Even though a lot of us would like to believe that it is easy to become famous on Instagram, that it is much easier to say it was “luck” when we see an account suddenly blow-up, the fact is that it is not the case. Though it is much easier to get your works into the world with social media, the amount of hard work and talent, in a lot of cases, is not in any way lesser than what traditional artists have given in the age before the internet.
Angelica Nguyen, better known as Artbyangie.jpg, is a Vietnamese American artist based in Orlando, Florida, who speaks to the point. Her first post back in 2018 gained 226 likes. Today, her posts average around 20-30k likes, if not more. The journey she has experienced, like any other hard-working artist, consisted of stress, decisions, and just the sheer fact of working her ass off.
As a young artist only in her 20’s, she reminded us of the magic in creating art. Speaking to her reignited our fire, in how the process of making art gives us a sense of freedom sometimes lacking in real life. And, the golden rule of consistency, holds the key in cultivating your style and brings you a step closer to becoming a successful artist.
I would use the words “soft” and “transportive” to describe my art. I’m always trying to share my experiences or emotion through my art to somehow connect to people who see it.
I did many artist studies back when art was just a hobby. I would draw or paint other artists’ work (and often times many photographer’s work) in order to cultivate my own style. I started off with traditional art and worked a lot with gouache and watercolor. It was not until I discovered digital art that I geared towards pursuing art as a career. Through drawing every single day for almost a year, I think I have really found my style and exactly what I enjoy drawing the most.
“ I fall in love in moments,Brilliant moments of blind clarityWhen I see them just…being.Being alive and well and just so beautiful in the way that they areAnd I realize that I love them.The kind of love that engraves lines onto my skin that I proudly wear every time I smile.These lines are my story.They are a part of it.They are the reason behind it.”