GALLERY ARTIST INTERVIEW: ERICA LYNN SHAW

How old are you?
I’m 34 years old

What is the primary medium you work in?
I tend to prefer to work with Fine Art Markers, along with color pencils and pen.

What is your favorite medium to work in?
Markers for sure

What is your favorite subject matter?
I find the utmost joy in drawing curvy beauties inspired by vintage and modern day pinups (that have a little edge) as well as things from pop culture that spark creative ideas.

What art tools do you use, and do you have any tools or brands that you recommend?
I love love love working with Prismacolor Fine Art Markers. I would also recommend Pigma Micron Pens. They’re so prefect for details as well as definition that tend to make images pop out of the page more.

What sources would you recommend for artists that are interested in pursuing your art medium?
I mean, Youtube is such a great resource for artists. It’s really like taking online classes for any medium/style that one is interested in. I would also say to anyone pursuing a new medium they are not so familiar with, just practice, practice, practice! The more you try, the more familiar you’ll become and the more you’ll be able to notice nuances with that medium that you can master and implement into future pieces.

How and when did you start creating artwork?
I started really young. My father was an artist and he was always big on fostering creativity. So I just remember drawing next to him a lot. I stopped drawing for about five years (due to life stress and him passing). But I picked up a pencil in 2016 for a “Drawlloween Challenge” and it helped me remember how much fun it is to just create things and give life to the things in my imagination.

If you could give any advice to your past-artist-self, what would it be?
Don’t compare yourself to other artists. Just do what you do and trust in that.

If you could create anything in the world, what would you create?
In the future (near future hopefully), I would like to create actual figurines of some of the curvy lovelies that I design.

What is your ultimate goal as an artist?
My ultimate goal as an artist is to continue to create my version of visual candy that makes people smile. As well as to participate in more conventions (whatever that may look like in a Covid world).

Are you ready for the Halloween season? Is it your favorite holiday? 
I am so ready! This year for Halloween the theme in my house is Nightmare Before Christmas, which will carry on to Christmas (with slight alterations). I love making a lot of decorations so it’s my favorite time to dust off the old glue gun.

What do you love most about The Haunted Mansion? 
I love the southern gothic feel. As someone with New Orleans roots who has a love for haunted spaces and vintage vibes, walking into the ride is always like a small taste of the strange excitement you get when being in spooky and antiquated surroundings. Not to mention the comfortable nostalgia that it provides at the park(s).

Who is your favorite Grim Grinning Ghost/room at the Mansion? 
My favorite room at the haunted mansion is always the ballroom. It still gives me that sense of awe to see so many spirited scenes going on in one big space.

The 2003 Haunted Mansion film with Eddie Murphy, yay or nay? 
That’s a hard pass for me. Definitely a nay

Which is better and why: the traditional Haunted Mansion, or Haunted Mansion Holiday? 
Tricky tricky! Although I love the original in all it’s glory, the massive Nightmare Before Christmas freak in me is going to have to go with Haunted Mansion Holiday. The transformation is just so epic.

Would you like to share any stories/experiences/special memories that revolve around The Haunted Mansion? 
My favorite experience on the Haunted Mansion ride was when my husband and I went on a day when it was raining and no one was really there during the week at night (a rarity for sure). It was great because we walked up to the ride and there was no line…at all!!! We literally took pictures of it, like we had found bigfoot. It was really eerie coming out of the elevator and being the only people walking down the hall to get on the Doom Buggy and then being on the ride and turning and seeing no other people in other Doom Buggies. It added to the experience so wonderfully and was like a dream come true.

Would you take a hitchhiking ghost home? 
If he’s chipping in for McDonalds, yes.

Have you participated in the Artist Lodge Gallery before?
I luckily had the pleasure of previously participating in the Halloween Artist Lodge 2019 showcase.

Where can readers find your work? 
My creations can be found at my website erilynns.com or they can take a hop, skip and a jump to my Instagram (erilynns) to check out new pieces I post daily.

Anything else you’d like to add?
Thank you for letting my participate in this fun event paying homage to one of my favorite rides.

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