Today I want to bring your attention to a wonderful artist who I am privileged to be acquainted with. She is constantly growing and learning but has a great understanding of anatomy, composition, color theory, as well as her own flare and style. Below is an introduction to her art and the results of the interview we conducted earlier this week.
Shannon pursues art as a hobby. She has been drawing since she could pick up a crayon and has progressed through using colored pencils, watercolor, watercolor pencils, charcoal, pastels, and more! Digital art and watercolors are her favorite and most common mediums. For digital art she uses Painter 12 and Photoshop CS6. Recently she has enjoyed using Copic Sketch Markers which she sometimes mixes with watercolors.
Original characters are Shannon’s favorite works to develop, whether the characters are her own or commissions and trades with others. She also loves working on urban scenery and I see a lot of nature development in her work. Although she admits that she experiences difficulty with architecture, perspective, and military themes, she uses a wealth of photo references to develop her skill further. Many of these reference photos come from Wikipedia and Shannon sometimes combines them to develop an entirely new picture to reference.
“I eyeball the [reference] photos and draw what I see. I draw it over and over, then start drawing from my imagination, using reference photos just as a guide…”
If Shannon wants to draw something at an odd angle, a handgun for example, she uses a 3D modeler and manipulates the image.
Shannon takes inspiration from everything around her. The inkling of a story or illustration idea can come from random conversation, movies, history, other artists, etc.
At first Shannon wanted to pursue producing artwork as her career but as she started researching the requirements to become a professional artist she decided the process was not for her. Instead, she is studying for an Associates Degree in Science, which she hopes will one day become a Masters in Science. At the moment she concentrates on molecular biology but eventually wanted to become more involved in genetics and work in a private sector job. I believe art will continue to be a favorite hobby of hers so keep an eye out for her work!
To new artists or artists looking to develop their skills Shannon leaves this advice:
“Keep on drawing. Draw what you love. Try new things. Artists should never be afraid to draw the things they like…never be afraid of judgement, and only draw things you want to draw, not what you think you should want to draw.”
check out her gallery at Khezix@Fur Affinity
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- Artist Interview: 1tiptip1