Happy Moonday, Teen Wolf fans! We’re back with another installment of the Moonday Fandom Fix. Even though Teen Wolf will be moving to Tuesdays when it returns in January, we’re celebrating Moondays as long as we can by highlighting some of the awesome, creative members of the Teen Wolf fandom – artists, cosplayers, you name it – during the hiatus. Each week, we will check in with new fans and talk about what they’re doing in the fandom, why they love Teen Wolf, and what they’re looking forward to in Season 5B. We will also be including some special editions relating to interesting topics in the fandom.
This week, we’re chatting with Audrey The Artist, a Teen Wolf fan from Toulouse, in the southwest of France. Many of you may already be familiar with her work – or, in fact, have it hanging in your closet. Audrey designed the #PrinceTee for Daniel Sharman’s recent Represent campaign, which raised money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. We talked with the lovely artist about how this collaboration came to be, her design process, and much more.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Audrey, I’m 23 and I’m a young French artist. I graduated from a graphic design degree in July, and now, I’m trying to find the best way to sell my arts. So far, I’m so happy with all I’ve done. It feels like a beautiful beginning. I’m stubborn, positive and I try to have always faith in me. I’m passionate too, super curious and I love discovering new things (movies, artist, cities…). I was born with an unknown disability (which pretty much makes me feel like an X-Men) and I am in wheelchair. But I don’t let it define who I am, though I embraced it instantly.
How did your Teen Wolf love begin?
Oh god, it feels like ages! In the beginning, I loved the plots and characters, such as Jackson, Isaac, Derek, and obviously, Stiles. He’s everyone favorite (almost) but I really, really fell for his character. I related to him and I don’t know, he’s so brave and funny. When Season 2 was on MTV I discovered the famous “bestiary” and I went kinda nuts because I was doing Fine Arts at the time, and I made a arty bestiary for a class like, six months before I even watched the show. I was like, “It’s one hell of a sign, I need to send it to the TW Cast,” and I did. It took me 9 months, because I wrote to so many people, and got pretty much no answers, until I wrote to Rogue Events from UK, who told me they would gladly give it to them. I will be forever grateful because, that’s how it began. I mean, Keahu, Melissa and Sinqua wrote to me on Twitter, and it made really happy. One year later, I met Holland Roden, Daniel Sharman and Adam Fristoe in Toulouse at a French Teen Wolf convention, and they told me the sweetest things. I started to become confident about my arts at this precise moment of my life.
You designed the gorgeous #PrinceTee for Daniel Sharman’s recent Represent campaign benefiting Cystic Fibrosis research. How did this collaboration come about?
Daniel followed me on IG right after we met in Toulouse (in 2014), and actually I still don’t know how he found me on there because I never gave him my IG haha. In August he sent me a message explaining he was seeking an artist to make the tees for him, and he wanted to work with me and I was like “why the hell not” and then, obviously, I went through the “oh my god Audrey” moment.
How does it feel to know that over 500 people are about to be walking around wearing one of your designs?
That is so crazy. I mean, wow. I tried to reply to everyone on Twitter and IG, and all the amazing feedback has been mind-blowing. I’m so lucky, weird, determinate and all of those stuffs. I’m proud too. One year ago, I wouldn’t thought that people would be wearing one of my creations, and I mean-wow. And what came back often in the comments is that it was “different” from the others campaign. I think it says a lot. In a society where pretty much lots of teens want to look similar, here they loved the difference. It’s really positive to me. Embrace who you are guys. Different is good.
Can you tell us a little bit about your process in creating the design?
Daniel and I worked on this for two months I think, and it’s been amazing. We agreed on that b/w portrait as soon as I draw it, I think it’s been obvious for him when he saw it. I was afraid people might find it a bit too different (the black ink on the side of his face), but Daniel loved it. And I added the crown for all the girls around here seeking a Prince haha. I think it’s been a lovely collaboration. As I graduated recently, it was my first real “deal” as a designer, and it’s been so wonderful. Here again, I’m so grateful. Don’t get me wrong, I adore what I do and even, who I am, but I’m not sure what I did to deserve such blessings. I feel like a small town girl, but I admit I always had, and still do, a great ambition. I dream big. I think that’s the key.
What has been the most rewarding aspect of being involved with Daniel’s Represent campaign and sharing your work with the fandom?
I loved talking with people. Reading comments made me really happy. I love sharing ideas, and what makes me passionate. I was also super happy to help raising money for CFF. And I am so happy for all the support we received. People like Eva Longoria supported us, and I just was so happy; I met Eva when I was 16, and that’s so incredible when you know people like her have got your back. I’m not especially into a fandom, and I really suck at Twitter, but I love people. Anyone can talk to me, and if you send me a pic of Tom Hardy, I promise we’ll be BFFs.
What’s the biggest challenge you face in creating your art?
Oh, there’s so many. First, I had to embrace everything which made me unique, and thankfully, I did that very young. Then I had to build a strong, unbreakable confidence in the fact that the best is always yet to come. I swear, that’s true. I don’t have many friends right now, but I met people, people like Daniel Sharman, Melissa Ponzio, or Charlie and Max Carver, and I think they saw my true self. They saw something super positive and fierce in me, and I hold on that vision of myself to keep going. I go by “no regrets” and “be the change you want to see in the world” to build something special with my art. I think that empowering people build each others. I’m young, but I someway want something big, and a few souls showed me the way. I love what I do, and that’s why I will keep drawing.
Looking at your Instagram, Teen Wolf is far from the only awesome thing in your artistic portfolio. What are some of your favorite subjects and inspirations?
First, thank you so much. I’ve majored Art History and Fine Arts in High School, and it’s like since I’ve been 15 I’ve been drowning in Arts. Love music, and cinema too, I think one of my favorite movie is Midnight in Paris – I mean the 20s artistic era is a walking dream. My favorite artists are Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol and Dali. Love the crazy ones. I started drawing by 18 and then, I discovered by 21 I could develop a graphic signature. Drawing faceless women with delicate hair is super intimate and special to me. I just like the idea you can “see” someone by seeing their true colors. I try to put emotions on a blank page, and if someone feels something in one of my drawing, it’s the most beautiful thing ever.
What’s one thing you’d like to see happen in Season 5B?
Well, I want Derek Hale back -sigh-, but otherwise, I would like to see Marrish happens because, feels. Also, Stiles going even more badass can’t be anything but freaking cool. And please Scott, stop being a worse Alpha than Derek was (who thought it would have been possible). I hope Lydia gets the recognition she deserves, without being brain-washed. Poor girl.
Thanks so much to Audrey the Artist for joining us on the Moonday Fandom Fix! We’ll be rocking the #PrinceTee for a long time to come, and we can’t wait to see what Audrey will do next.
We also wanted to share Audrey’s gorgeous tribute to Paris. Our hearts are with the people of France and everyone affected by this senseless violence around the world. Sending all our love.
— audreytheartiste (@IamAudreyG) November 15, 2015
For more from Audrey the Artist, follow her on Instagram, Tumblr, and Facebook. If you’re interested in owning any of Audrey’s art, you can order drawings, phone cases, tees, and more through her Facebook – she ships all around the world.