Artist Spotlight: Danni Shinya Luo

Who is your biggest inspiration as a woman artist? 
My biggest inspiration is female artists like Clair Wendling, Junko Mizuno, and Takahashi Rumiko
You have a fan base filled with both men and women.  How do you think your pin up art is able to attract both sexes? 
I think my art speaks to both sexes because beauty and femininity is a universal language.  Everyone can enjoy aesthetically pleasing curves and colors, it’s not just for one gender or the other.
What do you think is the sexiest feature or attribute a woman can have?
Confidence is the sexiest attribute a woman can have.  If you are not confident in your own identity it wouldn’t matter if you’re good looking.  Confidence is what brings out all the other good elements in a person.
When did you discover that you wanted to be an artist for your career choice?
I decided that half way through high school, when me and my family found out about Art Center College of Design.  Then after I started taking night classes there and putting together my entry portfolio I knew this was going to be a serious path.
What advice do you have for young women artists who are seeking a career in art?
For all the girls/women out there, I think there are 2 most important things you need to remember.  First one is to hone your craft, never stop improving yourself, “good enough” is simply not enough, look among your peers, ask “does my art stand out?”.  Secondly, don’t make art without a purpose, no matter what your subject matter is, you can make it interesting by having a little story or a message behind it, an image without an idea  will not be remembered.

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