Welcome to our first Artist Spotlight! These ‘spotlights’ are so you, the audience, can get to know some of the talent out there in the “fanboy” world who create the awesome, cute, and wonderful artworks that are such an integrated part of the genre’s we love.
Okay, no more delaying… lets meet our First Artist….
Q: Who are you and what do you do?
A: Hi! I’m Beck Seashols aka “BeckaDoodles”
I’m a cartoonist, illustrator, children’s book author, webcomic artist and creator of cute craft stuffs.
Q: How do you work? (Tools of the trade, etc)
A: I love color and the process of coloring so I very rarely do anything in black and white or pencil only. For commercial work I mostly use Prismacolor markers and inks and my children’s art is normally gouache and/or watercolor. And I have graciously accepted the nickname “Glitter Queen” because of my (almost) excessive use of Gelly Roll Glitter Pens.
Q: How did you get your start?
A: How did I get my start…hmm coloring on the walls of my bedroom? laying on the floor with a billion crayons and coloring books? I started drawing and coloring and painting as a child and eventually took art classes throughout my childhood and high school years. I actually became a professional “paid” artist in 2000 when I started doing personal commissions and designing for rubber stamping companies. In 2008, my first children’s book was published, in 2009 I began work in the sketch card community and in 2010 I started drawing the webcomic “Sweeten Village” with my writing partner Brad Duncan.
Q: What styles of art do you most identify with (please feel free to include other artist’s names, or other inspirations, etc.)
A: I find many artists work inspiring and enjoy all types and styles of art but I tend to be drawn to cartoons and colorful artwork. I grew up on Garfield, Tom and Jerry and my all time favorite, Richard Scarry. Reading (and looking) at his books made me want to be a children’s illustrator.
Q: What kind of artwork do you most enjoy doing/creating?
A: Cartoons!!! I love drawing the most adorable animals or aliens or monsters! I like taking things that shouldn’t be cute and cuddly and making them huggable. And of course I love drawing for kids.
Q: What projects have you worked on in the past?
A: Rubber stamps, children’s book, sketch cards, greeting cards, t-shirt design, personal commissions, fan art, webcomic illustration, crocheted craft pattern design, jewelry making…the list is long and continuing to grow.
Q: What is your dream project? (if you have one)
A: I tend to treat each new job as a dream job. I enjoy doing different projects and working with a variety of companies and each one is special in it’s own way. I would love to continue working on children’s books written by me and other authors and have plans for that in the very near future.
Q: What do you like about the art world?
A: Variety! There is room for every style and type of art in our world and I enjoy them all. I love the sharing of artwork and the feeling of community you can have with a large group of artists. Oh and the fans. I do so love the fans of my art. *wink*
Q: What do you DISlike about the art world?
A: I’m normally not a negative person, so to say I “dislike” something is hard for me. I dislike carrots and liver they are just gross. I wish artists were paid more for their work, but that is true in almost every profession, so I guess you could say I dislike not being a millionaire.
Q: What is the best advice you’ve been given professionally?
A: Never stop learning…and practice, practice, practice. Which was usually repeated from my Gramma, who was also an artist. She taught me to color in the lines and to never ever throw old art/sketches/journals away. My personal advice would be, if you can look back over a previous years of artwork and not see a difference, then you are not growing as an artist.
Q: What is your goal, professionally?
A: To create cuteness and cover the world in glitter! I would like to continue working in the children’s market and publish a few more of my own books along with other author’s books. I am working towards building a bigger online store to sell more original arts and crafts. And I would really really love to adopt a Wampa someday…
Q: What wouldn’t you do without, and why? (could be art supplies, or anything else you wish)
A: I absolutely can not live without kittens! Oh and a large supply of markers, inking pens and bristol paper. And some would say, I would not even try to live without glitter…and they would be correct.
Q: Are you open for commissions, and if so, how can people contact you?
A: Yes! I am always open for commissions! If anyone is interested in pricing and my availability, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org You can also find me on twitter at @beckadoodles and my facebook fanpage, www.facebook.com/Beckadoodlestheartofcute. And you can check out my webcomic, “Sweeten Village” at www.SweetenVillage.com
Q: What super power(s) would you like to have, and why? (could be more than one)
A: Wow, that’s a hard question! ummm maybe teleportation? or the ability to absorb other’s super powers? How about a super power that makes my fingertips produce endless amounts of glitter! That would be awesome! Oh and my sidekick would be a kitten dressed as a wiener dog. You’re welcome.
If you would like to learn more about Beck, see more of her work, commission her – or anything else in between… her contact info is listed below! 🙂 Thanks for reading, and Thanks Beck, for being our First Artist Spotlight! 🙂
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