Guest Spotlight: Courtney Mason
I met Courtney while searching for an artist for a design project of mine. She is an illustrator/graphic artist, as well as a fashion designer.
Her portraits, sketches, and illustrations are eye-catching and thought-provoking.
I’ve invited Courtney to tell us more of her story.
When/how did you realize you wanted to become a full-time graphic artist?
As a child, I was always interested in art and design, drawling and painting things that she saw and felt. It wasn’t until she had her first lesson in graphic design that she truly knew what she wanted to do with her life.
Tell us a little about yourself (Where are you from, your background, anything we might find interesting about you etc.).
I’m a graduate of the College for Creative Studies and studied subjects ranging from graphic design to photography and painting. Mostly, my true love lays with the creation of digital art and design. My illustrations are typically figurative, incorporating organic forms found throughout nature.
Your design studio is called “Punky Chicken”. What’s the story behind that?
Actually, this nickname came about 7 years ago when I met my husband. He called me his little “Punky Chicken” and it stuck. 😉
You’ve done design work ranging from logo design to album covers. Is there a type of project you find particularly enjoyable?
I truly enjoy working on all kinds of projects from live painting a car for Hyundai in Las Vegas to designing album art and posters.
Big or small I take all of my projects on as though they are the most important.
What are some of your other non-artistic interests?
Art is really my life but outside of art I enjoy being with my husband, going to the beach, bicycle riding and exploring new things.
What is the best advice you could give other artists pertaining to skill development and portfolio promotion?
The key is to keep trying and spread your name to anyone who will listen. Have faith in yourself as an artist of value and others will follow. There are so many talented artists who just need a little exposure because if no one sees your art no one will know you exist.
Where can readers learn more about you and your design work (website/contact info)?