Tiffany Everett, this week’s featured artist, shows off her wonderful technique by creating art that displays both childlike imagination and adorable execution! Her shop contains wonderful animal and adventure-based artwork that appeals to the kid in everyone. Keep reading to learn more:
BBP: How would you describe your art in 5 words?
Tiffany: Cute, Cuddly, Colorful, Playful, Emotive.
BBP: What inspires you to make art? How do you get motivated?
Tiffany: I like to bike to my local coffee shop & sketch. I work from home, so I think it helps to have a change of scenery and a fresh cup of coffee.
BBP: Do you have one creative process for making your art or does it change?
Tiffany: I start with a rough sketch in my notebook, scan it in and the rest of my process is entirely digital. I like the flexibility I have to change colors or resize different elements. I especially like the ability to undo part of a design if I don’t like it, I often find myself wishing I could use the “undo” command in real life.
BBP: Do you have a special time of day when you work best?
Tiffany: I am most definitely a morning person. After lunch, I am pretty much useless.
BBP: How has your art style evolved over time?
Tiffany: I used to work entirely traditionally with watercolor, pen and colored pencils. I still have a tremendous amount of love and respect for hand-painted artwork but have found that working digitally better suits my drawing style .
BBP: What is your favorite part about being an artist?
Tiffany: My job is to make cute things all day, what’s not to love?
BBP: What is the hardest thing about being an artist?
Tiffany: Working for myself, I find that time management is the hardest part of my job. You have to be honest with yourself and extremely self-disciplined to get anything done.
BBP: What art supply, program, etc., is indispensable to your process?
Tiffany: Adobe illustrator.
BBP: Do you have kids?
Tiffany: Just dogs. Frankie is my 6 year old Cocker Spaniel and Tuco is a 3 year old rescue mix. We think he is Sharpei, Labrador, and Pit Bull. I sneak them into several of my children’s picture book illustrations when possible.
BBP: Who was your biggest role model when you were little?
Tiffany: My uncle Matthew was my biggest role model when I was little. As a teenager, he was always drawing Superman and busty damsels in distress. I would watch him draw for hours on end and after my persistent begging, he finally gave in and taught me how to draw a unicorn which started my own love for art and drawing.
BBP: Did you draw/design as a kid or did you start as an adult?
Tiffany: I was constantly doodling in all of my classes as a kid. My classmates often asked me to draw them or their pets. I was very shy but I secretly loved the attention. I entered and placed in a few art shows early in school and started to realize I was pretty good at this.
BBP: How would you advise parents who want to encourage their kids to appreciate/enjoy art?
Tiffany: Encourage your kids to draw and paint in a way that comes naturally to them. Be expressive! Color the sky pink and the grass blue. Photorealism is a technically acquired skill that anyone can learn and is honestly quite boring. As a children’s book illustrator, I wish I could get back to that child-like imagination and freedom when creating my own art.
BBP: How was your room decorated as a kid?
Tiffany: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I was a bit of a tomboy and wouldn’t touch the color pink, plus TMNT were my one of my Uncle Matthew’s favorites.
BBP: Which piece is your favorite on BoomBoom Prints? Why?
Tiffany: I think my favorite piece I have up on BoomBoom is my Monster Alphabet. I like the playful shapes the little monsters create and their silly faces.
BBP: Do you have a favorite quote or saying? What is it?
Tiffany: Do more of what makes you happy.
BBP: Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
Tiffany: I am just 25 but I have moved 19 times. My family isn’t military, I guess we just get bored easily and it has transferred into my adult life. One day, my husband and I plan to live in an RV full time.
BBP: Summer or winter?
BBP: What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Tiffany: Mint Chocolate Chip.
BBP: Warm or cool colors?
BBP: Are you a night owl or an early bird?
Tiffany: Early bird.
BBP: Sweet or salty food?
BBP: What is your biggest pet peeve?
Tiffany: Gum smacking.
BBP: Dream vacation spot?
Tiffany: The Isle of Skye.
BBP: Can you wiggle your ears?
Check out more of Tiffany Everett’s artwork here!