"The Faerie Queene's Walk"
Copyright Steven Shipman 2007
ACEO, 2.5" x 3.5", Ink & Watercolor
I'm a traditional illustrator with a background in puppet theatre, dollmaking and product design/development. I work mostly in ink, watercolor, gouache and colored pencil. I also still sculpt dolls, puppets and masks in paperclay from time to time.
Influences include golden-age illustrators, anime, manga, costume design & history, children & children's picture books, literature (especially Shakespeare and folk/fairy tales), theatre, film, animation, toys and puppetry.
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"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."
"There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion."
~Sir Francis Bacon
“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.”
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."
Current Residence: Lincoln, NE
Favourite genre of music: Music of 1920's-30's/EarlyMusic/AlternativeRock/Blues/Dance/60s/NewWave-80s/MORE..
Favourite photographer: Ritts/Liebovitz/JulieMargaretCameron/Pierre et Gilles/LaChapelle/Gorman/MORE...
Favourite style of art: Illustrative/Ukiyo-e/Nouveau/Deco/Naive/Lowbrow-WestCoast/MORE...
Favourite cartoon character: Spongebob/Astroboy/InvaderZim/BugsBunny/PowerpuffGirls/Calvin&Hobbes/Peanuts/RichieRich/Casper..
Personal Quote: Context is everything.