Creative spark - Lois van Baarle

When we first encountered Lois art we thought she is doing sketches from new-age Disney movies. All those details and the strong personality of her designs must be from a serious department full of very talented artists, working for a huge company. But, my oh my, we were so wrong.
The talented artist from The Netherlands spent most of her life working on her craft. She is a digital artist, without the limits for her imagination. Her designs move the most delicate feelings inside your soul and wake up your inner child. With a serious response to major social issues she is speaking her truth, the best way she can - through art powered with a creative spark.

Where are you from? Where does the art journey start for you?

I'm from the Netherlands but lived in different countries throughout my childhood! I've been drawing my whole life, so I can't remember a specific moment where I started drawing. It's just always been one of my favorite things to do!

What is the first emotion that drives you towards creating an art piece? Do you recognize the connection immediately and let yourself flow on the creative process? Or do you "bake" the inspiration for some time?

I usually create a piece based on a 'creative spark' - a small moment in which I feel an urge to create. If I'm drawing at that moment, I will jump on this spark and use it to fuel my creative process. If I'm not drawing, I will write down a few words, take a photo, or create some kind of reminder of what is inspiring me, so I can use it later.

What is the back story of your design? Because every one of us sees the world through separate lenses. How hard it must be to transfer it to other people?

I try to stick to my own style and creative vision when I draw, and enjoy the process. Because of this approach, I think the work I create is a good reflection of how I see the world and the mood I am in when I'm creating. I'm always happy when other people can get a sense of this vision through my art, but it's not a requirement for me to create. 

When it comes to making a living from your art, what are the main struggles? And what would be your advice for starting artists?

I think it's very difficult to juggle the less fun tasks - e-mail, invoices, keeping track of my hours, etc - with the creative stuff. I definitely recommend for artists to do research into the business side of being an artist. It's not as fun, but if you can figure out a good way to do it, then it makes the whole process easier. 

What do you prefer, single pieces or storytelling through a whole project? And what approach do you use in each case?

I like to draw single pieces, because I feel less pressure from the overall project. I like to draw in short sessions and then quickly move on to the next thing. I usually do shorter sketch sessions and then from time to time I'll work on a bigger painting that takes a few days.

Why do you use certain materials? What connects you with them, and makes you feel they are perfect for your art piece?

I use digital media, because it gives me a large amount of flexibility. I can go back to previous steps, or make changes at any point in the process. This flexibility allows me to feel more carefree when I draw. 

What does ART, in general, mean to you?

For me personally, it means being able to make a living from self-expression, and having freedom. That's incredibly important to me! 
The FOURLINEdesign team would like to thank Lois van Baarle for sharing inspiring thoughts with our community.