Artist à la Mode | Victoria Evans

Last week while browsing facebook, I ran into The Art of Victoria Evans — and lovelies! It was love at first sight. So much was the love, that I decided to reach out to Victoria to see if she’d agree to answer a few questions about herself and share with us what inspires her fabulous artwork and…

She said yes!

So today we’re going to get to know Victoria a little better and check out her new series dedicated to body positivity.

Where are you from?

VE: I was raised in a small town in Quebec but I currently live in Ottawa Ontario with my boyfriend, who is also an artist, and my two cats who I am obsessed with.

I read on your blog that you’re still in school. What are you studying? What do you want to do?

VE: I spent the last 2 years studying Animation at Algonquin College here in Ottawa. I took it not knowing anything about Animation but hoping it would lead to a career in character design. It was fun but ultimately not really what I was most passionate about, so I decided to switch to one year illustration and concept art course this fall instead. I think I’d really like to get into visual development, character design or develop my own graphic novel when I get out of school.

What is your super ideal venue for your art?

VE: I’d have to say having it online is ideal for me, I really like the opportunities for exposure that the internet provides and I like being able to share my art with people all over the world from one place.

In an industry (comics in particular) where female images are “superboob” objectified, how do you think your aesthetic is different? Is it something you do on purpose?

VE: I think all people are beautiful and I try to express that in my artwork, but it’s hard for me to say I have a certain style or aesthetic to my work because I’ve been so inspired by so many amazing artists whenever I look at my work all I see is what I learned from them. I think my work and the way I view the world is somewhat impacted by the fact that I’m a chubby woman, but I don’t really think I do that on purpose.

“…I wanted to do pin ups where the women were in their happy place, and they felt beautiful so they looked beautiful.” ―Victoria Evans

These are the first 3 illustrations in Victoria’s new Body Positivity Series, I’ll be updating this post  as new illustrations are added…I can’t wait to see them all!

When you draw, do you think about sending a message to other girls/women, or do you do it for yourself and it just happens to be AWESOME to other girls/women, like me?

VE: I would say some of my work, like my body positive pin ups are definitely me trying to branch out as an artist as well as send a message to other women that everyone is beautiful. I started them because I wanted to do pin ups where the women were in their happy place, and they felt beautiful so they looked beautiful. I made it a goal with those drawings to try and not draw the same body type or face twice. Most of the time I’m really just drawing what I think I would want to see and I’m really pleased there are people who think anything I do is awesome.

A huge “THANK YOU!” to the sweet and talented Victoria Evans for taking the time to chat with all of us today. I’m so looking forward to seeing that graphic novel dream come to life.

Be sure to follow Victoria on Facebook and on Tumblr. You can purchase her art prints via her online gallery and if you want a personalized illustration of your own, she also creates custom designs. You can contact her via email at victoriaevansart@gmail.com.

Until next time my lovelies!

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