Having no real idea of what her final product will look like, artist Julie Young likes to start her drawings with a permanent ink, making it impossible to erase the lines.
“This leaves me stuck with the marks I have made,” Young says. “Just like your actions do in everyday life.”
“Working in permanent ink encourages me to continue moving forward with the piece, letting myself and the piece grow together at the same time. As I am working on a piece, I can see the infinite depth of space and possibilities to create in. I am painting or drawing, I can look around on the canvas or paper and see a whole other world; my world of imagination; the world that is inside my mind.
Most often once I layout the image in ink, I begin to fill the piece in with bright vivid colors. With a combination of intuition and color theory knowledge, I choose colors to contrast each other, bringing certain parts of the piece forward to grab the viewers’ attention.
I mostly paint with acrylics, and blend the colors directly on the canvas instead of mixing them in a pallet before hand. I’m not a clean painter at all; I tend to get paint all over my self and my outfit.
A lot of the times I like to hide things like small images, symbols, or words in the small details of the paintings. Once I feel that the piece is complete, I will add a layer of varnish over the top to protect the piece and give it a glossy finish.” – Julie Young
Young, 22-year-old artist located in Indianapolis has always been aware of her artistic abilities. At four years of age, Young found herself glued to the television, fixated on her favorite TV show at the time, Pappyland.
“I can say that I started making finished pieces when I was like 4 or 5,” Young says. “Pappyland taught me how to draw, step by step, and how to finish a whole picture.”
From this point forward, Young knew she was an artist. Throughout childhood, Young was picked for exclusive art programs through school, which kept her interested in art, and continued to challenge her artistic skills.
“Back then I was mainly drawing, doodling fake creatures with 30 eyeballs and wings,” Young laughs.
Young still enjoys creating interesting characters and stories with her drawings and paintings, pulling inspiration from everyday people and everyday interactions.
“I’ll just sit down somewhere and observe people and observe their odd situations and I’ll make up stories in my head, and then that will somehow come out into a painting, whether it’s some energy I got from them, or some actual situation, or, ‘That’s a really goofy-ass looking guy; I’m gonna draw him.’”
As Young has matured into a young woman, her artwork has also matured. Lately, she has been drawn to metaphysics and has incorporated metaphysical undertones in many of her latest pieces.
“I’ve pulled a lot from all the lessons I’ve learned in metaphysics; how to concentrate and how to use my imagination more,” she says. “I’m starting to try to put that even more into my paintings, so hopefully other people can look at it and start to grasp some concepts of the connection of the soul, the mind and dreams.”
Young tries to stay busy and has been offered many opportunities to showcase her work and the work of others this year. On March 7th, she will curate the art and music show Not Just Skin, at the Fountain Square Brewing Company- the first show Young is putting together herself.
“The show will include art from a handful of different tattoo artists; 15 artists from 10 shops total. It should be a lot of fun!”
Not Just Skin will also include performances from the bands Stranger, and Like Smoke.
Young’s proudest moment as an artist was when she received the confirmation of her next big show. On July 4th of this year, Young will have her very first solo show at the Upland Propaganda Studio in the Murphy Art Center. As of right now, she is torn between two ideas, which are both instrumental influences in her artwork.
“I want to either do a circus series of drawings and paintings, or an entire show that focuses on metaphysics!” Young says.
Additionally, Young’s newest platform for presenting her art is live painting. After being a part of Hyperion for the past two years, she was asked to live-paint at a winter version of Hyperion at the Vogue Theatre, and the experience has forever left an impression on her.
“It’s just so great to feed off of everyone’s energy around you. Everyone at Hyperion is like family.”
Having accomplished so much at such an early stage of her career, Young knows that she is beating the odds. After dropping out of Herron art school in the second semester of her freshman year, Young wanted to prove to herself and those around her that it is not necessary to have a degree in art to become successful.
“I was looking in the mirror this morning and I just thought, ‘Julie, you have worked your ass off so hard these past two years, and finally something is showing for it’,” she says. “Just knowing that I am doing something right is very satisfying for me.”
Young’s art will only continue to evolve. With her hard work and dedication to creating all the interesting subjects that pop in her head, Young is a must-see artist this summer.
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