Do you have a nickname in the art world?
My real name is Ina Murwani Prasetyaningrum, but my nickname is Ina Wong.
How long have you been serious about creating art?
Creating art has been my hobby since I was in kindergarten; I do not know exactly when I started to like it. Sadly, my parents didn’t allow me to do it as more than a hobby, so I studied my other interest of Civil Engineering. My passion for art has never left me though, and I want to become a professional digital painter someday. I secretly started opening commissions about 4-5 years ago. After my father passed away, my mother knew the secret… she allowed it as long as it did not interfere with my grades.
I’ve always been serious about creating art since I was young. Almost every day I try to improve my skills. I usually discuss painting and my work with my boyfriend, who is also a digital painter, Bramasta Aji (aka unrealsmoker on DeviantArt). I learned about other artist techniques from tutorials, or I experiment in Photoshop by myself. I also learn from movies and manga.
Now I have graduated from civil engineering, I can be more free and serious in creating art since my mother gives me approval to continue.
Which art medium do you specialise in?
Digital, especially Adobe Photoshop with Wacom Intuos4 medium size.
Do you have any favourite artists?
I do not have a specific favourite artist. All artists who can produce good art are my inspiration. Besides that, I get inspiration from movies, manga, and everything around me.
What is the name of the artwork you chose for this feature? What kind of feelings does this work inspire in you?
Starry Night with My Friends. It is sadness and happiness. We have to be grateful for everything we have, even if so much miserableness happens to us.
How would you like to be an inspiration to other aspiring artists?
I am also still learning, many people praise me but I still feel that I am not that good and I need to practice more. So many artists are better than I am. Sometimes that feeling is good because it motivates me to practice more and more.
Some people say that if you have no talent you cannot become a good artist. That is not true – just believe in yourself. As long as you practice and study diligently, you will win against those who are more talented than you are. It takes time and you have to be extra patient, but do not give up!
Is there anyone you would like to thank for everything you have accomplished so far, and expect to accomplish in the future?
Thank you so much to my father, who bought me an intuos4 and everything I wanted. My mother for the approval and chances, Bramasta Aji for the support, and everyone who critiques and helps me through my art ventures.
Interviewed by Adam Lewis LaValley