You may have noticed we've got brand new, shiny logos. Many thanks to Tessa Sentell for her absolutely beautiful work. We've asked her a few questions so you can get to know this budding, new artist. Be sure to check out her website and Facebook page.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I love meeting new people, and have found that nobody is black and white or able to be summed up in a few sentences. Everyone is extensively unique and expresses creativity in a way only they can. While I could say “I have a love for good food” or “I am a recent high school graduate” (which are both true facts), those are just a few aspects of what makes me—me. I’m filling in my life one frame at a time. I’m a little messy and sometimes make mistakes that need revision. Progress is slow and I’m just getting started, but the drawings that take the longest are often the best.
What inspires your art?
The very people I’m doing it for. I love creating and making other’s ideas come to life….they provide me with a spark of inspiration and I turn it into something beautiful to the best of my ability.
When did you start illustrating?
Throughout high school I did character drawings, flyers for events, and other small things. My first fully paid job began last year in the form of a children’s book. Any recent work that has contributed towards my professional portfolio has been in the new year of 2016.
What is your favorite medium?
I am most experienced in pencil….but my newfound love is watercolor :)
Who is your favorite illustrator?
John Rocco, illustrator of the covers for (among other things) the “Heroes of Olympus” series by Rick Riordan. I seriously considered pursuing graphic design for a long time but found it made me unhappy. His breathtaking work inspired me to look at what i love, book illustration, as an actual option instead of just a far off dream.
What kind of stories do you like illustrating for?
The most fun for me is “modern fantasy.” It has all the whimsical elements that are exciting to think up and create, and just enough realism that I can make the image more modern and real. It’s a genre that produces the most inspiration and the best results.
When you're not illustrating, what do you like to do?
A good pastime and perhaps my only form of self expression is music. I play piano as a hobby and play violin in the Pittsburgh Youth Concert Orchestra during the school season. When I have the time, I like to write anything from vague character concepts to short stories.
What was the inspiration for the Fellowship of Fantasy logo?
A rough description I was given for a shield with different elements of fantasy on it. I soon found there was just so much to the fantasy genre as a whole that it couldn’t be contained to a shield….it just spilled out onto paper and went from there.
Where can readers go to learn more about your art?
My website is tessasentell.com. That includes a description of what I do as well as an online portfolio of my work and contact information. Also feel free to like my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/tessakayillustrations.