Today I have the honor to interview one of the most artistic, beautiful people I’ve ever met. I’m being a tiny bit biased because she is my friend. I met Erika in one of the Deca competitions (a business club I’m part of) and we don’t even go to the same school or live in the same city.
Erika is a talented photographer and artist. Not only that, but she portrays emotions and feelings, going overboard with the definition of beauty, because just like the quote I read somewhere “art is art, art is not supposed to be traditionally beautiful.” Art is supposed to be haunting.
- Your art whether it is drawings or photography is unique. When did you first start making art?
I have been drawing since I was a kid. I drew flowers and people a lot but when I got a little older I fell in love with simple ink pens. I would draw weird characters all the time; mainly faces. Then I started using water colors and different pens.. I’m still messing with different mediums. I kind of just decided to stop limiting myself.
2. How do you get inspired when it comes to horror drawings? Are there specific objects, music, or mood that helps you create horror art?
My brother has been my biggest inspiration to draw weird and interesting art. I follow a lot of graphic artists on Instagram that also really inspire me a bunch such as crap_panther and iamtokebi.
- Your drawings are very peculiar, because you take random every day photos, and draw monsters on them. How did you come up with this idea?
I came up with this idea after I bought a bag of vintage photos. I didn’t know what to do with them.. and they just sat there collecting dust.. so I decided to make good use of them by making them look like art and not just people.
- What are you trying to convey with these drawings?
These photos that I find are all rejected. They once belonged to someone, and that person didn’t want them around anymore. I considered these photos to be like dead memories. Rejected pasts or a waste of space. So because they are dead memories, I decided to make the people look dead, or undead.. I wanted to make these photos alive again in a symbolic way.
(Erika’s Drawings. Click the arrow to go through them)
- How do you plan your pictures? Do you simply go with the flow, or do you plan every single thing in detail?
I pick out a photo I think looks interesting and I kind of get ideas in my head when I look through them and I kind of make it up as I go. Nothing ever turns out how I expect, It’s almost impossible for me to draw what I envision because my vision for each drawing changes.
- You have recently started modeling as well, but of course you are doing it in a different way. Can you talk a little bit more about your unique take on modeling, and what is behind your initiative?
My main inspiration with modeling is to slash the stereotype that models have to be tall or wear a bunch of makeup or have to be rich. People have this really bad perception of modeling, and I want them to know that modeling is an art. There is more to it than what people think. I don’t believe that anyone can model (it is not easy for lots of people) but I believe that it isn’t just for fashion. It isn’t just for one reason; it is expressive, emotional, unique, and a great form of art. You can get in lingerie and sit on a bed looking sexy but if that’s all you think modeling is good for, you are mistaken. What will keep you staring at the photo and not scroll away?
- In your Facebook group, one of your projects was to photograph homeless people in Seattle. Can you please share your experience while working on that project?
This isn’t necessarily a project per se. I have been doing street photography for maybe a year or so and every major city I go I see the homeless. I want to document that this is an issue and I really want people to look at who they walk past every day in the streets. I want to captivate them. I want people to see that this is wrong and nobody should have to live a life like this. I take a picture of them sleeping or sitting in trash because that is their every day life. People think the homeless are all addicted to drugs or alcohol, and some are, but that does not in any way mean they aren’t worthy of help. It may look sad, but I believe these images help make a difference.
If you live near Seattle, you can totally book Erika (and I recommend you to) for a photography session. Check this page for more information on price and contact https://www.erikalamotheart.com/booking-and-contact
And please support my horror-loving, cat-loving, food-loving friend as she is on her way to build an empire for herself (I expect no less from her) Do not forget to check her website: https://www.erikalamotheart.com/
While I close this post, here is a terrible photo of us, when we first met. (Yes, I had ombre hair, a dark time, my friends)
We both looked cuter than shown in this picture.