Featured 2D Artist of Jan/ Febr 2009 – Della Lindsey

3DValley Featured 2D Artist for January & February 2009 – Della Lindsey. Della Lindsey is an illustrator and graphic designer with 8+ years experience in her field. She always had a love and natural talent for art and so she decided to go back to school after working for 10+ years in banking and pursue a career in graphic art & design. After working eight years in the graphic design business, she is now lucky enough to now have her own studio and is working freelance from the comfort of her own home. She specializes in graphics and illustration for print and web design. Please read our interview with Della below to get to know her and her work a bit better.

Gallery album of Della Lindsey
Website of Della Lindsey

Can you tell us a bit about yourself: Who you are and what you do in your daily life?

Della: My name is Della Lindsey and I am a Freelance Graphic Designer / Illustrator. I live in the Tampa Bay area in Florida, US. I’m married with two children, a daughter, 27 and son, 17 and two grandchildren.

Do you remember the first time you knew you wanted to be an artist?

Della: Like most artists, I started drawing at a very young age. My parents would gush to anyone who would listen about my “talent” and I believed them. So naturally I assumed I would become an artist.

Where did you go to school and how did they prepare you for your career?

Della: I didn’t actually pursue an art career right after high school. Instead I married, started a family, and worked in banking for almost 13 years before deciding to go back to school to take continued education courses in Graphic Design at St. Petersburg Community College. I then worked for Bic Graphics in their art department for almost 5 years before our move to our new home where I finally had my own studio to begin freelancing, which I’ve been doing for the past 5 plus years.

Autumn’s Dance
Summertime Blue

What kind of materials do you use for your artwork?

Della: I use the traditional mediums of pencils and sketchbooks initially then scan them into Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and Corel Painter.

Can you tell us a bit of the way you work on your art?

Della: I usually work out a sketch of an original idea, and then scan it into Illustrator for the majority of the work, then into Photoshop and/or Painter for the final coloring and tweaking. I used to initially do everything in Illustrator, but a couple of years ago I brazenly wrote and asked Todd Lockwood if he would mind critiquing some of my work. He suggested I start including the “Painting” software in my process.

Do you have a favorite piece of your own artwork and if so why?

Della: My favorite is usually the latest piece I am working on at any given time. Each one almost always has a “eureka” moment for me when I discover a new way to accomplish something I’m trying to do.

Who or what would you describe as having the most influences on your work?

Della:When I was young, I used to love reading comics and some of my early favorites were the Archie series especially Josie and the Pussycats. As I grew older I gravitated more to those from Marvel such as Eerie, Creepshow and Vampirella. Then Heavy Metal made the scene. I remember buying the first copy! Wish I had kept it! Then one day while in a B. Dalton Bookstore in the mall, I saw a book entitled “The Fantastic Art of Boris Vallejo“. As I browsed the pages I thought I want to do that! I do still have that book!

Crimson and Clover

What inspires you to paint and how do you keep motivated when things get tough in the studio?

Della: Looking at the wonderful work of other artists, sometimes hearing a song will inspire an image. While working I’ll be able to imagine an effect I want but simply cannot figure out how to accomplish it digitally, and get frustrated because it seems like I’m banging my head against a wall and I have to just walk away from it for a while. When I come back to it I’m usually able to work right through it.

What is your favorite place and time to create art?

Della: Having my own studio, I’m able to pretty much work on my art at anytime.

Which areas of creating art do you enjoy the most?

Della: The initial part of the process, the sketch and the line work are the fastest and easiest parts for me.

Aprils’ Shower
Sun Catcher

You are currently working freelance, what do you think are the advantages and disadvantages of this kind of work?

Della: I know some of this answer will seem very cliché, but that being said, they still hold true. Some of the advantages to freelancing are: You are your own boss. (Unless you factor in the client) You set your own hours. (Unless it is a rush job with deadlines looming) You save money on gas by not making daily commutes. (Unless traveling 20 miles or more to a client for presentations and followup meetings.) Some of the disadvantages are: Lack of steady income, Lack of paid benefits such as sick leave or vacations. And most surprising to me, I miss the camaraderie of working with other artists and designers whether it be to bounce ideas off each other, sharing excitement over a newly discovered technique or just commiserating over the job. It can be lonely. It is a very competitive field.

How does your online portfolio help you to promote your own art?

Della: If you freelance (and nowadays even if you don’t) an online portfolio is essential. I sometimes don’t actually meet a client in person until a job is underway. I’ve worked for clients out of state that I never actually met at all.

How do you keep “fresh” within your industry?

Della: With the “Digital Art Movement” still being quite young, change in the way our art is created is still in an almost constant state of flux. Even though I’ve been doing this for going on 10 years now, I still learn something new it seems on a daily basis. I hope that shows with each new piece I do.


What do you wish you had known when you first started out?

Della: I wish I’d realized how much sooner I should have started pursuing my career in art. I’ve learned that a lot of the successful artists I admire whom it seemed to me were overnight successes actually had at least 10 years of solid hard work behind them.

How do you handle the business side of being an artist?

Della: The business side of art is usually low on the totem pole of most emerging artists, I think. But you soon learn if you want to do this for a living just how important it is. You must constantly work on promoting your work and yourself as an artist. People in general are not going to come looking for you, it is quite the other way around.

Little Asian girl

What would be your dream assignment?

Della: Now, don’t laugh at this, but my dream is to one day have a company commission my works for the production of fine art figurines. Such as those of Giuseppe Armani. That would be the ultimate bliss for me.

Can you tell us what you are currently working on?

Della: I am in the process of migrating from the graphic design side of my work to the production and promotion of my own personal works. I’m currently working on the production of prints, jewelry, calendars and more to sell in my online shops at Etsy and Dawanda. My daughter (who is very crafty) is helping me. We’re hoping to have everything ready in the first month or so of the coming year. I’m really excited about it!

Jazz sax

Besides 3DV, which other graphic sites do you visit regularly?

Della: I like to visit and post to DeviantArt, CGSociety, GFXartist and occasionally to Epilogue. I’ve had my work featured at CGW’s (Computer Graphics World) online gallery. I find the art forums are a great place to find that camaraderie I mentioned earlier as well as inspiration and advice on technique.

Is their something you can’t work without?

Della: Yes, I must have my coffee every morning and I love listening to music as I work. But without question, I could not do any of this without the unwavering support and encouragement of my husband and family.

What do you do when you’re not working or creating something?

Della: I cook and clean. (No maid here!). I like to read and spend time with my family. Hopefully I’ll be participating in a few art shows this next year.

Christa: Thanks for your time and the interview Della!

Gallery album of Della Lindsey
Website of Della Lindsey
Interviews with other artists

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