Who are you ? Amanda S. Byron, Faery Ink
Facebook Group: Faery Ink Group
Where are you ? Ashland, Ohio, USA
When did you first start drawing/designing seriously?
I’ve drawn since I was very little. I sold drawings of Jessica Rabbit in 4th grade and ‘bubble letter’ names with flowers and such in middle school lol. I started selling web graphics and drawing tutorials in 2003, digital stamps in 2013. I’ll let you know if I start taking anything seriously haha 😉
What was the first product you ever had for sale?
As far as digital stamps, I made a bunch of stuff to put up before I opened shop. I like to prepare ahead usually.
What is your favorite piece in the whole store?
That would be like choosing between my kids lol. Instead I’ll pick one I really like but have never seen used:
Who is your inspiration/muse?
My kids, my little nieces, nature, mythology, Art Nouveau, Mucha, Waterhouse, books like the Discworld series, Alice in Wonderland, Chronicles of Narnia, Grimms’ Faerytales, Tim Burton, 80s cartoons like Rainbow Brite, Strawberry Shortcake and He-Man (lol), sci-fi/fantasy genre books and movies, World of Warcraft. I draw inspiration from everything =)
How many people work with/for you?
I have a great design team but I don’t have anyone working ‘for’ me =)
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Sweets, hip hop and gothic/steampunk flavored video games lol
What was your favorite subject in school…?
English, Social Studies and Art. I love learning so I can’t pick just one =P
If you were getting a tattoo… what would it be?
I have two in mind, one a heart with wings for my mom, the other an art nouveau style celestial goddess.
If you were reincarnated…who would you have been in a former life?
One of my first internet aliases was “Cleopatrawasuglybutpowerful” so I’ll go with Cleopatra lol.
I think Shirley MacLaine claims to have been her in a past life, so I’m probably wrong haha.
What is your most popular item in the store/shop?
Well, this one has been the most downloaded:
But she was free, so if I disregard free or discounted images it would be a tie between these two:
What’s your favorite craftroom/business supply or tool that you couldn’t live without?
My Wacom tablet. I mean I have had to live without it before, but I hated it!
What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax
Coloring, reading, walking.
What should be written on your gravestone when you die?
Finally, she walks on the shores of Tír na nÓg.
(Though I don’t actually want to be buried lol)
How long does the average design/art work take from concept to final product?
It definitely varies, but I would say on average – 5 or 6 hours to concept sketch, rough draft, final, ‘inking’, and coloring with Copics.
What do you love most about all the people you meet through your work?
I meet a lot of crafters and have found that they are some of the most kind-hearted, generous folks I’ve ever known. Absolutely lovely people.
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