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Meet Anjeanette Illustration

Today we’d like to introduce you to Anjeanette Illustration.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I have been drawing and painting my entire life, and never wanted to stop being creative. I was educated at the Savannah College of Art and Design, graduated in 1999 with a BFA in Illustration, Magna Cum Laude.
Although had that fancy bit of paper and the matching set of art school loans, I just couldn’t find my niche in the creative world until I started professional photographing people- yet I never stopped painting and creating! While I had played around with a few prehistoric digital drawing programs in college in the very early 90’s, I didn’t get my first Wacom Tablet and start digitally painting until after 2005- and finally, I felt HOME in my art! Now I use Photoshop with a variety of digital brushes and tablets and Procreate with the iPad Pro.

I have shown in several solo and group fine art and low brow gallery exhibitions in Savannah Georgia, Houston Texas, Detroit and Lansing Michigan, Nashville TN, and Phoenix Arizona.

Please tell us about your art.
I am primarily a pop culture portrait and fantasy artist, and I prefer the mediums of Digital paintings, Charcoal, Acrylic paints, and photography. People both famous and familiar have always been my focus. I am interested in their characters, their actions. What makes them so inegmatic? More than a message or inspiration, I hope my artwork of mainly people portraits helps tell part of the story of a person, explores the cult or personality of who they are and why people are drawn to them. I feel like a portrait is timeless, once it was the priceless privilege of the few and now can be obtained by many. My themes in portraits usually explore pop culture and the very strange nature of fame or notoriety, but also include homage or fan art my favorite artists and popular characters.

We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
I have always found lots of support online, with Instagram challenges, Facebook groups, and forums. There are many podcasts as well that tackle this subject. Being naturally shy and introverted I do not think loneliness affects me the same as with other artists- I enjoy people and interacting at events like gallery openings, art shows, First Fridays, yet am content in my alone time creating day by day. I encourage folks to check local listings because there are often events going on in Phoenix. The Heard and Contemporary museums hold events often, Monthly gallery walks, even stopping in a gallery just to chat! even local neighborhood groups, or one of my favorite groups- Murals of Phoenix- have active websites and often post events and art to check out close by!

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I am so new to Phoenix I have not had a chance to get involved with local art collectives or galleries. Let’s set up a show y’all! No, ha, but seriously I am your typical shy and awkward artist. So please, approach me, no matter how scared I appear. All kidding aside I am looking forward to getting more work out in Phoenix and beyond, for now, my artwork can be viewed on my Illustration website: AnjeanetteIllustration.com or Instagram @artistanjeanette or Society6 search Anjeanette Illustration.

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Image Credit:
All images and photographs taken by myself, Anjeanette

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