Laylie Frazier

:: AGE

21

:: LOCATION

Houston, Texas, USA

:: MEDIUM

Illustration

:: IDENTIFIES AS

Black + Filipino

Describe the space that you like to create in?

I like to have a large table to spread out on. I’m not a big fan of desks- I’d rather sit at the dining room table when I’m working. I try to keep things as organized as I can. I have a pet dog and a cat, so anything left out of place is in danger of being damaged, or causing damage to something else.

What do you like to listen to while you create?

I love listening to other people’s TV shows. I don’t like to sit and watch TV. I always want to be doing something else instead of just sitting there with my hands empty and my attention focused on the screen. I can never find a show I’d like to watch or listen to. What I really like is when I’m sitting somewhere making art, and someone else starts watching a show in the same room. Then, I get to continue doing what I’m doing, and whatever show they’re watching sounds a lot more interesting because it wasn’t something I picked.

How do you make time to create?

I almost consider creating to be one of my chores. I put my illustrations on my list of things to do, along with the laundry and grocery shopping. I rarely have time to make anything on the weekdays, so I make it a point to think really hard about what I’m going to be making once the weekend rolls around.

Do you have any words of advice for young womxn/artist/creators out there?

Draw what you need to see. If you’re having trouble finding characters to relate to, create them, and put them out there for others like you to love and enjoy. Think of a younger you. What do you wish you had seen? Draw whatever that is.

What social issues do you care about most?

I’m partial to issues concerning children. Maybe it’s because I’m on the way to be a teacher, or maybe I’m becoming a teacher because of my concern for children. I’m not really sure, but those are the issues that I are usually at the forefront of my mind.

Who are your influences/inspirations?

Fantasy and mythology have always been huge influences on my work. I first taught myself how to draw by looking at InuYasha, so I can’t leave anime and manga off my list. Lastly, I’m really inspired by a lot of the things I see around me. I loosely work around the theme of “mundane vs. magical” so I’m usually mixing elements of my own world with a fantasy world.

What message do you want to spread with your art?

Black people can be magical beings. Growing up, I didn’t see a lot of stories about black wizards or vampires or mermaids. I loved reading fantasy books, but there was never anyone like me in them.