When scrolling through Instagram, do you ever come across a profile that is absolutely killing it, but not getting the attention it deserves? Well that is exactly what happened with @ArtbyKaycee, an account dedicated to edgy, sexy, hand drawn art pieces including some rad images inspired by Lana Del Rey. We got to talk to her and find out about the person behind the art.
1. How long have you been drawing?
I’ve been drawing since I was about 6 years old, maybe even before that.
2. What inspired you to start and what kept you going?
I can’t really explain it, but I just started. I guess I kind of just knew what to do and I’ve been drawing ever since. I’ll never stop, and I’ll never stop trying to learn and grow. I have to keep going it keeps my soul on fire.
3. What was your first completed Lana Del Rey art piece? How long did it take you?
Hmmm, I honestly can’t remember the FIRST, there’s been many attempts. However, I believe the first one I completed was the mouth with the bee. I don’t even think I mentioned that was her mouth, but technically that was the first completed lana Del Rey piece.
4. Why Lana Del Rey?
Oh man, why NOT Lana Del Rey. I have a special connection to her music and her as a person. Her music speaks to me on a personal level, and I think she’s the epitome of sexy meets classy with an edge. She’s like a modern day Audrey Hepburn but with a little Courtney Love thrown in. I love her style and I love how she makes poetry come alive through her lyrics. I feel like she captures the magic of love and the gut wrenching sorrow of heart break and performs it into a way that makes it beautiful and relateable. So that’s why Lana Del Rey, she captures the same thing I like to illustrate but through music.
5. What is the piece that took you the longest to complete? Why?
Well, if anything the longest Lana Del Rey piece took me about a month. The reason any of my pieces take me a long time to finish is because I get too in my head about them, so I like to take a break and work on another project then come back with a fresh perspective, notice things I didn’t before.
6. Where would you like to see yourself go with your art? Hobby, business, etc
I think I’ve always looked at my art as someday becoming a business. I defiantly took a different route. I learned a valuable lesson; I never want to create anything I hate for money. For a while I was solely working on paid art projects and I realized I never want to use my talents for profit. So someday, if I ever have the opportunity to be creative in a way that allows me to create what I’m happy making, then yes of course I will pursue it as a business. But for now I’m focusing on making what I love and if I happen to sell anything great, but if I don’t then that’s fine too. So maybe it’s a little bit of both business and a hobby right now.
7. How many rough drafts do you throw away before getting a piece you are happy with?
I try not to throw anything away, I usually reconstruct my piece until it’s exactly how I want it. Thank god for pencils.
8. Any artists that inspire you?
Oh YES, my heroes are Jean Michael basquiat, Frida Khalo, and Salvador Dali. My current modern day inspirations are Hen Kim, David Choe, Sylvia Ji, Habiba Green, and Gabriel Moreno.
9. Where do you sell your art?
I have various resources, sometimes I sell my art at a local restaurant called Crushed. The owner Amy is very art positive and supports local artists, she has a rotation of various artists every couple weeks and allows them to sell there art out of her Restaurant. I also use my social media, people reach out to me if they want to buy a piece. And I have an Etsy where I also sell my work.
10. What can we expect from Art by Kaycee in 2018?
I would be expecting things to get weirder and more constructed business wise. I’ve been allowing myself to be genuine about my creativity and trying not to care what others think. It’s art, and it’s my art.