Today we have a chat with childrens book illustrator and artist, Shan Fischer. She shares some of her work with us and also takes us through her hectic work schedule. Happy Thursday and Enjoy
Who is Shan Fischer and what do you do?
After all these years I still don’t know who I am… My days (as well as most nights and weekends) are filled with work. I freelance as an illustrator and artist and those precious few moments that aren’t filled with work, I drink coffee and sleep. Most of my work these days comes from illustrating children’s books.
How would you define your style or art?
Hmmm, a tricky one. I don’t really have a set style. I work both traditionally and digitally and I get bored quite easily, so my work is extremely varied. I always try to create an intriguing illustration, often with a subtle undercurrent of humour.
What inspires your work?
I’ve worked in a number of different jobs from tissue culture labs to entomology and medical illustration to concept art for games and animated children’s TV shows. I’ve loved them all and been influenced by them all. Books, nature and other artists are also a great source of inspiration and aspiration.
What are you currently working on?
I’m working on illustrations for four children’s books at the moment! Madness.
What advice would you give young creatives looking to do what you do?
Get your name out there and answer your phone and emails quickly (but not too quickly). Freelancing is an extremely competitive industry. Make sure you have a contract for every job you do and don’t under sell yourself or allow clients to bully you. Be professional. Don’t miss deadlines and do your job well. Remember you are running a one-(WO)man business and you are responsible for all aspects of that business. You are not just an artist, you’re also an accountant, secretary, salesman, employee and owner. Your success rests on your ability to fulfil all of these roles.
It’s a lot of hard work and can be frustrating at times, but in the end you are your own boss and you can work in your pajamas!
P.S. Your social skills go down the toilet when you’re alone in your house all day, so make sure you get out and interact with living breathing creatures – preferably ones that can talk back, otherwise you’ll just look a bit nuts sitting in the park having conversations with squirrels!
Where can our readers follow your work?
All the usual places… My website www.shanfischer.com
twitter @ShanFischer_Art. I’m also on Behance, Linkedin and a number of other places. Google me 🙂
Jean Claude van Damme or Steven Seagal? (90’s action stars, who do you prefer if you had to choose?)
Hmmm, they are both lame. Can I choose Arnold Swarchenegger instead?