We had the good fortune of connecting with Eva Lacy and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Eva, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk is what life is all about! You can’t possibly grow and succeed without taking chances and testing the water. If you sit stagnant too long, you will do exactly that…what’s the purpose of living if not to try new things? I would NOT be where I am today if I didn’t take risks such as closing one door to see if another opened, cutting ties with those who didn’t want my dream to be a reality, giving up all wants for needs, investing into growing my business (money and time). I will continue to take risks because it will always take me down a path of success and/or learning. “Failure” is never used. You only fail if you don’t try. If you know the outcome, then there wouldn’t be any fun in the process of trying!

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Nothing should ever be “easy”…if it is, I don’t think you’re doing it correctly. Each step toward your goal should be a struggle, a lesson to be learned with each risk you take. With struggle comes strength when you overcome your fears and push through. Sometimes I would not achieve what I was going for, but I tried a new way & never failed. I believe “failing” is not trying. I have found a lot on my own by trying new things, testing new manufacturers, new products to put my work on and more. However, friends started to show themselves over time once relationships were built and they would open up to share their resources with me. I rarely asked and more so wanted to figure things out on my own. I wanted to be proud of where I was and what I was producing because I tried it for myself. Sharing what I want to create through art is the most important thing to me. I understand fan art is where you find your followers and supporters, but I also want them to know who I am and what I dream up. I have always introduced my original characters throughout the process and allowed my support to get used to seeing it. I’ve learned so much on my journey. I have learned to stand tall, know who I am, and I feel each year I get one step closer to understanding what I want to fully achieve.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If it was a week long, because hey, 1 day just isn’t enough, I would definitely take my friend to my favorite Ramen joint, drive to Palm Springs and enjoy the architecture! Honestly, I am a very simple person. I don’t require much but maybe we’d pop into an estate sale/flea market, enjoy a farmer’s market, and watch a good movie with a big bucket of popcorn! Exciting places pop up all over our area!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to shout out Bruce Blitz! This man right here is who got me on the correct path for my art. He didn’t know me, he just shared his knowledge with cartooning and it made me want to be better! At the age of 10 I discovered Mr. Blitz through finding his “How to Cartoon” VHS and book set. I would rewatch almost every free second I got. Though this was a one hour VHS course, I would study each time as if it was the first time I watched it. I considered him my “Cartooning Dad”. In 2019 I found his Instagram account and shared my heart for art with him and he responded that he was proud of me and really enjoyed my work. Having a free platform to speak with my hero over 2 decades later has filled my soul with joy. I never thought he would ever see or hear me in my lifetime, yet here we are. Thank you Mr. Blitz for helping me find who I am as an artist.

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