Artist Feature – Laura Jane

Here’s something a little different.

I’ve met many an interesting artist in my time and I like to share the most fascinating ones via the Artist Feature posts. I haven’t been doing as many Artist Feature posts as I would have liked, but I’m looking to change that. I’ve been in contact with a few people and I’m hoping to bring some engaging content to my readers. As always, I’ll be providing links to places where you can follow them across the internet. Friendly following, though. None of this stalking business. Good friends are hard to keep, y’know?

You’re in for a treat, though.

One could say they have their fingers in many pies. Pies, which, I might add, they never offer to share with me. Blending equal levels of proficiency and commitment in both traditional and digital art, they draw from a myriad of sources of inspiration. Featuring everything from video game character illustrations, to fluffy cute animals, to angst-ridden comics about toasters.

They sure love their toasters. In addition to the above, they’ve shown an incredible desire to develop their style over the last twelve months. They’ve met that desire- and exceeded it- with continual improvements to both their approach and their understanding of fundamental artistic concepts. They’ve also got a remarkably fluid and gorgeous ink style which displays a heightened understanding of composition. It’s a style that suits any sort of graphic illustration which is what I feel they’re best at. I’m almost certain that if you enjoy any of my traditional pieces, you’re going to enjoy their work just as much. If not more. Which is totally fine. They deserve the art love.

Artist Feature - Laura JaneThey’ve probably logged more hours in an assortment of Fallout titles than I have. While I would usually say this is cause for concern, without that I doubt I would have met/found them in the first place. You’d be surprised who you run into out in the Capital Wasteland. Or who you know as a friend of a friend via an appreciation of the Capital Wasteland. So they don’t always talk about artsy subjects. But if you get the chance to talk to them about it- you should! You’re in for an enjoyably insightful conversation.

If you’re of the Tweeting persuasion you can find them over on @LauraJayArt.

Should traditional or digital art be one of your interests (or you’re an aspiring artist yourself), I can suggest no-one better to follow. There’s a great foundation here for a promising future of artistic awesomeness. If you’re an artist yourself- drop her a critique or five. Or ten. She’s always looking to further her style and herself.

As always, Artist Feature posts aim to highlight not only artists who I feel are exceptionally good at what they do but that align with the interests of my readers. Again, I can suggest no-one better to feature under those conditions. Comments are always appreciated, but if you’ve got something particular you’d like to say about this artist you can leave a comment below. Otherwise, I hope you’ve enjoyed what could be the first of a few upcoming Artist Feature posts. It depends on if the others get back to me. It’s not like I randomly pick people to write about on the internet- that would be weird. Much easier to organise but terribly weird.

Have a nice weekend, all!

Moggie

Art and the like found within this post (unless otherwise specified) is owned by Laura Jane.

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Artist Feature – HazyHappiness

Otherwise known as Handmade Fanciful Geekery Potions & Fairy Things.

Well, we haven’t been here for a while have we? For those who don’t know the Artist Features are just what they sound like- I feature an artist I like, or who I think deserves recognition, or generally someone that does things that I think will fit the viewers of this blog. Or all three. Or sometimes I just feature awesome people ’cause they’re awesome. Which is why we’re looking at HazyHappiness today as her Etsy store fits all of the above criteria.

Given that there’s one thing I universally like and will play (RPGs) and many of her products are inspired by that very thing.

I’m also fascinated by the creative process behind making crafts. I’ve always been more of an illustrator or painter than someone who works with clay, wood, metal, glass, or other neat things like that which is why I love to see it. As, even the simple things, I think it’s cool that you’ve taken an idea and turned it into something tangible.

Potion Dangle Earrings

Potion Dangle Earrings

If I were more of a collectibles kind of person I would have a house full of curios, trinkets, and other goodies. I’d also be insanely poor. But, I feel few things fit an Etsy store as well as inexpensive crafts which look neat. Lots of people would be willing to put down $10 for a neat little craft which has all the hard work, individuality, and character as something they would make themselves if they could/wanted to. It’s one of the greatest things about the creative mindset- it’s unique to the person doing it. You always put a little of yourself into everything you do which gives it a certain kind of charm.

HazyHappiness features many of the above things. From necklaces to earrings to trinkets– it’s all there- and if you’re someone who enjoys RPGs and RPG inspired things there’s sure to be something you’ll take a liking to. I know my younger days of playing Diablo II were filled with many ideas of trying to replicate their more ornate potion bottles as a tangible product.

One of the other things I really like about this store is the opportunity to look behind the scenes with work in progress photos, new product idea photos, and a surprisingly delicious looking amount of baking over on their associated Instagram account. Why this makes me happy, besides the cakes, as I do love cakes, is because I love to see the process behind things. I love to view the materials, the different techniques, and the various components that go into making a finished product. It’s kind of like a tutorial but without a step by step explanation of the things that go on. Which is great for me as I’m awful at following tutorials anyway.

I’m sure there are other social media sites you can follow this store through as well. Which, actually, is one of the highlights of this store- they actually have a reasonable social media presence without finding the need to be on every site ever. It’s nice that they know where their product(s) work and focus their efforts there.

I suppose, as all things that happen on the blog, artist features have evolved from a simple overview of the artist/their product. That said, I do think, as an individual creator, there’s a lot to be said for people who make the effort to create a solid experience. Which I can’t find any fault with in this case. They’ve not been doing their thing for very long but they’re already off to a great start which can only get better.

Have a nice week, all!

Moggie

Art and the like found within this post (unless otherwise specified) is owned by HazyHappiness.