Meet Monae Blackwood: An Interview with Youth Phenomenon Artist/Book Illustrator

When did you first realize you wanted to be an artist/creative?

I first realized that I wanted to be an Artist when I was at the age of around 9 or I used to sketch little doodles in my sketchbook. But it became serious to me at the age I am now, which is 14. When my mom bought me an Easel I realised that i loved painting, and my mom encouraged me to open my own business.

How long does it take you to create your pieces?

It takes me about 3-4 hours to create one of my pieces.

What is your work schedule like when you're working?

I am a freshman in high school so i really dont have much of a work schedule. I usually make a piece and then post immediately on Etsy. When I receive an order, I usually try to get it done in at least a week.

What would you say is your interesting artistic quirk?

My interesting artistic quirk is that I try to always make my pieces very unique and something that nobody has even seen before. So that when someone buys one of my pieces they are wowed.

Where do you get your inspiration for your work?

I usually get my inspiration from ideas that pop into my head and I immediately sketch them.

What do you like to do when you're not creating art?

I like to swim, work out, read, watch home design and hang out with my family because I am very family oriented.

What does your family think of your work?

My family loves my work especially my mother, friends and family and has shown a lot of support to my work.