to accentuate eyes.
Jessica: Well, that's so true. Yeah. I'm a photographer and my favorite thing is when they---the expression in the eyes.
Ayduin: Oh, yes.
Jessica: There's so much that can be conveyed and that's, you know, I think that's the difference between like a good piece of art and a bad piece of art---is that is it telling the whole story or -
Ayduin: Exactly, yes. Photography is something that I'm so in awe of and I wish I I really do wish that I could do it and I had the eye for it and I had the patience for it but I don't have any of those. Like, I guess I have the eye for it. I am like that would look very beautiful. I just don't know how to like properly capture in the way that I would prefer to. So I have so much respect to every photographer. Oh, my goodness. It's just I love seeing what you guys can do with just capturing a moment and then making it feel as if you're actually there and you know what's going on without any other context. It's amazing to me.
Jessica: Well, that's how I feel about illustration because I can look at like, I could come up with a concept for you but my hands don't work that way, you know, that disconnect like I can see it but I can't create it. And the fact that you can is just like, mind-blowing to me because my hands don't do it, you know, I totally understand that that's what I think is so cool about the art community. I was reading this book, it was kind of like along the lines of like, the philosophy of arts and things like that. It was the idea that we all see a leaf in a different way.
Ayduin: Oh, yes. It's similar to the idea that we all see different---we see a color in different way. No one sees color the exact same.
Jessica: Yeah, and all those perspectives on it, then that color wouldn't be that color or a leaf wouldn't be a leaf.
Ayduin: It's very interesting. It's very wonderful I think because it shows that in my opinion, this is very true but I'm sure that other people have different opinions because that's an opinion. But I think that everyone is an artist no matter what you do, even if you don't think that you're creative or you don't think that you are an artist if you've doodles like as a kid, you are an artist, not only because of that but because it's something you do every day, you have it down to an art and you see things so differently, like just perceive things so differently than anyone else that that is its own art form, in my opinion.
Jessica: I agree entirely, you know, regardless of if it's more science-based or mechanical, or anything like that, it takes that creative problem solving and that creative mentality and concepts in order to make it a reality so it doesn't---it's no different than art you know, with art, we're just working more with like theories and feelings then concrete purposes.
Ayduin: Yeah. I can agree completely. I'd say honestly, some people who are like the construction people or the engineers who actually like draw up, or architecture is the one who draw up Oh, well, this theme can fit into here and it's has to be like this exactly otherwise nothing's gonna work are so amazingly talented to me because I can never do that. I mean, people who have designed airplanes no, you guys are artists, just because you didn't like draw the airplane, you had someone else draw the airplane, you still designed all of these parts through trial and error, I'm sure but you still designed all of these parts. You're an artist. It's okay. A little creative, but you are.
Jessica: Just own it. So before I let you go and enjoy the rest of your day, I just wondered if you had any advice or perspective for anyone who's watching this and sitting and going, you know, I love their aesthetic and I would love to feel free to be able to do something like that on myself, but I'm afraid of what people will think or I'm afraid of making that change, what would you say to them?
Ayduin: I kind of had that too when I was first getting into body modification and any like, I mean that in like the simplest sense even before I like started dyeing my hair, I did my first hair color, a vibrant blue so I was terrified of that but at the same time, as I've gotten more into it, and I've gotten more comfortable with myself, I realized that it's, I don't really care, because I'm happy with what I've done to my body. I'm happy with how it looks and then on top of that, so I guess a two-way street, but I don't mind what other people think of me because I love what I've done and then also, I find that people have an opinion of me the moment that like, you can look at me and immediately have an opinion of me the moment that you see me, you either like me, you're indifferent and you're just willing to like interact with me or you don't like me and people who don't like me just based on Oh, you have purple hair, or you have piercings, I don't want you in my life like, goodbye, thank you. You witted yourself out. You just saved me like four or five months so honestly, to anyone who wants to get into body modification, and they're scared. If you want it and you love it, and if you love the idea on yourself, if it's a piercing, you can always take it out. Scars will go away, they heal like go for a piercing I'd say over a tattoo first. If you're getting a tattoo, I guess my best advice is there's stuff like Inkbox now, which is you put it on for a while and then you see if you really like it, or like, what I did was, I drew up a design, and I stuck it on a wall and I had to look at that wall every day for 40 days and I was like, do I still really love that design? And if I did, I was like, Okay, I'm gonna get it because you're gonna look at it like every day, though, honestly, a few times I've forgotten that I had a tattoo.
Jessica: [inaudible 34:20]
Ayduin: Like Oh, God!
Jessica: But like, Oh, yeah, it's me.