stephanie crane

things that have actually happened in batman comics but sound like a shitpost:
  • Batman pissed himself
  • Riddler got possessed by a demon
  • Poison Ivy’s plants gave birth to plant/human children
  • Stephanie Brown faked her death and moved to Africa with an older woman
  • Scarecrow turned into a literal monster. It was called the Scarebeast and Penguin kept him as a pet
  • Everyone is Clayface
  • Rainbow Batman
  • Batman punched a talking shark in the face. And body-slammed a bear

“To the ones who look like me — it is for you that my heart burns brightest. I hear you when you say I represent you. Thank you for your warmth and patience. I see you, sis!

It has been the greatest honor to show us *us*. Eking out this kind of #representation on a weekly basis within a medium that continues to correlate value with proximity to whiteness is a feat. That I got to deliver a relatable, recognizable and unvarnished #StephanieEdwards who looks and feels like women I know — who are people rather than ideas — has been worth more than you know. Thank the tv gods for #TGIT. 🙏🏾”

-Jerrika Hinton

Interview with Emily Quintero

By Stephanie Crane

Did you always plan on being an artist when you were growing up, or did you have other passions vying for your attention?

I thought about being a vet or zoologist when I was little. For a while I never really considered art as a career, but I was always drawing, to a point where there was just nothing else.

While I’ve seen you work with many mediums, watercolor seems to be the reliable stand by. Why do you think watercolor suits your art so well?

Watercolor works so well for me for a few key reasons. Firstly, I’m impatient. When it comes to art, I just want to keep going when I’ve gotten started and watercolors dry very quickly. It’s also convenient and clean. I can draw on the go with relative ease and I just need a bit of water to get going. Perhaps my favorite attribute of watercolor, however, is its spontaneity and unique character. Sometimes I don’t even feel like it’s me painting, because watercolor can produce such beautiful results with so little effort on my part.

Do you have any ritualistic activities that you do to “warm up” or get inspired before working on your projects for the day?

Not really. I’m just constantly drawing. I bring a sketchbook around with me all the time, and just go at it. If I feel a need to warm up, I’ll often just jump in, throwing some paint on paper and let that lead the drawing.

How many sketchbooks would you say you go through in a year?

It’s hard to say how many sketchbooks I go through. I juggle so many at a time, go back to old ones as well… I would guess I average out at more than one page per day though, and mostly fill maybe 5 per year?

What is your favorite subject matter? What can you consistently keep coming back to without getting bored?

I’m always doing portraiture and abstract things. That’s something I fall back to, almost to a fault.

Tell me about the most memorable response you’ve gotten in regards to your art.

I wish I could quote it exactly. The most lovely compliment I’ve had on my art was when a person told me how when they looked at it, they felt it really resonate with them. It depicted something for them that was a very real, and personal emotion. I love that I could give that to a person, and share that. Also a few people have told me my work reminds them of Egon Schiele, which just makes my heart sing.  

What do you dislike about your work?

Lots! Haha. I see lots of room for improvement. I sometimes lack the discipline to get into the intricacies of things. I resign myself to quick, lazy suggestions of fine detail. Overall I guess that fits into my haphazard aesthetic; I’m just not very disciplined. Perhaps I’m the only one that would describe my work like that, but it’s true. Also, I’d like to be ever more conceptual, ‘til the end of time, I want my work to be deeper and deeper.

Name three artists you’d like to be compared to.

Egon Schiele, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Francis Bacon.

Do you find artistic life to be lonely? What do you do to counteract that?

Yes, but the loneliness suits me. It’s only as lonely as I want to be. I can be very social too, though. I’ve made a habit of taking a sketchbook everywhere with me, and have no problem drawing in front of others, which has allowed me the socializing I need.

Those who are internet friends with you know that you had a nasty spill on your motorcycle last year- did that experience make you feel empowered and tough, or humbled and more in touch with your mortality? Do you think it has affected your artistic point of view in any way?

Yes, that was quite an accident, and has certainly had its affect on me. I guess it empowered me more than anything. It was a very raw experience that enhanced my understanding of my bike, of the magical healing powers my body possesses, and also how life is in a constant state of deterioration. That has been more of an empowering revelation than one might expect. Seeing my injuries evolve over time was fascinating and I’m sure, had some affects on my art.

If you could have everything go your way, what would your life be like in ten years?

In ten years, I want a hell of a lot out of life. I’d like to be living comfortably with someone I love, maybe have a dog or cat, and an impressive studio place where I can work. I’d like to be doing freelance illustration work, as well as fine art paintings I could be showing in different galleries, perhaps even travelling exhibitions. I would also like to be in a printmaking collective at that point, and work on many exciting artistic ventures. 

Do you have any exciting projects coming up?

Not particularly. I’m keeping my eye on a few competitions. The biggest one is an international watercolor competition I’d like to enter. Those are keeping me motivated towards certain goals, though I have nothing concrete at the moment. I’m also hoping to have some gallery shows here in Portland soon, and building an etsy shop.

Tell us something that we probably don’t know about you- it can be quirky and fun or serious and juicy, you pick!

When I was an awkward teenager, I obviously lacked the discipline of realism. Instead, I was drawing in a comic-like style, and thought I might do graphic novels when I was older. One day I went to the Smithsonian with my father and we looked at a special Rembrandt exhibit they had. My dad said, why can’t you draw like Rembrandt? I distanced myself from cartooning ever since, and Rembrandt has a sour taste in my mouth now. It’s alright though, I like the direction I’ve found. Moral of the story, don’t let anyone have too much influence on what you do. Do what you love, for no one else.