Tell us a little about your art/business?
I am Shanisia Person Illustrations, it sounds less cute than it looks (my logo is my initials). I am an erotic artist, I make as much as I can by hand, I am very into diy and finding innovative ways to make things that I would want to buy.
How did you get started?
I’ve been someone who makes things with my hands for as long as I can remember. I went to SCAD, and I’m pretty broke, so college was a lot of figuring out how to do the things other people were doing when I couldn’t afford it, or how to finish a ten hour project in a weekend when I also had to work. Once I graduated I just couldn’t make myself work for someone else anymore so I set up anywhere i knew I wouldn’t get in trouble selling black and white printouts that I watercolored over, or drawing the same image 10 times and throwing color on it.
What kind of challenges did you run into when starting to sell your work?
I struggled finding an audience that I felt like could appreciate my work because it can get a little niche, but the more work I did the more people I’m able to reach. Another was making things that would last, cheap ingredients frequently equals cheap craft, but the more I make the same things the better they come out, plus I like challenges, so that’s an ongoing one always trying to better my craft and find the best materials.
How important is having a good support team behind you to help overcome some of these challenges?
I like working by myself because there’s not much to disappointing myself, I use it is as a learning experience and move on. But my partner helps in that they are just as critical as I am, so they give me a good critical view when I get a little too narrow, or when something straight up looks bad.
What are some of your favorite entrepreneurial tools/platforms?
This is a tough one for me. I am not great with socials, I do instagram and it’s connected to my website but it’s a big goal of mine to have better handles in 2018, so look out for that one. I’m a fan of good old fashion business cards.
What are some personal habits that you had form/break to become more productive?
I had to get used to doing work consistently, not on my own pace. Accepting when good is good enough, and that I can add to it later, if need be.
What are some of your favorite events to vend at in Atlanta?
I love LadyFest, I don’t strictly identify as a lady, but my work is femme-centric and I just love the crowd they bring. Also I have to shout out Clutch (and Clutch Gives Back) I love SFQP, MonteQarlo and there really couldn’t be a more queer and sex positive crowd than that. Bodies on Display because it’s all about erotic art. Zine Fest because you can’t beat that crowd and Murmur is a great gallery. And obviously PunkBlack.
What kind of music/media inspires you while you’re working?
NOISE! Industrial noise, punk noise. Angry noisy girl punk, idm, ♥, vogue beats, 60s-70s Bollywood. I dj when I’m not drawing so whatever kind of mix I’m making influences that, and I try to mix in the most eclectic songs I can. I am not as easily inspired by visuals, like thanks to college I know a lot more about art history than I desired at the time but I’m inspired by Schiele and Aeon Flux by Peter Ching who was inspired by Schiele. Those contorted dilapidated bodies, Chronenberg, Chris Cunningham, Jesse Kanda, David Rappeneau.
What are some goals that you are excited to strive for in the upcoming year?
Better social media for sure, to draw more( I don’t care how much I draw I want to always draw more than that), and just to be more active in all the communities I am already in. I dabbled into so many art forms last year I just want to excel in all of them. Performing, writing, mixing, painting, and just all together being a better entrepreneur.
What’s something that you’d like PUNK BLACK fans to know?
My website shanisiaperson.wixsite.com/illustration