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A Portrait of the Artist : NOVICE

We sit down with artist and illustrator , Jess Tobin, aka NOVICE about her journey and inspirations in life.

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Tell us how you first got into street art, what was the scene like where you grew up and how many years have you been painting?

I got into street art through youth work, some young people I was working with wanted to try it out, I was hooked when I first tried it. After I started trying out spray paint I was given a number of great opportunities by Allcity in Dublin & Evolve urban art and went from there.I wasn’t involved in the scene growing up, I only got into street art about 4 years ago or so.

 

What has been your favourite place to paint and why?

Any nice big wall at a spot where I can take my time and chill out while painting. The Bernard Shaw is good. I painted at South13 in Belfast with Friz recently, that was an amazing place!

 

What is your biggest source of inspiration in your work? Do you have any favourite writers or artists? 

My biggest source of inspiration are faces, trying to capture a strong expression. Fashion & colour have a big influence too. I’m always inspired by other artists work too, I have so many favourites artists for many different reasons, some are Lebas, Aches, Friz and the MSO lads. International artists who I admire are Etam Cru, Funskull and Smug and that’s just to name a few off the top of my head. 

 

What city do you live in now? Has this affected your style, medium or technique in any way?

I live in Dublin, it has provided me with some nice opportunities to paint and I do have a soft spot for it, but I couldn’t say how it has affected my style or technique. 

 

We’re very excited about having you at Waterford Walls 2017, What attracted you to the project? And what are you most looking forward to?

I’m excited to be part of it again. It looked like a brilliant event so I wanted to be part of it. Then after I was blown away by it last year so I wanted to come back in 2017 with bells on! This is going to sound cheesy but the vibe, the people, staff and volunteers made it such a great event. Getting to meet, and see amazing artists in action puts the icing on the cake. 

 

How would you rate Waterford Walls in terms of artistic quality standard? 

20 out of 10!

 

The theme of Waterford Walls 2017 is “Renewal & Regeneration”. What do you see as being street arts role in this? 

I guess we have the potential to breathe new life in to buildings and areas, in an exciting and creative way. 

 

Do you have any projects, trips or shows coming up that we can look out for? 

This week I’m delighted to be taking part in All Together Human . The Blind elephant Illustration Collective, of which I am 1 have our Roald Dahl tribute illustrations showing at the Mill Theatre this weekend. I have illustrations currently on display in Pot Bellied pig Dublin alongside my fiance’s work. I guess a wedding is a big project 😀

I have more fun collaborations are on the cards, I love to collaborate with other artists, it’s great fun and I get to learn from them. 

 

Any shout outs, thanks, links or comments?

Shout outs to the Waterford Walls peeps for having me back! I couldn’t possibly do any other shout outs because I’d be afraid I’d leave some one out. I’m really grateful for all of the support and great opportunities that I’ve gotten, it’s brilliant. 

Find Novice on Twitter and keep up to date with her work.

 

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