We had the good fortune of connecting with Pixie Brastki and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Pixie, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
The amount of work that goes into it. I make videos (Reiki, Astrology and Divination) as well create Art for my RedBubble platform.
The “Behind the Scenes”. I tried to share some of that process with my Patrons, but it was only the technical aspect (ie, what I use, where I work – and even that has changed over the months).
There is so much between the initial thought, whether I am making a video or painting a piece, and the finished product.
Some of it might feel a bit tedious (hours of videos means even more hours of editing! I’m getting faster now at recording and delivering a product, but it is still fastidious). However I try to enjoy every part of the process.
I’m also a bit of a perfectionist and love to do things by myself (cos I learn that way, and I LOVE learning!). So I will look for funny visuals to add, or create music to go with the tone of the video.
Plus of course the post-editing, posting, scheduling, creating thumbnails.
For Art I like to connect through short videos showing how I work in real time, and I post those on TikTok and IG. Even those short videos go through an editing process of getting the colours accurate, adding texts and captions, and picking the right music to go with them – I like to trigger curiosity in the viewer as my tastes are eclectic and not really mainstream.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My Art is a cross between whimsical and punk. My absolute favourite thing to draw is skulls. I’ve always been attracted to skulls from a young age – I’ve always found something aesthetic about them. A lot of people are put off by them and what they represent; I believe death is an important part of our lives that should be more talked about and demystified in a way.
I started getting into esotericism at a young age, and being naturally curious, finding the meanings behind things such as skulls, but also dreams, folk tales and such, was self-evident.
I try to infuse those elements in my work – hence the whimsical aspect of it. Some skulls might look cute, others are more connected to Nature – I enjoy using filigree, vines, feathers and antlers, as well as traditional Native designs, to honour my roots.
I love using watercolours because of the portability of the medium, the fact that it can be quickly reactivated with a few drops, and that you cannot 100% control the outcome. Just like life, really. It’s freeing, and allows for a more organic and intuitive approach.
All in all, I do what I love and want to do, and what makes me happy. I once saw a short documentary about this Canadian artist who was drawing zombies, and turning people into zombies using pictures of them. That was all he was doing all day, every day. He loved it and was never bored. It sparked something in me, that if he can do it, I can do the same thing with my skulls.
I am not yet where I’d like to be, but I am enjoying the adventure, and learning so much along the way. “There is always room for improvement”, and I’m never going to be done learning and improving.
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 Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Despite being a capital city, it feels very small. I would suggest we go to the “classic” places – the Royal Palace, the Wat (pagoda – there are several), the Museum, the Wat Phnom (literally, the Hill Pagoda).
An evening dinner on Riverside with view on the Tonle Sap and the boats, as well as perhaps a short boat trip to Koh Sdach (Silk Island) on the next day.
For more adventures, we’d carry on to Siem Reap, home of Angkor Wat, Prasat (temple) Bayon, the famous tree growing in the ruins. There are hundreds of little temples all around the area, some of them very pretty and quiet. A lot of walking though, so sturdy shoes are required!
After all that hard work, going hiking in Kep National Park would be refreshing. There is also a tiny beach and the Crab Market. For bigger, but also busier beaches, Kompong Soam (Sihanoukville) would be the place. For something a little bit more intimate, Koh Tonsai (Rabbit Island), off of Kep, or even the other islands off of Sihanoukville like Koh Kong or Koh Rong are only a boat ride away.
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?
The first person that comes to mind is of course the person who recommended me for this article, Christopher Lewis! But also other people whom I was already friends with, or who became friends over the years – Lena Bengtsson, Nick Costa, Diana Skye, Erin Vyvyan, Peggy Liddell, Oz Thomas, Maren Jung, Scott Love, many, many more who support me on FaceBook, YouTube and IG, and my lovely Patrons. I am so over the moon to be supported by such wonderful, genuine and warm, kind-hearted individuals.
All photos by me.