Ebony Bolt + The Bolt Diaries
Have you met Ebony? Ebony Bolt is a Brooklyn born artist who enjoys drawing people on her daily commute and turning those sketches into stunning prints we can't help but covet. Ebony has a deep love for art, fashion and community - passions you can't help but see in each of her pieces.
Why do you do what you do?
Back in college one of my professors told me that I should carry a sketchbook with me everyday to practice my drawing skills. I would work late nights after school and once I got on the train to go home there would be a lot of sleeping people. I thought they would be the perfect subjects for my art. I really started to enjoy the process and thought it would be cool to turn those drawings into print repeats. I love sharing my artwork with the world and I hope to positively influence people around me.
What is the best compliment you've ever received?
I grew up looking up to my aunt. When I was a young girl she used to write me letters with beautiful clown illustrations all over the pages. I just remember wanting to be her, and have the gift that she had for creating. She recently told me my work was phenomenal and that meant a lot to me.
Where do you thrive?
I thrive in quiet small areas. As long as I have a little area to myself I can thrive almost anywhere. The love and positivity from my family and friends keep me going.
What's the quirkiest part of your weekly or daily routine?
I would say I don't have a quirky routine, but my friends say I do weird things all the time. I like having dinner food for breakfast. I wash my hands and don't put on lotion when I am about to draw because I think it makes my hands too slippery.
If you could only have one app on your phone, what would it be?
Definitely Google Maps for logistical reasons. I need to know where I am going at all times. I don't enjoy getting lost or being late.
What's the biggest lesson you learned this past year?
It is okay to ask people for help. It is not possible for me to get tasks done alone in every situation. There are people who care about me who are willing to help me and I should not let those who have not kept their word in the past alter my views on those who are ready to show up to support me.
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