Fall 2018 November Student Feature: Eien Carpenter

Howdy everyone, it’s been a busy semester for us here in Illustration, we have some students to feature for the month of November! First up will be senior Eien Carpenter —-

1.  Tell us about yourself! What’s your name, where are you from?

Hi! My name is Eien. I was born in Omsk, Russia. I moved to the US, specifically St. Louis in 2005!

2.  What brought you to KCAI? Why Illustration?

A speaker came by my high school to teach us about KCAI, and I was completely enthralled. Initially I wanted to do concept art for games, and found that illustration would suit me best. But then I discovered how vast the world of illustration really is!

3.  What do you like about Kansas City?

I enjoy the art community, and all the eclectic food places and coffee shops!

4.  What is your favorite snack?

I find myself snacking on expired Starbucks pastries more than I like to admit, but- well, here we are.

5.  What medium do you prefer?

I have a few, depending on what kind of look I want to achieve. I really enjoy ink, specifically used with brushes and nib pens. I like the flow and the control - or lack of control - you have over a brush. I love gouache paint for colorful illustrations. I find that gouache fits perfectly between acrylic and watercolor, has a nice matte surface, and is fairly easy to maneuver. I have been working on my digital art for a few years, and I feel like I’m finally getting a hang of it!

6.  What’s your favorite project thus far and why?

I am really enjoying my senior thesis, since I get to focus on exactly what I want to accomplish - which is to make a short comic book. Aside from that, I really enjoyed the trading card project from Junior year.

7.  If you were not doing art, what do you think you would be studying or doing instead?

Although I have too many interests to count, I think the runner-up to art would be anthropology and archaeology. I have a fascination with Ancient Egypt (clearly), and it’s most of what my work is based on.

8.   What do you like to do outside of class? What hobbies do you have?

I mostly work. But I also like to watch shows on Netflix, journaling, and playing ukulele. Sometimes I play tennis with my best friend, but I’m no good.

9.   Who and/or what is an inspiration for you in art making?

I have always been inspired by 1980’s manga, especially Mineo Maya’s work. I love the flowy, shiny hair and the big glittery eyes. I also enjoy the work of Robert McGinnis, especially his James Bond posters. Pin-up art is really nice, too. I think I just like beautiful things, stylistically. Subject-wise, I focus on ancient Egyptian mythology. There’s always more nonsense to find out about those crazy gods.

10. Do you have a go-to tool for sketching and idea generation?

I have my sketchbook and my pencil. I tend to sketch really small for some reason. To loosen up, I use a Pentel pocket brush pen. Idea generation mostly comes from narratives in my head. Musicals help, too.

11. What type of art do you want to make?

I really want to write and illustrate my own graphic novel. I also want to make a deck of tarot cards. Publishing and licensing art sounds fun too!

Thank you! Here are some examples of Eien’s work!