I am a 23 year old artist costume fabricator and graphic designer born and raised in Santa Cruz California. I live with my wonderful husband and our trouble making dog.
I have been creating graphics since 2013 when I graduated high school. My first job was a laser engraver technician and graphics artist. My tasks included creating graphics that the laser engraver could read and fixing the machine when it broke down. I knew nothing about the programs I was using and I had to teach myself programs like Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Bridge and CorelDraw. I am so thankful for that job because being thrown into a position of responsibility when I had no idea what I was doing gave me the tools to be able to become a successful freelance graphic designer.
When I am not working, I am most likely drawing, painting or fabricating costumes. Growing up, I always had a sketchbook and pencil in hand and constantly looked to improve my rendering skills. Anatomy and themes of intense emotion have always interested me. Adding to that, my artworks style has always had strong contrast. When I draw or paint I want my work to draw out an emotion in the viewer. If the person looking at my work feels the intense aggression, sadness or inner peace that I set out to portray I feel that I have accomplished my goals as an artist.
I found cosplay (costume fabrication) my senior year of high school. Looking back, my first costume that I made was an absolute mess, but it was so much fun that I wanted to continue to learn and get better. No matter how good I get at costume fabrication there is always more to learn and aspects to improve. To me, creating these elaborate armor builds is just creating art that you can wear and the reactions that I get at these events are just an extra part of the creative journey.
Thank you for sharing this journey with me,