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Bean Pot Toiz was lucky enough to snag some of Halo Seraphim’s time this month for an interview about her life as a freelance artist and writer. A resident of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Halo keeps busy by running the independent art company, ShoNuff Studios, with her fiancé Terry Parr (also a very talented artist).

While her forte is 2D illustration and sketching, she also takes her skills to the blank canvas of DIY urban vinyl figures. Her art has a spunky yet Gothic feeling with a little bit of a hardcore anime-popish flavor that makes her creations and talent really stand out amongst all the indie artists trying to make a name in TX.

When did you first know you wanted to be an artist?
Ever since I could grasp a crayon, I knew that I wanted to be an artist. I remember seeing a Garfield comic for the first time when I was a toddler and I knew that I really wanted to draw and write comics.

How would you describe your drawing style?
My art style combines cute with creepy. My personal style is a mesh of American cartoon styles like Jhonen Vasquez (JTHM and Invader Zim) and Harajuku/anime styles like Junko Mizuno (an amazing artist from Japan). I also love to draw in American comic, manga and anime styles.

What inspires you to create?
My biggest creative inspiration is the world around me, the people who inhabit it and the music that permeates my brain cells. More specifically, both Japanese and American animation/comics, video games, movies, cupcakes, zombies and horror.

What’s the process you go through when you’ve got an idea for a piece?
First I try to really grasp the feeling of what I’m trying to convey, then I start drawing thumbnails (quick concept sketches) until I get a concept that I can really jive with. I usually end up re-drawing my concept several times before I finalize it. Then, depending on what I’m going to do with the piece, I ink/color it and then fix it in Photoshop or Illustrator. For some pieces, I scan the pencil drawing into Illustrator then ink/color it there.

What kind of materials do you use?
Lead holders with medium to soft leads, gum erasers, color pencils, Copic sketch markers, Copic multi liners, Micron pens/brush pens, acrylic/water color paint, Bristol board, Intuos Wacom tablet, IMAC, Photoshop and Illustrator. I sometimes use ALL of these on a single piece!

Outside of your art, what do you like to do for fun? What else are you passionate about?
I read comics/manga, watch movies (especially horror and just bad movies), play video games and dabble in fashion/make-up/costuming. I also really enjoy doing charity benefits and conventions. I love meeting new people and socializing.

What do you see yourself doing in the future?
In the future, I’d like to be able to completely support my family by my art and writing alone. I see Shonuff Studios being very successful in the future, because my fiancé Terry Parr and I are talented people who just want to make a living through creativity. We want our daughter to be proud to call us “Mommy and Daddy.”


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