Welcome back to the second part of our Shadowhunters fanartist series. What would our life be without art? We don’t really want to imagine it and the good news is: We won’t have to! Following our article on Phil @phildrawsfanart, today’s focus will be on another Shadowhunters fandom’s favorite. Convention-goers will probably have met Mathilde, better known as Noksindra, at “The Hunters of Shadow” in Brussels and Paris where she was invited to sell her art. We are happy she agreed to give us an insight into her artistic life, her passion and inspiration.
Introducing Mathilde, aka Noksindra
Mathilde is 22 and comes from France. Drawing has been a passion for as long as she can remember. At the tender age of 7, she wrote and illustrated a series of little stories that featured a grandmother as a protagonist and which Mathilde proudly shared in class. Even back then, she was already invested in creating stories and drawing them. The passion for her art shows in every piece of work she creates and draws a lot of interest. For more than two years now, Mathilde has been selling her art on Redbubble and recently has opened another online store which she manages on her own – an amazing adventure, as she says.
Interview with Mathilde
What fandoms do you dabble in and create art for?
Most of my fanarts are about Shadowhunters and especially Malec, but I’ve also made fanarts for Disney, DreamWorks, Game of Thrones, Voltron, Marvel and so on. I’ve always loved watching movies and going on adventures via the protagonists. I think every genre is interesting in its own way – especially if entire worlds or societies are created – and I guess that helps fuel my imagination. In general, everything I read or watch can inspire me, both for fanart and original art.
Here are some examples of Mathilde’s favorite pieces of fanart for diverse fandoms
What made you decide to create art for the Shadowhunters fandom?
When I started making art for Shadowhunters, I was just finishing the first part of my post-high school studies and was studying to pass several competitive exams. I found Shadowhunters after these two years of intense studies where I had never been able to find the time to draw and immediately fell in love with Magnus and Alec, both as individuals and as a relationship. Thus I was inspired to draw them and also the Shadow World, and that’s basically why I started drawing Shadowhunters fanart. I haven’t been able to stop since!
Well, we all know how addictive the Shadow World can be once you’ve been sucked into it! Can you show us your favorite 3 pieces of Shadowhunters art and also explain why they are your favorite?
Of course! I love these two pieces, both on their own and as a duet, because I had so much fun drawing them after that infamous Malec training scene in 3B. I really loved the atmosphere and tension on the screen, and it was a lot of fun recreating it. Working on pieces that work both alone and as a diptych is something I really love.
This artwork below is one of my favorite drawings I’ve ever made for the Shadowhunters fandom because it’s probably one of the most complex pieces I’ve ever drawn and I really like the result. I was inspired to draw a “hypothetical poster” for what season 4 could have been. This is why Magnus is sitting on a throne in Edom and some elements of 3×21 and 3×22 are included. I had it signed by the entire cast at THOS3 and now I can’t wait to finally have an apartment I’m not moving out of every 6 months to have it framed and hung on my wall!
Completely relatable! How long does it usually take you to complete a project – from the first idea to the finished piece of art?
Usually, it takes me 2 or 3 hours, but it also depends on the complexity of the drawing. Sometimes it can take me up to 10 hours, but I must admit I rarely have the patience to draw the same piece for that long. The latest very complex piece I’ve made is the THOS3 poster – and it’s also one of my favorite illustrations I have ever created. I was a bit in a rush so I did it in maybe 6 hours. At my normal drawing speed, I would probably have needed 8 to 10 hours.
In your opinion, what top 3 qualities should an artist have?
Every artist is different but I think creativity, humility, and passion are the three main qualities any artist – and person – should have. It’s also very important to be hardworking and to never give up, even when you feel blocked or uninspired. Finally, I would say it’s also very important to take breaks, stay hydrated, and take care of yourself, both physically and mentally.
Again, good advice for everybody! Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Well, first of all, thank you so much for this interview! I would also like to say that I’m very grateful for this amazing adventure that has been my life as an artist for over 3 years now. I’ve been so lucky! Everyone’s support means so much, whether I am drawing fanart or original art. Y’all keep me going. So thank you!
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Featured Image Source: Noksindra