This week’s featured Zoopper is Nicole Errico who comes to us from Massachusetts. Nicole is an extremely talented illustrator, and was recently one of the winners in our Mike’s Harder: Tiger’s Blood project, check out her submission here. Nicole defines her art as “something you could stare at for hours and have a million questions or none, see everything or nothing. A curious blend of the deepest parts of my soul, my subconscious dream-filled mind, and the people I surround myself with are the three points of my triangle that come together to make every piece. I create art for myself and all the individuals who long for something more than just normal.” Learn more about Nicole below in our interview with her!
Tell us about yourself, personally and creatively.
I’m 23 years old and I was born and raised in Massachusetts, I love my kitties and I work too much. Creatively I work in watercolor and pen and ink almost 100% of the time. Most of my illustrations revolve around portraits or some sort of nature aspect. I love to morph my subjects into their surrounding objects as well as the colors I create.
What brought you to the Zooppa community?
I was actually contacted by one of your representatives to see if I would be interested, I had never heard of Zooppa before that but am so glad I do now!
What do you like most about crowdsourced illustration contests?
I like the involvement and energy with my competition as well as all the people who had supported me during the voting process.
Name 3 illustrators that have influenced your work.
Wesley Eggebrecht, Etam Cru, & TFAIL
Where do/did you go to school? How has your education influenced your illustrations?
I graduated with my BFA in Illustration and Scientific Illustration at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in 2014. My education has done a lot for me, making a living in the art world is very hard, but growing and perfecting your skill is a lot easier when you have thousands of other talented artists all around you to push you to your greatness.
What is your favorite genre of art to create?
I can’t quite put a name to the type of art I create but if I had to it would be Surrealism, with a mixture of Tattoo like drawing.
Where can we find you on a Saturday afternoon?
On a Saturday afternoon I am most likely binge watching a season of horrible reality tv, or whining to my cats about having to go to work.
Choose 5 words to describe your art.
Detailed, Colorful, Intense, Imaginative, Engaging
What projects are you currently working on?
I am currently teaching myself wood burning which will be my next series of human and animal skulls, but also am working on a 3 part painting of giraffes.
What drew you to participate in this campaign? i.e. – did the brief catch your attention, the prize money, the love for the brand?
Honestly I think it all attracted me to participate, the money was a given, and I had enjoyed the brand on many occasions. But mostly because this company has a style that I think matches well with mine and I thought I had a good chance of doing well.
What is one piece of advice you would give to your fellow Zooppa community members?
Before submitting, check out your competition, if you have artistic friends ask them for advice and always pay attention to placement and detail.
10 years from now where will we see you and your illustrations?
I would love to see myself working completely in my field without relying on a second & third income. Working for companies like Mikes Hard where I am able to create my weird illustrations is my goal in life.