Spotlight Series Day 25 – Christine, Penny Blossom

Who are you ?

I’m Christine Porter Lofaro and I am the owner and artist of Penny Blossom

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www.pennyblossom.com

https://www.facebook.com/pennyblossomdigistamps/

 

Where are you ?

I am Maltese and live in Malta which is a little island in the Mediterranean

 

When did you first start drawing/designing seriously?

I have always liked drawing and painting and I chose Art as my main subject at secondary school. There was no turning back since then 🙂

 

What is your favorite piece in the whole store?

I think I would go for the latest which is Little Red Riding Hood

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Who is your inspiration/muse?

Oh this is a tough one! I think inspiration is something ongoing and sometimes little things tend to inspire me without really thinking much about it. These are things that at one point come in the foreground! I am also inspired by many different artists but surprisingly sometimes it is not even their style of work that inspires me but the fact that I see them practicing their art. This instils in me a longing to work on my own art. Then there are also many art styles such as manga art, pop surrealism, and art nouveau which I really feel that I am attracted to.

 

How many people work with/for you ?

I don’t have other people working with me but I’m very grateful that my husband takes care of the technical side of Penny Blossom…I send him a big thanks 🙂

 

Name your favorite cartoon?

Anything Disney!

 

Favorite quote?

Life is like a garden, you reap what you sow.

 

What’s your guilty pleasure ?

Binge watching TV series when I have the luxury to do so, buying and hoarding art supplies, having cappuccino and cake.

 

What’s your favorite color?

Purple has always been a favourite…then there are the periodic obsessions…which right now is duck egg blue

 

What was your favorite subject in school…?

I love many subjects. Art was obviously a favourite but at the same time I also liked sciences and studied them in parallel.

 

If you were getting a tattoo… what would it be?

If I was not too concerned with the permanence of tattoos I would get two small butterflies on my hipline…one of my digis shows something similar to what I like 🙂

 

If you got offered a weekend in a haunted  house/castle etc.. would you say yes?

As much as I love castles and beautiful historical places I think I would chicken out!

 

When no one is listening…. do you sing in the shower?

Oh a big yes….and even when people are listening…before I got married my family had to put up with a lot of singing lol 🙂

 

What is your most popular item in the store/shop?

From the images that were given as a freebie for some time it will have to be Vigilante. Another popular image from the shop is A little Gift.

 

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If you weren’t doing what you are doing now…. what job would you have?

This is another tough one….I like so many things….in another lifetime I would consider an airline pilot, an archaeologist, psychologist….well the list goes on 🙂

 

How long have you been in business?

I have started Penny Blossom four years ago in 2012 …..but had to put it on the back burner for some time while I was doing my doctoral research….I have been active again only recently

 

What’s your favorite craftroom/business supply or tool that you couldn’t live without?

I love so many things but I would choose something really basic….good quality paper and a few sharpened pencils

 

If you got locked in an elevator for 6 hours.. who would you most like to be locked in with ?

Gerald Butler 🙂

 

When you get the midnight munchies… what do you grab?

I don’t have the habit of snacking during the night…but if I feel hungry in the evening then I have to eat something or else I wouldn’t be able to sleep…usually it will be a ham and cheese toast or something savoury…won’t have sweets if I’m hungry

 

What’s your favorite event, or holiday of the year?

My birthday which comes in October and Christmas 🙂

 

What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax

My work is in a way a hobby as well so I do consider drawing and painting as my hobby. Then if I am lucky and get some extra free time I love to do make-up…try out different products and looks…which in some way still involves colours, palettes and brushes 🙂

 

How long does the average design/art work take from concept to final product?

It varies for different images but on average it takes from 6 to 8 hours from the concept to having the final digi ready in the shop

 

When you are working, what is the view from your window like

I work in different places…some of my favourite work was done in coffee shops for example. I also spend quite some time in the studio and here the view is partly of buildings and partly of a lovely valley.

 

What’s the one song guaranteed to have you shaking your booty anytime, anyplace ..anywhere?

Right now that would be “If it Ain’t Love” by Derulo

 

What do you love most about all the people you meet through your work?

Their unique ways of seeing things and their unique interpretations. I also appreciate the honest feedback and the great support from other artists as well as from crafters and colourists

 

Which drawing/product are you the most proud of in your collection?

It is hard to choose because they all have a story or a particular meaning…..

From the older original range……I think the Explorer has particular significance …I also really like Hang in There

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From the latest range I’m proud of Alice (which is a freebie that you can download)

And I also like the Holy Communion Girl 🙂

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Spotlight Series Day 17, Andrea – SheepSki Designs

Who are you?

Andrea Norris – SheepSki Designs


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Where are you? 

Leeds, Yorkshire, United Kingdom

 

When did you first start drawing/designing seriously?

I’ve always drawn, I remember sitting outside the local library when I was a kid with my sketch book.  I managed to tackle digital drawing properly in December 2015 when my dad told me to try an iPad app (everything else digital was so weird and disconnected) I produced my first “real” digital drawings in January 16 when my fellow DT at Outlawz didn’t have any images to work with for the month so I did some.  I opened my shop in February 2016

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Annabell

 

 

What was the first product you ever had for sale?

Hmmm… well I sold a few watercolour paintings when I was in my 20’s but I haven’t any pictures of those.  On my Etsy store it was Annabell

 

 

 

 

 

 

What  job did you have BEFORE you started  drawing/designing for a living?

I still have my job I’m an accountant Zzzzzz….

 

If you could hang out with ANYONE in the world ….  who would it be?….and what is the one question you would want to ask them?

My hubby, family and close friends – how do you put up with me being like Tigger!

 

If you suddenly changed careers and went to work at Disney…what character would you want to be?

Jack Skellington

 

What’s your favorite craftroom/business supply or tool that you couldn’t live without?

ProMarkers, and craft knife – definitely essential

 

How long have you been in business?

Since February 2016 – I’m an infant compared to most.  I’m probably one of the few that uses a lot of other artists materials and still work on other artists design teams

 

What’s your favorite color?

PINK!! Have you not seen my blog – LOL!

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Morpheus

 

 

 

What is your favorite piece in the whole store?

Now that’s a difficult one.  I think I’ll have to pick one of my newest creations – little Morpheus is just so cute

 

 

 

 

 

Who is your inspiration/muse?

Life and nature around me around me we live on an incredible planet full of wonders

 

How many people work with/for you?

No one directly, I have no design team yet I may be looking for DT soon 😉

 

Name your favourite cartoon?

The Nightmare Before Christmas

 

What was your favorite subject in school…?

I had two geography (although it was the geology side I wasn interested in) and maths.  Funny that much later in life I did a degree in geology and ended up an accountant

 

If you were getting a tattoo… what would it be? 

I have four already and thought i’d better stop there 😀
My last one was a mouse on my ankle

 

What is your best and worst personality trait?

My drive, determination and loyalty are my best – worst not telling 😉

 

When was your last REAL vacation and where did you go?

April 2016 I went to the Lake District with my hubby hiking

 

If you got offered a weekend in a haunted  house/castle etc.. would you say yes?

God yes when do we go

 

If you were a Cluedo Character, who would you be?

Er… never played but I know the game so I’d probably be Mrs PINK in the dining room…..

 

What’s your favorite horror movie?

Dracula

 

When no one is listening…. do you sing in the shower?

Nope but I sing in the car – no one can here me there – ha ha!

 

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Becca

 

 

 

 

What is your most popular item in the store/shop? 

So far Becca but there are a few close runners

 

 

 

 

 

If you weren’t doing what you are doing now…. what job would you have?

I still have my day job and unfortunately and I can’t see me ever giving that up.  I would have loved to have been a marine biologist though

 

If you got locked in an elevator for 6 hours.. who would you most like to be locked in with?

Oooo my hubby / or my mum / or my friend Diane.

 

What’s your favorite event, or holiday of the year?

Halloween – I love all the spookyness (is that a word)

 

Would you go cave diving with sharks?

Yes definitely but I’d have to learn to do the under water bit first

 

Have you ever been on a blind date…. and if so..  was it fun, or a nightmare?

Yes, I met a guy who signed for the deaf – incredibly interesting guy but definitely NOT my type

 

What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax?

Reading a good book, I hardly ever get to read these days

 

What should be written on your gravestone when you die?

Restless soul beware of haunting – LOL!!

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Rudolf’s Selfie

 

 

If you were offered a trip to the moon, would you go..and if so .. which of your images/products would leave on the moon??

Yes definitely, chance in a lifetime.  I think I’d leave Rudolf up there to see if I can see his grin

 

 

 

 

 

Do you plan to grow old gracefully, or disgracefully?

What does gracefully mean?

 

How long does the average design/art work take from concept to final product?

To sketch out the idea usually about half an hour, it’s the tidying up that takes hours after.  I’m such a messy drawer

 

When you are working, what is the view from your window like?

I have various views because I sit at home, work and in my car, none of them are very exotic.

 

What’s the one song guaranteed to have you shaking your booty anytime, anyplace ..anywhere?

Children Robert Miles

 

Who scared you most as a kid when you were being naughty.. your parents or the boogey man?

Definitely my parents

 

What do you love most about all the people you meet through your work?

There creativity and talent, there are so many amazingly talented people out there

 

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Flamenco

 

Show me the drawing you think most closely resembles you physically or personality-wise

That’s got to be Flamenco – I’m a dancer and this one is the closest one or Lilly I love the serene peace of this image and crave it

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Lilly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you were a classic car…. what would you be?

Jaguar E-Type

 

If your parents had named you something else… what would you have picked?

Hmmmm not sure I’d change it – I just wouldn’t be me!

 

Which decade do you think had the best music?

Love the 80’s and 90’s

 

Favorite quote?

I’ll sleep when I’m dead

 

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Bread and olives – I could so live off that, and Lindt Chilli Chocolate and ginger covered with chocolate 😀

 

Which drawing/product are you the most proud of in your collection?

That’ll be Strawberry Season, but mostly because of how I coloured it, the strawberries just look amazing 😀

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Strawberry Season

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Strawberry Season – colored

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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