We have a new artist to shine our Spotlight on this week; Broken Looney! She was born in Florence, Arizona (USA). Her family moved around a lot so by the time she was three-ish, she lived in Arizona, California, and eventually West Virginia which is where she has been living for the past 23+ years.
So tell us Looney..How and when did you become a Soldier?
A friend of mine had briefly mentioned Doctor Steel in passing which then caused my curiosity to flare up. I found his website, complete with songs, webisodes, and interactive awesomeness. I was hooked as soon as I heard the opening to the song “Back and Forth”. I wanted more and it seemed the only way to get it was to enlist.
What first got you interesting in drawing/art?
Both sides of my family are fairly artistic but, I really started drawing when I discovered Japanese anime and manga. In high school, when I was a part of the LARP scene (Live Action Role-Play) for this Vampire: The Masquerade game, I used to draw the characters I had created for each game.
You seem like a very mulch-talented artist what all kinds of things do you like to create and what is your favorite kind of art to do?
Anime/Manga style. It’s my absolute favorite. My first ever anime was Sailor Moon which eventually led to Dragonball/Dragonball Z, Gundam, Cowboy Bebop, Fushigi Yuugi, Ghost in the Shell, FLCL, Naruto, Samurai Champloo…the list could go on. It truly is my little geeky-outlet but, I enjoy creating, even if it is a little doodle. Chibis are also fun to do as well.
I see you are also going to Beauty School at the moment (which is also an art form) What do you hope to do when you graduate?
The initial dream was that my sister and I would open our own Salon. She’s more into nails whereas I’m mostly in it for the freedom to express with hair color. We were thinking of “Sugar and Spice” or “Twisted Sisters” as possible Salon names….but now that we’ve gained a friend in school (and we call ourselves the Powerpuff Girls as a running joke), “The Powderpuff Girls” seems slightly more appropriate.
Do you plan on continuing with any other forms of art in the future?
I do. I can’t see life to be very fun or fulfilling without art in any form. A lot of older people tell me that they wish they could do what I do with my hair, but then they give the excuse of having gray hair. I don’t intend to stop coloring my hair. Natural hair color to me is just too plain. Blonde hair on me feels too much like an empty canvas.
Do you have any creative words of wisdom to share that may encourage others? What keeps you going?
“Just keep swimming.” Hahaha. But Seriously. You can overcome any obstacle with the right mindset. Don’t limit yourself to one outlook. Open yourself and your mind and you will find other outstanding ways to overcome….MAKE LIFE YOUR $%@#&!!
Thank you very much Broken Looney for this insightful interview! We wish you all the best in your Bright Future!