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amy clemens

08/10/2015
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AMY CLEMENS
CREATIVE INSPIRATION
@amyclemens12

Seeing Amy’s photo realistic drawings of whimsical, beautiful girls, you first question whether Amy’s work is a photograph or actually a drawing. All of her artwork is created with pencil on paper, an idea, and a love for beauty. Starting her illustration journey with a self imposed challenge to draw something everyday, her sharing of her work quickly led to a following of 20K followers on instagram. We sat down with her and talked about her creative journey and her passion for art.

1) Can you tell us a little about yourself, your profession and your art?
My name is Amy Clemens and I graduated from Swinburne in 2012 with an Honours degree in Communication Design. I’ve been working as a full time graphic design at Chimera Design in Ripponlea since 2013. We mainly specialise in packaging/branding design. I started drawing realistically in 2008 while still at high school, and continued through university. In 2013 while I was job hunting, I set myself the challenge of completing 1 drawing a day for 30 days. In the end it took 3 months instead of 30 days, but I had learnt a lot – mainly teaching myself how to use coloured pencils. I posted all my work onto Instagram, and I gained a bunch of followers from doing so. This motivated me to keep learning and practising.

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2) How long does it usually take you to complete one drawing?
Depending on the size and level of detail, it usually takes me between 6 – 12 hours.

3) Many people don’t know but you actually taught yourself to draw during a period where you set yourself a challenge of drawing everyday. What was that like and would you recommend this to others?
I would absolutely recommend this. I was job hunting at the time, and I found myself becoming lazy and unmotivated. I discovered that setting myself a goal every day pushed me to become better at drawing – and also kept me busy!

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4) Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Everywhere! Other Instagrammers, Designers, Illustrators, Musicians and all sorts of creative types. Working as a Graphic Designer full time, I am exposed to a lot of creative ideas all the time, so I draw inspiration from a range of different places.

5) You’ve probably been asked to sell prints or do commissions but you’ve told us previously that drawing is a personal passion project of yours, somewhat as an escapism from reality and work. Would monetising your artwork be something you see yourself doing in the future?
I do see myself doing something with my work in the future, whether that be to sell prints and/or originals, or an exhibition. At the moment though, I am happy just practising my skills and creating in my spare time. Drawing is my happy place – time for myself and my own thoughts away from life’s responsibilities!

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6) Well you’ve also become quite famous on Instagram for your realist drawings. Have you been surprised with the response?
I have been! It’s always great to see more and more people being inspired by my work and supporting what I do. When I starting posting on Instagram I never expected the response I have gotten from people all over the world, encouraging me to keep producing my best work.

7) And finally are you creatively satisfied?
Yes. I feel that my drawings allow me to be creative in a different way from my job, so it’s the perfect balance.

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  • Sabine 08/10/2015 at 11:29 pm

    Unbelievable! Very much like German Toni Mahfud.

    • Val & Vess 22/10/2015 at 11:05 pm

      Hi Sabine! We haven’t heard of Toni before, but just checked his work out and it’s simply incredible! So great to see people create stunning works of art! xx