August 19, 2020
- What is your name / organization / title?
Stef (beanpolice on IG)
- What motivated you to become a maker?
I've always liked art and drawing since as long as I could remember. Cartoons and comic books have always been my main inspiration and I wanted to create similar things. And also I think that from a young age I knew that I wanted to be part of a creative field so I was motivated to make that a reality.
- Looking back on the early stages of your journey, what advice would you give yourself now?
Just keep going, keep creating even if it doesn't turn out "right" or you don't really know what or where you're doing. Ultimately all these experiences will help shape up who you are as an artist. The journey is always a work in progress
- What is your favorite thing you’ve ever made? Why?
I'm not sure if I have a favorite thing I've ever made. I tend to get over my work pretty fast and while I like a lot of what I've done I don't like to have favorites (I love all my children equally lol). I feel like every piece serves a purpose, sometimes you learn something new that you can apply it to a future piece and so on.
- What’s the next evolution for you (or your industry) going to look like?
Honestly I'm not sure. I'm a day by day type of gal because thinking of the future with all its endless possibilities can get overwhelming for me. But one of my main goals has always been to create illustrations for publications, so hopefully I will get to do that in the near future. And of course entering new art shows or events in new cities would also be a cool thing to do.
- Who would you partner with (living or dead) for your dream collaboration? And what would you work on together?
I love Takashi Muarakami and I doubt I'll ever get to collaborate but it would be cute to get together and create a children's book featuring Kiki and Kaikai.
- You're on death row and it's time for your final meal. What'll ya have?
Woah, that's dire. Hmmm tonkotsu ramen from tatsuya
- In a world where you have two hands, all of your pets and loved ones are safe, and your studio is on fire, what do you try to save?
Oh no! This is hard! Probably my signed James Jean poster but I would also want to save all my anime figurines ;_;
- What is one piece of pop culture (movie, tv, artwork, song, etc.) that no matter how many times you return to it you still draw excitement, movement, or inspiration?
Singin' in the Rain. I've watched that movie like 500 times and I'll never get tired of it and it's an era of cinema that I find fascinating
- I love useless facts. Impress me with a seriously useless fact!
Uhhhh my cats love to destroy my brushes
- If you could try any profession other than your own, what would you choose to do?
Maybe something related to travel. Like an interpreter or something like that
- What is your personal strategy/philosophy when it comes to using social media for your work?
This is something I'm still working on but mainly it's to not see posting on social media as the be all end all. Sometimes a little detachment is ok. I feel like for many artists Instagram is so ingrained in how we work, how we network, how we find new opportunities. I have to remind myself to not feel pressured to create just for Instagram, don't feel pressured to create to please an algorithm and don't jump on bandwagons because of fomo. Basically listen to yourself and don't force yourself to create for something or someone else.
- Speaking of social media, where can people find you?
Find me @beanpolice on Instagram!