Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Miranda Leek. I am an 21 year old self taught artist, who has a passion for drawing and writing. Right now, I'm majoring in illustration at Ringling College of Art and Design in Florida. I am also an author. My book “Twisted!” will soon be released! Other than creating characters, I produce concept art to constantly build variety in my portfolio.
How long have you been doing art?
I'm mostly self taught. I started doodling my freshmen year in high school and I'm getting ready to graduate college now. So, close to 8 years. By the illustration standards... I'm considered a late bloomer. XD
What brought about your interest into Anthro?
Believe it or not, many years ago when I was first creating Twisted's characters (anthropomorphic roller coasters and other amusement park rides), I didn't even know they were even considered anthro. But then over time I learned that man has always been personifying things since ancient times - even inanimate objects that are often overlooked.
Truthfully, I don't have as big of an interest in animal anthros as I do inanimate ones. Some do find the idea of an inanimate anthro a bit strange, but I just see it as a unique and interesting concept. Thus, the reason why I do my roller coaster anthros is to breath life into something and animate it. It's a fun challenge.
Do you have a fursona or favourite character? If so, what inspired it?
Some might answer this the same way, but I'm fond of my own characters. In fact, Twisted was inspired by my love for both coasters and amusement park rides. However, I came up with the story for Twisted after I got stuck on a roller coaster. Boredom brings forth amazing things.
I don't actually have any "alter ego" of any form. I'm just one person that likes to create.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
I've been asked this a million times by lots of people, but my answer is that I'm never inspired by one person. By looking at my art and style as a whole (even my non anthro work) I'd say I'm influenced by the concept art of video games and various artists that specialize in the fantasy genre.
Where else do you draw your inspiration from?
If I had to say anything else, I'd say my dreams. Some of them are quite vivid and bizarre.
What are you looking to improve in your art?
I'm working on my portfolio as part of my thesis. Right now I'm just adding more environmental and figurative work.
When do find yourself being the most creative?
For me, sometimes things come out of the blue - or when I listen to music.
What are your future aspirations for your work?
Interestingly enough, my book "Twisted" was just picked up for publishing and it could be out within 3 months or so! It's the thing that has me excited the most since I've spent years working on it and my efforts are finally paying off. You can soon see it for sale in places online like Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc.
Other than my book, I'm going to be applying for jobs in my field doing character design and concept art for companies like Hasbro, Blizzard, Disney,Dreamworks, Moonbot, etc.
How do you battle Art Block?
I don't think I've ever had one. My mind just goes a mile a minute. However I think since I'm an illustration major and the fact that I have tight deadlines for illustrations ever two weeks or so, my brain is just accustomed to thinking and creating.
Any words of advice for other artists?
Always be open to critique and be original. Practice your craft. Follow those rules and you'll go far.
One last thing. Tell us something completely random about yourself!
I'm almost 22... and I play pokemon. *face palm* And I love limes.