We had the good fortune of connecting with April Connors and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi April, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I’ve spent the last few years really honing a balance that works for me, which has included a lot of trial and error. Currently I’m able to find enough time during the day to get work done, while also allowing for things such as exercise and chores. Because I’ve never had too much trouble maintaining discipline I’ve been able to find a schedule that works for me.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
The accomplishment I’m most proud of is getting to the point where my “autopilot” drawing mode is decent, meaning even if I’m ill or tired, I can still complete work that looks reasonably good, even if not the best. It sounds like an odd thing to consider an accomplishment or to have any pride in, but realistically I know that I’m going to have good days and bad days, and if my work still looks decent on my bad days then I can be confident that I know what I’m doing. It takes a lot of drawing mileage to get to that point, so it’s an investment of time and effort, and it definitely was not easy. Drawing’s also something that is fluid and can change over time, so it’s one of those skills that must be constantly honed – like all the arts. It’s a lifetime endeavor. The number 1 thing I’ve learned after drawing for most of my life is that the arts are a lifelong pursuit.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live in the 626, an area code just outside of LA city proper, otherwise known as the San Gabriel Valley. Anytime I have friends visit I make sure to take them on a food crawl. This valley is an absolute must stop for all SoCal foodies, especially for Asian Food lovers. We’ve got a cornucopia of all kinds of Asian flavors: Chinese, Vietnamese, Taiwanese, Indonesian, Korean, Japanese, etc. If you can name it, chances are it can be found in the San Gabriel Valley. The 626 is truly a food lover’s paradise, and I recommend a visit to everyone.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are many, many people that deserve a shout out. Firstly my boyfriend, the talented artist Peter Kim. My mother deserves appreciation as well, as she’s had to sacrifice a lot for myself and my sister. I’d also very much like to thank my good friend and artist Miguel Angel Reyes, who’s been a great influence and mentor.
All artwork by April Connors. Giraffe photo by Michelle Kim.