Shelby Fullington is an up and coming artist. Her medias include photography, painting, and drawing. Her work ranges from Anime-type illustrations to amazing nature photography. She is definately someone to watch!
Thank you Shelby for visiting today. Tell us a little about yourself... Well, my name is Shelby Fullington. I love to draw, paint, take photographs, and write. I will be graduating college in about a month. I’ll have a Bachelors in Psychology.
What do you think is important about art? Art does so much the human race. It helps people grieve. It spreads joy and understanding. Art speaks to the soul.
What encouragement or advice would you give other people who want to become artists? Just start. Classes help perfect techniques but you first have to pick up the pencil, paintbrush, chalk, camera, or whatever medium you wish to use. There isn’t much money to be made, so do it for yourself. You can self promote online through various sites like deviantart, facebook, tumblr, twitter, blogs, flickr, what have you. Colleges will hold art galleries from time to time, so ask around.
Do you have a favorite medium (photos, paint, pencils) and why? Photography
is a big part of what I’m doing right now. I want people to see the world as
beautiful, see what they normally don’t see around them. Right now I am using
a Wacom Bamboo drawing tablet instead of a pencil. It took some time to get used to, but I love it. I don’t have to ink a sketch, then scan it, then fix it up. I
can just draw straight into the computer.
What inspires you? My major inspiration is nature. I love going outside and looking for animals and Spring flowers. The past Winter was so dreary, that I didn’t get out to photograph much so now I’m photographing like crazy! I also get inspiration from other artists. I love seeing new ideas from great artists. It makes me want to try harder.
Which of your illustrations or photos is your favorite and why? Out of what I’ve done so far, I’m particularly proud of “In Bloom” and “Me.".
In Bloom- http://fav.me/d4u14qz
I think this picture captures exactly the feeling of Spring.
Me - http://fav.me/d4tx1yu
I am particularly proud of this one because it is one
of the first drawings I did on my tablet and it looks pretty good! I am actually working on another photo right now ! I like it a lot, so everyone should watch for
What hints can you give others about creating a perfect photo? It is all about composition. Watch where the lighting is and where you are standing. Look at your depth of field, which is controled by your apature. This will help you put the focus on one object or on the whole scene. I think photos that are a little off center are visually interesting. When photographing people, I like to let people do what they would normally do. I think it makes the photos look natural and lets their character come through.
When did you know that you wanted to be an artist? Oh geeze. That was
so long ago. I must have been in elementary school. I saw Sailor Moon on tv. I
wanted to draw her and draw like that. I took classes in high school and in
college. More recently I got into photography.
What are the tools that you use to create your work (camera, tablet, programs, etc.)? For photography, I use a Nikon D3000. I have a Nikkor 18-55mm lens and a Sigma 100-300mm lens. For drawing, I use a Wacom Bamboo Capture Tablet. For editing, I use Adobe Photoshop Elements 8. I was using Elements 10 for some time, but my trial ran out.
How can people check out your work or get in touch with you?
Thank you for visiting today! I hope everyone will check out
her artwork on Deviantart. She is an amazing artist and even did my banner on my Facebook page!
4/7/2012 12:25:11 am
4/7/2012 02:02:02 am
Great interview, such art is a real talent and she's blessed in many different areas in the field.
4/7/2012 07:55:10 am
I really enjoyed that post. I love my Nikon,mine is on the lower end tho. lol
4/7/2012 10:13:57 am
Man, I've been hopping all day and my feet are getting tired. Or fingers. Thanks so much for making this an easy entry!
4/7/2012 12:54:32 pm
Great post, and really enjoying the blog hop.
4/7/2012 05:06:27 pm
Beautiful work!! Thanks for the easy entry!! I hope you have an amazing Easter!!
4/8/2012 05:42:56 am
I love looking at pictures as a form of art. Those little flowers are lovely and they look like they would smell so good .
4/8/2012 06:53:35 am
Wow! The pictures is absolutely stunning. I wish I loved closer to take advantage of such amazing talent. You are a lucky woman , Melissa!!
4/8/2012 08:44:12 am
Wonderful interview and gorgeous pics!! Hoppy Easter!
4/8/2012 11:30:57 am
I went to Shelby's tumblr and I so love the little turtle picture. I think she is very talented. Thank you for the interview ladies. I enjoy reading a "behind the scenes" interview about people...LOL
4/8/2012 01:55:49 pm
4/8/2012 01:57:47 pm
What lovely pictures!
4/8/2012 02:28:50 pm
I do enjoy looking at art. I am completely jealous of those who create such great art whether visual, musical, or written art.
4/8/2012 03:06:27 pm
Thank you for celebrating with us this weekend, Melissa! Hope you had a lovely one yourself!
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