Let's talk with Jennifer Kiakas!

October 29, 2013

Q: What are your daily inspirations?

A: My daily inspirations vary a whole lot depending on my mood, to be honest.  Most often though, my inspiration comes from music which is why I have a huge variety on my ipod from classical to indie to pop music.  I also watch a great number of movies about anything and everything especially animated films and shorts.  I read a lot of stories and I observe a lot of people.  I gain inspiration from other artists and other styles and try to integrate them into my own, I experiment a lot.  But, by far, my biggest inspiration of all has always been the Circus.  

Q: Are you a person that creates every day? What is your creation process?

A: I really do try very hard to create every day but, unfortunately for me that isn't always possible.  Most often I can't just doodle for the sake of doodling or of trying to get a design to work.  I have been told a lot of times by professors to show my process but my process involves a lot of thinking and a lot of observing.  I'm working on practicing my hand a little more and sketching every day if possible.  The cleanups of some sketches take a great deal more time, however.

Q: What kind of music do you listen to inspire yourself?

A:  Well I tackled this a little earlier but I'm always eager to talk a lot more about my music so I shall.  I might have to name drop because I don't believe all the genre labels on my ipod are correct but hey.  Short story is... I listen to everything and almost anything.  I started off listening to Shania Twain only to have it branch off into the more punk/heavy metal ordeals in high school.  In the meantime my dad was always partial to old rock and my mom to most of the pop songs on the radio.  So it was only natural that I would end up having a nice balance of everything.  I have music from all walks of life save anything to ethereal, for some reason that doesn't jive with me so well.  At the moment my biggest musical addiction happens to be Bastille and I urge you all to take a little listen.  Ugh amazing.


Q: Is there any artwork you are particularly proud of?

A: I have a film called Quirk that I animated last year for my animation classes that is currently being accepted into a few festivals.  I am extremely proud of the turn out and that people are enjoying it as much as I did making it.  The film uses the sounds I recorded myself of a class of special needs children and the animation is created to suit it.I also wrote a novel I just recently self-published titled, violins, which will be illustrated in the coming year.  In the meantime, however the novel-version is up for sale on amazon for those interested in checking that out as well.

Q: What would be your favourite work of art?

A: My favourite work of art is a short film called Thought of You by Ryan Woodward and its essentially the film that got me into the animation field that I'm in at the moment.  There isn't much to say other than please look it up, you won't be disappointed.

Q: Do you make art as a living?

A:  I don't at the moment as I am still a student but I am certainly working on it and hoping that one day I will be able to create for a living.  Yes.

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