Welcome to my second spotlight on nerdy artists of whom you may (or may not) have heard. It is my pleasure to be able to show off some of the amazing folks out there who create one of a kind pieces that anyone can own. Some of them are established in the art world, some are struggling or just getting started. Whatever their position in the industry, they all have one thing in common: they love their craft. I hope to bring you more of these in the future, but for now you can definitely get to know our latest victim, er I mean, artist.
I first heard about this talented young lady from my friend Lisa (a collector of all things Catwoman). After checking out Kristin Allen‘s available art, I finally commissioned a Mystique from her. I requested risque and boy, was it! Let’s just say that she certainly lives up to her FoxyArt name. Her linework is excellent, but what amazes me most is the level of detail she puts into some of the background and trim work. If you have ever tried to purchase an original piece from an established artist, then you know how expensive that it can be. Not so with Ms. Allen, as she offers some really great deals at some really great prices. All of the necessary links are below if you decide to pick up an original piece for yourself; there are also several signed prints of previous works available on her site. Get them while you can, folks. This lady is going places quickly! (Literally, she’s at conventions everywhere.)
Included for your viewing pleasure is a cover that she did for Hack/Slash, a wonderful Buffy/Selene (from Underworld) original, and a piece she did for a pinup card set. And I’m also showing off two commissioned pieces she did for my friend: one is Catwoman with Dexstarr (and my friend’s kitties, Pooka and Ryoko) and a Rose Red from Fables. You can see the full-sized commission pieces right after the interview! Enjoy the show…
Geeks of Doom: When did you first begin creating art?
Kristin Allen: I’m not exactly sure, since I could hold a pen? I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t drawing. It’s pretty much always been something I’ve done.
GoD: Has it always been based so much on the comic world?
KA: The majority of my life, yes. One Christmas my father gave me the first three issues of the 1990’s Catwoman comic and I was enthralled. We later found Wizard magazine which introduced me to the Bad Girls-era of comics and to their comic convention, Wizard World Chicago. All that combined, it’s really no wonder I draw what I do.
GoD: What inspires your art and who has most heavily influenced your style?
KA: I’m a huge fan of pin-up, everything from the 1940’s to modern girls and artists. I get a lot of comments that my girls are more on the realistic side as opposed to standard comic book women, that’s probably where it comes from. For pin-up, Gil Elvgren, George Petty, and Olivia De Berardinis have definitely made an impact on me. As for comics, it’d have to be Jim Balent, Michael Turner, Joseph Michael Linsner, and Naoko Takeuchi. [Note: I really need to get a Linsner Dawn from her now that I have heard this! – GoD]
GoD: What characters are your favorite to draw/paint/create?
KA: Whenever I get to design lingerie or fetish wear for curvy girls, it’s a fun time. I also have a line of pin-up girls based off classic monsters that I really want to do something with in the near future.
GoD: What percentage of your art is commissioned? And how would someone go about getting something made?
KA: A good deal of it. I offer sketchcard and pin-up commissions through my Storenvy shop. If there is something in particular you’re looking for (or in a different size), you can always email me to get a quote – [email protected]
GoD: You recently did a cover for Hack/Slash, how did that come about? I was excited to see it and I can only imagine how elated you were.
KA: Pure luck. A few years ago I did sketchcards for the Hack/Slash card set released from 5FINITY. At C2E2 2011, I was seated next to Tim Seeley (creator of H/S) and over the course of the weekend he asked if I’d be interested in doing a cover.
GoD: What are a few things that our readers may not know about you?
KA: I am a big horror fan. Out of all the slashers, Freddy Krueger is my favorite and Michael Myers is my runner up. Jason is my least favorite.
GoD: Anything else you would like to add?
KA: I’m currently taking commission pre-orders so head over to my shop to purchase one. My list at the show generally fills up pretty quick so pre-ordering will guarantee you a spot. I update my site pretty regularly and I’m very active on my social media sites. Don’t be afraid to say hi!
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http://foxystuff.tumblr.com/ (not always safe for work!)