10 Questions for Creature Artist Daniela Galidor Chein

I had the pleasure of speaking with concept and creature artist Daniela Galidor Chein this week, and the beauty of her soul just lit me on fire! She is passionate about raising other artists up and keeping it real – because we all suffer the same worries, fears, and anxieties.

Dive in for her answers on how to start again when you’ve given up, coping with the stress of job-hunting, and taking care of yourself well when you’d rather give up.

  1. Let’s talk about the elephant in the room for so many artists – depression and anxiety. You are open about battling these demons, and I’d love to hear your perspective on how to cope with depression as an artist.

Getting someone to talk through things and having a support net behind you is the best way to cope when depression takes your inspiration and energy away, this will hold you while you don’t feel capable of creating anything anymore.  Find inspiration in things you enjoy, surround yourself with positive things and influences; it is important that you don’t lose what matters to you. Remember why you create in the first place and just make art, no matter how you think it will end up, your journey will inspire other artists too. And remember, you are not alone.

Velociraptowl by Daniela Galidor Chein

  1. How have you built support systems into your life that help you manage your depression and anxiety? What would you recommend to others who might be struggling with the same?

I have found groups of people who are going through something similar because sharing makes you feel less alone. Having a close friend also helped me talk through some dark days and my family has also supported me.

I would recommend finding a therapist to talk to, in my case, it was a lovely psychiatrist who helped me untangle the mess in my mind and open new paths to heal, including taking medication. There is no shame in admitting you need help.

  1. How do you deal with the stresses of freelancing? What gets you through in between jobs and keeps you feeling creative and dedicated to the craft?

I try to make new projects of my own, such as needle felting, or sculpting. Trying new things always keeps me entertained and creative and helps me remove the stress of not having a steady gig when freelancing. Also doing things like singing, going out to nature and playing with animals provides relaxation and inspiration for new artworks!

Mother of Pearl by Daniela Galidor Chein

  1. Comparison with others can make us fall into a pit of envy or despair sometimes. How do you pull yourself out of a funk when jealousy rears its ugly head?

I compare myself in art more often than I’d like to admit.

When someone younger than me is being a tremendous success in art, or when a friend gets a job I applied to as well, I am both happy and jealous at the same time. What I do is recognize that envy is a very human thing and not let it dominate my thoughts. I write things that I am grateful for and keep on making my own work, eventually, I stop feeling envious, but it all starts by accepting the feelings and not bottling them up!

Simple Times by Daniela Galidor Chein

  1. Healthy habits are so important in maintaining ourselves creatively and personally. If you could only share one tip with others about how to make a new habit stick, what would it be?

Consistency! Work on a new habit until it sticks. You will see the results and that will give you the motivation to keep going. This can be in art, exercise, eating, anything!

  1. You live in your dream city, Vancouver now, but you spent most of your life in Mexico and then studying in Melbourne, Victoria. Can you share how you manifested this dream of yours into reality?

I had to do it step by step, choosing my career, the schools I wanted to go to, and the city I would like to work and live in eventually. Throughout my journey, I had support from my parents, which was the most valuable tool for my dream. I celebrated each step, each graduation, each change in path until I got to Canada after 12 years of having the dream of working as an artist. It had its ups and downs, but it was all worth it in the end.

  1. Let’s talk about your love for animals and nature. How do you tie this in with your love of making art?

I love to draw creatures, and the best way to do this is by taking inspiration from nature. Animals have always fascinated me, because they are so different and unique, each with a purpose in the environment. Learning from them helps me create believable dragons and creatures to live in my imagined worlds!

Princess Mowglinoke by Daniela Galidor Chein

  1. As a concept artist and illustrator, what inspires you the most?

Nature, music, movies, and videogames. I love to see other people’s works to get inspired as well; you never know where the next idea might come from!

  1. We all have favorite characters, stories, and subjects we love to draw or work with. Can you tell us about one of yours?

Dragons!  I love the freedom there is in the creation of one, since you can make them look like anything you want. I have been drawing them since I was young and they always keep fascinating me.

Brothers of the Light by Daniela Galidor Chein

  1. The world needs the voice and expression of every artist to help create a world worth enjoying. If you could boil it down, what is the message you strive to share with others through your art?

Don’t give up! You are in charge of your dreams. The only one who can stop you from creating is yourself, so when life gets you down, hold onto your art and let it heal you. You can create many beautiful things out of hardships.

You can see more of Daniela’s Galidor Chein’s work through the links below:

Deviantart: https://www.deviantart.com/galidor-dragon

Artstation: https://www.artstation.com/danielagalidor

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/galidor_dragon/?hl=es

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmOwt8dUXxT2wu2s2lzjqJw?view_as=subscriber

Daniela is working on a webcomic that she was inspired to create years ago. Catch a glimpse of what is to come here: https://www.deviantart.com/galidor-dragon/gallery/53179546/drakon-extermina

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