Frequently Asked Questions
What materials do you use?
I mostly use digital tools like an IPad Pro (2017 model) that’s 10.5 inches, an Apple Pencil, the Procreate drawing app, Adobe Photoshop, and other Adobe programs. I am also comfortable with traditional materials like ink and markers. I also studied sculpture in college, but most of my work has leaned away from it over the years. I think it’s also important to note my first digital drawing tool was a mouse and MS Paint. I started college with a Laptop and a Wacom Bamboo Create drawing tablet.
How do you make your products?
A: I design all the artwork digitally and then utilize a print on demand company to print and ship all orders for me. I currently do this for my mugs, apparel, blankets, pillows, canvas bags, and art prints.
Did you go to college?
Yes! I graduated from the Columbus College of Art & Design in 2016 with my Bachelor's of Fine Art Degree in Illustration.
After college, how did you get your first art job?
I had had a few small commissions here and there, but I didn’t get my first full time art job until about a year after I graduated. While I was still attending I went to a job fair that my college hosted and I met with the Graphics Team Supervisor from the Ohio Division of Wildlife at their table. They had an opening for a Graphic artist contractor. After showing them my portfolio and getting some feedback I emailed later thanking them for their time and feedback and mentioned if the position was still open I would be interested in working with them. Apparently I was one of the very few that emailed after and that was one of the main reason I was able to later get an offer. So you might feel it doesn’t accomplish much or might be deciding if you should send a thank you I say YES. If I’ve learned anything during my years working as a professional it is that a simple THANK YOU can go a long way. Believe in the power of thanks! :)
When did you start making art?
I was one of those kids who started basically as the beginning of life. As soon as I figured out what fingers did I was always making something.
Any advice to an artist just getting started?
I think discovering your identity as an artist is one of the hardest things. It’s not just finding a “style”, but discovering your values and ideas that you gravitate to can require a lot of self reflection. My advice would be to try anything and everything. Markers, painting, even splashing some coffee on a paper can turn into something. Play around and listen to yourself. Take a step back and ask “Does this feel good?” And “Why?” It actually took me forever to figure out what I liked and why and honestly I still learn new things about myself frequently.
Are you open to speaking with aspiring artists?
Yes, I try to leave my DMs and email open for people seeking feedback. I don’t always have the time, but feel free to send me an email or message and I will do my best to get back to you. I actually love discussing creative development! It’s honestly my favorite thing when I get to mentor!