|1. Full Name: Shavonne Schumacher
2. What is your favorite art medium?
Currently, my favorite medium is dip ink and markers… the expensive ones! Though if you have seen my artwork at the Art Center, you probably remember me for clothing design.
3. How long have you been working with that medium?
I got introduced to Copic Markers when I started studying Apparel Design in 2009 at OSU. (That is also where I learned to sew and design clothes).
4. Do you expand outside of your primary medium? Why or why not?
Yes! Trying new things always seems to inspire me to expand my range of art.
5. Where do you find inspiration for your art?
Everywhere! If I am ever searching for inspiration, I tend to browse my favorite artists online (DeviantArt.com is a great place) or look through art books (especially fairytale or mythology art, it’s one of my favorites!)
6. What is the best part of being an artist?
The best part of being an artist is slowing down and seeing the world in a different way. When I visit new places, I like to record my trip by drawing something on site, and in doing so I remember the place more vividly, and notice things that would have gone unnoticed. Not to mention, it helps me get introduced to new people!
7. What is the hardest part of being an artist?
The hardest part for me personally as an artist is staying focused on one type of art. I think the hardest part of being an artist in general is being okay with having okay art, and continuing to push forward to see your art improve.
8. How and where do you sell/present your art?
I have been sharing my art online for years, and have had some commissions come from that. I have been working on having a more physical display of my artwork at the Brownsville Art Center and the Markets they have hosted.
9. Who supported you during the time you decided to become an artist?
I started drawing around age 5 and was encouraged by my parents to keep drawing and to pursue it professionally. It certainly helped my art to be bored waiting at my mom’s office and to really have nothing better to do than draw!
10. What advice do you have for beginning artists?
Buy a sketchbook and fill it up. Then buy another one. So many people believe that being good at art is a talent you are born with, but really all it takes is lots of practice. So even if it’s ugly now, keep practicing!
11. Anything else to say?
If you are on Facebook and enjoy seeing random daily sketches, check out my page here: facebook.com/shavonneschu