We asked artist Miss Zukie about her Zukie character, how she developed as an artist, and creating art on unconventional canvasses.
Tell us about your Copic Colors piece for December.
For the month of December I decided to do a drawing of my character named Zukie who is floating on his own island. Zukie is a character I created. They do not talk and they have no gender. They communicate through thought bubbles and facial expressions.
You've been drawing since age 5. Tell us a little about your journey becoming an artist.
I’ve always been fascinated about the cartoons on TV and that's how I started. I would free-hand the image on the screen and it would actually come out really well. Since my mother discovered I had talent, she enrolled me into extra art classes and private schools to enhance my abilities.
How do you define your style and how did you develop it?
I personally feel I have no specific style but I do incorporate my characters in my different styles that I’ve learned over the years. For example I do have one style that I like to use when I do mural work. I call the the technique “Tagger” and it’s when my character is filled with Z U K I E letters inside its own body.
Where did the idea of Zukies come from and how were they created?
It happened during my college era. I went on vacation and discovered another artist who also created a character. Ever since then I wanted to create something I could call my own.
Your art crosses many different canvases and mediums. Was this always your intention?
I take every opportunity as a stepping stone. It could be from something small to a really big job. I never know where I’m going to end up but that’s the whole point of being an artist. Learning and teaching others is something that I like to do on my journey ahead and I'm hoping for the best.
What's your favorite canvas to work on?
I have two favorites: one is a building in the streets which is a huge canvas and the other is wooden platforms because I feel that wood enhances the colors I use in my work.
What's next for Miss Zukie?
To tell you the truth, I'm not sure. Posting daily on my YouTube and traveling around meeting new artists is an ideal route. But whatever comes my way I’m sure to face it straight through.
You can follow Miss Zukie's work on Instagram & YouTube.