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Amanda Makepeace

Awakening, Illustration, Issue 24, September 1, 2013

Amanda Makepeace is a visual artist inspired by nature, myth and fantasy. She grew up wandering the woods, reading National Geographic and always had a sketchbook on hand. In her spare time, she can be found reading, usually sci-fi or fantasy, drinking too much coffee and tea, or playing Skyim with her daughter.

Get to know Amanda...

When did you start doing artwork? My love of drawing and painting began in childhood. I loved watching my mother draw. It wasn't long before I was carrying a sketchpad with me everywhere. In my late 20's I began focusing on improving my skill and selling my art.

When and what and where did you first get published? My first ever published piece of art was for a computing textbook, Developing Java Software, 3rd Ed., for Wiley & Sons in 2005. I was living in London, England at the time and was lucky enough to be friends with the author.

Do you use reoccurring themes or images in your illustrations? Nature and magic often play a role in my paintings, even if only in a subtle way. But I'm also drawn to faces and the power of an expression. Sometimes these two themes overlap to tell a story.

What media do you like to work in? Why? I began my artistic journey as a traditional artist, but digital has freed my imagination. I love the immediacy of painting with my Intuos. There is no waiting for paint to dry. There is size limit. The possibilities are limitless. 

What artist's work do you most admire? How has this artist's work influenced you? There have been so many artists who have left their mark on my creative spirit. Some of my early influences were Georgia O'Keeffe and Frida Kahlo, both of which I still love. I've also been a long-time fan of fantasy artist Michael Parkes. Nature, Fantasy and Myth are all elements that can be found in their work and mine.

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