Anonymous said: hi! you have the cutest most interesting bras and bralettes! where do you find them?
Wait, where have you seen my bras? Haha!
Anonymous said: I absolutely love your artwork. You have such a cool signature style & it's so inspiring!
I’m always taken aback and touched when people say that I have my own artistic style! Thank you! x
Anonymous said: Hi sha'an! Do you have planned to go to the One Direction concert next year? :)
I just want to hang outside their hotel and hope one of them falls in love with me.
Anonymous said: Have you ever considered doing a piece with mermaids? Perhaps interacting with some aquatic animal? I'd love to see your take on that!
I don’t really like painting mythical creatures of any sort - I don’t know why but it kind of makes me sad. I am (positively) overwhelmed with the amount of inspiration provided by Mother Nature and I think there are already so many real life creatures to celebrate without having to resort to painting made-up ones.
I’d maybe paint a unicorn.
Anonymous said: Are you still talking with Rocket? I miss your common photos :((
Yes, he and I have remained very close - it’s hard not to when you’ve been best friends with someone for five years.
Anonymous said: Hi! How old were you when you started drawing?
As soon as I could hold a pencil.
rera-17 said: Hi I really love your works they are magical ^^ And I am really curious about your zodiac sign are you an Aquarius or maby a Scorpio ?
Anonymous said: oh my god another bear!!! Its so beautiful. are bears your new things? cause if so, i'm totally down for that.
Haha, I’m not sure! It become’s a thing before I know it’s a thing! Thanks for noticing and your blessing <3
Anonymous said: I have always enjoyed drawing/painting/creating. I have considered applying to art school, but my parents were absolutely against it. Not being brave enough, I am now a junior majoring in economics. When I look back, I think that is one of the biggest mistakes I've made in my life, because studying economics makes me sick. I wanna start studying art more seriously, but I'm scared. I'm self-taught, and I know I have a long way to go. Could you give me some advice please?
Never regret anything (unless you eat too many doughnuts - I do that all the time) - the trick is to learn and grow from all your experiences.
Family is important, so it isn’t that you weren’t brave, you just put priority on what other people wanted for you instead pursuing what you wanted first - I was lucky enough to be surrounded by people who were supportive of whatever and whoever I’ve wanted to be and to whom the creative world was not strange and scary and unknown. Like most similar situations your family is trying to protect you from the unpredictable and sometimes difficult life of an artist/creative (because sometimes it can be like that) - but now it’s your chance to show them that they don’t need to do that.
If creating is what you like to do, be a superhero. By day, study economics, and by night and every spare moment you have, be a thing maker. A lot of incredibly talented artists did something else before they were successful artists, and it was because they did something else, which they desired less, that they were so fabulous. Want and passion are driving forces, and when you immerse yourself in something you don’t like, it makes doing what you love that much more refreshing.
I can’t really give you any real advice or direciton because I don’t know you, or your situation. But do what your gut tells you, be fearless, but don’t undermine the courage you already have because you have love and respect for your family. Good luck kiddo! x
Anonymous said: did you find that going to art school was worth while for you personally? career wise?
I didn’t go to art school. I went to a university that didn’t specialise in art and design they just offered it as a course, which is probably part of the problem. It was worth while in the following ways: I met my best friend at university, my writing and analytic skills improved a huge amount through three years of Art and Design history and theory which definitely helps in the concepting stages of my art-making - I’m also a lot better about thinking things in abstract ways not limited to art - but to many aspects of life, and last but not least: I have a piece of paper that says I can do things - there are people who still care about that. Oh and I had to do an internship as apart of my course, which led to another internship which turned into a job in the industry - so that was also awesome because I’m learning more now than I ever did at uni.
Uni was unnecessary for me career-wise, because I have been freelancing since my first year and everything I’ve achieved - my art, illustrative skills, my design job, my network - have little to nothing to do with university. But tertiary education, currently, is still important - maybe less so in creative fields because it’s ever-changing and you’re creating new things and creating the change, not learning how to create what’s already been created (I should hope).
I’m only speaking from my own perspective as someone who has enough passion and drive to take things into my own hands - the same can’t be said for absolutely everyone - some people learn better in institutional environments with someone pushing them. Because I wasn’t challenged I would find ways to make the projects more interesting - on top of the briefs we were given I would set myself personal challenges like always creating environmental design/campaigns/concepts in my work, or not just designing an object, but an experience for the user.
The great thing about my course is that I was able to study and given resources I may not have otherwise had access to - for example, I’m not going to buy a kiln to see if I like ceramics - uni was great for that, and I really enjoyed printmaking, which was an area I only knew very basically before.
If you don’t know what you want to do, studying is great. You meet a bunch of people who supposedly have similar interests to you, you can try a bunch of things out and pinpoint exactly what you want to do, and you have the resources to do so.
Sorry for the essay - I just want to make it clear that just because you don’t study doesn’t mean you’ve placed limitations on what you can do - especially if you have drive and are willing to work hard for what you love.