August 17, 2009

Interview & Giveaway

Allow me to introduce you to Despina the mastermind behind thelittlefox! Despina has a stunning collection of whimsical paintings and prints in her shop. I really adore that each painting has it's own symbolic meaning. It really makes me want to sit and daydream of how each character lives her life day to day. I've showcased 2 of my favorites below. Keep reading to find out more about Despina, her work and how you can win one of her fabulous prints!


1. Tell our readers a little bit about yourself.
I live with a lovely Siamese that is pictured in one of my prints, as well as my lovely boyfriend (or boy-hedgehog, as I call him), who doesn't whine when I stay up late because I 'just have to get this on canvas'. My favourite thing to do as a child was to draw my own graphic novels ( which my mom still keeps somewhere...lol). I still own my very first plush toy. It was a gift from my dad the day I was born, and although it lost its nose and tongue many-a-years ago, I still can't find anything as adorable as him. I named him The Sad One when I was 3. My list of favourite (famous) people include Neil Gaiman, Tim Burton, Alan Rickman, and Robert Plant.

2. I see in your Etsy profile that you have degrees in Architecture, History of Art and Interior Design! Which one did you enjoy studying the most and why?
I loved studying each and everyone of those subjects, although I must admit that History of Art was probably my favorite...I loved how one movement in art eventually led to another, how the historical and social context of each era was depicted in that era's art, and was intrigued by the stories behind the paintings.

3. Where do the ideas for your wonderful paintings come from? All of your paintings seem to have a symbolic meaning is there a reason for this?

I grew up as an only child, and since both my parents worked pretty long hours, and very often brought work back home, I guess I became adept to using my imagination a lot and always fabricating quirky little scenarios in my head. I started painting very early during my childhood, and I especially loved (and still do) Andersen's tales and Carroll's Alice books. I enjoy painting girls of unspecified age, that look girly and serious at the same time. I was always fascinated with what may be hiding behind a phenomenally simple expression, what story might that person tell if he/she was given the chance...I like making up quirky scenarios about their life, but in the end it's always them that make me go one way or another. My influences consist mostly of graphic novel artists, such as Michael Zulli, Simon Bisley, and John Bolton in particular.Neil Gaiman's The Sandman Series, (actually anything by the man is inspiring), Blythe dolls, Tim Burton's movies, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Cure, Lewis Carroll's and Andersen's book, the Grimm Brothers. Anything sweet and enigmatic at the same time. But really, if an image swims around my head for days, the inspiration for it could be anything...sometimes it's a dream I just had and that's why I always keep a sketchbook by my bed!

4. Do you have your own studio or do you work from home?

I work from home, where I have transformed a room into a small, ever-pulsating factory of paintings, dolls and other wonderfully quirky things.

5. Where else can we find your work?

At the moment my work is only available through Etsy, at http://thelittlefox.etsy.com, and I also keep a blog at http://onelittlefox.blogspot.com


And now for the part I'm sure you're all very excited about...


Despina will be giving a lucky reader one of her prints entitled "The Great Escape". The print measures 11.7 x 16.5 inches and is valued at $32. She ships internationally so anyone can enter!

Here's what you gotta do to enter:
Become followers of Despina's blog http://onelittlefox.blogspot.com . Once you have followed the blog come back and post a comment here with your name and email address. Last day to enter is Aug 30th 11:59 PM PST

For a bonus entry you can REtweet the message that is in red: Enter to win "The Great Escape Print" from thelittlefox on http://sweetfigments.com @thetinyfig @thelittlefox or a similar message that promotes the giveaway.

Good Luck!

41 comments:

chickscratch said...

Hi - I'm following as chickscratch. Thanks!

Beth
chickscratch.etsy.com
chickscratch@gmail.com

Cindy said...

Hi there! I'm a follower. Thank you so much! :)

hellcatvintage(at)gmail(dot)com
hellcatvintage.etsy.com

Rose Red said...

I love the little fox!

roseredwinter.blogspot.com

roseredwinter.etsy.com

Giovanna said...

I looove her work! I wish I could have a chance to win this fabulous painting!! I'm a fan of onelittlefox blog and I also twitted the giveaway
I'm Giovanna and my e-mail is: giovanna.fashiondesign@gmail.com

Thank you so much for sharing this amazing painting :)
xxx
PS: Great interview! I'm following your fabulous blog too :)

Eva said...

I'm a big fan of Despina and her work. And I would love to win this print especially. It would look great on my walls :).

I'm following her blog and my email is ekdewitte(at) gmail .com (withouth the spaces).

LoveCharlesVintage said...

I've already been following her for quite some time.


Lilygreig@gmail.com

Jen said...

I'm already following her as GuinevereLynn, I LOVE her work!

Jen
GuinevereLynn@dudleyzoo.org

RosyRevolver said...

I'm a follower as RosyRevolver. This woman is amazing!!

TZel said...

I am following as bridgestranslation. Thanks! This art is fabulous!

Kunklebaby said...

I've been a follower over on the Little Fox blog for a few months now! I love her work and the expression in her girls faces-with just a simple stare. Great work!

Jessica
kunklebabystyle.blogspot.com

mahuahua said...

oooh,i love her art!<3

creepcake@hotmail.co.uk

Cindy said...

I tweeted!

http://twitter.com/hellcatvintage/status/3381256751

hellcatvintage(at)gmail(dot)com

Justine said...

wauw! love your work!

good luck to all!

www.justinestandaert@gmail.com

natalie said...

Beautiful work! I'm a follower! :)

naked_tile@yahoo.com

Wanda said...

I just became a follower of Despina`s blog.
Please enter my name in your draw!
Thanks!
wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

KiWi said...

it's k.we at KiWi Cuties

kiwibaby9211(at)yahoo(dot)com

Kate8085 said...

Yay! She is one of my fave artists!
I already follow her blog.
I love this collection that the giveaway print is from.

Thanks!

http://kate8085.etsy.com
http://kate8085.blogspot.com

Just for Knits n Giggles said...

I'm Following as Just for Knits n Giggles... Love her work; Simply adorable!!

work-and-process said...

my tweet http://twitter.com/BranchNew/status/3404393953

info(at)MadeByMo(dot)com
http://www.MadeByMo.com

Kitty said...

Love the spider picture!
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=28667440

Kitty Mecham
contact@liquidambarstudio.com

Kitty said...

and I sent out a tweet! (@babybear777)
kitty
contact@liquidambarstudio.com

CathyH said...

I'm a follower now (cathyhorner), love her art!

Giovanna said...

HI! I follow your lovely blog and I re- tweeted this giveway today (second time)! I adore this painting! I hope I can win it
:) Have a lovely weekend!
xxx
Giovanna
Boho Markete-mail is: giovanna.fashiondesign@gmail.com

Mrs.Kwitty said...

Great interview...such endearing art!! I've happily become a follower and would love to be entered into the drawing!
Smiles, Karen

contact via Etsy Convo please
misseskwittys.etsy.com

kim* said...

great art! best wishes to the winner :)

Flight Fancy said...

I so happy to have seen this. I'm following as flightfancy.
flightfancy40@gmail.com
Lovely interview, and she has an enchanting style.

Michele P. said...

such a cute print! I follow her blog.

micaela6955 at msn dot com

Michele P. said...

I just tweeted for another entry: http://twitter.com/micaela6955/status/3497071906

micaela6955 at msn dot com

Light Harmony Gratitude said...

Followed and tweeted!

Beautiful artwork!

- Whitney
lightharmonygratitude@gmail.com

http://www.buddhanature.etsy.com
http://lightharmonygratitude.blogspot.com/

Carol Anne said...

I am following Despina's blog!

cac922@cccb.edu

Burning Moon said...

I am now following her blog =] Best of luck to everyone who entered

sassypackrat said...

I'm following The Little Fox blog. Adore her art!

Following as sassypackrat

Jennifer
sassypackrat@hotmail.com

Creative Coquette said...

Ooooooo!

I'm following as: Creative Coquette

and tweeted as @creativecoquett

YAYs!

[crosses fingers]

maedchenmitherz said...

wow, awesome work :O and lovely blog & etsy shop!

it's totally worth to follow ;) and thank you for sharing!

so... i am a follower right now :P

katja

Jac-Ber Creations said...

Wow! What gorgeous paintings, and a great blog :-) I'm now a follower too!

The3Maries said...

Following:)

Jennifer
mmcraftymama@hotmail.com

Altered Beauty said...

Following!
Ashley Robinson
alteredbeauty@live.com
http://alteredbeauty.etsy.com