Illustrator & More.
All work by Sha'an d'Anthes.
Illustrator & More.
All work by Sha'an d'Anthes.
Almost Real came to visit my studio; we spoke early beginnings, petting stranger’s dogs and my favourite moments this year so far. This interview is image-heavy so prepare your eyeballs for all of my secret studio nooks and to familiarise yourself with my very intimate creative space.
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Anonymous said: you've such a lovely interesting name! is sha'an really your first name? :}
Sure is cutie! :)
Anonymous said: how old are you?
Anonymous said: I like UR new avatar - it's beautiful!
Thank you! Photo by the wonderful Rocket K, one morning after bagels.
Anonymous said: Would you ever consider coming to Adelaide? 😊
For sure! I actually want to make a trip down there soon to visit my godparents. What’s there to do in Adelaide anyhow - I’ve never visited as an adult.
Anonymous said: Seems like you're really busy and I'm so glad that you're so successful and sought after!! Just don't over stress yourself trying to do everything - from work to answering us fans of your work. Do whatever you want to do and stay happy :) I know it's easier said than done but just know that whatever you do, I'm behind it!! (not that I'm worth much, but its something i hope) You're really an amazing human being and doing so well in life, it really inspires me. More than you can imagine. thank you
Thank you so much you sun-shining human! I think this was sent after I was getting a lot of negative anonymous comments online so I thank you for caring enough to send it. Whenever I receive unwarranted hate or negative criticism (which, let me state, are two different things) I often feel lost, as if I’m not doing it right. What I need to remember is that this is my own personal journey, and I’m allowed to make mistakes in order to grow as an artist and as a person.
Thanks for reminding me that this is MY journey and that even though my work is very much in the public eye I’m still allowed to make mistakes, and be selfish in the way that I can do what’s right for me and not worry about everything else. I really appreciated this. You’re wonderful! X
Anonymous said: I absolutely adore your work! Your illustrations are so beautifully unique, and every time you post something new, even if it is a simple sketch I feel so inspired!
Thank you so much! When people tell me that my work inspires them - even the small things like sketches - it makes me feel so great about sharing :) x
Anonymous said: have you ever thought about creating your paintings through digital mediums?
I would love to be better with digital drawing and painting, however they would be different works. A lot of my work is very intuitive and dependent or a celebration of the way the ink moves organically on the paper which is something that can’t be simulated by a program. But I definitely do want to practice on my Wacom just to at least understand it and know what I can do with it after practicing :)
Anonymous said: Hi, I just want you to know that you are such an inspiration to me. I am no artist and I probably will never be, but seeing your little doodles and seeing how much you've grown as an artist and as a person is really inspiring. I love how you draw inspiration from almost every thing and how positive your outlook is in life. I wish to be more like you. Anyway, I hope you have a wonderful day miss Sha'an.
Ah, thank you for your kind words sweet Anony! I always find it so striking when people feel compelled to write to me without expecting anything in return. Thanks again for this bit of sunshine - I really do appreciate it! X
Anonymous said: omg, i love you
Haha, I love you too Anonymous.
Anonymous said: Do you have any tips on how I can become a better artist
Art is a very personal journey so other than ‘practice to better yourself at your craft’ there is little I can say, nor am I qualified to say. Good luck, little peach!
Anonymous said: I personally don't see how someone would perceive you as rude. When someone sends you a rude message you reply maturely and your defense (which you're completely entitled to) is always so eloquent and thoughtful. You're so open to your followers much more than a lot of artists are and always express your appreciation for us. That's just my thoughts, but I do understand you'll always be getting hate. Hope you know there's a lot more positivity going out to you!!
I just hope that Anon doesn’t confuse a strong and independent woman defending herself with rudeness because I should be able to stand up for myself and my work without scrutiny. I feel bad for being perceived that way only because I actively try to remain respectful even when people send me unwarranted hate. It can be exhausting.
Thank you for your message and concern, you’re an absolute gem! X
Anonymous said: Do you drink Sha'an (: ?? LOVE to grab a drink with you!
Nah I don’t, even “coffee” is more of a figure of speech for me - I’ve the tastebuds of a 6 year old when it comes to that stuff ;)
Anonymous said: will you conduct any meetups in singapore? WE WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOU it would be such an honour!
Hello my darling! Maybe - it depends how long I’m there for - maybe we can all grab some food!
Anonymous said: i used to think u were so pretty but am starting to see u r rude! that takes all the pretty away :(
It doesn’t bother me that you don’t think I’m pretty, but it does bother me that you perceive me as rude. I try to be kind and generous to everyone on and offline. I’m sorry you feel otherwise.