This week’s chosen artist is Ashley Nicole Borlik, from Los Angeles. You can find her work on Tumblr and Twitter.
Here’s a little about Ashley:
1. When did you become an X-Phile?
I started watching with my family during the first run of the first season, but I became truly obsessed in between the third and fourth seasons. Family was a big part of my love for the show, it’s the only thing we were allowed to pull the TV out and watch during family beach weekends.
2. What is the first episode you watched?
The very first episode that I watched was “Ice”. I had the opportunity to meet David Nutter and tell him that, it was fantastic and he was super nice.
3. What are you looking forward to seeing in the revival?
I’m looking forward to seeing Mulder and Scully on screen together again. There’s something magical that happens when those two are on screen together completely independent of anything else that’s going on. A story that is sufficiently creepy would be nice too.
4. What inspired you to draw X-Files?
Well, I have had Photoshop since around the time that I first became obsessed with The X-Files, and used it to help make my silly Geocities fan site back in the day. Now I use it as a hobby and for work, so when the trailers for the revival came out I just had to mess around with new X-Files images. I couldn’t help myself! I can’t wait to play around with screenshots from the revival.
5. Who is your favorite character?
Scully takes it with this one. She’s amazing on all fronts.
6. List your top 5 episodes.
Oh, this is a hard one. In no particular order: “Pusher”, “Never Again”, “Field Trip”, “Ice”, “Irresistible”. (Ask me tomorrow and I’d give you an entirely different list, ha!)
7. Favorite X-Files quote.
“Nothing happens in contradiction to nature, only in contradiction to what we know of it.”
8. How has The X-Files impacted your life?
It’s entirely the reason that I am working in television right now. I’ve had the pleasure of working with a number of people that have worked on The X-Files in various capacities. Beyond simply inspiring me to pursue it as a career, The X-Files changed so much about the look and the feel of television and held it to a higher standard. Thus, it has shaped the quality of work that I’m able to be involved in now. It also gave me confidence and strength as an adolescent, and is one of the few things that I’ve only gotten to love more as an adult.
Thanks, Ashley! Come back next Wednesday for a new artist!