Features Week June Day 3: The Unapologetic Artist

Not only is Emily an amazing person, but she’s one of the most talented artist I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with. She made my logo and will soon have another design available in my merch shop! She’s so talented she even got a full ride scholarship to college! Yeah, impressive much.

How long have you been creating?

As long as I can remember! The earliest drawings I have saved are from age ~5, but I’m sure my parents have earlier ones


What inspired you to become an artist?

I love creating and all that jazz, but also a very strong inspiration in my youth was actually The Lion King. I loved the watercolor backgrounds and the smooth animation and I wanted to draw like that!


What medium(s) do you use for your art?

I can work in most mediums; photography, digital paintings, pen and ink, pencil and charcoal, watercolor/acrylic/oil, mixed media, sculpture (both clay and wire), and a few others. I vastly prefer acrylic paint, pen/ink, and digital paintings to the rest, though


Which of your pieces is your favorite?


20180319_191126 - Emily Wallinga

What artists inspire you?

For ages now I’ve loved the art of Jessica Peffer, aka NeonDragon, I have a signed copy of one of her dragon art guide books


Do you have any funny stories related to your art?

Well today actually I found out something equally horrifying and hilarious when I discovered that a) gmail has profile pictures, b) I must have known this fact when I was 13, because, c), the profile picture was set as one of my very angsty middle school characters from a story I made up when I was in the throes of puberty. It’s a pretty juvenile attempt at digital painting because I was only just learning how, and it’s pretty embarrassing, but the worst part is that this is my primary professional email, this is the email that’s on my BUSINESS CARDS, and I can only assume it’s been that way for ~6 years now. Safe to say I changed it pretty quickly after figuring that out


What is the most challenging part of being an artist in the medium you’ve chosen?

Acrylic paint is actually super nice, and I can’t really complain much. It dries fast which I adore because I’m generally a fast worker, and it blends so well. I get a lot of my own art style from the fact that I use acrylic, because a lot of my stuff is very contrasted with bright colors that pop and very bold blacks, and you can’t really get that effect so smoothly with any other medium. It’s a hard medium to learn, especially if you’re not used to being accurate and detailed with a paintbrush, so I guess that was an annoying process, but sticking with it has earned me pretty much nothing but good results


Where can we find you on social media?

UnapologeticArtist@facebook.com, www.UnapologeticArtist.com or my email, emily.wallinga@gmail.com

Emily is a beacon of hope, light, and color in a world so dimmed with sadness. She’s an amazing artist, and even that adjective doesn’t cover it. Check her out and be sure to stick around for tomorrow’s Featured artist; the host of Ignorance Was Bliss, Kate- Emily’s mom!

Yesterday’s Featured Artist: Of Myth and Mercy Podcast

Tomorrow’s Featured Artist: Ignorance Was Bliss Podcast

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