Fash Boulevard featured Brittany Fuson. I'm always looking for great illustrators and artists, and Brittany's work is adorable and so much fun. I love the eyelashes she does on her illustrations. I thought it would be fun to interview her to give you some insight into who she is and what she does. Here's what she had to say:
Me: --How old were you when you knew you wanted to pursue art as a career? What made you want to do that?
Brittany: I have always been the one drawing on church bulletins, in the margins of my notebooks during class, etc. I have been drawing since I can remember. I always thought I wanted to be a makeup artist, though. It wasn't until late high school when I decided to go to the University of Alabama to major in fashion design that I changed my mind and decided I wanted to make clothes for a living. I loved every minute of college & my major, but I quickly discovered that I hated to sew. I found my niche in my fashion illustration class, and decided that I wanted to develop my own stationery line using my illustrations. I haven't looked back since!
Who is your favorite artist and why?
Brittany: In all my art classes in high school, I always loved studying Degas. I love his paintings of ballerinas...he's always been my favorite.
Where do you draw inspiration from in your current sketches?
Brittany: I'm always surfing the Internet, looking in magazines, books, etc. You really can find inspiration anywhere. I don't just look at fashion magazines, websites, and books. I find tons of inspiring photos on interior design blogs, too.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? What dreams do you have for your art and your company?
Brittany: I have no idea where I'll be in 10 years, or even tomorrow. I am a big time planner, but I am trying to only plan in the short term. As far as dreams and goals, I would love to develop and produce other items with my artwork on them, and of course, I would love for my company to become international!
You do custom orders. What was the custom order you enjoyed doing the most? Why?
Brittany: Custom artwork is always interesting but it's always a challenge. Some clients know exactly what they want, and some give you a very general idea. It's up to me to make their dreams and ideas come to life, and it's easier said than done. I don't really have a favorite, but I do enjoy the experience. It's like getting to know someone through their pictures and emails. I don't meet most of the clients I do custom orders for, but I feel like I know them by the end of the process. I am currently working on several projects that I am excited to share in the near future.
I teach high school. For any students interested in a career in art, what tips or suggestions would you give them?
Brittany: I would encourage them to find what they love to pain, draw, or study. In high school, the assignments can be very specific at times, but I always found a way to make it about something related to fashion. I knew early on that I would be doing something in the way of fashion, but it took some time for me to figure out what it was. When I look back on the work I did in high school, the fashion-theme is very obvious...it is what I found the most joy in, what I still find joy in doing. When you do what you love for a living (or have the opportunity to do what you love), then it doesn't feel like work. That is what I wish everyone could have the chance to do, to pursue a career in what they love.
Brittany Fuson Paper. If you want to shop for any of her amazing designs, or design your own, check out her website, and tell her I sent you!