ROXANNE COBLE – Artist, teacher & authentic creator.

TELL US ABOUT THE BEGINNINGS OF BY BUN.

My husband calls me Bun. So that’s how that nick-name started. I needed somewhere to put my work on the internet. This was my first legit website that I was running. It started out as me publishing my work and rambling about my everyday and then it just started to snowball into something much bigger. I quit my desk job only about a year and a half ago so now it’s my full time gig. But before that it was causal and what I was doing in my off time. It was organic like that for many years.

WHAT ARTISTS ARE INSPIRING YOU RIGHT NOW?

Not any that are currently making art. My degree is in art history so I’m a art history geek to the core. So a lot of things that inspire me are really weird things in art history. So like 1960’s contemporary art, feminist art. I really try to not look at what other people are doing so that I’m not being influenced by that. I’m always looking at what the masters did and tying to incorporate that into my work. Not necessarily what they are drawing and painting but just their methodologies and how they create art.

DO YOU THINK BEING BORN IN THE MONTH OF OCTOBER INFLUENCES YOUR APPEAL FOR THE MACABRE?

Maybe. My mom was trying to hold out until Halloween when I was born. It’s just always been an interest of mine. I’ve always liked dead things and spooky things. And keeping it real. So many journal artists and mixed media folks out there are doing work that’s all rainbows and sunshine. It’s easy to get dragged into that – I need to make pretty things because that’s what other people are doing. When really at my core, I like scary stuff.

HOW DID THE BIG PUBLISHING GIGS LIKE THE COVER OF ART JOURNALLING MAGAZINE & TEACHING WITH LIFEBOOK COME ABOUT FOR YOU?

Again, all organic. The Art Journalling Magazine came at such a crazy time in my path. Right when I had quit my marketing job and I was starting my teaching credential program Stampington emailed me. They had seen my work on Pinterest or somewhere and asked if they could do a feature on me. I didn’t even know I was on the cover for a while until I asked when the issue was coming out. And they were like oh yeah, p.s. you’re the cover!

Lifebook…when I got that email it was like, crazy. Tam is so amazing and it’s such a huge community. The way that the class is structured and the way that she works with teachers is amazing. They all came organically by me just being there and doing my kind of art journalling.

WHAT DO YOU THINK COULD HELP SOMEONE LIKE ME, WHO IS TRYING TO DEVELOP THEIR AUTHENTIC CREATIVE VOICE?

Decide what it is that you like doing… do it every day and put it out there every day. When things were happening for me and all those opportunities were popping up it was at a time when I was obsessively working in a journal or sketchbook literally every day. It also came out of a strong desire and need to make art. I can’t live without it. If you do it every day it will eventually turn into your style.

HOW DO YOU CARVE OUT THE TIME?

​When I had a full time job, it was scheduled. I treated it like it was a workout. Get up in the morning with coffee and work in my journal and then again late at night. The stuff late at night became more illustration stuff. Like the Beatlejuice Alphabet or daily art challenges that would just force me to be doing something every day. It’s different now that it’s my full time job. So now I do it when I have the desire to do it. Because obviously you’re not always going to be in the mood to make art. Lately it’s a need to do it. Though, I still put it in my planner.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU CREATIVELY?

Right now I’m transitioning into teaching mode. I’ve got private classes booked and am finalizing a workshops in North Cal. But after summer I have another online class that is in the works. Which are a lot of work. Creatures was a ton of work but I love what the student’s are creating out of it. So I am excited about this next one.