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Creating art for those who feel a real resonance with traditional anchoring fairy tales, ~cidaq also draws in those who enjoy darker tales of mystery and films noir.  As a storyteller who can create narratives in both words and watercolors, she often comes up with short stories to accompany her art.




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by techgnotic
Thu Nov 24, 2011, 9:59 PM




cidaq’s paintings are unique and instantly identifiable as hers —

Even though at first glance one might think them antique illustrations preserved from century-old
products advertisements or children’s books.  But one is drawn to look closer and see that a very
modern, very mischievous intelligence is obviously at play.  The media of pencil, inks and watercolors
as well as the skilled technique and composition are solidly anchored in the traditional, but the
sensibility flies unfettered through the highest heights of whimsy.


Pear Tree by cidaqColonial Pug... by cidaqBy The Window by cidaq







The Traditional Through a Cracked Prism (cont.)

It's as if the covers of the New Yorker magazine had come under the direction of Monty Python or Terry Gilliam.  
The subjects of her works, often anthro, seem to be equally informed by classic fairy tales and classic private
detective novels and films noir.  Some characters could be escapees from Alice in Wonderland, Mother Goose...
or Farewell, My Lovely. An interesting sense of childhood playfulness, but with a framing of noir shadows in the
background, pervades most the works.
























The Traditional Through a Cracked Prism (cont.)

cidaq creates art for those who feel a real resonance with traditional anchoring fairy tales, but also the darker tales of mystery and films noir. Diverse as these influences might appear at first, they are both genres that touch the dangerous edges of fearful lurkings in the dark corners of fitful sleep. Her artworks are like postcards from the deepest subconscious regions of darkness, and the higher plane where wistful winds twist and tweak fantasy scenes into fanciful delights.




Rupert's proposal by cidaqparty by cidaqScot McHaggis by cidaq













An Interview with ~cidaq





There seem to be as many literary accents in your works as visual arts references.
Who are some of the artists who have influenced you?



It is not easy to say which artist had any appreciable influence on my work. To me the influencing usually happens rather subconsciously. But there is clearly
a huge influence of illustrators from the late 19th and the early 20th century. I most admire the work of Toulouse-Lautrec, his keen sense of character and
bold lines. Arthur Rackham has to be mentioned, of course, and to some extent Carl Larsson, a Swedish painter. A more contemporary example would be the Dutch
painter Rien Poortvliet, less his bigger oil projects and more his illustrations of books like 'Daily life in Holland in the year 1566'. He had a wonderful,
and very dark, sense of humour. I can't say much about literary influence. This clearly falls under the subconscious category. I hardly ever read anything
contemporary, though, and this general fixation on the past is certainly visible in my paintings. I prefer top hats to baseball caps.












You are also a writer. What additional element does this bring to your artwork?


I always used to come up with small stories to accompany my pictures, as I guess many artists do. I always found it helpful to get a better feeling for the
subject of my painting, to lend it more soul, if you will.






Christmas-card 09 a by cidaqChristmas-card 09 b by cidaqChristmas-card 09 c by cidaqChristmas-card 09 d by cidaq





You seemed to be so rooted in the traditional past, yet pulled to the most whimsical modernism.
Is this unsettlingly schizophrenic for you or does it feel quite natural?


I don't think that the whimsical is an achievement of modernism. Just look at the amazing and rather twisted imagination of a
Hieronymous Bosch. Leonardo Da Vinci did some wonderful studies of strange grimaces. To get back to the literary we could mention
E. T. A. Hoffmann, whose tales in the spirit of the Romantic Era like 'The Adventures of New Year's Eve' and 'The Sandman' explore
the misty hinterland of the human mind

HAPPY NEW YEAR... by cidaqIsabell and the first snow... by cidaqRooster by cidaq










As a storyteller who can create narratives in both words and watercolors, in what ways do you see your career arc progressing?



If I had any say in it, I would spend my days scribbling whatever comes to my mind, either words or pictures.
But it is very difficult to gain a foothold in this métier. I do the occasional commission, but it is far from
enough to support me. I have studied archaeology and early modern history and it is in this direction I see my
way continuing in the near future. Unless, of course, I find a publisher, who feels the absolute urge to publish
my scribbling. I have finished and am now revising a novel which combines elements of Chandlerian crime fiction,
the exoticism of Rohmer's Fu Manchu drivel and Terry Pratchett's fantasy and laconic humour. We'll see how it turns out



Goldfish by cidaqWalking In The Shadow by cidaq





















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:iconcorgifoxi:
CorgiFoxi Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
such an interesting article and the artists work is cute and unique!
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:iconorjowan:
Orjowan Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist
so wonderful
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:iconm-jae:
M-Jae Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Student Interface Designer
The works are simply awesome. Twisted... But cool.
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:iconbishop2z3z:
bishop2z3z Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
Great work
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:iconfritchie:
fritchie Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
thank you for sharing
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:iconlottebo:
LotteBo Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
:heart:
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:iconkelpie77:
Kelpie77 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks for publishing this dA - what a top notch artist. Beautiful, original and utterly gorgeous pieces of art.
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:iconlunarlastic94:
Lunarlastic94 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Student Filmographer
Cool
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:iconvvgilbert:
Vvgilbert Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! That's amazing :D, all of it are simply beautiful, great idea ;)
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:icondcleadboot:
DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely illustrations! :D Looks just like my kind of thing!
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:icongreenmanpowers:
Greenmanpowers Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
very impressive:) Kudos on the dragon!:)
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LycorisFishbones Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
Really super cool :) I am looking forward to finding the novel; it sounds extremely interesting. Thank you for the interview!
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:iconturquasnil:
turquasnil Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
No more need for words .. I think the world common language picture...
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:iconneven1:
neven1 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Lovely
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:iconsabehahmad:
sabehahmad Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
:-)
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:iconalienbuffalo101:
alienbuffalo101 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful work
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:iconhoneymw009:
honeymw009 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
beautiful
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:iconarisutan:
arisutan Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Student General Artist
wow, i love it!!
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:iconnattasart:
NattasART Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
this is really fantastic! i fricking love it!! :D
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:icontimothydiokno:
timothydiokno Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Student General Artist
Truly bookish! I've always appreciated writers doing their own artwork. Nicely done!
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:icongurualayah:
Gurualayah Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Professional Artist
Great use of watercolor. Very humorous.
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:iconxelanesque:
xelanesque Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
Very beautiful pieces of work I must say :D
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:icondragonenthusiast:
DragonEnthusiast Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW! Those are all amazing! And the animal paintings kind of remind me of Beatrix Potter. These are so amazing!
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:iconminorking:
minorking Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I liked cidaq before it was cool :)
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:iconseaoffireflies:
SeaOfFireflies Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Artist interviews are always inspiring and entertaining. I only wish there were more of them. Go witty illustration! :heart:
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:iconrenefelem:
ReneFelem Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
Excellent!! ^ - ^
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:iconmindify:
mindify Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Student
you are AWESOM!!!!!!!
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:iconfanitsafantasy:
fanitsafantasy Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
great artist. and great for DA to acknowledge it:-)
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:iconsct-graphics:
SCT-GRAPHICS Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
Lovely vintage feel to these works!
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:icondreamscape195:
Dreamscape195 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
Schizophrenic? .... Maybe I'm totally missing something, but that part of that question doesn't make sense to me in terms of the correct usage of "schizophrenic" OR in terms of the commonly misused version....
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:iconitoinez:
itoinez Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Agreed. I think they meant "multiple personality disorder" or "bipolar." But even that is awkward. I would have just used "dualistic."
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Dreamscape195 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
Hmm, good choice :) "dualistic" is indeed, a very good sounding choice of words.



(^^; also, not sure if you care or not, but the DSM is calling it "dissociative identity disorder" now, not MPD anymore ^^;)
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:iconmollothedark:
mollothedark Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i like her style
old school
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:iconsethfitts:
SethFitts Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Great interview! I enjoy learning more about the artist, their work, and the process of making their work.
I look forward to more interviews!
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weregeek Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
مفید بود. ممنون
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:icontalliesynn:
talliesynn Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I really like these artist interviews lately. I hope to see more! :)
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:iconnormalmadcat:
normalMADcat Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
T.T so beautiful~
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:iconapple-worm:
Apple-Worm Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Student Artist
thank you for this
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:iconjoannamoory:
JoannaMoory Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
A really well made article and a great artist :thumbsup: .
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:iconjadiner:
JadineR Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011
Sweet <3
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:icondreamdrao:
dreamdrao Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Child hood like themes + a dark twist = Awesome and stuning work!!!! :D
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SABOGSINTIDO Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I love the story book feel.
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futakoboshi Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Student
omona this is so awesome !! so pretty and lovely !!
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:iconanime-really-rocks01:
Anime-Really-Rocks01 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That is amazing. I wish I could do that.... No I don't because if I could hers wouldn't be unique any more. I love her work though.
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:iconbluewolfd:
BlueWolfD Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011   Traditional Artist
Wow. thats pretty amazing
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dlighted Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011
I LOVE this work!!!! I am big Arthr Rackham fan as well as the other illustrators of that time, Dulac, the Robinsons, Ka Nielsen, Clarke.
Looking at your work is a delight and each one takes me a long time as I pour over every detail.
Great work...Inspires me to get back o that path.
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:iconjavilafleur:
javilafleur Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Student General Artist
I love this paintings!
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:iconitchy-bird:
Itchy-Bird Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Student General Artist
Her art DOES remind me of the books mt grandparents sent me that dated back to the 60s, and they do resemble what cidaq does.

Also, I love stories. If she makes them alongside her work, then I am TOTALLY adding her! :D
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Bohemian-girl Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm her great fan for about two years! She's awesome!
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Blue-waterfall Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011
Very nice article :) Art is amazing and so pretty :heart:
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