Today we are visited by the Fantasy Artist Tiffany Toland-Scott.
You can visit her website and purchase her psp tubes from
Tiffany does a range of fantasy images with everything from
angels to fairies to sorcery and steampunk.Thank you so much for sharing
with us Tiffany.
1) How did you become a part of the psp tube community?
I actually started out on my digital art adventures way back in 2001 when I discovered PSP tubes. They were a lot different back then and there weren't a lot of cool ones, so I had to make my own. I eventually got really good at making and using them, but I switched to Photoshop in 2003 and Photoshop doesn't really have anything like tubes. I had completely forgotten about them until 2008 when a couple of friends suggested I try to find someone to pick up my art for tubes. I contacted a couple of companies who never got back to me, and then a couple weeks later Up Your Art contacted me.
I took a break from licensing for a little while, but earlier this year I contacted CDO and Kelly was so awesome to work with, I got excited about tubes all over again.
2) What does your artwork mean to you?
I've always loved to paint pictures and do crafts, but when I was eleven I ended up having to have surgery to correct my severe scoliosis. Up to that point I had been extremely active, but suddenly I couldn't ride my horses, play soccer, swim, dance, do gymnastics, or really anything that I enjoyed. I started focusing my highly competitive nature on artwork instead, since that was something I could do no matter what, and right away I started to change. A lot of things that seemed important to me didn't anymore, and after a couple years I realized I wanted to quit school so I could spend all of my time painting. My parents were obviously unimpressed, but I knew that wasn't where I was supposed to be, and art was what I was supposed to be doing. I gave up pretty much everything to be an artist, and through my art I met the man who became my husband and the father of my son Wolfgang. So, I guess you could say, I owe everything to my art. It saved me in a lot of ways.
3) What inspires you in creating your artwork?
That's a really hard question. I get a lot of inspiration from my artists at Wholesale-Fantasy-Art.com. The days when I am adding work to the catalog are the best. I get to see so many different pieces and styles, and I learn something from every piece. I get inspiration from pretty much every piece of art I see, even if it's not my genre or remotely close to my style. I also get a lot of inspiration from nature, my husband, our son, and our pets.
4) How long have you been selling psp tubes?
It was 3 years in September, but there was a long break earlier this year.
5) How do you create your artwork? Is it by hand
or digitally? What tools do you use in doing the artwork?
I use almost anything I can get my hands on. I love digital painting, and I am learning to use acrylic paints right now, because I think I might be able to replicate my digital art style on canvas with acrylics. I've used watercolor in the past, but I love and prefer colored and watercolor pencils. PanPastels (they are like oil pastels you can brush on or "paint" with) are challenging and intriguing and all sorts of fun. I think I will always love digging out 20 different sizes of pencil and doing a graphite drawing, and then I've recently started stippling with black ink pens and I love that, too. I also like to mix and paint with my own egg tempera and oil paint. Sometimes I sculpt things instead. I have a very short attention span, so I tend to just go from project to project all day and finish a bunch of them all at once, usually all in different mediums.
6)Aside from psp tubes, what else do you create
with your artwork?
Here in the studio my husband and I sell the usual prints and originals through my site, eBay and Etsy, and we sell postcards, matted prints, magnets, key chains, bookmarks, and jewelry as well. We just started making dog tag necklaces and hopefully later this month we will be introducing our new line of hand-embellished stretched canvas prints.
My art is also licensed for tubes through CDO of course, Queen Kat's for rubber stamps and fabric, Magnetic Fantasies for magnetic art prints, and I just signed with Indigo Art Services for mouse pads, mugs, prints, cameo necklaces, ceramic ornaments and I think one or two more products they haven't introduced yet. There is some other licensing stuff in the works, too, but a lot of it is really early in development.
7) As you have developed your style and artwork, which artists
have influenced you?
Wow, I don't even know where to start. Well, when I saw Amy Brown's artwork, it occurred to me for the first time (no joke) that an artist could actually make a living from their artwork. I started out painting fairies kind of similar to Amy's, although they were a lot different because I was still working primarily with digital art at the time (plus I really sucked). A couple years later I got to meet Amy in person at a show where we both had booths, and I'm afraid I was a total knob and might have drooled on her a little bit, but she was really nice to me and has always been kind and a huge source of inspiration and knowledge.
Early on I was really influenced by Jessica Galbreth, Brian Froud, Nene Thomas, you know, all the big ones. Now I try not to limit myself to only looking at specific types of art because like I said before, almost everything I see inspires me. I am a huge fan of Michael Calandra, Luis Royo, Bouguereau, and my friends Alan Clark and Mark Roland blow me away with their collaborations.
8) Does the psp community help artists become more well known
with getting their names and artwork more visible?
I think so. For a couple weeks after I was introduced at CDO, everything was really crazy around here. I got a lot of e-mails and friend requests on Facebook, and it was just really hard to keep up with it.
9) What do you enjoy the most about being part of the psp community?
I love how supportive everyone is, all of the contests, the creativity, and how much fun it is to see how people are using the tubes. As artists, we don't frequently see our creations licensed for products that encourage others to be creative as well, and it is really an honor to see how people use them. I love it when people send me their creations on Facebook or e-mail, and I actually decided to run a contest (ends on the 15th) at my site because it's just a blast.