Emily is a humble illustrator currently wandering Brooklyn. She was featured in CMYK Magazine as an up and coming illustrator once, and she thinks that was pretty cool. But these days she has been hiding in small venues and drawing the musicians playing there, in attempt to grow roots in the artists community. She posts the drawings on Instagram under the name Narkolator, which is a meaningless made-up word that she should probably change soon.
In this episode, Emily discusses:
-How she got started drawing musicians during their live performances.
-How putting the drawings on Instagram led to many unexpected connections.
-How other bars liked her images on Instagram, which led to more venues for her to check out.
-Her advice for people who might like to keep their drawings to themselves instead of sharing them on Instagram or trying to sell them on Etsy.
-How her drawings of musicians is sustainable for her, and she doesn’t need to have a gimmicky thing like drawing Queequeg for 31 straight days.
-The fact that the things that you post on Instagram don’t have to be fully armed with hashtags. They can just be things that you want to selectively share.
-How people quickly notice when you are creating art for other people instead of a self-serving agenda.
-How drawing at the Jalopy is like a form of weekly therapy for her.
-The “trades” that she has gotten for her art, even if the trade is as simple as a communication with her favorite artists.
-How easy it is to tell when someone is starting something in an attempt to make money.
-The value in “planting seeds.”
-What art and creativity brings to her life.
-The importance of being a person of value to other people.
Emily’s Final Push will help you to realize that your artwork is a lens.
“You just have to find that one specific thing that’s very sustainable.”
“It’s very sustainable for me to do this thing. It’s just had a lot of impact on my life, but it’s something that I would do naturally.”
“There have been times where I draw something and then I post it on Instagram but maybe it’s not for everybody in the world to find.”
“It’s almost like therapy to me. I don’t have to think about anything in the world right now. I don’t have to think about my job where I actually punch in. I can just sit here and just draw what I see.”
“My more successful drawings have been because everything has been coming from just the truth that happened in that instance.”
“The payoff for me is that I can say ‘Hello’ to my favorite musicians every week.”
“When I decided to start living for other people, that’s where my artistic voice started coming from.”
“I realized I’m going to make art anyway. It’s just a natural tendency. But if I work on my relationships, maybe it’s not so artistic, but art seems to come from it anyway.