I'm usually the interviewer for these staff and student features, but I wanted to participate as an interviewee as well! Usually in this part of the blog entry I put an introduction of the person I'm interviewing. Well, my name is Kyla Wiebe, and I've been with Create for a total of three years so far. Here are my thoughts on the SoCAM, art, and serving God through art.
Q: Where are you from? When did you become an artist?
A: I grew up in a small town in Manitoba, Canada, though I've lived in different parts of Asia for several years out of my life. I have always been artistic, ever since I could hold a pencil! I can see how God has orchestrated my life to put me in places to grow artistically, and to learn how to use my art to further His kingdom.
Q: How did the SoCAM develop your artistic skills?
A: When I was a student in the 2012 SoCAM, I learned how to use programs previously unknown to me, such as Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Flash. I also learned about setting aside my own artistic voice. When you're using art to preach the gospel, you want to adjust your style to honour the people you're telling the gospel to.
Q: What was different about being staff, as opposed to being a student?
A: I think the biggest difference for me was that I couldn't just focus on me and my own artistic contribution to the project. It became my job to consolidate the styles of other team members, and to lead them. Basically that meant that I had to become much more others-focused.
Q: Do you feel supported by your family in your art? How did staffing the SoCAM affect how you felt as a Christian artist?
A: My mother was actually the one who found out about the SoCAM and told me about it. My parents have always been very supportive of my art. However, I am from a pretty rural area, so I always felt that my artistic nature was maybe a bit out of place. I'd hear a lot of "Well, that's nice what you're doing, but I don't understand art at all!" When I joined the SoCAM, I knew I was among people who understood the artsy side of me. The funny thing is that now I feel like my rural Manitoba side is out of place! I never thought I'd live in a city like Taipei.
Q: What's your favourite thing to draw? What is it about this thing that is so special to you?
A: I love figure drawing. There's something so beautiful about the human body. I've often received the responsibility of character design in the SoCAM, which I'm very thankful for. I love the challenge of creating a character that people will see, relate to and care about.
Q: What's the best part of the creative process? What's the hardest part?
A: I love, love, love brainstorming! During the brainstorming process, the possibilities are infinite! I've always been a doodler. I think doodling is sort of like subconscious brainstorming. You just start, and see where your muse takes you.
I think the part I find difficult is the editing process. I've always been one to be satisfied with my first try, but as I mature as an artist, I'm realizing that my art can be taken to a whole other level through redos and critical peer review.
Q: Is there something that you have created that you are most proud of?
A: I actually am in the process of writing a webcomic. I am proud of it, even though I haven't finished yet, because through it I'm reaching levels of artistic accomplishment I've never reached before.
Q: If someone were curious about the SoCAM, what would be the first thing you would want them to know about it? What should people know about staffing?
A: I want people to know that there is no better place to put your investments in than the Kingdom of God. If you put your artistic investments in reaching the lost, you will be impacting people for eternity! In this regard, I think the main difference between being a student and staff is that if you staff, you get to invest even more time and art into reaching unreached people! It's better.
Q: What are your long-term artistic goals?
A: I want to write and complete my webcomic, which is called "Masks." I also would love to do an artistic project about Revelation for Indian people. I've been sitting on these two project ideas for a very long time, and I would love to see them come to fruition.
Q: What advice would you give to an artist struggling with artist's block?
A: Many of my favourite works art were commissions given to me by other people. Submitting yourself to someone else's inspiration can unleash unknown depths of creativity in yourself.
Q: Where can we see your art online, or get in touch with you?
A: You can follow me on facebook:
or on ArtStation:
or visit my website: