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Amy Methven
Artist | Professional | Film & Animation
United Kingdom
Amy Methven is an Artist located in Scotland. She studied Fine Art for five years which awarded her a BA Honours degree. She is now currently studying Art and Animation within 'Train to Game'.

She is also known as 'Mad Munchkin' an internet reviewer that analysis animated movies, tv shows and video games. Click this link to watch her show; www.youtube.com/user/Amymethve…

'I have always loved Art. I was drawing before I could walk. I also love animation, both in feature length movies and games. Both traditional 2D and 3D animation fascinate me; it's the closest thing to real magic you can get.'


Often using any sort of medium ranging from common office biro pens or pigment pens to Gouache Acrylic paint she creates vivid, dark, cartoony and often humorous images. She also does some assemblage work using already existing objects and combining them together into new entities. She also does digital art and fan art.
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Good news folks, I've decided to reopen for commissions again, a whole month early. If you are still interested. email me at: amy.methven.art@hotmail.co.uk or send me a private message here on DEVIANT ART.

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StarshineBeast 5 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
I see you like Harley! I love her! :3
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amymethvenart 5 days ago  Professional Filmographer
Seriously...I'm a HUGE batman fan.  Watch my top ten fave animated characters video on my youtube account. xxx  You'll see why I love her on there.  It's an old video, but hey, everyone loves lists, right?

www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5bu8i…
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StarshineBeast 5 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
We actually like a lot of the same characters, though there were some on the list I have to admit that I'm not familiar with (Agnus, Ginger, Winry, Meg). But I do love Harley, Jane, the other Jane, and all the others you picked! I've actually drawn some sketches of Harley. I haven't uploaded them to my deviantart because I was going to do a huge sketch dump of them eventually, but here's a link to them: i125.photobucket.com/albums/p4…

Your voice is really cute!
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amymethvenart 5 days ago  Professional Filmographer
Dude, those are GREAT!
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CadetRedShirt Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the watch :D
and i love you analysis videos ^.^
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Entertaining analysis videos AND awesome art; is there no end to your talents?
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amymethvenart Mar 23, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I can burp the alphabet.  Does that count? :P
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:iconredrackhir:
Well if you're going to the Elgin meet in a couple of weeks, I may well challenge you on that! :D
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amymethvenart Apr 2, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I'm going!  I'll be the one with the Tartan bag and New Rock Boots. :P  (I'm not kidding)
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amymethvenart Mar 28, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Hope I can make it.  Got a lot on at the moment. :P
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Soooooo Just finished watching all your videos on youtube so I'm stalking you there. Decided to look at your DA gallery and HOMAGAWD stalking you here now kthxbai!

I am a dummy! 
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amymethvenart Feb 7, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Really?  All of em?  Awesome.  :D
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seandrabik Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Happy Birthday!
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Happy Birthoween Amy, stay creative.

Did ya see what I did there, yeah!
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Do you have a professional opinion on the subject of writing? As an artist, how does it appeal to you as a different medium?
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amymethvenart Sep 3, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Although writing is a different medium than say drawing or painting, the two/3 different mediums are intertwined as each conjures up an image or scenario in your/or the viewer/ reader's mind.  A writer like Neil Gaiman for example uses words in a very minimalistic way but still manages to conjure up the most complex of images in the readers head inspiring them to create beautiful art.  Perfect example would be Dave Mckeans illustrations for the Coraline book which eventually was made into a movie.  I feel that writing inspires art, and art reflects writing.  A piece of art can also inspire a writer to invent a story even if the artist never intended that to happen.  So basically, although they are different mediums, writing is still a form of art.  Perhaps writing requires a stricter form of discipline, but I feel it is impossible and wrong to even attempt to consider writing separate from drawing or painting.
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Again, my lady, you give the most thorough and thought out answers. If you would, it would be a great honor for an opinion on a short story piece I wrote up, which is notably the first thing I've ever submitted to this site.

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amymethvenart Sep 12, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I'm really not analyst of written work as I'm not a writer, though I do dabble in writing when it comes to creating short stories for characters I make up.  
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Comickpro Aug 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the watch :)
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Impurrfections Jul 29, 2013  Student General Artist
Hello Mad Munchkin ^^
You are definitely an inspiration of mine and I just wanted to say how much I adore your reviews and art.
I just wanted to ask you a few things to do with your career and such.
I recently left school to focus on a possible career in art. Specifically Graphic design and Illustration.
Firstly, How hard is it for you to find jobs in the art industry? What are they looking for?
I am super-duper shy and that worries me a little especially with Graphic Design as I have to often sell my ideas. Are they looking for a particular type of character in a person?
Also with programs. Obviously you have to know how to use them but is it helpful to learn them by yourself or do they teach you everything in University/Tafe/College? 
Also, If this is too personal let me know but did you have any emotional struggles on the way? Doubting yourself? or your art?

 
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amymethvenart Jul 29, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Hi there,

First of all thank you so much for the lovely compliments.  Its nice to get feedback.

The questions you asked require pretty long answers so I'll probably make a video on the subject for the Mad Munchkin series as a lot of people probably have very similar questions.

Is it hard to get jobs in the art industry?  Getting a job in any industry is hard and the art industry is probably the most competitive industry on the planet.  It requires a lot of focus, determination, persistence, talent and of course passion.  Some people are lucky enough to get jobs instantly, others have to really work at it.  Some artists have a great portfolio but aren't sure what avenue to take or exactly what part of the art industry to work in.  Others don't have a portfolio at all but know exactly what they want to do.  My advice and answer for this question is this; Even if you know exactly whicharea of the industry you want to get into, stepping stones are important; be willing to do the boring jobs to get to the one you really want.  This not only adds to your CV, but also allows your portfolio to have some variety.  Most companies look for variety.  They usually don't care about quantity, grades or where you've worked previously, what they want to see is usually the willingness to do anything.  Also, be prepared to close doors; not every offer is the right one.  When you first start out take every opportunity you can, but once your foot is in the door like mine is, be prepared to say no to some opportunities; you may not have the time.  Some people try to take advantage of artists and think they'll work for free.  To quote my favorite line from The Dark Knight; 'If you're good at something never do it for free.'  I don't mean demand money for every little project you do, but make sure your being properly compensated for your time.  I recommend sending examples of your art to local galleries to see i you can exhibit work.  Sometimes the best way to get exposure is through art galleries because you never know who is going to see your work.  Galleries are always looking for new artists and new work.  Online exposure is good too, like deviant art, red bubble or elfenwood ect but forums are good places too.  Even face book is a great place to advertise work.  As long as you watermark your art so it doesn't get stolen.  Try sending some artwork to teeshirt companies or music publishers as well as book publishers.  Even if you don't get a reply, as long as you know you're putting yourself out there, that is still making an effort.

Are they looking for a particular type of character in a person?  Well...yes and no.  Let me clarify; Never try to change who you are just to get your dream job.  However, having confidence in yourself as well as in your art is something you should develop.  I am quite a shy and quiet person myself but guess what?  MOST creative people are usually introverts and aren't as loud as other people.  This is because we communicate through what we create. Let your art do the talking for you.  Of course for Graphic design you have to sell yourself more than you have to in the Fine Art Industry but both require you to... for want of a better phrase 'sell yourself.'  You need to have the ability to defend your art; explain clearly what the subject matter is, why you chose the approach you did ect.  This takes a lot of practice;  Argue with knowledge, not emotion.  

On the subject of University, colleges, or self learning.  I am never going to tell anyone not to go to college but I will say this;  You are not going to be equipped with all the tools needed to get into the industry at college.  In my experience, I learned more about art and myself in my own studio than I did in a lecture hall at college.  However, being in an environment surrounded by other artists is a highly inspiring and fun place to be.  You get into debates, paint fights (literally speaking!) and often form friendships that will last forever.  College helped me a lot to come out of my shell.  I was offered a lot of opportunities while there as well because of the contacts you can make in that sort of environment.  When it comes to digital programs, I taught myself, because most of the time the classes on the programs where either too easy or were just frustrating for me because the projects were so mundane and boring to me.  Have a good balance of traditional and digital stuff though, I cannot emphasize that enough.

On the last question.  Nothing worth doing is easy to do.  I'm not going to lie.  It is a hard road.  You'll have good days and bad days.  You'll have days where you'll fill a sketchbook and do five or six paintings.  You'll have days when you want to through your sketch book on a coal fire and rip the canvases to pieces.  Emotions run high in this industry because a lot of passion and love goes into what you create and if people don't appreciate or see that it can be quite stressful.  But see when you get your first sale in a real life gallery, you'll feel the tears roll down your cheeks because you feel like you've sold a part of your soul, but another side of you is smiling and laughing because at last you are a real artist.  It is an emotional rollarcoaster.  I often doubt my ability because no matter how good you are there is always going to be someone 'better' than you.  You push through those days to get to the good ones.  You can't rush art.  Not everyone can be a great artist but a great artist can come from anywhere.  I know its a bit of a cliche but have faith in yourself and just go for it, live your dream.  Put yourself out there.  Work hard at it.  If you are willing, have the ability, have the passion and the persistance to push through the hardships then you will get there.

I hope that has helped.  There's a lot more to say on the matter but I've tried to keep it breif.  Please let me know if any of that has helped.  If you need any practical advice when it comes to portfolios, layouts or using programs just let me know.
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Impurrfections Jul 29, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you so very much!
This has really help me get a glimpse of what I am getting into ^^
You have a lot of knowledge about your line of work to I am very grateful that you could share it with me.
I haven't really started to form a portfolio myself but when I begin to put it together and I come across and trouble I will take your offer of advice.
Thank you kindly for all your help x

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amymethvenart Jul 31, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Hey again, I found this video by Stephen Silver (google him if you don't know his work) and instantly thought that this video would help you.

www.youtube.com/watch?feature=…
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ILoveKimPossibleAlot Jul 26, 2013  Student Filmographer
Oh, your art is too good for the likes of mine! I appreciate the watch, though. :XD:
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amymethvenart Jul 26, 2013  Professional Filmographer
:P  When we do our video we can collab on some art stuff too :D
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