Art as a whole isn’t appreciated as much as it used to be. When was the last time you went to an art exhibit to actually indulge yourself in a piece? The internet provides a platform in which creatives can give their artwork massive exposure without relying on a publisher.
Sarahlaine Calva is an 18 year old artist from Raleigh, North Carolina. With one tweet she was able to gain thousands of retweets and likes due to a retweet from Tyler, the Creator and Kali Uchis.
We at Senclaire have teamed up with Sarah to bring you another exclusive interview.
My inspirations for my artwork would have to be Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, and Salvador Dali.
Your use of multiple techniques is unique. A lot of detail is very small, hence the viewer not noticing until further inspection. How long do your more detailed works take to do, like “Nature Within Me” or “Stressors”
Thanks! I like to utilize unique art styles such as stippling, pointillism, and cross hatching. I include various geometric shapes and unique color combinations and patterns to create my own individualistic style to identify that it’s made by me. When taking my time, it takes approximately 1-2 weeks for me to complete detailed works since it may interfere with other things I’m doing, or a couple days if I were to work diligently on it.
Who’s your favorite artist?
There are so many great ones I can’t just pick one! I admire a number of various artists ranging from movie directors to music makers, But it would have to be either Kali Uchis, Tyler the Creator, Kat Von D, Donald Glover, Martin Scorsese, Wes Anderson, Mac Demarco or Martine Johanna.
Which of your pieces is your favorite? Why?
I would say Yellow (the sunflower one) because, not only has it gotten the most attention, but has inspired me to start creating even more art and made me believe that my art was actually good; not that I cared what anyone thought, but it was the fact that I got noticed by the people I most admire (Kali & Tyler). It was an experience I’ll truly never forget.
Your art was noticed by Tyler, the Creator and Kali Uchis?
Yeah, it was first retweeted by Kali and then Tyler retweeted it too and then my phone started blowing up like crazy. It was pretty insane, I was really stoked and screamed when I first found out because I didn’t think they would even see it and everyone thought something was wrong with me haha.
Thats crazy, did you experience an increase in sales on the site?
Yesssss there was a definitely an increase and I appreciate them for sharing my art so much.
Are you religious?
Yes Jesus is my homeboy lol.
Have you ever taken any art classes?
I took an AP studio art class in high school.
What are your hobbies?
I’ve just gotten into photography and film recently.
Tell me about your website.
I made my website about two months ago and it was really interesting because I had to come up with like a business plan and marking strategy and it’s like this whole new world with logistics and stuff because I have to find suppliers to make prints and ship orders. I’ve never shipped or mailed anything before making my website so that was pretty different. You would think you would hate it because it sounds complicated but it’s honestly so fun. It’s ran through Bigcartel and I’ve always wanted to make a website to sell my art but stalled from doing so because it sounded so complicated with licensing and taxes and stuff but I wish I had done it sooner. I’ve honestly sold more than I thought I would’ve and I have so many people telling me how much they adore my art and it honestly makes my day.
Where did you have your art displayed?
I’ve recently had my art installed in an Environmental Industrialism exhibit downtown, (Nature Within Me) it was pretty cool seeing strangers check out my art and taking pics of it.
Take me through the process of your art production.
My process for creating art usually starts off by creating sketches/thumbnails of what I visualize in my head. My thumbnails always end up looking like crap but it doesn’t really matter since I’m just drafting. If I need to, I would seek for inspiration by searching up images online or examine the things around me for reference and implementing it into my own original work. My preferred typed of paper to use would be Bristol paper because its quality is heavyweight and it’s great for any type of media, especially for markers.
My favorite type of media to use is mostly markers, specifically Prismacolor, Micron and Copic markers. I usually outline the image I plan to draw beforehand with pencil before I proceed using marker to prevent creating any mistakes. As mentioned earlier, it does take me around 1-2 weeks to complete a larger scale drawing or less for smaller scaled ones. If I’m really satisfied with my work, I’d usually take a picture of it and show it off haha.
Where did you go to highschool?
I went to Millbrook High
Below is a gallery of Sarahlaine’s work and some photos of her consumers using her products. I’ve provided links to her social media and website, so you can purchase some of her work for yourself.
Link to Sarahlaine’s website: http://sarahsillustrations.bigcartel.com/