Who are you ? Sarah, though I can go by Star online and with friends. My website / art studio is “StarInMyPocket,” a line a liked from a poem I wrote when I was young. My usual username online is StarMasayume (Masayume meaning ‘dream’s come true’ which I added so I had a name ID that is always available..)
Where are you ? In a land of sunshine (aka Florida)
When did you first start drawing/designing seriously? I doodled most of my life and for my “career” cube in 6th grade I chose artist which I discarded after as being unreleastic lol. When I was 12 I got a spark after discovering the anime Sailor Moon and would copy paused scenes on my VHS recordings, followed by finding Naoko’s gorgeous manga illustrations online and copying those. I stopped drawing for nearly 2 years feeling I was only good at copying, but my interest renewed another 2 years later after discovering digital art and oekaki board communities online. It was hook line and sinker from there!
What was the first product you ever had for sale? I’m not even sure. I began selling art prints and stickers at a convention in 2005. Years later I began putting my art items on Etsy, everything from keychains and buttons to sketchbooks and bookmarks. I opened my digital stamp store (Star Stampz) more recently but uploaded a number of them at once. “The Book Elf” is among my older arts
When was your last REAL vacation and where did you go? Not far but recently went to Disney to celebrate my 30th birthday as I hadn’t been there since I was 4 and always wanted to go back. I figured if I was going to turn the big 3-0 might as well do it with my BF, her husband, and my fiance where my inner kid could gush freely.
What’s your favorite horror movie? So I am NOT a huge fan of horror genre, but there’s one Japanese movie I love enough to rewatch many times. Hansel and Gretel, a korean horror movie with a creepy “Coraline” feel. A young man crashes his car, getting lost and trapped in the woods where a family lives and the children aren’t what they seem. Their sweet cottage and toys alone give you the eebie jeebies but the plot twists are great and I like the twisted fairy tale aspect.
What is your favorite piece in the whole store? There’s many I’m fond of for different reasons which makes it so hard to choose. I will go with my princess set though as I LOVE fairy tales and Disney.
Name your favorite cartoon? Sailor Moon? I love it enough to put themes of it in my wedding after all lol. Though if we’re going for a list… that would get very very long. You can check out myanimelist profile for all my favorites.
What job did you have BEFORE you started drawing/designing for a living? Waldenbooks (I think half of my paycheck went there), followed by caricature artist at Busch Gardens, SEO/graphic design at a local startup web design company, and assistant for a successful invitation business by an entrapreneuring mom. This is my first year I’m solely freelancing which I was nervous but excited about.
What was your favorite subject in school…? English. If I didn’t get so hooked into art I would be writing books. Instead, I just have a lot of unfinished fanfiction. =P
What is your most popular item in the store/shop? Definitely my Alice Chibi digital stamp
If you got locked in an elevator for 6 hours.. who would you most like to be locked in with ? Does a book count???
Who was your first celebrity crush…and have you drawn them? It took me until my twenties, but I fell in love with Mate Kamaras after seeing him as Death in the German musical “Elisabeth.” He’s gorgeous with a beautiful sexy singing voice and not to mention trilingual and also played the same role in Japan (in which he reminds me of Jareth from the Labyrinth which I have no problem with). If you enjoy musicals, do yourself a favor and youtube it! And yes I have drawn him… Elisabeth The Last Dance Art Print
How long have you been in business? I’ve had business cards to my art website since I was 14? lol People would see me sketching everywhere so I would hand them out. I’d say 2005 as for how long I’ve been actually selling my art. Jacon, one of my favorite conventions, chose my art for their light/darkness theme on the con guides and badges so I got a free dealer’s table which was awesome and really the start of it all.
How long does the average design/art work take from concept to final product? For full digitally painted art, anywhere from a day or two to weeks sometimes months if I put something aside and pick at it.
When you are working, what is the view from your window like? I love the backyard view from my two story window! <3 I’m so going to miss it if/when I move. It looks awesome when it’s raining.
What’s the one song guaranteed to have you shaking your booty anytime, anyplace ..anywhere? I have a tie for two currently… Boku ni Invitation (from the anime Polar Bear Cafe) and You’ll Be Back (a broadway song… just look up Hawk Moth’s Ballad on youtube lol)
Show me the drawing you think most closely resembles you physically or personality-wise. Autumn Fall Girl Reading
What do you love most about all the people you meet through your work? Connecting with people all around the world and those with similar loves and interests. I was always the shy loner in school as a kid but art has helped me meet so many great friends and people so I feel really blessed by it. <3 Sometimes the people I meet suggest or introduce me to new things which is also great.
Main Art Page: https://www.facebook.com/StarInMyPocket
StarStampz Page: https://www.facebook.com/starstampz/
StarStampz Fan Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/StarStampzFanGroup/