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Respect the Artist Interview with Chrissy Manzione @chrissymanzione

Amanda Giordano

What is your artist name?
Chrissy Manzione!

How did you get your Artist name?

My name is Christine, but my family always just calls me Chrissy. Whenever somebody asks if I have a nickname, I always go to that. I decided on using Chrissy over Christine because it feels more personable and fun, which are two qualities I always try to convey when meeting somebody.

How did you get into art?

My mom actually launched her design company, AM Design, when I was born, and she ran it from our garage. I was always in and out of the office as a kid, and she taught me so much about illustration, graphic design and print media. She is still my biggest influence and a mentor I'm grateful
to have.

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What did you do to advance your skills/knowledge?
I studied a couple years at the High School of Art and Design and computer art and animation at the School of Visual Arts. I studied with the intent of becoming a video game character artist and animator, and during the summer I traveled to Los Angeles every year to give business cards out at E3 (the gaming industry's biggest event). After a few years, I realized I was way more into creating the illustration, concept and graphic design side of things, and less into 3D animation. I've just been drawing consistently every day and studying illustrations to improve my own work.

Who inspires you?
There are so many talented people I admire! Without a doubt, my mom is number one. She's my proof that you can successfully run your own design business for over thirty years and my inspiration to further my own aspirations. Her drive is something both my brother and I have inherited. There are a few accounts on Instagram that I really enjoy, like @mohsqi, @hans.o1o, @babsdraws and @stalkingsensei. And then there's my boyfriend, who can render excellent muscular systems on characters with nearly no reference. I'm just really lucky to be surrounded by great, supportive friends.

What is your goal when you make art?
My goal is honestly just to make someone smile. I used to be frustrated that I had trouble illustrating serious characters, or creating very stoic designs, but I have to accept that it's kind of not my thing. I love to evoke happiness and laughter in the things I create and I'm genuinely energized when I see I've done that.

What's your go to song right now?
My playlist is all over the place. I'd say anything Glass Animals, Jadu Heart or Tora would probably be the first jam. Maybe 'Season 2 Episode 3' by Glass Animals, haha.

What is your dream as an artist?
It's lofty! But I want to be able to expand my mom's design studio. I feel like it's doable given the different areas of expertise I can contribute to, and I ultimately want to be able to support myself from being a
full-time freelance artist. Nothing makes me happier than being able to wake up and just draw or design fun things all day.

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to become an artist?
Just keep at it every day. Even if I don't publicly share something I'm working on, I still try to get a little bit of drawing done every night. And don't psyche yourself out! I'm guilty of this, but seriously– believe in yourself and be confident in what you are doing.

Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc)

My website is... under construction! But you can find all of my weirdness and a lot of my art on instagram, @chrissymanzione. I'm also on Behance at https://www.behance.net/christinece21.

YaniPaints Respect the Artist Interview

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get into art?

I have been an artistic individual individual since childhood. My grandmother was always yelling about the mess I made in the house with my art supplies. Thankfully, she never stopped me from expressing myself creatively. When corporate American started driving me crazy in 2016, I turned to my first love, painting.

However, I am still a graphic designing art director by day while being a Fine art painter by night and on weekends.

Graphic design was the happy medium for my family between "my starving artist passion" and what they thought was a respectable profession.


Do you have an Artist name? How did you get your Artist name?

My artist name is YaniPaints. Honestly, it just made sense. I shortened my name and added what I do to the end of it. YaniPaints. It grew in popularity the minute I changed my instagram handle. I have to thank an old associate for that suggestion.

What did you do to advance your skills/knowledge?
Outside of being buried in YouTube videos, reading books and constantly practicing techniques, I reach out to the other artists I admire and ask them to teach me their ways.

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Who inspires you?

People that inspire me in my daily life are my family and friends. They keep my sane and grounded. 

What is your goal when you make art?

When I first started, it was to release the feelings and creative energy I had cooped up after a long day at work. Now, I create art to see how I can push the boundaries and make even better pieces than I did the day before.

What's your go to song right now?
The running joke with my friends, is that every song is my song, so here are a few:
Famalaay by Skinny Fabulous, Machel Montano and Bunji Garlin

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/famalay-single/1448541369

Haad Work by Adeeno Produced by Nick Rebel

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/haad-work/1175296485?i=1175296679

You & I by Fresco Don

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/you-i-single/1455690568

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What is your dream as an artist?

My dream as an artist is to continue to traveling the world and sharing my art.

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to become an artist?

It is 2019, being a professional artist does not mean you need to starve. Jump on google, research how other artists have been making a buck, and figure out how you can make yours while following your passion.

Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc)

Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @YaniPaints 

Website: YaniPaints.com

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Respect the Artist Interview with RVNNU

Amanda Giordano

Photography credit @kristjanaru on instagram

Photography credit @kristjanaru on instagram

How did you get into art?
Well, truthfully I’ve always been a weird kid with a wild imagination. I was into photography at one point I had a professional camera, I went to photography school and I was determined that this will be my future but that faded fairly quickly I’d say. So I thought that I’ve always loved writing poems. Not in the sense that I wrote them in my free time but more like in the sense of when it was a literature assignment, then I enjoyed it because it came easily to me. So that just developed into writing random bars with my friends that at the start were god awful and were mostly focused on the funny aspect of it. Like how to roast a friend in a clever way or something like that.  But it wasn't until 2017 January where I first got really into it and actually made a song which was back then still just a fantasy or a thought in my head that “maybe one day”. So I took the Drake 0-100 beat and wrote the worst song imaginable but my friend like the flow and were actually quite impressed. So I’ve been taking it seriously ever since.

What did you do to advance your skills/knowledge?
I’ve never been big on self-improvement and self-betterment but this just spoke to me in a different way. I feel like I am actually doing something with my life when I’m writing or recording. So, of course, I took to youtube to get my knowledge up. I was and still am watching tutorials and I can't get enough. You can never learn too much so ill just keep at it. I also have analyzed songs from multiple genres of what makes them the hits that they are or once were. Which has improved my songwriting ability and the improvement that I'm talking about can be seen on my future projects which in my opinion are incredible. But in conclusion, there is always a lot to learn from the new people that you come across in your life. The road might change but my goal always stays the same so I'm just constantly learning new things.

How did you get your Artist name?
This was a catastrophe. I really envy the artists whose name came easily to them. I was scrambling around headlessly because I had no idea what use as my stage name. I forced all of my friends to come up with something which in the end was a useless effort because I’ve always been called Rannu, my whole life, so I just all caps it and changed the letter A and turned it upside down to a V basically. But you still pronounce it the same as Rannu or as you would pronounce “Brand new”

Photography credit @kristjanaru on instagram

Photography credit @kristjanaru on instagram


What is your goal when you make music?
My goal with my music is something that can be turned on during a party and turn-up.For people to like what I create. It’s melodic yet catchy and fire.But my overall goal with my music, right now, is to be heard. To have a voice in the industry. It's not easy and its not supposed to be easy. If it was easy then everybody would be doing it. Like with every achievement you're trying to reach, you have to put the time in and thats a fact, no cap. No shortcuts or anything.Might not seem like much but the saying grab a bull by its horns is true.That way you have more control, so you take that control and ride that bitch until you fall but i ain't going to fall. If your time isn’t now then when? what are you waiting for, ain't nobody coming to pick you up if you don’t put up that effort of standing up yourself.


What's your go to song right now?

It really depends on the whole mood. If I’m turning up then Comenthazine - Nonsense or anything by 6ix9ine tbh. If I’m just vibing then Roddy Ricch - Project Dreams/Every Season. Really fucking with Roddy Ricch lately.

What is your dream as an artist?

During this summer I had my first chance to see Post Malone live and it was amazing. After his set i made a promise with my friends thatIi won’t stop with music until I can shake his hand and tell him Nice to meet you, I’m RVNNU. So basically the dream would be to do a song with him, something upbeat and hard.

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to become an artist?

Once you start it don’t turn back. Don't lack and stay consistent. Once you get those big caps as an up and coming artist people start to forget about you because sadly in todays day and age peoples attention span is frustratingly short. You might get away with those gaps as a big artist because you already have a huge reliable fanbase but when you don't then don’t let your goal out of your sight, not even for a second.

Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc) 

You can find me on multiple different social media platforms like

Instagram: @RVNNU

SOUNDCLOUD: @RVNNU

FACEBOOK: @RVNNU

TWITTER: @r4nnu 

Photography credit @kristjanaru on instagram

Photography credit @kristjanaru on instagram

Davon Campbell Respect the Artist Interview

Amanda Giordano

How did you get into art?

I was first introduced to art by my Grandmother and Uncle.  A lot of it started with arts and crafts based projects, and then took off from there.  All the way from elementary school to graduating as an Illustration Major from The Fashion Institute Of Technology (FIT) in 2017.


Do you have an Artist name?  How did you get your Artist name?

I go by “Day Illustration.”  Day, short for my name Davon, has been my nickname that family and friends have called me since I was born.  So, during college I naturally just added on the “Illustration” and that’s how the name became about.

What did you do to advance your skills/knowledge?

Draw everyday.  Create new work every time new ideas popped up in my head.  I’ve never really felt a lack of ideas or experienced a “creative block,” so I always had new projects and ideas to throw down at all times.  A lot of knowledge honestly did come from many of my classes at FIT and I’m forever grateful for that.                    

Who inspires you?

The first person on that list is always myself.  Besides me, it’s the other artists I see on social everyday experiencing and achieving the goals I also wish to obtain in the near future.  My peer artists are who inspire me and push me in this respected competition.

What is your goal when you make art?

To separate my work from everyone else’s.  To give people the feeling that whatever I just produced is one of the best they’ve ever seen.  Where they go, “Wow, this kid is one of the hottest out right now.  He’s killing it like no other.”

What's your go to song right now?

“No Bystanders” by Travis Scott.

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What is your dream as an artist?

To be able to support my family and I solely off of my craft/talent for the rest of my life.

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to become an artist?

If you don’t love this shit, don’t do it.  Don’t say you have a “passion” for this because it’s cool to say and artists are getting more exposure and growth right now.  Do it because you feel like you were born to do this and you want to do this until you can’t anymore.  If you know, you know!

Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc)

Instagram: @supreme_tho

Facebook: Davon Campbell (Day Illustration)

Twitter: JUSTJuice_NYC

Website: dayillustration.com

E-Mail: dayillustration.nyc@gmail.com