GALLERY ARTIST INTERVIEW: ERICA LYNN SHAW

How old are you?
A happy 35

What is the primary medium you work in?
I like to stay with illustration markers

What is your favorite medium to work in?
Illustration markers are my favorite medium to work with. It offers up a broad range of varied textures and gradients you can achieve.

What is one medium that you would love to learn?
Painting using Acrylics. I dabble a bit but I would love to be able to dedicate some long term time to really pursuing that medium more in depth

What is your favorite subject matter?
I tend to always have history, vintage glamour and pop culture swimming around constantly in my head.

What art tools do you use, and do you have any tools or brands that you recommend?
Prismacolors and Copic markers bring me the most joy to work with.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the three art supply items that you would have with you?
I would make sure to have my sketch book, mechanical pencil and a heavy duty eraser.

What sources would you recommend for artists that are interested in pursuing your art medium?
For anyone who wants to go down the rabbit hole of creativity I would say youtube videos are great. There are also a bunch of really cool books that show how to use illustration markers to render people, fashion and backgrounds. Mainly jumping in head first and learning by trial and error.

How and when did you start creating artwork?
As far back as I can remember. My dad was an artist and I grew up in a very creative home so there were always art projects or craft boxes and things to create. So I’ve just kept with it and tried to figure out my own personal artistic style.

Who or what are your biggest artistic influences?
I am and have always been obsessed with “pop surrealism” and that fun whimsical art esthetic. I’ve been a long time fan of artist like Mark Ryden, Shag Art, Joe Chido and Caia Koopman to name a few.

What piece of art do you most closely identify with?
My favorite piece art piece is Picasso’s “Girl Before Mirror”. The vibrancy of colors and the stylizing used in that piece, speaks to me differently than other art for sure.

If you could time travel to experience any art movement firsthand, what would it be and why?
I would love to be around during the French “Romanticism” art movement. There is such passion and insight into what feel like private moments captured in the imagery of so many paintings of that time.

If you could give any advice to your past-artist-self, what would it be?
I’d tell myself that “It will be extremely hard to not compare yourself to other artist who talents seems more advanced and who seem further ahead than you, just remember that what you do and your style is just different and doesn’t have to be compared to any other individual.

What is your absolute dream project? If you could create anything in the world, what would you create?
If I could create anything in the world, I would love to make actual figurines of some of my illustrated pinup ladies.

What is your ultimate goal as an artist? Has this changed over your art career?
My ultimate goal as an artist is to be able to move away from commissions and just be able to sell my pieces at conventions. As well as to do some unique artist/business collaboration projects.

What would you do if you were only two inches tall? 
I would find the most elaborate fairy garden I could find and live in my own little fairy tale.

If you could shrink any piece of art to carry around in your pocket with you, what would it be and why? 
If I could shrink any piece down and carry it around, I would miniaturize my favorite piece of my dads artwork that he created. It’s a huge piece with dragons, unicorns, castles, etc. All of the things that make up a fantasy land. It hangs on my wall but since it makes me smile every time I look at it, it would be great to get to carry around in my pocket.

Can you tell us about the pieces you created for this gallery? 
For the Pocket Panels gallery, I created a peek through a keyhole into Wonderland. A quick and tiny glance at Alice’s adventures. Plus I felt that it would be a fun challenge rendering such small images.

Are there any messages that you’re aiming to convey with the art you created for this gallery? 
Adventures of any size, big or small, are usually worth having.

Would you like to share any stories/experiences/special memories that revolve around the theme of this gallery? 
Pocket Panels is a fun creative theme because I think we all like to keep personal things close to us. Things that make us happy that we can carry with us so this was a fun gallery to participate in.

Would you rather have the ability to shrink very small or become a giant? 
I would rather be able to shrink for sure. To many things you have to grab and do when you’re a giant. My dad was 7 ft so I’ve seen the struggles first hand. Lol.

Is this the smallest piece of artwork that you’ve ever created? 
Not quite, I have actually done a few very small pins that you could customize which was extremely challenging.

Have you participated in the Artist Lodge Gallery before? 
Yes I have, and be able to participate is always such a great experience to look forward to.


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