Worked at Anomalous Comics and a Mom who creates amazing stylized art. Shanna has an art Deca, mixed with Media & Pop Culture style. Shanna is also a mother of 4 wonderful children.
Thank you for taking the time to do this with use at Mira’s Run. Shanna is a mom of 3 kids (Let me if that’s right) and Anomalous Comics helps other artist showcase their work. But what many of you might not know is she is also an artist. Shanna is well vast in different forms of art. From arts & crafts, painting, water coloring, and all styles of art. To me, Shanna is what I would call craftswoman of many trades. Shanna covers vast amounts of styles from Photo-realism, Ink, Pastels, Water Color, and even tattoos. Shanna is from London England, far from my home town in Cheyenne. So lets saddle up and begin are journey across the Atlantic Ocean.
Photorealism: is an extremely realistic style of painting and drawing, in which the artwork is based entirely on a photograph. Photorealist art is most appreciated for its huge WOW! factor. People often mistake photorealist paintings for actual photographs.
Hello Shanna, and thank you for taking time out of your schedule. So before we begin, can you tell us a little about yourself?
Myself... where to start? This is always hard. I was born in Rochford in 1983 and of course grew up in Essex. I have been drawing for years, ever since I was in school. I used my drawings as an escape and probably still do to this day. Throughout the years I stopped and started again. In the last two years I have started yet again. In between all this drawing I have three crazy kids. They are great and another little bundle is on the way in 2 months. We all use Alice in Wonderland quotes in this house. What great films they are too.
I first saw your work about 6 months or so ago. My first reaction was a picture of an Owl you posted on FB. (Facebook). So, I decided to check out other works that you have posted via FB. As a father, it is a wonderful thing to see another parent making things for their children. When did you start?
I started drawing two years ago. I'm still learning. I'm learning every day. I love to draw, but drawing for the kids... they have their own imagination that's quite innocent but so free and full of imagination. It's lovely they use their imagination.
What are the major drawbacks that you find when making something for yourself or maybe an art project?
I don't really have drawbacks with my drawings. Maybe I do but I try to stay focused and bypass it. I know things go wrong and once the rubber's out it doesn't seem to stop rubbing.
This might be surprising to those artists out there, but there are more people who do Arts & Crafts than traditional forms of art. To me that’s very hard and takes dedication. I hope you don’t mind me saying that because the Arts and Crafts movement was an international movement in the decorative and fine arts that began in Britain and flourished in Europe and North America between 1880 and 1910, emerging in Japan in the 1920s, by Wiki. But it's true, my mother did amazing things with all forms of art. It's still alive today, and it's one of many art forms that made me want to become an artist. How do you see yourself as an artist?
This is another hard one to answer for me. I don't really know how I would see myself. Of course, I'd love to be working with Disney. That was always my dream but as I've grown up and am still trying to spread my wings, I feel like I'm still learning and haven't found myself a specific industry. I like to try so much. Maybe I'm just different. But that can't be a bad thing.
I will NEVER say it out loud but, quietly, my mom was my…inspiration into art in one form or another. But I am inspired and really intrigued by this style of art. How do you see this? Who inspired you, as an artist?
Well, I see this the same as you. It really does come from our parents. Mine was my dad and still to this day he will push me with my art and to “follow your dream, Shanna,” but life gets in the way, and time - we'd all love more time. His work is a different style to mine - more erotic and cartoony.
Is there one person in particular that you follow, maybe for inspiration?
Growing up I followed my dad. He loved Boris Vallejo's style which, I must admit, I have books on his art and the detail is amazing. Also Julie Bell. Then as I grew up and grew into the world I changed. I liked to look more through comics so I followed a lot of Micheal Turner. His work was stunning. Loved Tank Girl... two great artists. So then I became a collector of all type of books and styles. I found loads of artists. It was so wide a range and still today I'm seeing and finding new artists. So, eyes always wide open.
Crafting a Style
I can understand many artists always find it hard to hit deadlines, personal or professional. How do you get past this hurdle?
Hurdles come and go, but I do try not to let anyone down. But a growing family puts pressure on and that comes with its own hurdles, too. But I wouldn't change any of it. It makes you more focused and I love the madness.
Now, looking over the work you have done, you can do just about any style of art from Cartoon, Animation, & Comic Style. Which one do you enjoy the most doing?
I love to draw a variety of different styles as I'm feeling out the idea of - and getting a new concept - to draw something new. Then when I start to draw an idea, it goes on paper and then I flesh it out. It's a learning curve, but if need be then I add more or add less. You see, my head is full of ideas and I'm still learning a new process, and I would love to try more. But I'm really intrigued by the darker side of art at the moment, like Nightmare Before Christmas.
What types of paints, brushes, and paper do you use when creating a piece like you did for Nightmare Before Christmas?
The materials I use… well, again I use a variety of materials as I'm always trying, but I love Bristol board paper. Quite smooth and it's clean to work on. Acrylics are my all time favorite. I've always worked with them but I come across so much new material that I would love to try. The Nightmare Before Christmas was done on MDF board. I've always used this as it's smooth. I love working on canvas, but at times the pencil seems to really stick, also when running it with smudges and with acrylics. With Acrylics, the moon was itself the biggest piece. I could use a paint that glows so you can see the moon light up at night or in the dark. The moon was something different for me. I was surprised when it actually worked! It looks wonderful and I was really taken aback.
Have you ever decided to work for an art studio or to showcase your work in a gallery?
Well with this I'm not too sure. I wouldn't know where to start. To get myself on a showcase or art studio would be lovely, but maybe in the future when I'm more ready for this. As an artist, you feel like you could improve so much and maybe you always feel you're never ready.
Now you told me that you work under Anomalous Comics a while back. Can you explain how that works and how did you meet up with this group?
I love working under Anomalous Comics. I have done a few pages for them, but haven't done anything with them for a little while now. I met them online - it’s such a big world out there - and we started talking what he liked about my style. So, I started drawing for them and I wouldn't change anything. Everyone was wonderful. I've drawn a lot, but when it comes right down to it, it was the most wonderful experience and I enjoy every moment of it.
Thank you so much for taking the time to show us your work Shanna. Best wishes.