Artist Spotlight: Jamie Gibbons

GDG: Where are you from and where do you live now?

 
JG: Originally from Tucson, AZ. I currently reside in Denver, CO.

GDG: Could you give us a brief overview of your art background?

JG: Since childhood, I have been obsessed with animation and art.  I managed to get a scholarship to the University of Arizona where I studied Digital Media and Animation. Shortly after, I married my high school sweetheart (still married) and followed him around the world while he was in the military. Animation/Design jobs were few while constantly uprooting, so I started working in freelance graphic design and illustration and found my niche.

GDG: What are some of the jobs you have done professionally?

JG: Graphic design allows me to work on all sorts of platforms and mediums. I feel fortunate I’ve had the opportunity to have my work on everything from trains to toys. When I was growing up, all I wanted was to work in animation, but life got complicated and many suggested I try graphic design. My response then was, ‘I don’t want to work on ketchup bottles’. Eventually, I went for it. I learned so much and realized the crazy amount of creative expression that’s possible in this field. Now I would be overjoyed for a gig on a ketchup bottle!

GDG: Has working around so many other GDG artists influenced your art style?

JG: The first time I discovered GDG, I was on Brittney Lee’s blog and I thought, “I want in on that!” GDG allows me to work with such a variety of artists – you can’t help but see the impact the group has on your style. Just the weekly themes alone, I get so much inspiration and encouragement from this group of women.

GDG: Where do you get your inspiration?

JG: As most of us say, ‘everywhere’, but my favorite places to look are thrift shops. I love hunting through old records, movie posters, toys, and especially weird prints and photos.

GDG: What do you do when you are in a ‘creative rut’?

JG: Getting outside and allowing my mind to wander really helps. Denver is the ideal place for this! Within 20 minutes from anywhere, you can be in nature, at an exhibit, or just experiencing a new place to hang out and people watch. It’s something I really love about Colorado.

GDG: Do you prefer digital or traditional art?

JG: I love traditional methods, even though I do primarily digital work. I always start with rough sketches and love to paint color ideas. Regular practice in traditional mediums helps me develop my methods in digital. Going to the fundamentals and simplifying what I’m doing always helps me further a concept.

GDG: What is your favorite artistic discipline?

JG: Gouache painting. I love it. It’s what I do if I feel a creative temper tantrum brewing or just to work through ideas for work.

GDG: What have you always wanted to learn?

JG: Hand lettering. Like so many people, I suffer from writing, ‘Happy Birthday!’ on a card only to run out of room by the time I get to the ‘y’ in Birthday.

GDG: What is your advice to aspiring women artists?

JG: Stay diligent. Life can get complicated, but there’s always a way if you stick to it. Many people are shocked to find out I am an artist, because I’m a military wife, a mom, and caught up in the throws of domesticated life sometimes, but art is my passion and I will always find a way to make it work. It’s who I am.

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Artist Spotlight: Lisa Dosson

Where are you from / currently live?

LD: I was born and raised in a very small community in Northern Michigan. Currently, I live in Burbank, California


Could you give us a brief overview of your art background (when you first became interested in art, education, work history, etc…) we just need a couple sentences, doesn’t have to be full bio.

LD: I got into drawing from a pretty early age, and decided I wanted to be an artist when I was 7 years old. Since then, I have studied Graphic Design (BA) at KCAD in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Classical Drawing at the SACI Academy in Florence, Italy, and Classical Animation at Vancouver Film School.
Currently, I work as a commercial story board artist, and co-run The Model Drawing Collective, one of the largest life drawing workshops in Los Angles.

Describe some of the jobs you have done professionally how they have helped develop your artistic skills.

LD: Everything can be a learning experience, even retail jobs teach patience. I stated out working odd jobs, and teaching design drawing as a tutor at KCAD. Teaching a skill to someone else is a great way to grow more too! After that, I did (and still do) freelance work, which has helped me work under pressure: tight budgets and even tighter deadlines. Running a life drawing group definitely helps with technical and communication skills. Life drawing by the way, is a great way to develop almost any artistic discipline: animation, character design, modeling, sculpture- or even just overall confidence of forms and lines. What I’m saying is, come to my life drawing! https://www.facebook. com/modeldrawingcollective

Has working around so many other GDG artists influenced your art style? If so, in what way?

LD: Perhaps not my artistic style, but I met one of my closest friends at the first gallery event I attended a couple years back. Professionally, it’s given me some great opportunities too- working the Pasadena Chalk Festival, SDCC and lecturing at UCLA have been highlights in my career.

You recently went to Paris to study art, what was your takeaway from that trip?

LD: Paris was an amazing experience- something I had planned since I was 15 years old. I spent three months studying at the Louvre, which anyone can do if they are an adult and apply for a professional pass (which only costs around 40 USD!) Since I had planned this trip solely for personal study, I spent most of my time copying works and sketching from the Old Masters, and also meeting other artists and visiting their life drawing workshops. It’s hard to simplify the experience into one takeaway, but the trip definitely broadened my perspective regarding how other cultures celebrate their artistic heritage. Though subtle, there was a level of respect offered to me in Paris because I was a studying artist that I would love to see more of here in the US.

Where do you find your inspiration for your art?

LD: I love old fairy tales and folktales. I love listening to people’s family stories and their histories. I love unlikely animal friendships too. I think those loves show up in my art, both in my subject matter, and in the way I draw

Do you have a preference between working with digital or traditional methods? Could you give a couple reasons why?

LD: I like both. My background is very traditionally based: charcoal, pencil, and ink. I enjoy and use all of these mediums because they can be practical and comforting. There is something very intimate about having a sketchbook with me wherever I go. In a practical sense, it’s just quicker and less committal to use pen a paper for quick thumbnails before I begin a project at work- it makes me feel more connected to the project too. Digital is fantastic for commercial art because it’s so easy to share, replicate, reproduce, and edit. At the end of the day, they are both just tools.

Are there any artistic disciplines (sculpture, painting, photography, fashion, etc, anything….) that you have a passion for?

LD: Life drawing and story telling- lucky for me, the two fit together pretty nicely. In my free time, I also love doing long render studies of casts and bones.

Is there a type of art that you‘ve always wanted to learn?

LD: Tattooing. Something about using ink and needles is really appealing to me. I’ve always shied away from learning it because the idea of practicing on people/dead pigs (yikes!) was just too daunting. Modern technology has developed a sort of prosthetic skin sketchbook though, so when I get some extra money, I will definitely be giving it a try!

Based on your professional experiences, do you have any advice for aspiring young women artists?

LD: Two things actually..

On Style:

It seems like young artists get really stressed out about having a “style” or finding “THEIR style,” but don’t worry or even think about it. Practice good fundamentals instead, because if it comes from your hand, it’s already your style.

On Sexism:
Sexism in our industry is real, so don’t be surprised when you encounter it. Remind yourself (and possibly others) that unless you are, in fact, operating your stylus with your genitals, gender has nothing to do with your job.

Call For New Members!

Want to be a part of Girls Drawin Girls? New membership submissions open now until Jan 31st, 2017!

If you would like to join the ranks of the leading international group of women artists, animators, comic creators, and all around amazing ladies, please submit 3 pieces of art to: girlsdrawingirls@gmail.com.

Of the 3 pieces, please include an understanding of anatomy, form, and a sense of your own personal style. Please also have at least 1 of the pieces be of a female. A $5 submission fee will be required upon submission. If selected, this $5 will go toward your membership dues. Please make payment via paypal to girlsdrawingirls@gmail.com.

If you would like us to review your portfolio for feedback purposes (in regards to applying to the group, or just to get advice), please feel free to bring your portfolio to any of our portfolio review sessions (usually during San Diego Comic-Con or New York Comic Con) or to any of our events, where one of our members can give you feedback!
Best of luck and we look forward to working with you in 2017!

Artist Spotlight: Megan Kelly

Where are you from / currently live?

MK: I am originally from a small town up north called Patterson. I currently live in Los Angeles.

watermelonCould you give us a brief overview of your art background (when you first became interested in art, education, work history, etc…)

MK: I have always been interested in drawing, but it wasn’t until I watched my first bugs bunny cartoon that I decided I wanted to become an animator. I went to college at San Jose State to join their Animation / Illustration program, called the ShrunkenHeadmen Club. While in the program I was lucky to meet people working in the industry through the Acme program and through them I got my first job working as a Layout Artist on the Simpsons Movie at Rough Draft Studios. Since then, I worked on the Futurama DVD’s and then American Dad where I am currently an Assistant Director

Describe some of the jobs you have done professionally how they have helped develop your artistic skills.

MK: Character Layout and Storyboarding taught me to loosen up and try to add as much life in my drawings as possible. As an Assistant Director I’ve learned a lot about the process of making an animated show. Learning what happens after the drawing is done (animatic, timing, color) has changed the way I board. I also found that good time management is your best friend.

Has working around so many other GDG artists influenced your art style? If so, in what way?

mewecanMK: They haven’t influenced my style as much as they’ve just influenced me to draw more. Looking at all the diverse beautiful drawings that the women of GDG produce just makes me want to create more! I’m constantly inspired by those around me.

What is your personal take away as a woman drawing pinup art of women?

MK: I never really thought it was weird or odd that I enjoyed drawing pinup art. It’s just something I’ve always done since I saw my first pinup in a comic. I think you should draw what you like, what inspires you, and pinups always seemed so cool to me. They are sexy but in control and I like that.

Where do you find your inspiration for your art?

MK: Other artist’s work inspires me. I like looking at different styles and ideas and it usually sparks something in me and makes me want to draw. Most of the pinups I draw are nerdy things that I enjoy. I draw a lot from books I am reading or shows and movies I watch.

usfDo you have a preference between working with digital or traditional methods? Could you give a couple reasons why?

MK: I am not an artist that quickly sketches something and have it come out perfect. I like to noodle with my drawings, get ideas as I am drawing. So digital has been really great with that. I like that I can erase with ease or change the size and angles of things at a whim. I would go through so much paper and erasers before I started using digital, so I am happy I can save some trees now. Also, my style is more stylized simplistic shapes so finishing my work in illustrator helps me get those really clean lines.

Are there any artistic disciplines (sculpture, painting, photography, fashion, etc, anything….) that you have a passion for?

MK: I sometimes like to sculpt things, usually with whatever’s handy as opposed to working with clay. I have made a few masks out of newspaper and tape for Halloween.

Is there a type of art that you‘ve always wanted to learn?

MK: I would love to learn how to do paper art.

Based on your professional experiences, do you have any advice for aspiring young women artists?

MK: Always ask questions and don’t be afraid of notes on your work. You are never too good to learn. As for your personal work, just draw what makes you happy not what you think will make others happy.

Artist Spotlight: Joanna Davidovich

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I’m living it up in Atlanta, Georgia.

Could you give us a brief overview of your art background (when you first became interested in art, education, work history, etc…) we just need a couple sentences, doesn’t have to be full bio. 

I’ve always loved drawing and watching cartoons.  My parents still boast how a painting of mine sold at a school charity auction when I was in kindergarten.  They never told more for how much, for all I know it was sold for pocket lint, but still, my interest in pursuing art started early!  I drew all the time growing up, went to college for animation and have been working as an animation artist ever since.

Describe some of the jobs you have done professionally how they have helped develop your artistic skills.

I’ve mostly worked on broadcast commercials and a little series work doing animation, boarding, character design and the like.  In broadcast, the deadlines are unforgiving so you’re always looking for ways to get your ideas down faster and faster.  You have to learn to trust your first instincts, and live with it.  There probably isn’t a single project I haven’t said something like “if I only had more time I could have done so much better!” So when I draw for myself, I’m still in that “get-it-done!” mindset.  Even if I’m not satisfied with the final product, if I linger I rework things to death in frustration, so I just take it as a learning experience and move on.  I would have a different philosophy if I had more time for everything, but for now, this is what I learned from my work and this is what works for me right now.

Has working around so many other GDG artists influenced your art style? If so, in what way?

Sure!  Its fascinating how artists can take one idea and create such distinct and wildly different things with it.  GDG has the weekly sketch themes which are so much fun to follow.  When I check out what’s going on on the GDG blog or FB page I’m always logging things away to try myself in the future.

What is your personal take away as a woman drawing pin up art of women?
It’s so funny how much of the old pinup art we find so adorable today was considered scandalous at the time it was created.  I’m not what you’d call an adventurous person, so when I draw pin ups I like to think to myself “if this was 70 years ago, I’d be a REBEL!”.  But pin ups have always held an appeal for women if you think about it- so much of advertising and fashion is basically pin up art.  Pretty girlie drawings are about cheekiness, liveliness, humor- and those are things everyone can appreciate.  I could speculate perhaps that female artists have a more natural understanding of that appeal- I’ve yet to see a female artist of any skill level do a pinup that looks two basketballs hanging off a Q-tip.

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Where do you find your inspiration for your art?

I love early/mid 20th century pop culture- the music, movies, fashion.  The swing era is a particular favorite.  There are so many luscious Technicolor spectacles where every frame looks like a painting I want to hang up on the wall.  And the black-and-whites, when the lighting is just right, can get this velvety texture and glow that makes all the actors look like otherworldly gods.  I think that women on the whole never looked more beautiful and strong than how they were made up and photographed in the 40s.  And of course I’m inspired by great artists, especially in those in animation.  Animators just draw awesome pinups- I mean, is there anything more sweet and sassy than a Freddie Moore girl?

Do you have a preference between working with digital or traditional methods? Could you give a couple reasons why?

I prefer to work on paper, but necessity dictates I predominantly work digitally.  Technology is amazing, but nothing beats the tactile feeling of pencil and paper when you’re working out ideas.  But I only work on paper when I have time, and as I’ve indicated previously there’s not much of that going around anymore.  But ever since I started buying those Kyle Webster brushes for Photoshop I’ve enjoyed digital more and more.
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Are there any artistic disciplines (sculpture, painting, photography, fashion, etc, anything….) that you have a passion for? 
I wish I could try it all.  I keep dabbling in watercolors with embarrassing results- I really wish I could make a proper study of traditional media.  Since I don’t do it, I couldn’t call it a passion- just a strong desire.

Is there a type of art that you‘ve always wanted to learn?
 
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Based on your professional experiences, do you have any advice for aspiring young women artists?

Its almost like I have so much advice I can’t even put it into words.  Its something like: Don’t let other people dictate your career.  There are so many paths to follow, but there are even more that you can forge on your own.  Work hard on your skills, have confidence in them, and value yourself.  And on a personal level, you’ll always have those sneaky little doubts and disappointments no matter what you do, but those should never stop you from creating and doing the things you love.  And take a break sometimes to get out of your own head.  And stay healthy!  Remember to sleep and drink water and don’t just eat Twizzlers all day even though they are super delicious and convenient.  

 

Artist Spotlight: Katie Grech

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Where are you from / currently live?
Mackay, Australia

Could you give us a brief overview of your art background (when you first became interested in art, education, work history, etc…) we just need a couple sentences, doesn’t have to be full bio.
I became interested in art when I was a kid In the 80/90’s, watching my uncle draw and paint, watching animated movies (a favourite was The Little Mermaid) and playing video games (a favourite was Super Mario).

Describe some of the jobs you have done professionally how they have helped develop your artistic skills.
The first 2 years out of college, I worked mostly on Flash games where I developed my vector art and animation skills. I am freelancing at the moment, and I do mostly marketing material for small business now, developing my graphic design skills. Something that has been a constant is illustration work, developing my digital painting skills.

katie-g-3Has working around so many other GDG artists influenced your art style? If so, in what way?
Just before I got accepted into GDG, I did a series of pinup illustrations for a big Australian lingerie company, and I struggled with the pinup style. Since joining GDG, I’ve learned so much from the artists personal styles – especially from Genevieve FT, Leen Isabel, Sherry Delorme, Pamela Barbieri, and Joanna Davidovich.

Where do you find your inspiration for your art?
There is this Facebook group called ‘Caricaturama Showdown 3000! (www.facebook.com/groups/caricaturama/) where all members draw the same person every week. It’s so cool because while they all look like the same person, the likeness is always different. I think that is really interesting and it inspires me to paint my version. I never get to submit them though, because I don’t have time to finish them!

Do you have a preference between working with digital or traditional methods? Could you give a couple reasons why?
I prefer digital because it’s much faster than traditional, and the stuff that work on usually requires the work to be digital.

katie-g-Lacey-Pisani-RGB-for-WebAre there any artistic disciplines (sculpture, painting, photography, fashion, etc, anything….) that you have a passion for?
Video game art

Is there a type of art that you‘ve always wanted to learn?
I would like to be a good traditional painter.

Based on your professional experiences, do you have any advice for aspiring young women artists?

The way I became a professional artist was to just do it. I had just started my art degree and I was a really bad artist, but I wanted to practice the skills I was learning in college so I started freelancing. I did a lot of free/cheap work for local bands in the beginning. Musicians and promoters are always needing cheap artwork for gig posters and other promo material. Aspiring young artists should start there if they need professional practice.
It was more than 5 years of being a professional artist until I got to a point where I was happy with my work. It takes a long time to be a good artist … practice, practice, practice every day!
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Artist Spotlight: Miss Tak

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Where are you from originally? Where are you located now?

Born and raised in So-Cal. At the moment I’m working out of Hollywood.

Could you give us a brief overview of your art background?

 My parents used to say that when they’d hand out colouring pages in Preschool, I’d turn them over and draw my own things on the back. Later, I enrolled in private art lessons, as well as Saturday High classes at Art Center in Pasadena, and then eventually I did the CSSSA program at Cal Arts in Animation. After that I got my BFA at Art Center.

Describe some of the jobs you have done professionally how they have helped develop your artistic skills.

I’ve done a ton of odds and ends; from drawing pottery for a catalog, to portraits of people’s dogs in costumes, to professional illustrative jobs for TV. They’ve taught me a breadth of styles, which helps me develop a diverse portfolio. And working for TV has taught me that the quickest artists become the most valued.

JellySmHas working with GDG inspired you creatively?

It’s definitely emboldened me to work more with the nude female form. They make women look strong, regardless of how she’s dressed. And that was such an important lesson to learn to claim as my own.

Where do you find inspiration for your art?

Usually my ideas come from some kind of narrative. Many of my friends are excellent writers, and I mostly find myself wanting to help bring their worlds and characters to life. Other times, I use painting as a form of escapism. Creating things that I wish existed.

Do you have a preference between working with digital or traditional methods? 

I only work digitally now, aside from a few random sketchbook scrawlings here and there. As much as I respect traditional work, I hate the clean up, the supply costs and the lack of an undo button. When I paint digitally, I work on a Cintiq, which allows me to paint right on the image with no disconnect. I find that it’s a really happy middle, and still gives you a traditional feel.  

JanuaryQueenSMAre there any artistic disciplines that you have a passion for?

Aside from digital painting I make costumes and props. Many things tend to lean towards the ‘Steampunk’ style. Though, honestly, I just enjoy creating tangible, useful things that make people happy.

Is there a type of art that you’ve always wanted to learn?

I’d love to learn how to screen print! I think that’s an awesome way to be able to produce artwork.

Do you have any advice for aspiring young women artists?

Do you. And do it as long as you can. Everyone will try to take your uniqueness from you and tell you that you should be more like someone else. Do your own thing, it’ll take you much farther than mimicking someone else. 

Artist Spotlight: Yating Sun

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Yating Sun’s Portfolio

Where are you from originally? Where are you located now?

I am from China, mainland city called Qingdao. Now I am located at Los Angeles, California.

Could you give us a brief overview of your art background?

I have liked to draw since I was a kid, and the professional training for my artistic skills comes from high school. I went to an art high school and learned some very basic rules of drawing and painting, then I studied design in my undergraduate school. I came to the US for graduate school for my studies in major visual development. Now I am in game industry.

skllyanin-50b99f5e1270893Describe some of the jobs you have done professionally how they have helped develop your artistic skills.

In one of my part time jobs, I had to render a character to completion. It’s really a process in which other people can help you to find your faults and help you correct them. Especially after you stare at an image for a long time, it is very important to let other people help you to find where you need to improve. I don’t think it is an artistic skill necessarily, but a very important skill to know.

Has working with GDG inspired you creatively?

Our GDG group has so many talented artists, each one of them. Their drawings really inspire me.

 

How would you describe your style?

Colorful and weird.

Do you have a preference between working with digital or traditional methods? Could you give a couple reasons why?

I prefer to work traditionally, it’s more about what you can touch and feel, and it is better for archival purposes than digital.

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I want to try more fashion design and sculpture … I have a passion for all things related to art.

Is there a type of art that you’ve always wanted to learn?

Writing.

Based on your professional experiences, do you have any advice for aspiring young women artists?

Find out who you are, and stick with it, and your art will naturally come out.

Artist Spotlight: Erin Greener

Erin’s Portfolio

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Could you give us a brief overview of your art background, where you are from, etc?

Growing up on a hobby farm in a small town, having even a teeny bit of artistic talent made you a big fish. I knew I wanted to do something with my talent, but I wasn’t sure what yet. I figured that going to art school after high school would help me figure that out. However, going to the city for art school gave me a serious reality check. That big fish attitude was gone real fast!

Describe some of the jobs you have done professionally how they have helped develop your artistic skills.

All right, confession time. I have yet to land a true blue professional art job. The best I got going for me is being a digital illustrator for a start up.

Has working with GDG helped you get to know other women artists? If so, has that been beneficial to you?
Absolutely. After graduating art school, I still wasn’t able to escape the corn fields of southeast Michigan. Not a lot of artists out here when you’re half an hour from the nearest city. GDG was where I could connect with people who liked to draw the same stuff I did.

axefinalsmallHow would you describe your style?

I would use the words ‘Comic book candy’ to describe how I draw. I like keeping things relatively 2D. Detailed line art, bright color and vibrant moods are my playing cards.

What is your favorite subject to draw?

Oh. Em. Gee. Battle chicks. I’ve always been a fantasy fan. I love drawing warriors, weapons, magic stuff….

Do you think it is important for women to embrace their own take on what makes them feel sexy?

If you don’t embrace it, someone is going to try to make you feel bad about it. If it weren’t for GDG, my pin up art wouldn’t be seeing the light of day because I would have been too fearful of what others thought about me. Here in Smalltownland USA, women are taught that sexiness makes you more difficult to respect, and for a long time I was buying into it. But at the end of the day, you belong to you, sexuality included. Pin up was how I expressed mine.

Do you have a preference between working with digital or traditional methods? Could you give a couple reasons why?

I’m definitely a digital artist. As much as I love traditional drawing methods like pencil and pastel, my vision is most accurately achieved in photoshop. It’s also more convenient since I’m chained to a computer most of the day.

Are there any artistic disciplines that you have a passion for?

My educational background is in traditional 2D hand drawn animation. But I am REALLY into crafting and costume-making too.

Is there a type of art that you’ve always wanted to learn?

Glass blowing and wood working would be pretty awesome. Even though my art is mostly digital, I utterly adore craft arts.

raversmallBased on your professional experiences, do you have any advice for aspiring young women artists?

A little aggressiveness and self confidence goes a long way in the industries where one gender is the overwhelming majority. When you’re the only female in the office or one of the few females in the company, there’s a chance you may not be treated quite the same as your male coworkers. Your strengths might get downplayed, you might be talked over, you might get treated like a weak link. It’s very important to teach others how you want to be treated. You are a strong, talented, person with your own beautiful ideas and a unique view on the world. Don’t let them forget.

Artist Spotlight: Penelope Gaylord

Penelope’s Portfolio

PENG-dragon-complete-webWhere are you from?

I was born near Manila, Philippines but home is the Washington, DC area.

 

Could you give us a brief overview of your art background (when you first became interested in art, education, work history, etc…) we just need a couple sentences, doesn’t have to be full bio. 

I think The Little Mermaid had a huge influence on me to want to draw, even though I didn’t know it at the time. I was drawing Disney Princesses until high school. Then I got into anime, specifically Sailor Moon and Ranma ½. After high school, I started to take art more seriously and got into comics with my now-husband Jerry. We started out doing independent comics for other people but our first big project was “Fanboys Vs. Zombies” published by Boom Studios. From there, I’ve worked on other properties like “Adventure Time” and “My Little Pony.” Outside of comics, I draw illustrations for whoever wants to hire me!

 

Describe some of the jobs you have done professionally how they have helped develop your artistic skills.

I’ve been a freelance illustrator for a few years now. Doing comics has really helped me to broaden my understanding of what art could look like. I’ve been to so many comic cons and seen so many different styles of art that I can’t help but be influenced by them. Some projects have asked me to stay on-model, some give me artistic freedom, and that’s really helped me to be flexible. There’s really nothing better than learning on the job.

 

Has working with other GDG artists influenced your style?  If so, in what way?

Being a part of GDG has certainly pushed me to get better. There are so many amazing women with very impressive accolades that it’s really made me step outside of my comfort zone and truly earn my place at the table.

 

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Drawing females have always been my forte. I just find it comes more naturally. Drawing curves is in everything I draw, not just in the figures but in decorative things like hair or background elements.

 

Who is the artist who has most inspired you?

That’s kind of a big question. It’s really tough to single out just one artist. There have been a handful in my life and each inspire me differently. But I guess the first most inspirational artist would be Glen Keane, even though I didn’t know it yet. The Little Mermaid made me really pay attention to art. I didn’t know why I loved the pretty pictures, I just knew I did. Then came Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and so on. The stories were all wonderful, but the art was what stuck with me.

 

Do you have a preference between working with digital or traditional methods? Could you give a couple reasons why?

I prefer to work digital when it comes to colors, but traditional when it comes to drawing. Not having gone to any type of art school, I never really got to learn properly how to use traditional mediums like paints or charcoal. So whenever I use that, I feel like I’m just a kid playing around with paints. But I’ve always drawn with paper and a pencil because it feels natural. I taught myself to learn how to color with photoshop since I heard about it and I’ve just gotten more comfortable with it. It is a lot of learning, a lot of experimentation, and quite a bit of frustration – but no mess to clean up afterwards.

 

Are there any artistic disciplines (sculpture, painting, photography, fashion, etc, anything….) that you have a passion for? 

I just love drawing. Putting that pencil to paper is kind of therapeutic. I draw what I feel, I draw when I’m bored, I draw when I can’t get an idea out of my head. I’m one of those that doodled on every single sheet of notes or homework in school.

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Is there a type of art that you‘ve always wanted to learn?

I’ve always wanted to learn how to paint. Not even realistic paintings, I just want to learn how to use the medium.

 

Based on your professional experiences, do you have any advice for aspiring young women artists?

My advice to young women artists is to just do you. Draw what you like, paint what you love, photograph things that interest you. Whatever it is that you want to do, do that. There’s a lot of pressure for any artist, men or women, to either give up on their art completely or to conform their style to fit someone else’s expectations. But for women, if you find yourself in an industry that’s male-dominated, there’s extra pressure to fit in. Don’t! It’s your unique vision that will make you stand out in the crowd.