Direct Link: http://vanvoice.com/article March 17, 2011
Though she has been drawing from a young age, Rachel Hunter, 22, was inspired to continue her art by drawing her own tattoos. She is now known for her unique Sharpie art that is on display at Brickhouse Bar and Grill through the end of March.
Hunter went in to get her first tattoo of a Viking ship which evolved into making more art. “The sail was left blank until I figured out what I wanted on it. I went home and decided to draw something,” she said. “I brought the drawing in that’s when I met my tattoo artist Austin Allen. He told me I could sell drawings to tattoo shops. He said I had a good drawing style. So I went home and drew some things that I wanted to have Austin tattoo on my left arm. Now I proudly wear my own artwork on my skin. Tattooing inspired me to draw.”
From there she was inspired to keep drawing and felt she didn’t have to hold herself back from doing what she enjoyed. Images in her Sharpie art include corn dogs, sloths, hearts, a shadow puppet dog, snails, wolverines, snow, bottles of the nastiest cheapest beers. “Pretty much anything!” she said.
Ever since she was little Hunter has been doing art. The crayons grew into Sharpies when she got older. “I think the real eye opener was when other people started noticing my drawings,” she said. “About four years ago, I was super broke and I couldn’t afford to buy my friends Christmas presents. So I decided to draw a personal Sharpie picture for each of them. I ended up completely falling in love with the drawings I did. When I was finished with them I knew that I wanted to start taking my drawing more seriously. It wasn’t just drawing anymore, it was art.”
When Sharpie came out with tons of different colors, Hunter said she went crazy. “With all of these colors I felt capable of drawing anything I wanted. I discovered I didn’t have to try and be serious with art. I liked how my drawings would confuse people or just make them crack up. So, I just decided to draw pretty much whatever I wanted and people seemed to like it.”
Living in Vancouver, Rachel has gotten into the local art scene. When she isn’t drawing she does public relations, website and graphic design at AcuNatural Family Healthcare. She also works part time at Mon Ami Café where her work has also been shown on the walls.In the future Hunter said she’d like to exhibit in Portland and get her art out there for more people to see.
I Do Sharpie Art!
Sharpie Art... sound silly? Well, it is! I hope that my art will inspire you to ride a green horse into space while wielding a corn dog!
If you think I'm a total weird-o based on what you've seen in my drawings, then you're spot on... thank you for being so observant.
Despite all of the silliness in my drawings, I take myself very seriously. One drawing can take me a week to a month to finish. I don't like to rush anything.
During the week or so I put every bit of happiness and love that I feel that whole week or so that it took to draw it. Every time I'm inspired by the tiniest thing.... I contribute to my current project.
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