We are back again with another interview for you guys! This time we spoke with an amazing illustrator who we have been stalking on Instagram for quite a while now, @Hag_attack. Her art initially attracted us through her Instagram live feeds. Watching her process of creating was super cool and enchanting. The freedom she has with her strokes, you would think she’s drawing a stick person. But, when she zooms out and lets you take in the whole illustration, its always an incredible piece with beautiful shading, awesome line-work and some pretty gnarly themes. So without further yapping, lets get into it!
Where and how did your journey into illustration and the art world begin?
I’ve been drawing since I could hold a crayon. Both my parents are creative, my mother can draw the most perfect portraits and is self taught. My father is photographer and has a keen eye for the perfect setting. Growing up I was always encouraged to express my creativity, whether it was through art or personal style. I am very lucky that my parents gave me the freedom to develop into who I am today and have the freedom of expression. Without their encouragement I would not be where I am today.
With some of the wild and erotic themes we see you convey in your art, we have to ask where do you get your inspiration?
OH MAN! I get asked this so much and I still don’t have a complete answer. I gain inspiration from everywhere that its so hard to give a definite answer. The erotic part of my art comes after. The movement of the female body is what inspires me the most, her curves, the way a dancer stretches her feet, the tummy roll, the way her nipples glow when aroused, the elegant hand poses. I become fascinated by one detail and that is where every thing else takes shape. I think, at least in the states, there is this NO NO sexuality, All I want to do is bring their nasty thoughts out in the open and reassure people it’s okay to be freaky.
Recently we have seen you experimenting with watercolour instead of your usual markers. What do you find are the pros and cons of using markers vs paint?
My husband got me my first markers for Christmas years ago, HUGE thing of Prisma markers. They sat there untouched for years, because I was so comfortable with acrylic. Two years ago I busted those out and taught myself how to use them and fell in love with markers. 6 months ago I met an incredible tattoo artist that inspired me to start using watercolor. I was so apprehensive because i’m so use to being in control, with markers you have that control, you know whats going to happen as soon as you lay it down, watercolor is so unpredictable, it wants to do it’s own thing, which i have learned to enjoy the unpredictable and refine it. I now use both water color and marker in all my work, so I have that since of control with the elegance of water.
In all of your illustrations, the textures and colours you use are very vivid and captivating. What are some of your favourite tools for your art?
I have a range of tools I use in all my pieces. Currently watercolor, Copic markers, Neon Pink highlighter, Neon colored pencils and gel pins and occasionally some acrylic. These are my must haves for just one painting.
A common problem that a lot of artists are affected by is creative block, how do you overcome that?
I went through this when I was primarily using markers. The way I overcome it is either by switching up my media, switching up my style, but never ever letting myself not draw at least one thing a day. I think an artist block is the best form to evolve as an artist. It sucks, don’t get me wrong, but as I go through my art and watch how its changed over just these few years, it’s neat to see how much I grew. So basically the short answer is don;t stop, refocus, learn something new and just fuck around, because eventually you will have that moment of clarity. Where did the idea for ‘Let Them Eat Cock’ come from and how has it been working with all the wonderful artists who have contributed?
I was shooting the shit with the creator of SkullFukked By Ghouls, Brian. Awesome guy who is all about the artist and produces some amazing magazines. I mentioned to him that I always wanted to do a zine called Let Them Eat Cock made up of female artist. Men seem to have no problem drawing the female anatomy, thought, shit! Lets get all these awesome talented women to give some love to the schlong! Thus, LTEC was born.
Are there any aspiring creatives you admire right now?
There are so many influential artist. Currently @midnightqveen @colororgy @glenndigestion @sp3ktr and @corinnehalbert are my top 5. All with different techniques and different styles from horror to flash, erotica and design.
From idea to finished piece, How long does it take for you to complete a typical illustration?
It would usually take me a full day when I was just using markers. With watercolour, i estimate that it can take me from sketch to finish 10-12 hours
If we had a peek into your iTunes library, what kind of music would we find?
I don’t use iTunes. I’m weird about music, I usually just have something on so i’m not being creepy hunched over my desk drawing in silence. So I just use Pandora and its either on Southern rock, Phil Collins or Lead Belly. Anyone who has ever been on one of my live streams can attest to the fact that i usually have shit taste in music. Except Lead Belly.
I have a love hate relationship with IG. The new algorithm and the censorship is killing it, I hope they can come up with a better platform so artist can share their work with out repercussions. I love the fact that there are people like Utopia and Behance that have an actual passion about giving artists the freedom we deserve to display our work with out the censorship.
The dictionary defines ‘Utopia’ as an imaginary place or state in which everything is perfect. What is your own personal utopia?
My personal Utopia is not perfect, It chaotic and unnerving, severely damaged and richly sexualised. If I lived in perfection, I wouldn’t have anything to create.