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.
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.
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.