Close Up Interview with Artist Leon Harvey

Tell us a little about yourself and what you do.

As a hobbyist, I have always been a fan of the classical art style, and reading through an eclectic mix of history books and SF novels. Professionally, I have been slowly progressing through a science degree at university, and practicing drawing skills in spare time as a possible way out.

Where do you get your inspiration from when you draw?

The inspiration mostly comes from other artists who’s works have attracted my eye. I am specifically fond of medieval academic sketches. _two_Unicorns-leon_harvey_

“Study of Window with Two Unicorns”

What are the five words that people who know you would use to describe you?

Five words? Feel free to say whatever you want about me, but from what I hear, it is usually:

taciturn, serious, eclectic, environmentalist, and softly spoken.

Tell us about your very first job and what path have you taken since then?

The first job was working in one of those stupid office cubicles. Total farce of a career, and obviously going nowhere in modern corporate culture, I think it left marked me with a disdain for any and all paperwork in general.

“The Call from the Basement”

As an artist, what is your biggest frustration?

Some say imitation is the best form of flattery. I say it is more effort than what it looks like.

Tell us about how you prioritise your art?

Prioritisation holds little currency when being creative. If something holds more inspiration compared to something else, then it gets the deadline completed.

How do you connect with other artists, and your customers (i.e. how do you network)?

Without the help of the internet and the social media explosion, it would be unreasonably hard to get attention to see one’s name in highlights. Seriously, everything these days is done digitally for a good reason.

“The Offerings of war”

Your advice to artist who are just starting out?

My advice would be to resist the temptation to have others give the guidance of your hands at work, and instead only focus on your own style of expression. It is also a good idea to have plenty of reference material close at hand.

Tell us about your up coming SCG Group art exhibition Art at ArtSHINE Gallery?

I am hoping that this upcoming exhibition will be the much needed attention getting device to gain some notoriety and make it easier to be noticed and found. Group Show-Celebration

What book are you reading right now, and do you have a book you would like to recommend?

A book that I would recommend would be “Man and His Symbols” edited by Dr. Carl Jung. The discussion on universal archetypes between different cultures was inspirational, and gave plenty of lessons that can still be applied elsewhere.

Where do you get your art supplies ?

My products are usually picked up from some of the art suppliers around time such as Kadmium retail outlets, but what would I know about alternatives since I never did art school. Art references are either downloaded from the internet or opened up on my desk from the library shelves.

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