Diamond Liggins / Photography

Watkins College, Diamond Liggins

What’s your ritual to get prepared, or in the zone, to create?
I make sure that I’m in a peaceful environment where I can think and concentrate because being around too many people or in a noisy area can break my focus.

Tell us about a time you failed.
I don’t feel like I’ve ever had a moment of failure. I’ve always had many successful moments in my life, not just as an artist, but more as an individual.

If you weren’t an artist, what would you want to do professionally?
I would want to become an entrepreneur and kickstart my own business.

What do your parents think about your being an artist?
Both of my parents love the idea of me being an artist. My papa is more proud of the idea because I got the ability of being an artist from him. He never took charge with his abilities, so I feel like he’s proud that at least his daughter is doing it.

My papa never took charge with his artistic abilities, so I feel like he’s proud that his daughter is doing it.

What does success look like to you?
I picture success as me finishing school, getting a career, owning a house, a car, basic necessities, and continuing to do what I love as an artist.

What advice do you most often give yourself or other artists?
To keep growing, to keep evolving, and to keep showing the world exactly what it means to be an artist.

What book, film, or piece of music do you return to again and again to provoke thought or keep you connected to your artwork?
“Energy” by K.R.I.T. is the perfect song that i find myself returning to in order to keep my thoughts going because it’s a song about having this energy that the world keeps trying to take away from you. But your energy won’t go anywhere because it’s your energy, and I can relate to this meaning because I’m living this song basically.

Where in the world have you gone where you feel most at home as an artist?
Long Hunter State Park. It’s so beautiful and peaceful there. It’s like my own little world of tranquility.

When do you know a piece is finished?
When I can look at my piece and tell myself, “This is fine and you don’t need to keep touching it; it’s done.”