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Today we’d like to introduce you to Nat Evans.

Nat, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and grew up in a pretty little countryside town near Sao Paulo called Valinhos. I was lucky to have grown up in a particularly country-ish neighborhood, surrounded by nature, pools, and kid-friendly spaces where my imagination could run wild with my friends. My first passion was reading, which led me to want to draw my favorite characters and create stories of my own.

After falling in love with drawing at about 13 years old, I never really stopped, but I was also subtly discouraged from pursuing art as a career by my (very well-meaning) family. I’ve never even considered it until pretty recently—I started studying computer networks, then switched to business (terrible decision!), and then sociology. In 2015, after being in the U.S. as an undergrad student for a year, I finally decided I needed to devote myself to art if I wanted to continue drawing at all. So, with the support of my then-fiancé and our families, I made the big move into an art degree, which I’m completing this very month!

I still have a lot ahead of me in my art journey. I need to figure out exactly what I want to do and how to do it (now that I’ve gotten my BFA from ASU). It’s a little scary, but I couldn’t be more excited!

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My work consists mostly of lighthearted, colorful and stylized depictions of scenes and characters—little glimpses into worlds and personalities. I’m inspired by colors, places, ordinary life situations, closeness between people, and magic. I love working with watercolor, digital media, alcohol markers, pencil, and charcoal. Lately, I’ve been getting into making comics as well; storytelling is just so much fun!

To me, art has been a form of escapism, sometimes even close to therapy—I’m far too concerned with politics and the impending environmental cataclysm and oh-my-god-all-the-insects-will-be-dead-in-100-years, but when I pick up a pencil I just want to draw pretty, flowy girls living a world of marshmallow and bubblegum (that, or deeply personal autobiographical stuff, apparently!).

I hope my work does the same to its viewers—provide them some escapism, inspiration and puts a smile on their faces.

The stereotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
A great professor once told me: if you want to completely focus on and live off your art someday, start taking yourself seriously as an artist as soon as you possibly can. Take good pictures of your work and start posting them on social media today, start offering any services you can, start selling anything you can (even if just prints on society6)—anything. Also, be sure to network with your peers, both online and locally; seek out artist spaces and immerse yourself in them as much as you can.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
My website is natevans.net.

I’m also on Instagram and Tumblr as natevansart. You can support my work by following me on either of those and saying “hi!”

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