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Featured Artist: Anna Felka

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Meet the Artist

My name is Anna Felka, I grew in in a small Ontario town called St. George and am currently working in Cambridge. I'm 20 years old and have been drawing for about 3 years now.

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Featured Artist Anna Felka

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"There's no such thing as you can't"

- Mike Earle

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Please describe your work.                                     

It's hard to describe my work as my style varies greatly from piece to piece. When I draw I really enjoy black and grey realism but I also cross over into colour, and more illustrative artwork. When tattooing I love anything with bright, bold colours!

What is your dream project?

A dream project of mine would be to get really good at photography and take my own pictures in nature to use as inspiration for a drawing! I pull inspiration from anything and everything. Some days I just wake up and feel inclined to do something very specific out of the blue, other times I'll be walking around and see people or things that spark an idea. I also find it really inspirational to pay attention to what other artists that I look up to are doing. I try and guess what techniques they may have used and what makes me love their art so much so I can apply it to my own work.

Would you share with us what inspires you and your art?

I actually disliked art growing up. Apart from your generic high school sketches, I kind of wrote off that I could ever draw since it seemed so difficult and unattainable. Then in grade twelve I did a Co-Op placement at Shogun Tattoos in Cambridge with hopes of becoming a body piercer. Being the only one who didn't draw there, my coworker Nate one day just said, "Hey, you should draw something for the shop." I though about it, and I had been seeing what everyone else at the shop was doing and I decided I'd give it a serious try. I went home that night and poured my heart into a piece. When I brought it on the next day everyone really loved it and encouraged me to do more! Shortly after my boss Mike apprenticed me for tattooing. I couldn't have done it without everyone's help, Mike, Nate, Jasmine and Ty have all been huge inspirations and have really helped me become the artist I am now! I owe all of it to them.

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Anna Felka creating an original Anubis piece for the Adept Initiates blog 

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Practice, practice, practice.

- Unknown

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If you weren’t making art, what do you think you would you be doing now?

I really have no idea what I'd be doing without art now. I feel proud of my artwork and I can't say I have felt this way before about anything else. I was good at other things, sure, but none of them ever stuck with me like this has.

What artwork are you excited to work on next?

I am about to start working on a commission piece for a lovely woman that she will be giving to her son as a gift. I'm very excited and hope it's something they can love for years to come!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given as an artist?

The best piece of advice I've been given as an artist (or just for life in general) was from my boss Mike. He always says "there's no such thing as 'you can't", and he's right! It's so easy to get frustrated and say " I can't do this!" But what separates the pros a lot of the time is the ability to stick with something to the end. If something isn't looking right it doesn't mean it's bad, it only means it's not finished. You can do absolutely anything that you want in life. I never thought I could draw at all yet here I am. So try everything and give it your all.

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