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Art & Life with Eva Lacy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Eva Lacy.

Eva, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I grew up in a small town in Northern California in the early 80’s through 2000. There were very little resources for children to learn the art or gain knowledge on how/where to apply for art schools. Once I moved to the San Fernando Valley in 2001, I began meeting artists while working as front desk reception at a small art school. Over time I worked several jobs and chose to do my own work in 2008 creating and running creative businesses. After several years as a face painter & caricature artist, running co-owned and individually owned consignment stores, I closed all of my businesses in 2016. I decided to focus on being a freelance artist, curating pop-up shows for local artists and sharing knowledge through Ground Zero Animation Expo.

Please tell us about your art.
Running two different businesses, a freelance artist under the name Critterosity & founder/curator of Ground Zero Animation Expo is very fulfilling. GZAEXPO is a show where young children, college students and the average attendee can benefit through panels & workshops learning more about breaking into the industry as animators, illustrators, gaming, comic & freelance artists. Those who attend that are not interested in the learning aspect, end up in Animation Alley filled with professionals and up-and-coming artists selling amazing work.

After owning a small storefront, “Fan*Alley” and co-owning another store called “A Little Known Shop”, I realized a lot of my art vendors weren’t taking advantage of opportunities that would arise. They would miss out on pop up shows, galleries, and when they’d sell out of merchandise, they wouldn’t restock. A lot of the artists didn’t use social media platforms to grow. I thought to myself, I can do this, I could be a freelance artist and make a living at it. Right after I closed Fan*Alley, I started my journey and haven’t looked back for over four years.

I create art in my own style, be it originals or fan art, sell to those who follow me on social media, support my Patreon, or attend shows. I try not to escape my style and only take on projects I love. Lucky for me my amazing customers know that and understand. Cartooning is my number one skill, but I am always learning new styles and mediums.

I want to prove that, if I can support myself doing what I love and also share my story with fans through posts and live videos, it may inspire other beginning artists. I am always sharing my knowledge and helping fellow aspiring artists understand to try before deciding if they want to continue. I need to share my stories and educate others.

In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
With so many amazing art accounts at our fingertips, via Instagram and other social media outlets, artists tend to compare themselves to others. They are discouraged by the success of their peers and wonder why they are not as “popular”, skilled, etc. This is such a sad topic for me as we each bring our own success & talent to the table. It’s so hard to hear fellow artists doubt their work or think that a large following means that another artist is better. We are all on our own journey. Success can be achieved through hard work and it takes time. We should be inspired by others. It pushes us all to work more consistently and see what goals we can reach!.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can find my work at shows all over as I travel out of state all over California. My Patreon usually has reward tiers available, but even $1 a month can help support. I am very active on Instagram and going LIVE to share what I am working on. I host auctions from time to time on my Instagram account, @critterosity along with teaching how to draw and paint characters.

Ground Zero Animation EXPO is an annual event, we are going on five years in June 2020. Tickets are affordable and we encourage everyone to stop by at least once to see what it’s all about. 2020 is planned to be held at the Boys & Girls Club of Stanton, CA. The date is TBD, but you can follow us on social media @gzaexpo and join the mailing list through our website: gzaexpo.com.

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Image Credit:
Heather Shane Photo

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