My Name is Nathália Suellen
Art for me is like a message to be sent. It is the way the supernatural found to tell me secrets of the unknown. I feel like an instrument. And somehow it is also therapeutic for me. It’s not just girls or monsters in my works. Perhaps my art is really a manifestation myself with different faces, living different experiences in fantasy that I wouldn’t be able to live in real life.
Nathália Suellen is a self-taught digital artist from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, known for her macabre, surreal, otherworldly art. Nathália discovered her passion for digital art in 2008 and since then she has developed her own unique style and gained worldly recognition.
Her clients have included notable, musicians, photographers, and writers along with major publishers including (but not limited to) Random House, Penguin Group, Simon & Schuster, Scholastic, and Mccan Erickson.
We had an opportunity to interview Nathália recently and her answers truly reveal her story and a little more about the artist behind these beautiful works.
Exclusive Interview with Nathália Suellen
How was your interest in digital art sparked? Can you name a moment in time when it clicked in your mind and you realized that digital art was more than a hobby, but a passion?
I actually always had a natural talent for traditional drawings since I was a child, but I never had any serious contact with digital art when I was younger. I was that kind of girl who used to draw strange things on the school desks during the long boring math classes, so I think art was always a refuge to me. I originally just knew about digital art when I finished high school. Strangely enough, the most important things in my life starts as a hobby, things done for obligation are usually ordinary in my point of view.
Why is digital art important to you?
Not only digital art, but art in general. I always had a big necessity of expressing myself, without talking. I’m really not a communicative person. So I think art is an outlet of my emotions, it’s like the necessity of crying. It’s the way I found to be more “social” and to exist to the world. Art for me is like a message to be sent. It is the way the supernatural found to tell me secrets of the unknown. I feel like an instrument. And somehow it is also therapeutic for me. It’s not just girls or monsters in my works. Perhaps my art is really a manifestation myself with different faces, living different experiences in fantasy that I wouldn’t be able to live in real life.
How would you describe your artistic style?
A colorful dark and surreal art, dramatic, cinematic and fairy-tale like.
What are some themes that you aim to portray through your work?
Fear of unknown, Self-Discovery, Dreams and Nightmares, Madness, Mortality, Dystopia.
During your course of becoming a professional digital artist, what is something you didn’t expect out of the journey?
To become a professional digital artist is something I didn’t expected.
Can you name a collection or single work that you have created that has resonated with you the most emotionally? Why is this collection or single work significant to you?
My new works are more about me than my old works (the ones I’m doing right now, 2012-2013). On my first works I used to care too much for what people liked, technique, style, popularity. I think I’m more mature than that now. Just few of my old works please me now, including Symphony of Destruction, because it was the first time using myself as a model. That was really strange to see myself surrounded by my own world, was a unique experience.
What influences your art? Do you look to other artists for inspiration, or does your inspiration come from other sources?
I am inspired by everything…God, music, movies, games, literature, and art. Sometimes inspiration comes from my own dreams.
How important is collaboration regarding your artistic projects? Do you typically work with a team or run solo, could you explain the process?
On personal projects I’m always alone. On Commercial works we usually need to work with someone else, sometimes with a big team when it comes to a company or a big project.
It seems as though artists have periods when they do not like what they are producing and during that time nothing sticks, how do you handle and resolve those situations?
I give myself time, sometimes all an artist needs are some days off. We’re not art machines.
What do you think makes a great digital artist?
When the artist creates its own world to help the world around him, not the opposite.
If you were to only have the option of working with a single tool or piece of software for your work, what tool or software would you choose?
Photoshop / Brush Tool
In regards to digital art or personal projects what do you hope to accomplish in 2013?
After a break of almost 2 years, I hope to be back with personal works, I’ve been doing a personal project called Morbid Dream, hope to show it soon to the public. By the way, my book art “LadySymphonia, The Beginning” will be launched soon. So I’m basically closing the era LadySymphonia and starting a new one. Things will be completely new this year.
What would be your words of inspiration and wisdom for those who are just starting, those that are finding their passion, and those seeking their style? What is the most important thing you have learned that you want to share with the world?
Do what you really love, God blesses those who seek their dreams. I know I’m very young to give advice about life, but I think I’m experienced enough to say that dreams come true. I think every human has a duty in this world, a special gift that was given for each one of us. Some want to be many things, you go and choose what you think that’s a nice career, but many forget what they really are. So please, go and find yourself before starting anything in your life. Maybe you want to be an artist, but what if you were born to be an engineer? There’s a specific place for each one of us; without passion, life is meaningless.