We had the good fortune of connecting with CeLyn Evens and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi CeLyn, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I’ve been artistically, both visually and musically, inclined since I was around 5 years old. I always loved to draw (even though I usually drew the same thing) and would present my work as if it was some sort of masterpiece. I also started to practice the flute, hoping to become a professional musician some day. By the time I was in middle school I started drawing 2D objects in 3D, which then I got compliments on how good I drew. It was then that I started drawing almost everyday up until now. I also started to play in the school band, which increased my musical skills and techniques. By the time I got into high school, I learned more techniques and how to use them in my art. Taking art classes, it branched me out to different media (such as drawing, culinary, graphic design, etc.) and inspired me more into wanting to become my own contemporary artist. I participated in all the musical bands (Jazz band, Marching band, Musical pit) receiving many solos and loving the concerts and competitions that made me want to continue in my musical career as well. Graduating high school, I really wanted to take my artistic skills to the next level and make a legacy out of both hobbies. I started studying other artists and musicians, taking college courses, and doing individual pieces at home. I’m always looking for more ways to increase my artistic and musical knowledge, doing commissions, performances, and such, and continue to present my art in the most creative way.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art doesn’t actually have a particular style. My style of my digital art is different from the style of my paintings which are different from the styles I use in my sketches and drawings. I actually don’t like this because I want people to be able to know my work by just looking at the style. Having different styles I think is really unique, but also confusing at the same time with trying to make a creative legacy. I want the world to know how I take part in both the visual and performing arts professionally, and I want my work to travel even outside of the countries and appeal to others across the world. Down this road, I’ve learned that not everyone is going to like you or your art, and that’s okay. As long as I’m comfortable with myself and my art, that’s what matters. This continues to drive me to find that perfect style that everyone will know me for. As with music, I tend to want to be known multiple music genres (not just classical and jazz music). I personally play by both improvisation and sheet music, so its a good start to wanting to become versatile in different musical areas.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’ve always been a fan of the Tempe Marketplace. I love outdoor malls, and the different activities they have to offer. They usually had a concert playing every Friday, or maybe I want to go just to walk around and talk I usually hang out with my friends and we go to the giant movie theatre placed at the end of the mall walkway. They also just revealed to have a gallery of murals and chalkboard walls along the way, which is very exciting to look at.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to make a shout out to Big Idea Productions, and their instructive drawings that challenged me early on in my career. They made episodes with their popular series called VeggieTales, that had a drawing informative episode, and I would practice drawing their characters everyday. Doing that improved my artistic skills and how to illustrate precisely. Music wise, I would like to make a shoutout to my family. Both my parents all musicians, and they constantly presented me with any musical demonstrations they set their eyes upon. It truly has made me who I am artistically today.
My personal photo image and piccolo image were both photographed by Eric Winfield. His email is at firstname.lastname@example.org