When I first joined DeivnatART some 7+ years ago, I was looking for raw creativity, unique pieces and anything Anthro or 'Wolf' related. *AlectorFencer was one of the first deviants I ever started to follow here on DeviantART and by the features below I am sure you can agree as to why. *AlectorFencer brings something to the community that is fresh, inspiring and beautiful. From her creative plant spirit to emotional pieces, there is nothing that *AlectorFencer can't bring to pen and paper and make it come alive with such vibrancy.
So it is my honor and pleasure to bring to you my article feature of *AlectorFencer for the Anthro Community! Enjoy and feedback is always welcome
1. Can you introduce yourself to the audience? So we can get to know who you are a little bit? How long have you been drawing art for?
Born in 1986 and going by the real name Claudya Schmidt, AlectorFencer is a German full-time freelance artist and illustrator.
At young age she grabbed a pencil and started to put her dreams down on paper. As time went by, she developed astounding skills in perceiving the world around her in a artistic way, which as a matter of fact, contributed to her mastery of fine arts.
Studying Graphic Design, AlectorFencer passed her exams in 2006 amongst the best in her class. It was also around that time she
discovered the Furry Fandom and took her place among it's most regarded artists.
Alectors pictures are inspired by nature, dreams, her lifestyle and by the many adventures she experienced.
Skilled in many ways, she creates her gorgeous images both traditional on paper/canvas and digital on the computer.
2. What do you find most inspiring about your work? What got you started working with Anthro art?
What inspires me most about my artwork is the possibility to depict ideas and visions. As soon as I have an idea or I dreamed about an idea I straight put it down on paper. I never wanted to feel frustrated about ideas that I couldn't draw because of blockages or too less skill so I thrive and prosper with every new image I created. Improvement feels like freedom; it opens new doors and ways to reach deeper into the spectrum of ideas and inspiration.
I've always been fascinated with drawing and mixing up creatures made from animals and human aspects. I discovered anthropomorphic art as we know it about seven years ago. That was a time when I concentrated on Fantasy a lot more. I felt a certain bond and connection to anthropomorphic creatures and wanted to follow it and make my fascination public.
The Anthro fandom got aware of me roughly four years ago, when I stepped into it with a leap by being invited to my very first Furry Convention, the Mephit Mini Con 12, in Germany.
From then on it was certain for me that I want to be and stay a part of this wonderful world and community.
3. How long have you had a passion for Anthro art? Was there someone who inspired you? A group of people?
Subconsciously I've always had a passion for anthropomorphic artwork. My most favorite childhood movies were Charlie, All Dogs Go To Heaven, A Land Before Time, Four Dinos In New York, Basil and even more. Books, illustrations and films inspired me and thus made me create ideas which I wanted to draw and realize. Artists of the same direction were of course also an important inspiration for me.
Music has always been my main inspiration. In fact I always listen to music most of the day, especially when I draw. I often listened to music to find ideas and inspiration during the progress of a painting or even before starting. When I found Fox Amoore the first time and listened to his works I was instantly fascinated and felt deeply inspired. I was curious and wanted to try out something new and reach new levels of my artwork by drawing along a music piece that will be created along with the artwork and vice versa.
It has always been one of my biggest dreams to have a soundtrack for my comic project called "Myre". Our very first collaborative work was "Through The Lands" along with the music piece simply named after the comic "Myre", which is so far Fox Amoore's most successful original composition next to our second collaboration and thankful response, namely "Secret World". So far there are three soundtracks of the story of "Myre" and there are yet more to come.
We are both drawn by each others work, because similar things inspire us. We team up to try and add a new dimension to coin sceneries that are a lot more rare and that tell a story. To both have the visual and audio connection to our ideas is what binds our creativity and inspirations together.
5. What medium do you prefer to work in? Digital? Traditional? other?
There is no medium I prefer because I love working with both, traditional and digital media. I'm not trying to master both mediums, if that is even possible, but I'm striving to depict good ideas that are appropriate for either digital or traditional tools, or even both. Both mediums are a lot of fun and have their own special look and making. Traditional paint on paper is just as versatile as digital tools and I couldn't relinquish any of them.
6.Every one of your pieces really demonstrates a beautiful and raw emotion that grabs the attention of your audience. Where do you get the inspiration for your pieces?
Primarily I'm inspired by nature, by its colours, shapes and versatility. Everything that is natural and organic can inspire me to a maximum. Even when I draw pictures that contain metal, armour, industrial aspects, machinery etc. I will always add a certain organic aspect to the image that reminds us that everything where manmade things come from were once soil as well.
This is not necessarily something I do on purpose, I almost even subconsciously do it.
Contradiction is something you will find in my paintings quite often.
7. When you work on your art, do you listen to any music? If so, what would you recommend?
I listen to music almost all day long, every day, except when I go outside or have a walk in nature.
I especially listen to music when I work on paintings. By that it always depends on what I draw. I always try to find music that is appropriate to what I draw or I go with the flow and paint along music. My music taste is versatile. Whilst I love epic film soundtracks I also wouldn't avert from a versatile Drum & Bass mix, to illustrate the difference. I mostly love instrumental, experimental, alternative and also classic music.
There is a lot I could suggest for you to take a listen.
8. What is your favorite piece of artwork to date from your gallery? Why?
It's very difficult for me to take a favorite piece of artwork from my gallery especially since I will create more big paintings in the following weeks and since every of my pieces have a certain meaning to me, it's hard to choose.
If I would have to choose one for definite then it will be one of my most recent ones, Mortal Coil because it was a big gift to a very dear friend of mine who supports me in all ways and who certainly always have an ear to listen.
This painting was also a big achievement since I had to research a lot about the character (he gift was a surprise and was kept secret hence I couldn't request more deeper information about the character). It was also another huge collaboration project with Fox Amoore, who described the character with music.
9. What is your favorite type/genre of Anthropomorphic Art?
Is there a type or genre within the genre itself? If so, I think I'm more attracted to the style of conceptual artwork, or depictions of anthros in vast backgrounds or even very colourful and urban styled drawings.
I like natural designs of characters, even when they have a very stylized look. I like comic styles as well, if they are very eccentric and original.
10. If you could give some advice to your fellow Anthro deviants about the work you do, what would you give them?
The most important advice I can give to my fellow Anthro Deviants and to every artist is to always draw what you like and experiment with colours, shapes and backgrounds. Go with your own flow and whenever you feel inspired or have a good idea don't wait too long to realize it. Don't fear to try out new things and styles, be versatile with what you do and simply, have fun and enjoy!
Thanks a lot for the interview. I hope it gave you a little insight to my works.